The Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen offers an array of classes for adults in blacksmithing, glass, jewelry, fiber, wood, and pottery. Our workshops are accessible for everyone, with most being suitable for beginners. We strive to continually connect our Guild members and local artists to the local community through education. Join us for an afternoon or evening and learn a new skill!

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Our Project

The Guild has installed plumbing to operate our Flame Shop safely for glass workshops. This will create more educational prospects for students and income opportunities for our instructors.

The majority of our students live in Lancaster County as well as our instructors. Our glass instructors bring their scientific knowledge of the discipline making it a true STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Art Math) project.

This studio makes possible varied educational classes including marbles, beads, ornaments, jewelry, and more, and expands our workshop offerings for learners aged 12 and up.

The flame shop installation was made possible through funding from The Steinman Foundation.
We are grateful to our sponsors: Tempchek Mechanical Services, UGI, and PNC Bank.


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  • Woven Wall Hanging
     2024-05-11
     1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Instructor: Beckie Hynes Skill Level: Beginner Weave a tapestry wall hanging just in time for a Mother’s Day present or treat for yourself! Students will learn the basics of weaving on a frame loom, including various techniques to add texture and dimension. Each student will complete one wall hanging during class. Please bring paper and a Continue reading

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  • Custom Pet Portraits
     2024-05-11
     5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Instructor: Matty Geez Skill Level: Beginner Come get creative and paint a portrait of your favorite furry friend. Participants will have images of their pets drawn on canvas by the instructor, and will then follow step-by-step instructions to fill in with acrylic paint. Pick a bright color for your background and bring your pet to Continue reading

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  • Wheel Thrown Pottery
     2024-05-11
     6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Instructor: Carlo Jury Skill Level: Beginner Have you ever wanted to learn how to throw clay? In this two-hour class, students will learn the skills necessary to throw bowls, cups, and cylinders. Each student will have the chance to make several pieces and choose from 2 house glazes to fire their work in. The first piece Continue reading

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  • Introduction to Glassblowing: Make a Bud Vase
     2024-05-14
     6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Instructor: Michael Peluso Skill Level: Beginner Join us for a unique and memorable class where you’ll learn the ancient art of glassblowing while creating a beautiful bud vase. In this hands-on workshop, participants will be guided through the fundamentals of glassblowing by experienced artisans in a safe and supportive environment. Students will personalize their bud Continue reading

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  • Metalsmithing Basics: Soldering, Forming, & Roll Printing
     2024-05-15
     6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Instructor: Jessica Keemer Skill Level: Beginner In this workshop, students will learn fundamental metalsmithing techniques to help begin their journey of metalsmithing and creating bench-fabricated jewelry! Local jeweler and glass artisan, Jessica Keemer, will show students ways to transform sterling silver sheet metal and wire through roll printing, forming, and soldering to create a pendant Continue reading

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  • Flameworked Glass Suncatchers
     2024-05-16
     5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Instructor: Phil Hackman Skill Level: Beginner Learn how to create your own glass suncatchers through flameworking in this fun class! Students in this workshop will be guided through the process of forming multiple glass suncatchers utilizing an interesting color palette and design options. The movement and nature of melting and shaping solid glass into a Continue reading

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  • Leaded Glass - Day 1
     2024-05-18
     9:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • Leaded Glass - Day 2
     2024-05-19
     9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Instructor: Dan Hayward Skill Level: Intermediate – Prior stained glass experience required. PA Guild of Craftsman Master Artisan Dan Hayward will introduce participants to the techniques to create works in stained glass using the traditional lead-came method of assembly.  This is the method of construction typically used in large installations like churches. There are several Continue reading

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  • Introduction to Weaving on a Rigid Heddle Loom
     2024-05-18
     10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Instructor: Margery Erickson Skill Level: Beginner/Novice The class will start with an introduction to weaving terms, types of looms and various yarns. Participants will learn how to put yarn on a loom, practice various weaving techniques (hem stitching, leno lace, clasp weaving, Danish Medallions) and weave a wall hanging sampler or set of mug mats. Continue reading

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  • Margery Erickson
    Margery Erickson received Master Artisan status with the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen in 1991. She specialized in hand weaving and wearable art. Other fiber interests include spinning yarn, crocheting, and knitting. Her formal education includes a degree in Social Science from Penn State and a Masters degree from Millersville University in Special Education.

  • Native Plant Nature Journals at Homefields Care Farms
     2024-05-18
     1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Instructor: Carol Welsh Skill Level: All skill levels Learn how to keep your own nature journal and start a life-long creative habit as you explore native plants in the landscape. Nature Journaling opens a world of beauty and discovery to you as you increase your powers of observation as a naturalist, and improve your writing and artistic skills. Continue reading

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  • Needle Felted Sheep
     2024-05-18
     1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Instructor: Lisa Haldeman Skill Level: Beginner Spend an afternoon crafting an adorable Needle Felted Sheep that will become a cherished decoration for years to come! No prior experience is required; Lisa will guide you every step of the way. All the necessary supplies will be provided, so all you need to bring is your enthusiasm. Continue reading

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