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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  • 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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  • Flameworked Glass Cactus
     2024-05-18
     1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Instructor: Phil Hackman Skill Level: Beginner In this class, students will learn the art of flame-working glass to create beautiful and unique cactus sculptures. Students will start by learning the basic techniques of flame-working, including safety procedures, tool handling, and glass shaping. They will then move on to creating a cactus sculpture using these techniques. Continue reading

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  • Flameworked Glass Garden Stakes
     2024-05-18
     5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Instructor: Jessica Keemer Skill Level: All Skill Levels Learn the basics of Flameworking while making a set of glass plant stakes for your garden or your potted plants! All materials are included in the tuition. Each student will have the chance to make at least one set of 5 glass plant stakes, more if you’re Continue reading

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  • Flameworking Glass Beads
     2024-05-19
     10:30 am - 4:30 pm

Instructor: Jessica Keemer Skill Level: All Skill Levels Come and explore the world of glass bead-making! From the time you learn to light the torch and melt the glass, you will be guided through a variety of techniques including how to create particular bead shapes such as round or donut shapes, cylinders, and bicones. Shop maintenance Continue reading

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  • Ceramic Hosta Leaf Vase & Plate
     2024-05-19
     1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Instructor: Donna Lashof Skill Level: Beginner In this creative workshop, participants will learn to roll clay slabs, apply texture from a hosta leaf and roll the clay to form a vase and/or a plate. The instructor will glaze and fire the finished pieces in her studio and return them for pick up within two-three weeks. Continue reading

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  • Flameworked Glass Air Plant Holder
     2024-05-21
     5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Instructor: Phil Hackman Skill Level: Beginner This workshop will involve students bringing life to their curiosity of flameworked glass art and being guided through actively creating their own one-of-a-kind holders for air plants of their choice. The process will depict decoration methods using clear and colored glass, melting and forming the vessel with a torch Continue reading

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  • Metalsmithing Basics: Make a Bezel Set Bracelet
     2024-05-22
     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!  Learn ways to transform sheet metal through soldering with an Acetylene torch, texturizing with metal stamps and planishing hammers, and stone setting in this fun class. All materials are Continue reading

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  • Dendritic Agate Pendants
     2024-05-23
     6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Instructor: Jessica Keemer Skill Level: Beginner Make a one of a one-of-a-kind Dendritic Agate pendant in sterling silver in this new class! Students will dive into the world of jewelry making, specifically focusing on crafting exquisite pieces in sterling silver. Participants will fabricate a prong setting from scratch, adding a personalized touch to their stunning agate Continue reading

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