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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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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  • Bead Fest: Intro to Sculpting Glass
     2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Instructor: Phil Hackman Skill Level: Beginner In this workshop students will be led to address the common techniques to create and issues involved with beginner level sculpting of borosilicate glass. We’ll draw from a variety of forms in application using the characteristics of each to hone in on a technical and aesthetic understanding of the Continue reading

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  • Bead Fest: Frit Glass Beaded Pendants
     2024-08-02 - 2024-08-03
     6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Instructor: Jessica Keemer Skill Level: Beginner Make a Frit Glass Pendant and add your strung beads from Bead Fest to make a  complete one-of-a-kind necklace! Join us for a dynamic and inspiring experience where craftsmanship meets creativity, and your artistic expression is taken to new heights. All materials are included in the tuition. Cancellation/Refund Policy:  Continue reading

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  • Bead Fest: Beginning Flameworked Glass Beads
     10:30 am - 1:30 pm

Instructor: Jessica Keemer Skill Level: Beginner Unlock the captivating world of flame-worked glass bead making in this hands-on and engaging class designed for adults exploring this mesmerizing art form for the first time.  Led by experienced instructor, Jessica Keemer, this course provides a unique opportunity to  delve into the ancient craft of shaping glass with Continue reading

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  • Ice Cream Mosaic
     1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Instructor: Aya Kinoshita Skill level: Beginner Glass and tiles can make up a variety of yummy looking ice cream mosaics! In this new workshop, Aya will teach you how to cut the glass pieces and tiles, glue them to the board, and grout it. Everyone will make one ice cream mosaic (about 5-inch tall). All Continue reading

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  • Aya Kinoshita
    Aya Kinoshita is a mosaic artist living in Lancaster, PA. She is originally from Tokyo, Japan. She has enjoyed working with visual and performing artists and also researching and teaching about art management and cultural anthropology. Since 2016, she has been making mosaics and made multiple mosaic murals for Penn State Medical Centers in and around Lancaster.

  • Bead Fest: Intermediate Flameworked Glass Beads
     2:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Instructor: Jessica Keemer Skill Level: Intermediate Elevate your flame-working skills to new heights in this Intermediate-level class tailored for adults with some prior experience in creating glass beads. This workshop delves deeper into the art of shaping molten glass, offering a rich exploration of advanced techniques, design principles, and the intricacies of working with borosilicate Continue reading

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  • Date Night: Glassblowing
     7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Instructor: Michael Peluso Skill Level: Beginner Join us for this fun date night class! Come knowing nothing, and leave with lots of knowledge and your own creations. Shot glass and a bud vase are some examples of what can be made in this workshop. No prior experience is required. All materials are included in the Continue reading

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  • Introduction to Weaving on a Rigid Heddle Loom
     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.

  • Rug Hooked Harvest Moon Raven
     10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Instructor: Juliana Kapusta Skill Level: Beginner The historic art of traditional hand hooked rugs has been admired since colonial times. Like many forms of art, hooked rugs were made out of necessity, utilizing scraps and upcycling. By pulling up one loop at a time you can create a beautiful 8” by 8” heirloom textile. This Continue reading

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  • Macramé Chapstick Holder Keychain
     1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Instructor: Lindsey Sansoni Skill Level: Beginner Keep your lip balm within arm’s reach with a handmade Chapstick holder keychain! ✨ This unique hands-on creative experience is designed for lip balm & craft lovers of all experience levels. In this DIY keychain workshop, you’ll learn to create your very own macrame chapstick holder keychain. Your instructor Continue reading

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  • Lindsey Sansoni
    Born & raised in Harrisburg PA, Lindsey Sansoni was re-introduced to macrame during the pandemic and hasn't put it down since. Sharing her love of the craft with others has become a passion of hers and now full-time job. Lindsey has been teaching macrame classes every month since March 2021. She's taught over 200 students how to create various projects. Her mission at Why Knot is to cultivate a welcoming environment for diverse learners, from novices to seasoned creators.

  • Stone Setting: Flush Setting & Prong Setting
     9:30 am - 3:00 pm

Instructor: Sara Gallo Skill Level: Intermediate Learn how to flush set faceted round gemstones into a sterling silver band ring and prong set a lab-grown opal cabochon! Complete two beautiful sterling silver rings and have the opportunity to learn how to create a custom burnishing tool that is perfect for a flush setting. In addition, Continue reading

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  • Sara Gallo
    Sara Gallo is an artist, jeweler, and CAD designer based in Lancaster, PA. She earned her BFA and BSE from Millersville University and MFA with a concentration in Metals/Jewelry/CAD-CAM from Tyler School of Art at Temple University. Sara exhibited in the prestigious PMA craft show in 2011 and 2016. She currently works part-time as a custom jeweler, teaches with the PA Guild, and is a stay-at-home mom to her two kids.