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
     2024-10-12
     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.

  • Glass Flower Pendants
     2024-10-15
     6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Instructor: Jessica Keemer Skill Level: Beginner Make a beautiful glass flower pendant in this fun workshop! Students will use borosilicate color rods to make their flower pendants. Students will make approximately 2-3 pieces. All materials are included in the tuition. No experience is necessary. Appropriate for students aged 13 and up. Become a member of the Continue reading

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  • Nantucket Baskets - Day 1
     2024-10-19
     9:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Nantucket Baskets - Day 2
     2024-10-26
     9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Instructor: Bob Antonishak Skill Level: Some basket weaving experience is preferred but not required This workshop will include the use of all necessary tools, mold, cane, and reed to complete a Nantucket basket ready for finishing.  The mold size will be between 3 and 5 inches with a solid cherry rim and base.  It is Continue reading

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  • Stained Glass Halloween: Spider Webs! - Day 1
     2024-10-19
     9:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • Stained Glass Halloween: Spider Webs! - Day 2
     2024-10-20
     9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Stained Glass Halloween: Spider Webs! Instructor: Dan Hayward Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate Class description: Master Artisan Dan Hayward has created a number of patterns for stained glass Spider Webs.  Available only during October, this class offers each participant the opportunity to create an artwork that is unique in look and character.  Unleash your imagination Continue reading

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  • Stained Glass Open Studio
     2024-10-19
     9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Instructor: Stained Glass Master Artisan Dan Hayward Skill Level: Participants should have completed at least one beginner stained glass panel project (may be with any instructor/venue) and have a desire to improve skills or take on more complex projects. Description: The Stained Glass Open Studio is open to anyone who has worked in glass, who Continue reading

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  • Glass Plant Stake Mushrooms
     2024-10-19
     10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Instructor: Ilene Schenkel Skill Level: Beginner Flameworking with soft glass, you will start with a basic barrel shape, add and shape glass mushroom caps, and then apply some creative designs to the cap and base with your choice of colors. Add these adorable 9-11” handcrafted plant stakes to liven up your potted plants or fairy Continue reading

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  • Ilene Schenkel
    Ilene is a member of the PA Guild of Craftsmen. She is on the Boards of the PA Guild of Craftsmen (PGC) as well as the Lancaster Designer Craftsmen Chapter of the PGC. She has a successful Etsy shop and has participated in some local art fairs. Her glass works are displayed at the Guild store, other shops in Lancaster, and in other locations in Pennsylvania. Ilene has been flameworking for over 15 years and recently completed classes at the Studio at Corning and at the Tuscarora Lapidary Society. Etsy site – beadsbyileneshop – https://etsy.me/30m2RtN

  • Nantucket Baskets - Day 1
     2024-10-19
     1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Nantucket Baskets - Day 2
     2024-10-26
     1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Instructor: Bob Antonishak Skill Level: Some basket weaving experience is preferred but not required This workshop will include the use of all necessary tools, mold, cane, and reed to complete a Nantucket basket ready for finishing.  The mold size will be between 3 and 5 inches with a solid cherry rim and base.  It is Continue reading

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  • Make Your Own Ceramic Mug
     2024-10-20
     1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Instructor: Susan Burlingame Skill Level: Beginner Hand-build your own ceramic mug in this class! Students will learn how to roll out clay, imprint with texture, and build a mug. You will pick a finish glaze from provided samples. Mugs will dry slowly and be kiln-fired and glazed by the instructor. The mugs will be brought Continue reading

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  • Bezel Set Layered Pendants
     2024-10-22
     6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Instructor: Jessica Keemer Skill Level: Beginner In this new workshop, students will learn how to fabricate their a bezel set layered pendant in sterling silver to create a one-of-a-kind piece! Students will have an array of 6mm semi-precious cabochons to choose from for their piece. The basics of metalsmithing, soldering, stamping, texturizing, and polishing will Continue reading

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  • Introduction to Blacksmithing
     2024-10-25
     8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Instructor: Nicholas Tucci Skill Level: Beginner Unlock the ancient art of blacksmithing in this engaging and hands-on workshop! This introductory class provides a unique opportunity for participants to delve into the world of metalworking, where they will learn the fundamental skills of forging, shaping, and creating functional items using traditional blacksmithing techniques. Students will learn how Continue reading

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