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
     2024-08-02
     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
     2024-08-03
     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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  • Bead Fest: Intermediate Flameworked Glass Beads
     2024-08-03
     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
     2024-08-07
     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
     2024-08-10
     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.

  • Stone Setting: Flush Setting & Prong Setting
     2024-08-31
     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.

  • Next Steps in Stained Glass: From Blank Sheet to Finished Work of Art - Day 1
     2024-09-08
     9:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • Next Steps in Stained Glass: From Blank Sheet to Finished Work of Art - Day 2
     2024-09-21
     9:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • Next Steps in Stained Glass: From Blank Sheet to Finished Work of Art - Day 3
     2024-09-22
     9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Instructor: Dan Hayward Skill Level: Intermediate – Participants should have completed several stained glass projects (e.g., panels, butterflies, snowflakes) and be familiar with the basic cutting, breaking, foiling, and soldering skills. Stained Glass Master Artisan Dan Hayward will help participants develop the skills and confidence to design and create stained glass art that represents your Continue reading

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  • Stained Glass Open Studio
     2024-09-08
     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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  • Design Your Own Engagement Ring
     2024-09-21
     9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Instructor: Sara Gallo Skill Level: Beginner Students will learn about the 4Cs of diamond grading and the best gemstones for everyday wear. We will look at real examples of various stone setting styles, and traditional and non-traditional engagement rings, and create an engagement ring design detailing accurate measurements and gem placement. Students are encouraged to bring 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.