We’re hiring!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe are excited to announce that the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen is hiring for two positions.  We’re a close-knit team that promotes and supports art and fine craft through our education and membership programs, fine craft fairs, exhibitions, and store.

Membership/Event Manager

Structure: The Membership/Event Manager is a 32-hour/week position and reports to the Executive Director. Flexible schedule but preference is Thurs-Sun.

General Duties: The Membership/Event Manager works closely with the Designer Board, Standards Committee and Executive Director to provide quality Fine Craft Fairs, uphold organizational craft standards, oversee the Master Artisan program and develop/manage a growing membership program.

Marketing and Merchandising Manager

Structure: The Marketing and Merchandising Manager is a 32-hour/week position and reports to the Executive Director. Flexible schedule but preference is Wed-Sat or Thurs-Sun.

General Duties: The Marketing and Merchandising Manager works closely with the Executive Director to manage all marketing efforts for the Guild and overseeing merchandising for the Guild Store.


All the details can be found on our website.

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Art of Social Media Quarterly

Art of Social Media – Quarterly


Register today

click to register online or call us at 717-431-8706. email with inquiries.

Saturdays, January 10, February 7,
March 7, April 11; 10 am – noon

Pennsylvania Guild Center of American Craft, Lancaster  

Instructor: Karen Hendricks

Skill Level:  Students should be comfortable working on a computer


Learn how to navigate today’s major social media channels; select the “best fits” to showcase your arts/crafts; and enjoy connecting with friends, colleagues and/or customers. All sessions will address both personal and professional social media use, with tips customized towards artists/craftsmen.

Session 1 includes an overview of social media and its visual aspects including how to utilize Pinterest and Instagram. Session 2 addresses the many benefits and how-to’s of using Facebook for your business. Both Twitter and LinkedIn—social media with a professional touch—are explained in Session 3. The series concludes with WordPress in Session 4, instructing students on blogging and/or setting up a customized website

Karen HendricksKaren Hendricks demonstrates a love of writing and communicating in all she does; it’s the common thread linking all of her current and past experiences.  Currently, she manages her own communications firm, Hendricks Communications, providing compelling public relations, marketing, freelance writing and photography services to her clients.  She secured international marketing awards for her work with The Gettysburg Festival, 2008-2011, including a creative radio spot featuring James Earl Jones and progressive marketing campaigns utilizing brand-new social media channels and beautifully-designed enewsletters. The Gettysburg Festival was a special project founded by Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell. The foundation of Karen’s career included nearly 20 years of award-winning experience in broadcast media including positions at WGAL-TV, WHTM-TV and WGTY/WGET Radio. She earned a BA in Communications/Media Studies from Lock Haven University. A Philadelphia native, she currently lives in Gettysburg with her husband and three children.



Class Type: Immersion

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Gifts for the Makers in Your Life


Artists and craftsmen are often difficult to shop for. Their wishlist includes specialized supplies, or (like my dad!) they just purchase what they want without waiting for a gift-giving occasion. If every year pushes you to be more creative in your planning, here are a few ideas!

  • A workshop. The Guild’s How to Photograph Your Artwork on January 31 would be good, or you could purchase a gift certificate for a class at your loved one’s favorite local art center.
  • An experience. Massage? A visit to seaside? A classical concert? Chances are good that your craftsperson needs a chance to relax and refresh themselves.
  • There’s also bound to be a project around the house your loved one would love to have taken care of. Installing new blinds? Finally hanging their artwork on the living room walls? Sometimes the greatest gift of all is the elimination of an annoyance.

Have other ideas to add? Please let us know in the comments! We are wiser gift givers together.

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Internships and Apprenticeships

Cara and Emily work in the studio. Photo by Wilde Photography.

Cara and Emily work in the studio. Photo by Wilde Photography.

Jeweler Cara Romano recently opened her studio for a traditional internship – one that looks more like an apprenticeship than the usual unpaid-intern situation common to today’s graduates.


Emily works at the bench. Photo by Wilde Photography

Emily Shaffer, a recent graduate of Kutztown University’s Craft Program, will spend a year with Cara focusing on jewelry making, arts administration and small business management.

The two first met November 2013 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art show where Cara was exhibiting and Emily was a participant in the Kutztown University student booth. As her graduation date approached, Emily realized that she needed more business, marketing, and production training to equip her for a successful career. So she started to email jewelers whose work she admired and got a response right away from Cara, with an offer of a paid craft-based internship.

Photo by Wilde Photography

Photo by Wilde Photography

Emily’s internship provides a window into producing jewelry, marketing online, managing a wholesale business, and exhibiting in craft shows. Because Cara is also the President of the Maine Crafts Association, the gallery owner of Craft Maine, and an arts advocate, Emily will also gain insight into arts administration.

“It is our job as studio artists, who are making a living from our craft to share, connect and guide this next generation to promote the importance of American Craft,” says Cara. “Without craft, a culture has no depth, meaning, purpose or direction.”

Photo by Wilde Photography

Photo by Wilde Photography

Cara’s own 3-year internship with master metalsmith Curtis K. LaFollette proved to be as important as the time she spent in the classroom. It also motivated Cara to give back through helping to educate emerging craftspeople. She hopes that this year-long internship will act as an outline for other professional craft artists to invite graduates into their studio.

Her advice to those seeking internships is “be serious about your work and your career’s intention. Both sides have put in equal effort and commitment for it to be a successful endeavor. I want to teach as well as learn from my intern, so dedication to craft and business is very important.”

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Lisa Muller works on a piece in our Cold Wax Painting workshop

Lisa works on a piece in our Cold Wax Painting workshop

Happy and safe travels for all of you this weekend. We’re so thankful for the time you take to read these posts, for your creativity, and for your support of handmade craft.


Monica, a student at our Intro to Blacksmithing class, twists the metal handle of the hearth brush she just forged.

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