Craft Fair November 8 & 9

pottery by Reno Pottery

pottery by Reno Pottery

Why buy handmade craft? Does it matter whether you meet the person who makes your mugs? Can craft change your relationship to the world?

“Fine craft demands that we slow down and look at it carefully to appreciate the workmanship and vision that went into it,” says Brandi Clark, executive director of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen. “That’s a kind of connection that’s hard to find in a fast-paced world.”

At our craft fair at Lancaster County Convention Center, you’ll see meticulously created pottery, jewelry, clothing, weaving, scherenschnitte, woodcarving, painting, drawing, and more. Come, slow down, and find swoon-worthy craft November 8 & 9. All the details about hours, admission, directions, and parking are on our website.

PA Guild Hands on Workshops

Rivet Pendant – November 22, 2014

Rivet Pendant – November 22, 2014

Register today

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

Saturday, 10 am – 4 pm

Pennsylvania Guild Center of American Craft, Lancaster  (Directions)

Instructor: Wendy Edsall-Kerwin

Skill Level:  Beginner to intermediate. Beginning jewelry and metalsmithing skills are helpful, but not required.


Ready to take your jewelry to a literal new level?

In this class you’ll learn how to add a raised layer to your metalwork using rivets. You can choose from a variety of patterns to create a two layer pendant using textured copper and brass – no torch necessary!

You’ll saw, file, and hammer your way to a beautiful pendant you can complete during class time. Learn a new technique and get a fabulous piece of jewelry you can wear home.

Materials Fee: A materials fee of approximately $25, payable directly to the instructor at the time of the class, covers copper and brass sheet, wire, tubing, necklace cord, saw blades, earplugs, masking tape, & sanding pads

Students should bring:

  • a saw frame
  • a riveting hammer
  • a ruler
  • pen/pencil/notebook
  • masking tape
  • sandpaper
  • work gloves
  • apron or work appropriate clothing

Wendy Edsall-KerwinWendy Edsall-Kerwin is a jewelry artist and metalsmith living and working out of her home in Elizabethtown, PA. She received a BFA from Tyler School of Art in 1998. Currently her work can be found at Veleska Jewelers in Lancaster, PA and the Arts Barn in Schuylkill Haven, PA and she attends several craft shows a year, as well as participating in local, regional, and national exhibitions. When she isn’t in the studio pounding away at metal, you can usually find her online at her blog, her website, or on Twitter as @wtek.

PA Guild Hands on Workshops

When Teaching Leads to Selling

I love to teach…. I’m pretty sure that you already knew that, but just In case you’ve been living under a rock and somehow missed it, I thought I would let you know.

The first thing that I ever remember teaching is crochet. I learned when I was in elementary school, and promptly started teaching all of the neighbors. As a teenager I spent time teaching kids how to swim, which turned into teaching college kids how to swim, and all of this finally led to teaching art to high school students.

While that’s a ton of work, I couldn’t seem to stop there. Women were always telling me that they didn’t know how to wear a scarf, so I promptly created a video series teaching women all kinds of fun ways to wear scarves. Then I found myself teaching my craft show neighbors all kinds of things about sharing their work online. And now I’m here teaching you!

What can you teach people? Even if you wouldn’t ever call yourself a teacher, you’re a master at your craft, which means that you have something to offer. You don’t have to teach your trade secrets, but I do want you to teach people ways to use and interact with your product.

Here are some ideas for the jewelry makers out there:

1. How to clean your jewelry

2. Fun ways to store or display jewelry

3. A sneaky trick to keep your necklaces from getting tangled

There’s lots of ways that you can share this information. You can create videos, images, or write instructions.

I used an awesome tool called pixlr express to create the image above.

(If you want a detailed tutorial, in my class Pinterest Perfect there’s a video that walks you through creating pins using pixlr.)

Amber KaneMy creative practice is far from the traditional weaver. When warping the loom I never count the ends, I just go until I feel that it's time to stop. I don't follow patterns, I allow and sometimes encourage the yarn to move as it wraps around the front beam. If a string breaks, I work it into the piece. I create from my soul. I speak to the yarn as we weave together, striving to create the perfect connection, and when we become in sync a fabulous scarf, full of honesty, joy, and personality emerges.

Amber Kane - Fabricated Ends