This workshop will focus on the sgraffito technique used by area nineteenth century Pennsylvania German potters to make expressive designs in their folk art pottery. Sgraffito means to “scratch” and workshop participants will draw a design of their choosing in a damp clay coating on a redware plate. You can choose a traditional Pennsylvania German design or create your own design for a special occasion gift.
The class will be led by redware potter Denise Wilz, a professional potter who researches
Have you ever considered weaving a nesting set of apple baskets? If so, here is your opportunity to start your own beautiful nesting set. Working over wooden molds in the methods of the Shakers, you can weave a traditional apple basket in one of three sizes: 8”, 10” or 12”. Artisan basket weaver Karen Wychock will instruct participants how to weave the body of the basket with reed, then finish it off with an oak handle.
This workshop will be led by textile artist Ann Hermes.
Plush template embroidery (also called stump work and tufted wool embroidery) is a method used to create plush designs. It is done by stitching with wool yarn over a template. The yarn is cut in a strategic way to release the template, then trimmed, brushed and sculpted to give stars, hearts, flowers, and other fanciful designs.
This embroidery technique was done by women in southeastern Pennsylvania and other regions of the US
Fraktur was created by Pennsylvania Germans during the eighteenth through the mid nineteenth centuries and features calligraphic text decorated with colorful birds, hearts and flowers. The tradition has its roots in the illuminated manuscripts of medieval Europe but evolved into a distinctive part of the local Pennsylvania German culture. Today, those who appreciate this colorful folk art enjoy drawing their own fraktur designs based on the work of the early fraktur artists.
The workshop will focus on the legacy of schoolmaster
Led by food historian Deborah Peterson, participants will learn about the history and origins of Elisenlebkuche (better known as molded gingerbread) This hands-on workshop uses traditional molds to make delicious gingerbreads. Information will be shared while we are creating the delicious cookies (known as bread back then). We shall bake until we run out of gingerbread! Participants should bring containers to take goodies home, rolling pins and dish towels. All else is provided.
Workshop instructor Deborah Peterson is an independent historian