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Fire It Up!

by Cory Marie Podielski on August 26, 2016

in Blacksmithing, Featured Classes, Glass & Enameling, Jewelry & Metalwork


Fire shapes, molds, melts, cooks, burns, and cures. Many traditional crafts (think Blacksmithing, Cooking, Glass, Enameling, and Clay) rely on fire to make magical transformations possible. Come light up at the Folk School and learn how fire can mold raw material in beautiful fine craft pieces.

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What Class Will Ewe Take?

by Cory Marie Podielski on August 18, 2016

in Fiber Arts

Our acclaimed Fiber Arts program honors traditional roots while celebrating new and creative innovations in the craft. Come learn intriguing techniques and new styles in weaving, spinning, knitting, felt making, dyeing, quilting, and more. Beginning and seasoned fiber enthusiasts alike enjoy our diverse classes. View these upcoming fiber class picks.

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Adventures in Kaleidoscope Land

by Meghan Smith on August 18, 2016

in Featured Classes, Glass & Enameling

Scott Cole

Earlier this month, I had the chance to take a class on kaleidoscopes with longtime Folk School instructor Scott Cole. I’ve taken many classes at the Folk School, but I’ll admit I was a little daunted to work with glass and metal, both materials I’ve had little experience with.

The first night, we set up our studio as a group, looked at examples of the many styles of kaleidoscopes, and had our first small challenge: taping a set of three long mirrors together to create the reflective pattern found in many kaleidoscopes. Our first night’s homework was deceptively simple: take home your mirrors and master their assembly.

The next day, Scott walked us through the process for making a basic brass kaleidoscope. We learned to cut glass, cut our mirrors, glue with epoxy (occasionally a sticky mess for some of us), and how to shape small pieces of glass for our kaleidoscopes’ object cell. While our first kaleidoscopes had matching exteriors and mirror systems, we each found ways to personalize our scopes in ways that matched our individual sense of color, movement, and texture. [click to continue…]

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Capturing Portraits

by Cory Marie Podielski on August 11, 2016

in Class Picks, Featured Classes


At the Folk School, we’re surrounded by intriguing faces. Each student, instructor, and staff member reflects their life experience through their facial features and expressions. Sometimes, the most fascinating faces are portraits in wood, on felt, in a painting, molded in clay, stitched in a quilt, or even engraved on a nickel. Enjoy these class picks that embrace people as inspiration for the artist’s craft.

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We Love Trees

by Cory Marie Podielski on August 4, 2016

in Class Picks, Featured Classes

Oaks. Poplars. Dogwoods. Birch. Beech. Walnut. Pine. We’ve found all these trees on our Folk School campus, and they make our land lush and beautiful. Our trees also inspire diverse class subjects and motifs. On many occasions, our students use the trees’ leaves, roots, bark, branches, nuts, and wood to create striking fine crafts. At the Folk School, we treasure our trees, and we’re pleased to honor them with these class picks.

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