Touchstone projects

Touchstone projects

Little pouch made by one of my students

I like community: its inclusive, its sharing, it feels secure and it can be synergistic. That’s what Touchstone Craft Center feels like, a community.  I feel as though I made a new group of friends and expanded my world a little last weekend. 

I had the privilege of being invited to teach a leather workshop at Touchstone last weekend.  I was a little apprehensive to teach, as I was the new kid on the block and  after all, the artisans that teach at Touchstone are of the very highest caliber with impressive pedigrees from all over the country, but I held my own.  The campus is located in the Laurel Highlands of western Pennsylvania on 150 wooded acres, with a very accommodating and lovely staff.  It is a residential campus, with rustic cabins nestled in the woods along a rhododendron, rock strewn path, with 2 large, more modern, dormitories, that  are located adjacent to the cabins; all with in walking proximity of the 13 modern well lit and thoughtfully designed studios that can accommodate almost everyone with classes in photography, nature inspired mosaics, blacksmiths ceramics, and now leather craft. All classes are available to the novice or the experienced artist.

Meals, which are prepared with the most unexpected gourmet touch by a former chef from the near by Nemacolian Woodlands resort, are eaten with the staff, and other students: ideas are shared and exchanged at the dinner table, a purely synergistic experience.  The newly constructed dining hall is  situated along a mountain stream, and the leisurely meals are a well deserved change from the pace of normal day to day busyness.  

It draws you quietly into the community of artist.  There is a collective sharing of ideas.  Creating, sharing and building on new ideas; it encourages one to take a step away form the distractions of  life and relax.  And as an artist, I feel as though there is nothing more satisfying than seeing a project evolve from a concept, transpose into a drawing, assembled, and finally to see the finished project: this is the process of creating art, and its sublime.

Touchstone Craft Center, in the beautiful Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania, is a 3 season residential craft school. It has been in existence since 1972 and is the only residential artist communities in Pennsylvania. Located outside of Uniontown, 60 miles from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on 150 beautiful acres, Touchstone is the perfect setting to create art. It began as a school that taught mountain crafts and has morphed over the years to include contemporary and experimental art forms in ceramics, metals, painting, leather, and more.
This year, April 24-28, I will be teaching a class in leather work.
It is not too late to register for a variety of classes with professional and experienced artist. Please look at Touchstones schedule of events, and join us to open the season at Touchstone!


The I Made it Market is doing yet another great pop in Pittsburgh for the Valentines Day Holiday.



February 8th at the Waterfront, Pittsburgh, Pa., near the Gap Store, you will find a variety of Artist, with a huge assortment of gifts from food to clothing and not to mention wonderful bags from Luna Jaze.  


Start out the new year with a trendy new bag, as always, made out of the very finest full grain leathers, thoughtfully made with you in mind.

The event is a a short one, 12-5pm.  Drop by, shop, socialize, and find just what you want for the sweetest holiday of the year!


February 8th, 12-5pm, the Waterfront store front near the Gap, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


A peek of things to come!




great handrubbed leather, traveling tote!

Luna Jaze will be at a few locations during the holidays:  I hope to see you or at least hope that you will see my bags, at one of the locations.  I’ve been working very hard this season and have developed some new prototypes that will compliment anyone’s wardrobe, and the best part is that they are really functional bags, as always made with only the finest leather!

3 G Gallery in lovely downtown Pittsburgh located in the Westin Hotel, 1000 Penn Ave. 

Jules Boutique in hip Lawerenceville, (a throw from downtown Pittsburgh), 4502 Butler St. 

and 709 Penn Gallery in Lovely downtown Pittsburgh, at 709 Penn Ave. 😉



Show dates for Sugarloaf in Gaithersburg, Md, are November 22-24, 2013


and the holiday show for I Made it Market, at the water front in Pittsburgh,

November 22-23


Happy Holidays!






upcoming shows…

Just in time for the holidays, Sugarloaf festivals is hosting the fall arts festival in Gaithersburg, Maryland, at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds November 22,23,24, 2013.

“Lovers of fine crafts and art will find more than400 top artisans displaying and selling their unique creations in pottery, sculpture, glass, jewelry, fashion, home décor, furniture and home accessories, items for the garden, and photography. In addition to top national artists, the Festival will also introduce new and emerging artists showcasing the latest trends in handmade fashion and accessories, statement jewelry and fine art.”

visit Luna Jaze at the festival, new bags, new designs, new leather.  

Previews can be seen at http://www.lunajaze.etsy.com

booth to be announced…

Every fall the Craftsmen’s Guild of Pittsburgh host one of the best art fairs of the year.  Only the finest artisans vendor this outdoor event which last from September 6-8th on  the lovely grounds of Mellon Park in Pittsburgh, Pa.  Phipps Garden center host food and crafters in the indoor mart. Food, music, art, and a lovely setting,  what a better way to bring in the fall!  Join all of us at Mellon Park for the 44th “A Fair in the Park”.