Our Instructors

Bon Fagan

Bon has always loved art and found jewelry making to be her interest. Bon has taken many classes with renowned artists such as William Thompson III, Ann Mitchell, Richard Salley, Tracey Spurgin, and Holly Gage. She is a certified Metal Clay Instructor. She looks forward to meeting new students and introducing them to the wonderful world of metalsmithing and precious metal clay.

Metal Clay

Reagan Bitler

Reagan is a gourd artist and teacher from Hanover, Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Gourd Society and has instructed workshops at gourd festivals in Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, Florida, Cherokee, and New York. He co-taught gourds as an art medium at the Augusta Heritage Center of Davis and Elkins College’s 2018 Arts, Crafts, and Folklore Workshops.

Gourd Ornament

Margery Erickson

Margery Erickson has been a juried member of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen since 1991. She was juried in hand weaving and specializes in wearable art. Other fiber interests include spinning yarn, crocheting, and knitting.

Her formal education includes a degree in Social Science from Penn State and a Masters degree from Millersville University in Special Education.

“When I was a teen I enjoyed sewing my own clothes, creating a unique style. In my mid thirties I saw someone weaving fabric. If I could weave I could create my own fabric to sew.

One weaving class, one loom, one yard of fabric… Changed my life!”

Margery Erickson

Jack Miller

Jack Miller has spent most of his working career in education. He worked at Delone Catholic as an elementary teacher, guidance counselor and taught 3D art classes which included carving. Jack started carving 20+ years ago during a snow storm. His carving interests are in shore birds, song birds, raptors, fish and Santas. He has won 18 World Championship Awards in Ocean City, MD competitions. He has instructed wood carving at many seminars in Mass., R.I., PA., DE., MD., FL., OH., Ill., IN., and Mich. Jack does seat canning and weaving with over 30 years of experience. He also makes chain and wire wrap jewelry.

Jack Miller

William Thompson

William W. Thompson III currently works and resides in Dover, PA. He is a self taught artist who began his career in the early 70’s as a potter. In 1974 he established T3 design and set to work creating one of a kind “artistry in precious metal” in the form of jewelry. It was at this time that he began a close working relationship with artists and craftsmen from this country’s Native American community. Bill’s pursuit of creativity has led him to create works in metal, glass, ceramic, enamel and digital art. Beyond his own creative efforts, he is dedicated to providing young artists the skills and resources to explore their own creativity. To aid accomplishment of this goal, he is a faculty member in the Fine Arts Department of York College of Pennsylvania and has been the instructor of the metals program at the Yorktown Chapter of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen since 1982. His award winning art is exhibted internationally and resides in private collections world wide.

Joel Springer

From age 3 – 10, I lived in a paper mill town in western Pennsylvania. An appreciation of the power of paper and the printed word grew from that experience. Developing an interest in bookbinding is a natural outgrowth of that appreciation.

A native of York County, Pennsylvania, USA, Joel Springer has not disappeared from the local scene. In addition to teaching photography and digital imaging from 1992 – 2012 at York College of Pennsylvania, Mr. Springer keeps a busy exhibition schedule. Locally his work is seen at Studio Gallery 234. He has been exhibited in Caracas, Venezuela; Yuma, Arizona; Montreal and Toronto, Canada; The Art of the State exhibition at the State Museum in Harrisburg, Pa. (1996, 2001, 2005, 2006); Triennial V and VI exhibitions at the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, Loretto, Pa.; the Albright-Knox Gallery in Buffalo, N.Y. and the Phoenix Gallery in Chelsea, New York City.

REVIEW ART magazine described Mr. Springer as “a minimalist poet of the most unaffected variety.”

Joel Springer

Bim Jones

I can’t remember a day of my life that I wasn’t already addicted to the act of creating.

I grew up in the suburbs of Washington, DC and learned first from the artists around me. My parents and grandparents, though not professional artists, were extremely creative people who consistently filled their lives and mine with making things of one kind or another.

As I got older, and through college, the more I learned about art and other artists and every new way of making things, the more I liked it and the more addicted I became. I pursued art through my undergraduate years, through years of child-rearing and now into the great unknown…as always…

Today, I live in rural Baltimore County with my husband, our dogs, an ever-varying number of children … and four exquisite, precious and endlessly entertaining grandchildren.

Don Wilson

I am self taught over many years starting when I was introduced to the lathe at the age of 13. I enjoy teaching and passing along the ancient craft of woodturning.

Teaching has been in the form of wood turning demonstrations at club meetings, public demonstrations York Town Craft Guild and Woodcraft, Hbg. Useful everyday turning, architectural and artistic turning are all of interest to me.

I am a juried craftsman with the York Town Craft Guild and the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen.

The wood that I use comes from Pennsylvania for the most part. Because I use large pieces it is necessary to find logs or branches to start with. These larger pieces are readily available after storms and when a tree outgrows it’s space around someone’s home. Heirloom turnings are enjoyed by many in return for getting a few pieces of wood from a tree taken down in a homeowners yard.

I am the past president of the South Central PA Woodturners, a chapter of the American Association of Woodturners.
I have demonstrated turning at the following:

  • Fox Chapel Open House
  • Wood Craft
  • South Central PA Woodturners
  • Susquehanna Woodturners
  • Cumberland Valley Woodturners
  • Endless Mountain Woodturners

Megan Strott

Megan Strott is an artist and maker, born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, and now living in southern York County, Pennsylvania. Though focusing on pastel and oil paintings, she has been
wildly unable to control her impulses and has jumped blindly, with reckless abandon, into every other medium that even slightly tickled her fancy. With gratitude, Meg has gleaned knowledge,
techniques, and inspiration from many generous artists along the way; the feeling being that if you aren’t learning something new, you’re languishing.

Curiosity didn’t kill the cat; it just made him an adventurer.