Our Instructors

Patricia Huddleston

Patricia Huddleston has been involved in handcrafts all of her life; she has been knitting since the age of six. Also an avid spinner and weaver, she ran a custom weaving business in New Mexico for many years. A veteran public school teacher, she is able to bring excellence in teaching to her love of creating beautiful and useful objects. Patricia’s current endeavors include designing and making jewelry, stained glass, technical writing and tutoring.

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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.

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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.
www.wwthompsondesign.com

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Joel Springer

“My fascination with photography began with the title sequence of the 1950″s TV show, Love That Bob. Magically an image appeared on what looked like a blank piece of paper. When I was seven I disappeared from the family album.”
A native of York County, Pennsylvania, USA, Joel Springer has not disappeared from the local scene. In addition to teaching photography at York College of Pennsylvania, Mr. Springer keeps a busy exhibition schedule.
Locally his work is seen at Studio Gallery 234. He work has been exhibited in Caracus, Venezula; Yuma, Arizona; Motreal 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.
Writing in REVIEW ART magazine Joe Vojtko described Mr. Springer as “a minimalist poet of the most unaffected variety … A photographer caught, it would seem, midmetamorphosis, in a gracefully organic transformation into conceptual artist… “

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Lauren Martin Fritz

My name is Lauren, I am a graduate of York College with a Bachelors in Fine Art. My main focus of study was Figure Drawing and Metal Work. After college I worked as a manager of an art studio in Lancaster. While there I taught kids art classes, ran summer camps and taught glass fusing for adults. I have currently been working as a Pre-Kindergarten teacher for the past seven years at a private school and teach yoga and art there as well. In my spare time I love crafting, being creative with my two young sons, doing DIY projects and photography.

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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.

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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

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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.

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JoAnne Bott Anderson

JoAnne is a lifelong crafter whose talents range from creating stained glass windows to acting as architect for her home remodeling.  After retirement from the business world, she went about checking off her bucket list and found a passion in painting.  She has taken classes locally in all mediums and has won awards for her work.  The art of encaustic painting now holds her captive with its intoxicating fragrance and flowing colors.  She is looking forward to sharing her love with others.

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