November 8 & 9, 2014 – Lancaster, PA

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A Deeper Connection. Meet the Artists.

Why buy handmade craft? Does it matter whether you meet the person who makes your mugs? Can craft change your relationship to the world?

John SterlingJohn Sterling, one of nearly 120 members of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen exhibiting November 8 & 9 at the Lancaster County Convention Center, knows that handmade matters. “I believe your furniture should be a beautiful work of art that connects you to nature and to the future generations that will inherit your investment,” he says.

His materials reflect these values, too. Most of the wood Sterling uses comes from sustainably managed Pennsylvania State forests, and he works directly with a few family-run mills. That’s one secret to the unique and beautifully figured lumber patrons see in his work. Craft lovers will also see the emphasis on balance between straight and natural lines in his work, as well as a blend of influences ranging from feng-shui to the American Arts and Crafts movement. “According to feng-shui philosophy, wood is the element that is most refreshing and adaptible for your home,” he says. “By surrounding yourself with wood, you ground yourself to nature. With that connection, you will make your home a sanctuary of peace.”

“Fine craft demands that we slow down and look at it carefully to appreciate the workmanship and vision that went into it,” says Brandi Clarke, executive director of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen. “That’s a kind of connection that’s hard to find in a fast-paced world.”

Alongside Sterling’s work, visitors will see meticulously created pottery, jewelry, clothing, weaving, scherenschnitte, woodcarving, painting, drawing, and more.

Fair hours are from 10 am – 6 pm on Saturday and 10 am – 5 pm on Sunday. Admission is $8, and free for Guild members and children 17 and under. Directions, parking information, discounted tickets and more are available at or by calling 717-431-8706. The Guild’s headquarters at 335 N. Queen St. is open Monday-Saturday 10 am – 5 pm and Sundays 12-4 pm.

See you there!

Fair hours are 10 am to 6 pm Saturday, and 10 am to 5 pm Sunday. Admission is $8. Coupons are available for $1 off entry. Free for ages 17 and under.

1500 parking spaces are available onsite and at downtown garages, parking lots, and on the street.  Download a map of parking within a two block radius of the Convention Center. For questions call (717) 431-8706.

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