Since 1944, the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen (PGC) has advocated for and offered educational resources for makers of fine craft in Pennsylvania and surrounding states. We believe that fine craft, both traditional and contemporary, enriches the lives of individuals and the community as a whole. We strive to preserve the tradition of artisan-made items for future generations through education and community engagement. We are also committed to supporting and promoting excellence in working craftsmen through exhibitions, retail opportunities, professional development, and continuing education.
Your support allows us to keep workshops affordable, providing access to hundreds of students each year. It allows us to offer retail opportunities for our members to exhibit their work for sale in our Guild Store. We can assist Emerging Artists and offer free community events such as demonstrations and exhibits. Your support also works to ensure that the Guild can continue to serve as a cultural leader in the arts, furthering our mission nationally as well as locally. Please consider supporting the arts today!
PGC has a colorful past: born in Harrisburg, PA in 1944, a youth spent roaming from Bedford County to a barn in Bucks County to renting a small storefront in Lancaster . . . then, we bought a home in Lancaster!
Throughout our wanderings, PGC has always been known for its dedication to fine craft and for rigorously juried Fine Craft Fairs featuring member-artists from across the country.
The 4Cs of diamond appraisal (cut, color, clarity, carat) best characterize PGC’s sparkling future and our aspirations for creating sparkle and engagement in our communities.
CUT – Shape our presence to better serve our communities.
COLOR – Diversify our offerings to satisfy more interests and needs in our communities.
CLARITY – Enhance the value and role of fine craft in our communities.
CARAT – Grow our community of members.
All contributions go directly to the area where their impact will be the greatest. You may submit donations via credit card, check, PayPal by clicking the “Donate” link below. You may also mail donations to the address below.
Persons who are aged 70 or older may find it beneficial to donate a portion of the Required Minimum Distribution from their Individual Retirement Account (IRA) or 401k retirement account directly to the PGC. Other forms of “planned giving” to PGC include a bequest or naming PGC as a beneficiary of your retirement account or insurance policy. Please consult with your financial advisor for details.
If you have any questions about how to give or how your gift will be used, please contact PGC Executive Director, Karen Peiffer (Ph: 717-431-8706; email: Karen@pacrafts.org).
Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen
Fine Handmade Craft
335 N. Queen St
Lancaster, PA 17603
The Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen is a 501(c)(3) organization, donations to which are deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law. A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the PA Department of State by calling toll free within PA 1-800-732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.
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More About The Guild
Pennsylvania Designer Craftsmen
Linda Doucette, Designer President
Brian Cunfer, Treasurer
Board of Directors
Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen
Amy Burk, President
Brian Cunfer, Admin Vice President
Paula Lewis, Standards Vice President
Sam Jordan, Treasurer
Janice Ritenuti, Secretary
Dan Hayward (Past President)
All meetings are at 2:00 p.m. at the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, Lancaster. Meetings are open to the membership.
2019 Board Meeting Dates
- January 29
- April 3
- May 22
- July 24
- September 25
- December 4
Office hours: Tuesday-Friday, 9-5 pm
Guild Store hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10-5 pm. Open until 9 pm on First Fridays.
Guild events, education
Carol “Burd” Kerchner
Fine Craft Fair Manager