Upcoming Events

 Photo Courtesy of Sayaka Toyama

Photo Courtesy of Sayaka Toyama

Summer Indigo Dyeing with Sayaka Toyama 

 August 25, 2018

12:30-3:00 pm


Featuring instructor Sayaka Toyama from Curious Corners located in New York City, this workshop will teach participants basic shibori (tie-dye) and itajime (wood-clamping) pattern making using Yamato Indigo, a natural-blend dye from Japan.

Participants will attend a brief lecture on the origins and applications of Yamato indigo, watch a demonstration on different dyeing techniques, and finally dye their own 90x90 cm cotton furoshiki Japanese wrapping cloth).

Finally, instructor Toyama will demonstrate different ways a furoshiki can be use to wrap gifts, books, wine bottles, and more.

The workshop will include all materials and furoshiki cotton cloth.

All ages welcome

 Photo Credit: Masanori Sugiyama Collection, The Architectural Archives, University of Pennsylvania

Photo Credit: Masanori Sugiyama Collection, The Architectural Archives, University of Pennsylvania

September Open House & Guided Tour ; Japanese Summer Sweets and Tea

September 1, 2018 

1-4 pm; Guided tour at 2:30

Cool down with some light refreshments featuring Japanese sweets and cold brewed tea. Available 1-4pm


After Lecture-  The New Hope Experiment: An Investigation and Conservation Plan for the Antonin and Noémi Raymond Farm 

4:00PM- 6:00PM

The farm house at the Raymond Farm Center for Living Arts and Design was the topic of a Spring 2018 University of Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Master's thesis entitled The New Hope Experiment: An Investigation and Conservation Plan for the Antonin and Noémi Raymond Farm by Sara Gdula. This work has resulted in a comprehensive building chronology from the 1730s through the Raymond period, as well as an initial material condition assessment that can be used in future preservation planning. Join the author as she discusses the methods of investigation for this project, including an inspection of construction history, archival research, mortar analysis, infrared thermography, environmental monitoring, and analysis of the site's fasteners, hardware, and mouldings. Following the presentation, join the author for an immersive walk through the house to inspect the material fabric discussed in the presentation and the diagnostic clues they lend towards building chronology and condition.

$15 general; $8 students. 

Tickets are available online and at the door. 

 Photo Courtesy of Ananda Connolly

Photo Courtesy of Ananda Connolly

Woodblock Printmaking Workshop 

 Sept 15, 2018


 $75 /  Ages 12+

This workshop will be led by Ananda Connolly, who will guide participants through the basics of relief printing. We will start with designing and drawing an image, continue with transferring the image to the wood block and carving to obtain contrasts, and finally to each participant printing their own miniature edition. Special attention will be placed on paper type and selection, equipment use, and hand printing. 

We will be using shina or birchwood blocks, water based inks, and Japanese wood cutting tools. Inspiration for image design can be drawn from the Raymond Farm itself, but participants are equally encouraged to use their own memories, drawings, and photographs. And, of course, you may take your artwork and tools home with you at the end of the workshop!


 1931 Corner Desk

1931 Corner Desk

 1947 three legged stoo

1947 three legged stoo

 1925 Block Print "The Lee Rail"

1925 Block Print "The Lee Rail"

Wharton Esherick: Creative Artist Who Founded the American Studio Furniture Movement 

Lecture by Mark Sfirri

September 29, 2018  


$15 General , $8 Students

Mark Sfirri, an internationally renowned artist, sculptor, teacher and one of the foremost wood turners in the world, has been studying and researching Wharton Esherick since 2006.  Sfirri has authored eighteen articles on history, design, and technique for a variety of craft publications and authored six articles on Esherick for Woodwork and Journal of Modern Craft.  Mark will discuss Esherick's journey from painting, to printmaking, to graphic design, and eventually sculpture and furniture, where he made his biggest mark. 

Wharton Esherick (1887 – 1970) was an internationally significant figure in the landscape of art history and American modern design. As a sculptor, Esherick worked primarily in wood and extended his unique forms to furniture, furnishings, interiors, buildings, and more.  Now recognized as the leader of the Studio Furniture Movement, Esherick saw himself as an artist, not a craftsman, and his concern was with form, not technique. He pursued his artistic vision in forms that might turn to furniture or other sculptural furnishings.

Mark Sfirri studied furniture design at Rhode Island School of Design, where he received both his BFA and MFA while studying under Tage Frid. He is a woodworker who incorporates lathe-turned forms in his furniture and sculpture. His specialty within turning is the use of multiple axes, which has allowed him to create forms that are not readily apparent as turned objects.  Since retired, he ran the Fine Woodworking Program at Bucks County Community College in Newtown, PA for 36 years and received the “Distinguished Educator Award” in 2010 by the Renwick Alliance.  His work is included in the permanent collections of twenty-seven public institutions including the Museum of Art and Design (NYC), The Renwick Gallery (Smithsonian Institutions, Washington DC), The Yale Art Gallery (New Haven, CT), Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Mint Museum of Craft + Design (Charlotte, NC), among others. 

Lecture followed by Q&A and light refreshments

Photos courtesy of Mark Sfirri