Michael Aylward
Michael AylwardIntro to Stained Glass
Mike Aylward has been creating stained glass windows since 1990. Originally from the Boston area, Mike opened North Shore Stained Glass in 1993 as a full service studio providing commissions, restorations, supplies, and art classes.

After moving to the Washington DC area, Mike opened Aldie Glassworks, providing custom stained and leaded glass windows and restorations. Mike has taught many classes over the years, from beginner, intermediate and advanced techniques, to restoring reclaimed windows, working with lead cane, and creating stained glass patterns from photographs. He has also earned the distinction of Waterford Landmark Artisan for his commitment to the Waterford Foundation and its mission to keep historic craft traditions alive.

Jessica Baker
Jessica Baker Intro to Herbal Remedies (Mini Class) I Intro to Backyard Medicine (2-day class) I Intro to Soap Making (Mini Class)
Ms. Baker has a family farm in Loudoun County where she grows herbs to use for medicinal purposes. She works with these herbs to create salve, oils, soaps, teas and tinctures. She has taught classes for years on the growing, preserving, and making of useful products with these herbs.

Ms. Baker is a Juried Artisan at the Waterford Fair and has taught classes for the past two years at the Waterford Craft School.

Jerry Bond
Jerry BondKnead, Shape & Bake: English Muffins, French Bread & Molasses Oatmeal Bread
Jerry Bond is a retired Natural Resource Police Officer who has developed a passion for all things bread. He began baking cookies when his wife went back to college and has continued to study and develop his knowledge of baking over the past 20 years. For the past 10 years, he has focused on bread and pizza making, using both yeasted methods and traditional sourdough. He has taken classes in specialty breads and wood oven baking from several master bakers.

Jerry’s teaching experience includes nature programming, outdoor recreation, hunter safety, coaching sports, and since retirement, sharing his love of bread baking with others.

David Bottini
David BottiniAcrylic Painting
David’s work captures his passion for landscape and atmospheric effect. His paintings demonstrate classic realism, and they are honed in a focused studio process with a goal of capturing a specific moment of solitude surrounded in nature.

David earned his MFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design. He has taught design-learning, painting, drawing, architectural drawing, and AP Art History for over 32 years at regional independent schools, including the Madeira School, Stone Ridge School, Sidwell Friends School, and The Potomac School. David currently works as adjunct faculty at Frederick Community College. His involvement in the arts community has included the Teacher Advisory Board of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, Museum Liaison and Chair for Kids-In-Design, a group of volunteer design professionals working with school and community organizations in Baltimore, MD. and volunteer for “Art-o-Matic” semi-annual arts event in Frederick, MD.

He signs his paintings “Gabriel” as a dedication to the enduring effects of his Italian grandfather Gabriel on his interest in nature and appreciation of the world around him. David’s paintings have been featured in numerous publications and he exhibits nationally.

David Cargo
David CargoStack Fire Bake - Outdoor Pizza Oven
David S. Cargo is one of the founding members of the Saint Paul Bread Club (http://spbc.info/), a former baker at Trotter’s Cafe and Bakery, a former baker at the St. Agnes Baking Company, and a featured baker in Kim Ode’s cookbook, Baking with the Saint Paul Bread Club: Recipes, Tips, and Stories.

He’s been teaching his oven-building class since 2010. He’s taught it over 70 times and to hundreds of students in five states.

His workshop was selected to be on the program for the Kneading Conference in Maine in 2016, 2017, and 2018. He also presented a shortened version at the annual meeting of the Masonry Heater Association at Wildacres, North Carolina in 2018.

Allen Cochran
Allen CochranFireplace Restoration I Dry Stone Fence Construction
Allen Cochran is owner of Cochran’s Stone Masonry, a masonry restoration and preservation company based in Lincoln, Virginia.

For the past 25 years Cochran has helped preserve masonry throughout the area.
He has been teaching for the Waterford Craft School since its inception in 2016.

Gina Copanzzi
Gina CopanzziEtching onto Metal I Intro to Metalsmithing
Ms Copanzzi began making jewelry in her teens when metalsmithing classes were offered in her high school. Over the years, she has refined her skills through formal training with Master Metalsmiths around the country.

After exploring many visual media, she found her passion in jewelry and gems. She finds she can best express her artistic abilities by forming and shaping metal. All her pieces start as either a sheet of metal or length of wire and ends up as a piece of one-of-a-kind artisan jewelry.

She currently teaches metalsmithing at the Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center and Frederick Community College, Frederick MD. And is a member of the Washington Guild of Goldsmiths.

Lisa Parmer Ditty
Lisa Parmer Ditty
Lisa Parmer Ditty is a leather and metal maker. After years in the fashion business designing for Tommy Hilfiger, J. Crew, and Lands’ End, she took an unexpected journey and returned to PA to start her family. Wanting to rediscover her creative roots, LPDstudios was born. She loves being a designer maker and feeling the connection to her materials, leather, and metal. They are such opposites. The colors, shapes and textures of leather have unlimited possibilities, but “the rules” of metalsmithing force her to think outside the design box, like incorporating modern techniques with old-world skills. Coming from the fashion industry where everything is mass-produced, it is especially important to her that you can still see the “hand” in all her pieces, this is a dominant theme throughout her work.
Fred Eberly
Fred EberlyMiniature Copper Weather Vane
Fred Eberly has been blacksmithing for more than 40 years and has a Bachelor of Science in industrial arts education and a Master of Education in technology education. He taught technology education for 35 years, and has demonstrated blacksmithing at Landis Valley, the Ephrata Cloister, and Historic Schaefferstown.
Carolyn Fankhauser
Carolyn FankhauserGrain Painting, Ice/Tie Dyeing
Carolyn began stenciling and graining in 1983 when a dear friend asked her if she was interested in experimenting with the technique. She was smitten, and her business, Heartwood Collections, was born. She has the distinction of being selected for ‘Early American Life’ magazine’s Directory of Traditional American Crafts ‘ornamental painting’ category for 14 years, and was a juried Demonstrating Artisan at the Waterford Fair for 20 years until her retirement.
Pamela Foster
Pamela FosterSplint Seat Weaving I Into to Handwoven Cane
Pamela Foster has been weaving for over 40 years. She specializes in wicker restoration, but weaves all types of chair seats, including splint, cane, rush, bamboo, rattan, willow, and grasses. She has woven seats for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and restored a wicker sled for the Loudoun Museum. She has also been reproducing Gustav Stickley wicker lampshades for over 25 years, which are sold nationwide. She has been teaching for the Waterford Craft School since its inception in 2016.
Nichole Gerding
Nichole GerdingIntroduction to Soapmaking & Working with Natural Dyes
Nichole Gerding is an 18th Century Foodways Historian and Domestic Skills Interpreter and the owner of Thankful Sage Farm School. Her background is in Living History, and she trained as a Foodways Historian in Colonial Williamsburg. From there she went on to start Thankful Sage Farm School, which manufactures small batch soaps and candles and gives classes on heritage skills and forgotten arts.
Elizabeth Goins
Elizabeth GoinsLet's Make a Paper and Turn it into a Journal
Ms. Goins has been working with paper for over 25 years. This work includes papercutting, repurposing books and making paper by hand. She has a master’s degree in Art Education. Her work has been shown in West Virginia, Florida, Maryland and Pennsylvania.
Molly Grant
Molly Grant Shoemaking
Molly Grant began leatherworking in her early 20’s, first by working on her own and then by apprenticing at the Black Swan Leather shop in Portsmouth, NH, where she learned the basic skills of traditional leatherworking. She first saw Cordwainer Shoes when she was ten years old at the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen’s Fair, known nationally as the oldest craft fair in the nation. She became a juried member in 1989, and participated by showing her line of handbags. There, she had the opportunity to meet Paul Mathews, owner of the Cordwainer Shop. Within a few months’ time Molly was traveling to craft shows nationally with Paul and learning the Cordwainer art. Molly still makes handbags, but the main business is teaching shoemaking workshops at the Deerfield, New Hampshire shop and at craft schools across the country.

The Cordwainer Shop was founded in the 1930’s by Edward F. Mathews. His son, Paul, carried on the shop tradition as main footwear designer, and except for a 4-year stint in WWII, shoemaking became his life’s work and joy. Many of his footwear designs are still produced at the shop today. Molly Grant now carries on the Cordwainer tradition of creating custom handmade leather footwear, and it has become as much a passion to Molly as it was to Paul. She specializes in teaching shoemaking workshops as a way to share this tradition of craftsmanship.

Karen Helble
Karen HelbleIntro to Calligraphy
A calligrapher for over 35 years, Karen enjoys studying all forms of calligraphy. She is a member of the Washington Calligraphers Guild and has been fortunate to take classes in everything from Illuminated Manuscripts, to Chinese Brush, to Slate Carving.

Her love of lettering began while working on commercial signage and has continued to grow over the years. She enjoys teaching all ages and has offered classes through the Loudoun County Adult Education Program, the Round Hill Arts Center, and privately. She works from her home studio, in Round Hill, mainly on weddings, commissions, and teaching.

She feels strongly that this art should be shared with as many people as possible… it’s useful, beautiful and fun!!!

Karen and her husband Stuart have long been Juried Artisans at the Waterford Fair.

Brian Kirk
Brian KirkStone Sculpture Carving
Mr. Kirk has been teaching stone carving part-time for 25 years with Northern Virginia Community College, Virginia Commonwealth University, George Mason University and Shepherd University. He is a full time Art teacher with the Loudoun County Public Schools. His work is on exhibit at Rust Library, Luckett’s Elementary School and Catoctin Elementary School.
Mike Mascelli
Mike MascelliBasic Upholstery
Mike is a professional upholsterer in Latham, NY with over 40 years of experience in working and teaching; he’s also the Director of the Professional Refinisher’s Group, a national organization founded in 1998 to connect professionals in the restoration, refinishing, and conservation trades.

In his upholstery work, he divides his time between classic furniture and classic cars, specializing in the British MG, Triumph, and Jaguar, employing period correct materials and detailing. His finishing expertise is based on years of shop experience, and the counsel and mentoring of some of the most experienced wood finishers in the industry. He has contributed to ‘Roubo on Furniture’ by Don Williams (Lost Art Press) and ‘With Saw, Plane & Chisel’ by Zach Dillinger (‘Popular Woodworking’, 2016). He also writes for the ‘American Period Furniture’ journal of the Society of American Period Furniture Makers, and has completed several instructional videos on upholstery techniques.

Tim McGinn
Tim McGinn Window Restoration
Established in 1984,  T. H. McGinn & Co. is a general contracting firm located in historic village of Waterford, Virginia.

Over the course of nearly three decades they have acquired an extensive knowledge of both traditional and modern building materials and methods.  Their reputation for historically sensitive rehabilitation projects has been established from years of working on a variety of traditional building types and architectural styles.

Mr McGinn, company owner, apprenticed for nine years before forming his company.  He holds a Master’s Degree in Historic Preservation from Goucher College.  This will be his third year with the Waterford Craft School.

Rob Miller
Rob MillerHard Cider: Home Brewing Basics
Distillery Lane Ciderworks is a family-owned and run orchard located in the shadow of the Appalachian Trail in rural Maryland. They have 3500 trees with over 45 different apple varieties, producing national and international award-winning hard ciders with their fruit.
Diane Myers
Diane MyersRag Rug Weaving
Ms. Myers has been a fiber artist working primarily as a handweaver since her college days.  She has taught at in the public schools and is a veteran weaving instructor with the Waterford Craft School and at the Waterford Fair.
Paul Pendola
Paul PendolaSpoon Carving, The Business of Art
Paul Pendola is the founder of The Spoon Carver Cottage, Artisan Studio & Gallery, and a Galena, Illinois-based green woodworking artist specializing in hand-carved wooden spoons and other hand-crafted woodenware. Using only an axe, straight knife, hook knife, and all-natural food-safe oil and wax, Paul’s mission is to create simple, authentic, and beautiful functional art. He enjoys sharing his love of carving and artist professional development workshops with his students.
Gary Robinson
Gary RobinsonIntroduction to Broom Making
Born in the west central mountains of Virginia, where he still resides, Mr Robinson
learned the art of broom making in 1991 and has been making brooms full time since then.  Mr Robinson’s  brooms appeared in the historical drama Sommersby starring Richard Gere and Jodie Foster and have been purchased by George Washington’s Mount Vernon for use in their portrayal of colonial life.  Over the years, demonstrating and teaching his craft has been one of the most fulfilling parts of his journey

Mr Robinson has been a juried demonstrating artisan at the Waterford Fair since 1991.

Grace Rochford
Grace RochfordMake A Floorcloth From Start to Finish
Meet instructor Grace Rochford! Grace originally made floorcloths just for herself, then was inspired to launch her company, Designs By Grace. She’s been making floorcloths for over 15 years, and has the added distinction of being one of our Waterford Landmark Artisans, who are the heart of the Waterford Fair and long-time supporters of the Waterford Foundation. She has taught numerous Waterford Craft School workshops, inspiring many of her students to continue making floorcloths on their own. The process is contagious!
Tim Rose
Tim RoseHard Cider: Home Brewing Basics
Distillery Lane Ciderworks is a family-owned and run orchard located in the shadow of the Appalachian Trail in rural Maryland. They have 3500 trees with over 45 different apple varieties, producing national and international award-winning hard ciders with their fruit.
Caroline Twigg
Caroline TwiggRug Hooking
Caroline first learned to hook at the local library; she was taught to pull loops but knew there was more to learn. Caroline started searching for teachers and soon was organizing classes to learn how to dye wool. Once she started hooking she never looked back. She has taught at Association of Traditional Hooking Artists Biennial, and Rug Hooking Retreats at Sauder Village.

Caroline and her husband Ron live in a hand hewed log home along with their beloved beagles Otis and Maple. Ron has lovingly converted their attic into a beautiful studio, Eagles Nest.

Linda VanHart
Linda VanHartSilversmithing
Linda Van Hart was named National Art Educator of the year for excellence in the classroom, writing curriculum as the National Curriculum Chair, and arts advocacy beyond the classroom. Making Art and teaching Art is her life.

Linda is a fifth generation Carroll County Marylander who travels the world doing botanical portraits. In her fifth decade of teaching art and metalsmithing, she continues to find creative adventures in her raison d’être. She participates in a few high end juried and gallery shows every year, such as the Waterford Fair. Linda is in many private collections in the USA, Italy, Switzerland, Scotland and Russia.

Locally, Linda is represented by Off Track Art in Westminster and NOMA in Frederick, MD. She teaches metalsmithing in the Mid-Atlantic region, and is the Visual Arts Coordinator at Common Ground on The Hill.

Antonia Walker
Antonia WalkerExploring Color: Introduction to Watercolor
Antonia Walker received a BFA from the University of Georgia, studied in France in a George Washington University summer term and later studied drawing and anatomy with Spanish sculptor, Benjamin Saul. She was a Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome in 1998 and again in 2011. The artist’s work has been exhibited internationally, and is represented in private and public collections, including the Arts-in-Embassy program, Johns Hopkins University, Lansdowne Resorts, Project Hope and the Journey Through Hallowed Ground. Antonia maintains a studio in Waterford at the Chair Factory.
Brett Walker Bt. W. & Co.
Brett Walker Bt. W. & Co. Leather Making 101 & 102 and Colonial Camp
Mr. Walker is a formally trained master boot-and shoe-maker who has practiced his art for the past 19 years. Four were as an apprentice and five as a journeyman with Colonial Williamsburg.

Mr. Walker is an historian/educator and a true craftsman.  He likes to tell the early American story by exploring the everyday experiences of everyday colonists to discover how their lives were shaped. He teaches a range of 18th century skills learned from working with museums and living history programs.  The two classes he will be teaching at the 2019 Craft School will be based on specific 18th century artifacts.

Susan Withnell
Susan WithnellHand Spinning Wool
Susan is a hand spinner and weaver, operating her fiber arts business, ‘Ewes-Ful Fiber Arts’ for over 20 years. She raises high percentage Wensleydale sheep (known for their excellent spinning fleeces) on her Maryland Farm. She uses these fibers in the hand spun and hand dyed yarns she sells at fiber art and craft shows. Susan has been a juried, demonstrating artisan at the Waterford Fair for over 10 years, earning the distinction of ‘2020 Waterford Artisan of the Year’ for her commitment to the Waterford Foundation and her excellence as a Fair demonstrating artisan.

Susan is also a retired elementary school teacher, who created and led a fiber arts club for her students. She enthusiastically continues to share her knowledge with the public, teaching hand spinning on drop spindles and spinning wheels to adults, and summer Fiber Arts Craft Camps here in Waterford for young people ages 8 – 13. She also has demonstrated hand spinning at the Great Yorkshire Agricultural Show in Harrogate, England. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn from this engaging artisan!

Karen Wychock
Karen WychockBasket-Making
Working over wooden molds, in the method of the Shakers, Karen’s baskets are traditional in shape and materials. She weaves both Shaker reproductions in ash and traditional, utilitarian baskets of reed. Native hardwoods such as ash and oak are used to make the rims and handles, and all of her baskets are lashed using ash. Each basket takes on its own character as it is woven in a quatrefoil. Twill or fancy lace patterns appeal to both eye and touch.

Karen was an art teacher for 22 years in the Neshaminy School District, Langhorne, PA, before becoming a middle school principal for 15 years in both the Neshaminy School District and the Central Bucks School District.

She is a member of the Bucks County Craftsmen’s Guild, the Bucks County Hand Weaver’s Guild and the PA Guild of Craftsmen. She sells her work at various shows and galleries throughout the northeast (Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut, Virginia, and Ohio), and has the earned the distinction of Waterford Landmark Artisan for her commitment to the Waterford Fair and the Waterford Foundation. She is also president of the Penn-Jersey Basket Weavers Guild and teaches both children and adults.