Haystack Mountain School of Crafts


Demonstrations are an essential part of the workshops.


Haystack's core summer workshops include one- and two-week sessions in blacksmithing, clay, fibers, glass, graphics, metals, and wood. Classes are open to adults 18 years or older of all skill levels - from beginners to advanced professionals. Studios are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with classes scheduled Monday through Friday. The Haystack community is made up of approximately 85 participants, including staff, students, and internationally known faculty artists. Instructors determine the format of their workshops --these are described in the course catalog and on our Summer Sessions by Workshop page.

Breakfast and lunch are buffet-style.

Haystack's Evening Program Series runs throughout the summer and includes slide lectures by the faculty, as well as presentations and performances by visiting artists and writers. The school also sponsors programs in the spring and fall for the local community and Maine residents.

Sharing meals together is another way to meet session participants and get to know one another outside of the studios.

If you would like to receive a catalog or be added to our eNewsletter mailing list for notifications, please Contact Haystack.




2014 Summer Lineup



  SESSION 3 (2 weeks)  
May 25–June 6   July 13-25  
SESSION 1 (2 weeks)   Ceramics Chris Staley
June 8 –June 20   Fiber/Mixed Media Ann Wessman
    Glass Kari Håkonsen
Blacksmithing David Clemons Metals Nancy Megan Corwin
Book Arts Eileen Wallace Printmaking Dwight Pogue
Ceramics Peter Beasecker Wood Sylvie Rosenthal
Fiber Piper Shepard    
Metals Cappy Counard SESSION 4 (2 weeks)  
Wood Stephen Whittlesey July 27-August 8  
SESSION 2 (2 weeks)   Ceramics MaPó Kinnord-Payton
June 22-July 4   Drawing/Painting Stuart Shils
    Fiber Jason Pollen
Beading David Chatt Glass Nanda Soderberg
Ceramics Arthur Gonzalez Metals Gabriel Craig
Fiber Mary Smull Wood Wendy Maruyama
Glass Sayaka Suzuki Visiting Musician Ben Street
Mixed Media Rob Duarte    
Papermaking Paul Wong SESSION 5 (2 weeks)  
Visiting Artist Matthew Shlian August 10-22  
CONFERENCE SESSION   Baskets Jiro Yonezawa
Craft Thinking: Ideas on Making
  Ceramics David East
Materials, and Creative Process
James Mongrain
July 6-10
  Metals James Cotter
    Mixed Media / Printmaking Andrew Saftel
  Weaving Catharine Ellis
Glenn Adamson
  Visiting Writer Juhani Pallasmaa
Nancy Blum
Marianne Boruch
Ole Jensen
Maira Kalman
  SESSION 6 (1 week)  
Rowland Ricketts
  August 24-30  
Joshua G. Stein
Matthew A. Trimble
  Blacksmithing Erica Gordon
Namita Wiggers
  Book Arts Mary Howe
    Ceramics Ursula Hargens
    Fiber Katharine Cobey
    Metals Chris Darway
Schedule subject to
change. Mixed Media Graceann Warn
    Writing Kim Stafford

Application Deadlines*:
Residency applications: March 1
Workshop/Scholarship applications: March 1
Worshop/Regular applications: April 1
Please note that the application process for summer session workshops at Haystack is a review process, held after the deadlines. Placement in workshops is not conducted on a first come, first served basis.

Schedule subject to change

“The experience is extraordinarily different, very intense. You know that you are on a voyage with other people for a defined time. This gives you the freedom to take risks.”


~ Cynthia Schira, Weaver, Haystack Life Trustee