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Cob Bench Construction

Help us finish the Cob bench so we can all relax under the trees in the sculpture garden and enjoy nature, family, friends & foods baked in the connected cob built pizza oven!

August 19th & 20th 9am – 4pm

Come on Saturday and/or Sunday.

We’ll be there rain or shine.



It is FREE to participate, but there will be MUD!!! The desire to get dirty is a requirement.

Cob building gets its name from the Old English term for “lump,” which refers to the lumps of clay-rich soil that were mixed with straw and then stomped into place to create earthen walls. Before coal and oil made transportation cheap, houses were built from whatever materials were close at hand. In places where timber was scarce, the building material most available was often the soil underfoot.

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Wood Kiln Firing

Next firings September 8th – 10th & October 13th – 15th

The Tyler Park Arts Manabigama (Japanese for “beautiful learning kiln”) is a single chamber wood kiln designed to be efficient, and give beautiful results. The kiln reaches Cone 10 over a firing of 24 hours. A diverse range of atmospheric and ash glaze effects are achieved in this relatively short firing time.

Community firings are split into “Shares”. One share is 4 cubic feet, about the size of a 30 gallon plastic tote full of work.

Please click more to see more information & register below – and bring your willingness to experiment! Read more

Firing Schedule:

Participants may glaze and and work the Friday before the firing. Loading the Kiln will begin 9AM. The door should be closed up by 3 and we will start firing at that time. We will start with a small camp fire, and build a coal bed. 555601_560507977336602_52685566_nFiring will last for around 24 hours and we will divide the work stoking into 5 hr shifts.

The Unloading with be the following Thursday when the kiln is cool. We will clean and wash the kiln shelves and sweep out the kiln firebox for the next firing.

Community Firings

  • Clay Type: All clay must be made from Cone 10 Stoneware or Porcelain. Recommended clays are Laguna B-Mix Wood, 750 and Standard Clays 119, 508, 437
  • Limit Per Firing: 8 full shares, 4 cubic feet, about the size of a 30 gallon plastic tote full of work per share.
  • Shifts: Participants must sign up for shifts stoking the kiln during glazing on Friday, or Saturday as the kiln is being loaded.
  • Firing Supervisor: Nathan Willever will lead firings and instruct glazing, loading the kiln and stoking patterns.
  • Provided with your share: Flashing Slip, Glazes, Wadding, Cones, Wood, Firing leader.

Price: 180$ per full share 90$ per half share.
Please register below – and bring your willingness to experiment!

Questions & Information
Nathan Willever

To sign up for a firing, or to get information about the kiln, complete the registration form below or contact Nate. Payment must be received no less than 3 weeks prior to firing date to reserve your space. If you prefer to pay by check, it can be made payable to Tyler Park Center for the Arts can be mailed to TPCA Wood Kiln 10 Stable Mill Trail, Richboro PA 18954 along with printed registration from confirmation email.

Time slots are 5 hours long, actual stoking time is 4 hours. You will be observing for the first and last half hours of your scheduled time. This observation time is important as it informs the new stokers of everything they need to know about the kiln and its progress. This observation process is for everyone, even if you are a seasoned stoker.

Please note, signing up for a time slot is a commitment! You must arrive on time and stay the entire shift. We will always have enough people per shift as to be considerate of physical limitations. Stoking is calmer and the atmosphere is cooler during the first three shifts.

Private Rental & Mentored Workshops: Fully mentored group workshops are available. This is a great option for guilds and groups of potters who want to be fully involved in the process of firing their work. Participants arrive with their bisqued and glazed ware. Each member of the group will be guided through the processes of wadding their work, loading the kiln, bricking up the door, firing the kiln, unloading the kiln, and cleaning their work.

Current cost for renting the entire kiln is $1500. We ask for a 400$ security deposit when signing up for a date.

Please contact Nathan Willever at to schedule a firing date.

Nathan Willever was raised in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ceramics from Maine College of Art, in Portland, Maine. Nathan was a student of multiple artists during workshops at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine. He has taught numerous classes and workshops on functional pottery at institutions such as The Clay Studio in Philadelphia, PA, and Ox-Bow School of Art in Saugatuck, MI. Nathan is currently a studio potter and educator living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


Glass Workshop with Kim DiMezza

Holiday Trees – Get prepared for the holidays! Learn how to make glass trees without needing a kiln.

September 14th
October 12th 
October 27th – Friday “Girls Night Out” 
November 9th 

All classes are $45.00 per person + $25.00 Material fee – Paid to the Instructor. 6-10pm – Ages 14 & up.  Read more


This 4 hour workshop will teach you how to cut glass and cold work it to form an adorable glass tree. Depending on the choice of colors, this tree might be a creative addition to your Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, or Hanukkah decor. They also make great gifts! Once you learn the technique, you will be able to make your own trees at home.

Pysanky – Hand-Decorated Eggs w/ Basia Andrusko

Pysanky: Ukrainian Egg Workshops

Explore the art, symbolism and joy in creating Pysanky.

Halloween Eggs: October 26th

Thanksgiving Eggs: November 16th

Christmas Egg Ornaments: December 7th

6 – 9pm Ages 12 & up – 30$ + $10 material fee to instructor

Each workshop participant will create a unique and beautiful egg ornament!

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You will be guided through all the steps of transforming a plain egg into a work of art. Adult and/or teen students will learn the age old Ukrainian method of Pysanky, decorating eggshells. We will apply a series of melted beeswax and dyes to create traditional star patterns. When complete, the wax is melted off, revealing the vivid colors. Students will have the option of turning their Pysanky into a unique Seasonal ornaments.

Materials (eggs, stylus, dyes, wax…) and instruction will be provided to make one or two Pysanky.
Kits will also be available for purchase, so that students can continue to make Pysanky and wax-resist batik-style eggs at home, for all seasons and occasions.

Workshop $30  + $10 material fee to instructor

Basia  has been writing Pysanky for over four decades, gathering in the kitchen during Lent to carry on the Ukrainian tradition.
She finds the creation process very soothing and meditative, and look forward to the moment of melting off the wax to reveal the design.
She writes pysanky with traditional patterns, but also enjoys creating egg art with fresh interpretations and original designs (like my beach-inspired seashell patterns).

They make great gifts, especially to commemorate a birthday, anniversary, new home, or just to share with someone special.



Precious Metal Clay w/ Monique Perry

Come learn how to make beautiful fine silver jewelry using a truly amazing material called Precious Metal Clay (PMC).

Upcoming Dates to Be Announced

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PMC’s clay body is made up of microscopic particles of metal held together by an organic binder and water. When fired at specific temperatures, the binder and water burn off allowing the silver particles to fuse into SOLID metal. PMC can be easily sculpted or molded and impressed with textures and stamps. Firing and polishing of student’s pieces will be done during class. Students will leave this one day workshop with several of their own one-of-a-kind silver creations.Monique Perry

Monique Perry has been creating jewelry for 24 years. A traditional metalsmith, metal clay artist and enamelist, she has worked predominantly with metal clay for the last 9 years and holds two certifications in that medium. She has won several awards for her jewelry at the New Hope Arts and Crafts Festival in 2011 & 2016, along with an award in the “Enamored Challenge” Spring 2012 Metal Clay Today. Her work has been published in Handmade Business, Art Jewelry, Metal Clay Today, Metal Clay Artist, The Art and Design of Metal Clay Jewelry and More, and Grains of Glass just to name a few. Learn more about Monique at or on Facebook

Beginners Precious Metal Clay (PMC) ~Upcoming Dates to Be Announced

Come explore the wonders of precious metal clay in this introductory one day class. You will create a pendant and a pair of earrings from start to finish out of fine silver metal clay. You will learn how to work and handle metal clay, cut it, add texture, kiln fire, patina, burnish and set a small gemstone if desired.

Clay and tools are provided for use by the instructor, gemstones, and findings (ear wires, chain/cord) are extra. Payment will be required at time of registration, as materials will be ordered for the class.

This class is limited to 10 students. Please pack your own brown bag lunch.

Students will leave this one day workshop with several of their own one-of-a-kind silver creations.

$125 beginners Materials fee can range $35-65 for metal clay payable to instructor at class


Community Day


Community Day is a free event open to all ages, with hands on stations set up with a sampling of the children and adult activities and workshops that are offered here throughout the year.

Artists demonstrating to be announced

light food & refreshments available.


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Apple Basket Workshops w/ Karen Wychock

Apple Baskets  – Saturday, Nov. 11, 1072

9:30 – 3:30pm (Ages : teen – Adult)

Working over wooden molds, in the methods of the Shakers, you have an opportunity to weave a traditional apple basket in one of two sizes, 10” or 12”. The apple baskets will be woven of reed. The handles are made of pre-bent oak.  Read more

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Cost : $50.00 per Person Plus + Material Fee : $40.00 Paid to Instructor



Stained Glass with Kelly Devine

Create unique stained glass works of art. A great instructor with classes for beginners and those with experience. Ages 13+

Upcoming date to be announced – 10am – 6pm                                                                 

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DSC_0047Stained Glass WorkshopLearn the basic techniques to copper foil stained glass. This is a hands on demonstration class that allows you to adjust to cutting glass to create simple but beautiful works of art to take with you.

Upcoming date to be announced 10am – 6pm $60 plus $25 material fee to instructor Ages 15 & up

Story Pole Sculpture

Join local artists in creating a story pole at TPCA

Dates to be announced or contact us to schedule a time to add your story! (ages 12+)

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Pottery Classes & Workshops

Pottery classes for Adults and Children at Earth Center Pottery ~  There is always room to join us! All levels of experience welcome for wheel and hand built pottery. Contact Jennifer for details: or 267-218-0290

Learn more at Earth Center Pottery

Friends Night Out is held from 7.30-10pm the 3rd Friday of the month. $40


Sewing Classes

The Sewing Studio at Tyler State Park is a place to create an idea, make a friend, challenge your capabilities, be part of a community, learn to operate a sewing machine, shake off the stresses of the day, and develop professional sewing techniques.
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Class times:


Kids Classes

Monday September 12 – December 19 (15 Weeks)
4:30 -5:30
5:30- 6:30
6:30 – 8:00

Tuesday September 6 – December 20
4:30- 5:30
5:30- 6:30

Wednesday September 7 – September 21

Thursday (15 weeks)
September 8 – December 22
4:30- 5:30

Friday September 9 – December 23
4:30- 5:30
5:30- 6:30

Saturday September 10 – December 24
9:00/9:30 – 10:30
10:30- 11:30
3:00 – 4:30 (5 weeks) $108
September 10 – October 8

16 Weeks – 1 Hours – $256
1.5 Hours – $346

15 Weeks – 1 Hours – $240
1.5 Hours – $324

Adult Classes

Thursday 7:00 – 9:00

For More Info contact Barbara at 215-917-0196 or


Birthday Parties & Girls Night Out!

Schedule a special night at TPCA.

Offerings in a multitude of mediums including beading, marbleized silk, stained glass and fusion, fine art, gourd decorating, book making & more!

For details & scheduling contact  267-218-0290

Family, Friends, and Me:

Sunday Afternoons 1 – 3 pm

Fun kids clay workshop, adult family members welcome! Read more

Children over 7 may attend by themselves, but under 7 must be accompanied by an adult who will assist the child with their clay project.

Family & Friends are welcomed to make a piece of their own.

Walking pots, Bird baths or feeders, Animal creations, Fairy & Critter houses, holiday decorations, cups & plates and more!

Register for single sessions @ $25 per participant (adult as well as child)

$10 discounts if Register in Advance for 4 consecutive sessions

Click here to register and pay online