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The History of

The Craftsmen’s Guild of Pittsburgh

The Craftsmen’s Guild of Pittsburgh was founded in 1944 by a small group of potters and later incorporated in 2001. Since then it has grown to include a diverse and talented array of fine craftspeople.

The Guild’s signature event, A Fair in the Park, is one of Pittsburgh’s premier art festivals. It is held annually in September in Mellon Park, Shadyside. The Fair typically features 100 fine artists/craftspeople from both the region and throughout the country.

Education is not filling a bucket but lighting a fire

The Craftsmen’s Guild’s Scholarship Fund 2024

On Thursday, May 9, Guild members, Amanda Wolf, Stevo Sadvary and Karen McKee had the great pleasure of attending the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild Annual Invitational Exhibition and award ceremony. We saw firsthand how our donation and so many others are helping to support young artists in Pittsburgh. We were so proud to be there to represent The Craftsmen’s Guild of Pittsburgh and hope to continue sharing the scholarship fund each year.

Here are the highlights from that evening:

  • Artwork EVERYWHERE! It lined the walls and stood proudly on pedestals! This artwork was fresh, well-crafted and creative with a youthful interpretation of the world.
  • $65,000 total in cash awards, scholarships and workshops 
  • Many cash awards from local donors such as the Warhol Museum, Mattress Factory and Standard Ceramics. Colleges and Universities included Slippery Rock, Carlow and LaRoche. Workshop awards came from the Pittsburgh Glass Center, Touchstone Center for Crafts and Society for Contemporary Craft.
  • Art, music, laughter and applause made this event a beautiful evening of pride in our youth and a feeling of community connection.
After reviewing nearly 100 student submitted images of artwork from Pittsburgh Highschool seniors, we chose these three students to receive scholarship awards on the behalf of The Craftsmen’s Guild of Pittsburgh.
Rocco Costa             $800
Ivy Echols                $1000
Zachary Schantz   $1000

Our Mission

To promote art and educate the general public through presenting A Fair in the Park, which enables our craftsmen to sustain themselves through the sale of their artwork. 

To develop, preserve and promote excellence in craftsmanship in the region.

To provide growth and nurturing instruction, mentoring, guidance or assistance to both members and the general community.  

To fulfill this mission, the Guild will encourage and promote the highest standards of craftsmanship and artistry among its members and in all events and affiliations associated with the Guild.

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