Peters Valley School of Craft
19 Kuhn Road
Layton, NJ 07851
ContactMs. Kristin Muller
Peters Valley promotes excellence in and continues the legacy of fine crafts by supporting practicing artists, teaching both traditional and new skills and making fine arts and fine crafts accessible to a greater community. We teach people creative problem solving through craft media and encourage independent thinking, entrepreneurship and innovation. Our students have their creative potential stretched and encouraged while on campus and emerging artists are cultivated to become leaders and contributors to the field.
Peters Valley School of Craft enriches lives through the learning, appreciation and practice of the art of fine craft. From its inception as an artist colony in 1970 to its status today as a world-renowned craft school, Peters Valley is committed to developing excellence in craft through the skills and core values of traditional craftsmanship while nurturing creativity and innovation in a diverse constituency including professional artists, enthusiasts and general public. Peters Valley fulfills its mission through 2 to 8 day, immersive workshops for adults held from May through September and summer youth art programs, a Store and Gallery featuring work from over 100 fine craft artists, an Annual Fine Craft Fair that draws over 6,500 visitors, an artist residency program, artist internships, fellowships, residencies and public outreach programs including an Open House and participation in affiliate programs with regional schools and arts organizations including partnerships with; the Pocono Environmental Education Center, Project Self Sufficiency and Hunterdon Art Museum, Marywood & Hood Universities and Sussex County Community College, Water Gap Wood Turners, NJ Potters Guild, NJ Blacksmiths Association, Artisin & NJ State Fair. Peters Valley brings the power and beauty of making fine crafts by hand to an ever widening audience via its programs, partnerships and collaborations.
The staff is comprised of Kristin Muller, Executive Director, Jennifer Apgar, Education Director, Jackie Santonastaso, Administrative Assistant, Lindsay Gates, Development Director, Brienne Rosner, Store and Gallery Manager, Colin Brosnan, Facilities Manager, seasonal staff and a devoted Board of Directors (9). Peters Valley operates 8 fine craft studios, which are managed by a combination of permanent staff and artist fellows, who are paid a stipend, housing and meals and the opportunity to work with renowned artist/instructors in exchange for managing the studios during the workshop season.