Many of our Fair visitors, and especially children, often ask, "How did you make that?" And the Craftsmen's Guild of Pittsburgh believes it is an important component of the total Fair experience for our visitors to have the opportunity to observe the process of making, as well as the end results. Accordingly, we have invited the following artists and craftspeople to conduct on site demonstrations of their skills at various times daily throughout the Fair.
Michael “FiG” Mangiafico
Michael "FiG" Mangiafico has been teaching torchworking and glass blowing since 1993. His work is available from galleries nationwide and has been featured in art magazines and consumer publications.
Michael demonstrates at schools, fairs, galleries and other organizations. While his specialty is lampworking: making beads, marbles, and sculpture. He also makes jewelry, vessels, castings, and paperweights.
FiG will be giving demonstrations in lampworking glass.