MCA Weekend Workshop: May 7-10, 2020

The MCA invites you (MCA members and non members) for three and a half days of studio workshops at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. Instruction, room and board are included in the fee. Join us to spend dedicated time in the Haystack Studios with exceptional instructors and fellow students (and to enjoy good food + views!). The MCA Weekend Workshop is our oldest ongoing (and likely favorite!) program that began in 1983 as an annual event in partnership with Haystack Mountain School of Crafts; we cherish our time there and the opportunity it provides our organization and craft artists in, and new to, our network.


Blacksmithing/Forge | Erica Moody
Ceramics | Paul Sacaridiz
Jewelry | Patty Daunis 2018 Master Craft Artist Award
Wood | Don Best
Visiting Artist Studio | Abdi Nor Iftin
Print/Graphics TBA
Fiber TBA

Registration opens November 1


Haystack accommodations are roomy and light-filled, but unheated.  There are two-person cabins with and without bathrooms, three-person cabins without bathrooms, one (1) four person cabin with a bathroom, and two dorm-style cabins. Studios are open at all times for work. There is no Wifi in the studios or cabins.


The fee for the MCA Haystack Workshop Weekend includes instruction, room and board, and varies depending on your membership status and choice of housing. Studio material fees are extra and vary by workshop; please see individual workshop descriptions. 2020 MCA member and non-member fees will be published in October. Registration opens November 1, 2019 for 2020.

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Students register online beginning November 1 2019 by paying a non-refundable deposit of $100 and selecting a first and second choice workshop and first and second choice accommodations. Workshops and accommodations are on a first-come-first-served basis, and waitlists are created as options fill. If you register prior to Jan 1, 2020, MCA will send you a Paypal invoice for your balance in January 2020 with a deadline to pay. If you register on or after Jan 1, 2020, you will receive an invoice for the balance within two weeks with a deadline to pay. Your invoice will have a payment deadline. If you do not pay by the deadline or contact MCA to set up an installment payment plan, we will assume you are not attending the program and will offer your space to someone on the waitlist.

NOTE: The registration form allows for only making a first choice and opting out of the workshop in the event you do not get your first choice. If your choice(s) are marked as waitlist-only, you may be added to the waitlist without paying the deposit – if that is the case, please email us:


Cancellations received by March 6th will be refunded total workshop fees paid to date LESS the $100 non refundable deposit.

Cancellations received after March 6th will be refunded 50% workshop fees paid to date, excluding $100 non refundable deposit.

In either case, the MCA membership fee is non-refundable.


Built on a cliff overlooking Jericho Bay in the Atlantic Ocean, the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts has served as a muse to many who have come to create. Located on Stinson Neck in Deer Isle, Maine, the award-winning campus, designed by Edward Larrabee Barnes, was added to the National Register of Historic Places in February 2006. For more information about the campus and photos, visit Haystack’s website.


Thursday, May 7
10:00 am -12:00 pm: Arrival/Registration
12:00 pm: Lunch
1:00 pm: Workshops begin
5:30 pm: Casual, Meet & Greet on top deck or around the fire
6:00 pm: Welcome and dinner
7:00 pm: Faculty Slide Presentations

Friday, May 8
8:00 am: Breakfast
8:30 am-5:00 pm: Workshops (Lunch at Noon)
6:00 pm: Dinner
7:00 pm: Instructor and Student Exhibition Opening/Reception in Gateway

Saturday, May 9
8:00 am Breakfast
8:30 am-6:00 pm: Workshops (Lunch at Noon)
6:00 pm: Dinner
After hours: Music Night in Dining Hall

Sunday, May 10
8:00 am: Breakfast
8:30 am -11:00 am: Workshops
11:00 am-Noon: Studio walk through
Noon: Lunch
1:00 pm: Departure


The Gateway Scholarship Fund provides workshop tuition, room and board for one student in the MCA Haystack Workshop Weekend program each year beginning in 2019. Scholarship recipients are emerging Maine artists who have not previously attended any Haystack programs. In lieu of an application, MCA will invite nominations from the public and in particular, from underserved communities statewide. Educational and arts organizations who work directly with New Mainers, Native Americans, refugees, immigrants and displaced persons in Maine are encouraged to nominate artists for the scholarship. Please contact for more information and nominations.


The MCA Instructor/Student Exhibition and Sale is held annually in the Haystack campus Gateway gallery during the Workshop Weekend. Program instructors and students are invited to contribute artwork to the Exhibition, and may choose to donate 50% or 100% of sales; donations benefit the MCA Gateway Scholarship Fund. The Exhibition is open to the public for a reception on the Friday evening of the MCA Haystack Workshop Weekend; the next Instructor/Student Exhibition will be Friday, May 8, 2020 from 7-8:30pm in the Gateway Center. A special thank you to Anne and Chuck Riggs, who provided the inspiration and funding for the first Gateway Scholarship recipient.