Open Door, first offered at Haystack in 1982, has become an important event for the school and the Maine arts community. Open Door is an intensive fall session for Maine residents, 18 and older. Workshops are offered in a variety of disciplines — participants range from beginners to advanced professionals — and the retreat format allows students to investigate materials and techniques alongside one another in Haystack’s studios (open 24 hours for the duration of the program), gather during mealtimes and evening faculty presentations, and enjoy the school’s award-winning campus together.

Open Door is traditionally held during the three-day weekend in October, ending on Indigenous Peoples’ Day, making it Haystack’s annual season-ending program. This workshop, led by prominent craftmakers and visual artists – from Maine, the US, and beyond – has become one of Maine’s best known professional development opportunities for working artists. Please Contact Haystack if you would like to be added to our mailing list and/or our email list for future news and mailings.

Faculty for 2019 program included: Meghan Brady (graphics), Susan Conley (writing), Chandra DeBuse (ceramics), Ani Hoover (fiber/lampshades), Rangeley Morton (digital fabrication), Brian Newton (wood/brooms), Suzanne Pugh (blacksmithing), and Nash Quinn (metals/enameling).

For participants 18 years or older and all skill levels – from beginners to advanced professionals – this program offers Maine residents* the opportunity for retreat and focus time.

*A Maine resident is someone who lives in Maine for more than half of the year.

2019 Open Door Faculty and Workshop Titles



Suzanne Pugh


Vessel-centric Forming




Chandra DeBuse


Sketch & Stretch




Ani Hoover


Casting Shade




Meghan Brady






Nash Quinn 


Cut-and-Fold Enameling Vessels




Brian Newton


Before They Were Flat




Susan Conley


Stories and Risk: A Cross-Genre Workshop in
Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction



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