About the Guild:

The Folk Art Guild is an intentional community and craft center located in the heart of the Finger Lakes in Middlesex, NY. For over 50 years, Guild artisans have been producing fine crafts including pottery, woodworking, weaving, natural fiber clothing and folk toys. Membership includes both non-residents and residents. Residents live on-site year-round, sharing meals and working together in an effort to live more sustainably.

As a non-profit institution, the Guild offers education in traditional crafts through classes, residencies, and apprenticeships. The 350-acre farm is home to the East Hill Gallery, open May through October and displaying the work of Guild artists. The Folk Art Guild is part of an international network of groups studying the teachings of G.I. Gurdjieff.


Mission Statement:

To offer support and nourishment to all who are searching for a more conscious, creative, and responsible way of living.

In support of our Mission

Practical Work
Working with Our Hands
Living with Others

Learn More About Gurdjieff

Meet Some Community Members!

Michael Hunter
Michael HunterCommunity Garden Manager
Michael has been a Guild member for well over 35 years, and has worked extensively in many different craft areas. Currently he manages the Graphic Arts Studio, as well as co-managing the Community Garden.
Annie Schliffer
Annie SchlifferMaster Potter
Originally just stopping in fora  day visit, Annie has been working in the Pottery Studio at the Guild for over 40 years. Annie also teaches our weekly Yoga Classes and has been to India, China, and Peru to study both Ceramics and Yoga.
David Barnet
David BarnetMaster Woodworker
David has been working in our Woodshop Studio since he visited in the 1970’s and his passion for wood-turning has developed into a masterful art. David also manages the Orchards, and Publicity department.