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    • Tuesday, October 12, 2021
    • Tuesday, November 09, 2021
    • 5 sessions
    • Painted Sky Center for the Arts
    • 2
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    Students will design, tool and stitch a leather wallet with a design of their choosing. The wallet will be theirs to keep. This class is for ages 16 and up and suitable for beginner through intermediate students.



    Payments must be made at the time of registration. If a payment is not made within 15 minutes of registration our system will automatically cancel the registration.

    About the instructor: Clair Kehrberg 

    Well, hello. My name is Clair. For as long as I can remember I have loved anything creative. My specialty is leatherwork, everything from traditional hand carved leather to painting and stitching. I love to create.

    My journey in leather craft began in high school, where I spent my senior year studying with local saddle maker and friend, Tom Berry. After high school I attended a two year saddle making coarse with professor Verlane Desgrange at Spokane Falls Community College in Spokane Washington. It was an intense coarse were I learned traditional floral carving, the correct hand stitching methods, pattern making and construction and the mechanics of fine leather goods and western saddles. Though it was intense, it was the best foundation available in the world and it really set me on my path.

    After graduating from Saddle Making School, I went on to study with Severe Bros Saddlery in Pendleton Oregon, home of the Pendleton Roundup then finally opened my own shop in the fall of 2004.

    I study with master leather crafters when ever I can. Some of the craftsmen I have studied with included world famous saddle maker, Dale Harwood and boot maker Mo Welfl.

    At this point I have done some teaching as well. Teaching traditional leather tooling and writing "how to" articles for the crafters magazine, The Leather Crafters & Saddlers Journal.




    • Friday, October 15, 2021
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Painted Sky Center for the Arts
    • 8

    Students will design, stamp and paint a leather patch that will be applied to an animal brush. Brush is theirs to keep.

    This class is for ages 16 and up and suitable for advanced beginners and intermediate level students.



    Payments must be made at the time of registration. If a payment is not made within 15 minutes of registration our system will automatically cancel the registration.

    About the instructor: Clair Kehrberg 

    Well, hello. My name is Clair. For as long as I can remember I have loved anything creative. My specialty is leatherwork, everything from traditional hand carved leather to painting and stitching. I love to create.

    My journey in leather craft began in high school, where I spent my senior year studying with local saddle maker and friend, Tom Berry. After high school I attended a two year saddle making coarse with professor Verlane Desgrange at Spokane Falls Community College in Spokane Washington. It was an intense coarse were I learned traditional floral carving, the correct hand stitching methods, pattern making and construction and the mechanics of fine leather goods and western saddles. Though it was intense, it was the best foundation available in the world and it really set me on my path.

    After graduating from Saddle Making School, I went on to study with Severe Bros Saddlery in Pendleton Oregon, home of the Pendleton Roundup then finally opened my own shop in the fall of 2004.

    I study with master leather crafters when ever I can. Some of the craftsmen I have studied with included world famous saddle maker, Dale Harwood and boot maker Mo Welfl.

    At this point I have done some teaching as well. Teaching traditional leather tooling and writing "how to" articles for the crafters magazine, The Leather Crafters & Saddlers Journal.




    • Monday, October 18, 2021
    • Monday, November 15, 2021
    • 5 sessions
    • Painted Sky Center for the Arts
    • 5
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    Students will make a western style headstall that will be theirs to keep.

    This class is for ages 16 and up and is for the intermediate student.


    Payments are to be made online only. Our system will automatically cancel your registration if a payment is not made within 15 minutes.


    Instructor Bio: Leon Pielstick

    Started leathercraft and tooling at age 10. Made my first saddle with a Tandy Kit at age 14. He has made an abundance of belts and wallets and has mentored other leather workers in leather tooling and saddle making.

    Leon attended OSU and graduated from Colorado State University Veterinary School. He was a practicing veterinarian in Burns until retirement and moved to John Day in 2017.


    • Friday, October 22, 2021
    • Saturday, October 23, 2021
    • 2 sessions
    • Painted Sky Center for the Arts
    • 2
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    Students will make a hair-on-hide leather clutch with Emma Immoos. The clutch will be theirs to keep.

    This class is for ages 16 and up and suitable for beginners.



    Payments must be made at the time of registration. If a payment is not made within 15 minutes of registration our system will automatically cancel the registration.

    About the instructor: Emma Immoos

    I got my start in leather work while I was in college back in 2016 from a couple that ran a boot shop out of La Grande, Oregon. They took me in, taught me how to spool a bobbin, pulled my stitches when I had the tension wrong, run the many machines in their shop, shared life lessons and always managed to save a good chunk of time to sit down and visit. They gave me space to grow and create my own style. They helped pave the way for me to become a maker.

    Since then I have started my own leather business out of prairie city, Oregon where I have had the chance to work on a variety of projects such as purses, clutches, belts, book covers wedding bouquet wraps and more. My favorite products to create are western style cowhide purses with fringe.




    • Friday, November 19, 2021
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Painted Sky Center for the Arts
    • 9
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    Students will stamp and paint a set of 6 wine glass markers that will be theirs to keep. This class is for ages 16 and up and suitable for beginners.


    Payments must be made at the time of registration. If a payment is not made within 15 minutes of registration our system will automatically cancel the registration.

    About the instructor: Clair Kehrberg 

    Well, hello. My name is Clair. For as long as I can remember I have loved anything creative. My specialty is leatherwork, everything from traditional hand carved leather to painting and stitching. I love to create.

    My journey in leather craft began in high school, where I spent my senior year studying with local saddle maker and friend, Tom Berry. After high school I attended a two year saddle making coarse with professor Verlane Desgrange at Spokane Falls Community College in Spokane Washington. It was an intense coarse were I learned traditional floral carving, the correct hand stitching methods, pattern making and construction and the mechanics of fine leather goods and western saddles. Though it was intense, it was the best foundation available in the world and it really set me on my path.

    After graduating from Saddle Making School, I went on to study with Severe Bros Saddlery in Pendleton Oregon, home of the Pendleton Roundup then finally opened my own shop in the fall of 2004.

    I study with master leather crafters when ever I can. Some of the craftsmen I have studied with included world famous saddle maker, Dale Harwood and boot maker Mo Welfl.

    At this point I have done some teaching as well. Teaching traditional leather tooling and writing "how to" articles for the crafters magazine, The Leather Crafters & Saddlers Journal.




    • Friday, November 26, 2021
    • Saturday, November 27, 2021
    • 2 sessions
    • Painted Sky Center for the Arts
    • 4
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    Students will make a hair-on-hide leather stocking with a name tag with Emma Immoos that will be theirs to keep.

    This class is for ages 16 and up and suitable for beginners.

    Payments must be made at the time of registration. If a payment is not made within 15 minutes of registration our system will automatically cancel the registration.


    About the instructor: Emma Immoos

    I got my start in leather work while I was in college back in 2016 from a couple that ran a boot shop out of La Grande, Oregon. They took me in, taught me how to spool a bobbin, pulled my stitches when I had the tension wrong, run the many machines in their shop, shared life lessons and always managed to save a good chunk of time to sit down and visit. They gave me space to grow and create my own style. They helped pave the way for me to become a maker.

    Since then I have started my own leather business out of prairie city, Oregon where I have had the chance to work on a variety of projects such as purses, clutches, belts, book covers wedding bouquet wraps and more. My favorite products to create are western style cowhide purses with fringe.





Meet the Teachers



Clair Kehrberg

Clair began her leather working journey in high school under the tutelage of local saddle maker Tom Berry. Upon graduation from high school she attended a two year saddle making program at Spokane Falls Community College with Verlane Desgrange as the instructor. She earned an associates degree in saddle making there. She spent a short time as an apprentice with Randy Severe at Severe Bros Saddlery in Pendleton Oregon. In 2007 Clair received a scholarship from the Traditional Cowboy Arts Association to study with world renowned saddle maker Dale Harwood. Clair has operated her own leather arts business since 2004 where she has made everything from custom western saddles to key chains and just about everything in between! She has won awards for her work and the World Leather Debut in Wyoming and been recognized for her handbags at the International Independent Handbag Designer Awards in New York City. Over the years her work has been featured in such magazines as Western Horseman, Cowboys & Indians, Western Art & Architecture and many others.


Leon Pielstick

Leon started leathercraft and tooling at age 10. He made his first saddle with a Tandy Kit at age 14. He has made an abundance of belts and wallets and has mentored other leather workers in leather tooling and saddle making.

Leon attended OSU and graduated from Colorado State University Veterinary School. He was a practicing veterinarian in Burns until retirement and moved to John Day in 2017.



Emma Immoos

I got my start in leather work while I was in college back in 2016 from a couple that ran a boot shop out of La Grande, Oregon. They took me in, taught me how to spool a bobbin, pulled my stitches when I had the tension wrong, run the many machines in their shop, shared life lessons and always managed to save a good chunk of time to sit down and visit. They gave me space to grow and create my own style. They helped pave the way for me to become a maker.

Since then I have started my own leather business out of prairie city, Oregon where I have had the chance to work on a variety of projects such as purses, clutches, belts, book covers wedding bouquet wraps and more. My favorite products to create are western style cowhide purses with fringe.


Leather Department Committee



Leather Department Lead

Clair Kehrberg

ckehrberg@outlook.com 

The Leather Arts Department meets monthly to plan classes and events for Painted Sky. Contact Clair if you are interested in joining the Leather Arts Department Committee.


Teach a Class

Interested in teaching or volunteering for the Leather Department? Contact Clair at ckehrberg@outlook.com


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