Fall One-Week Workshops

Classes are open to serious students of all levels unless specified in course description; beginners welcome.



Session 3: November 3 - 9, 2013




David Licata, Red Glass

Ladyslipper (detail),

flameworked borosilicate glass

David Licata - Nature at the Torch

Working from the forms of nature, students in this workshop will learn to break down intricate shapes into understandable visual components. Using borosilicate glass, we’ll cover assemblage and sculpting at the torch. We’ll also cover finishing and coldworking techniques and the use of found objects. This workshop is for anyone who wants to spend a week being inspired by nature and the beauty of Penland and translate that inspiration into glass objects. All levels. Code F03GB


This workshop is now full.

Studio artist; teaching: Peters Valley (NJ), Brookfield Craft Center (CT), Wayne Community College (Detroit); exhibitions: SOFA Chicago and New York, Snyderman Gallery (PA), “Talente 09” (Munich), Blue Door Gallery (NY).








Seth Gould, Small Hacksaw, steel, ebony, brass,

4 x 13-1/2 x 1-1/2 inches

Seth Gould - Beginning Toolmaking

Students in this workshop will learn the basics of working steel while making their own tools. We’ll start with a center punch as we cover basic forging, filing, and heat treating. Then students will make a riveting hammer and learn finishing techniques, handle making, and ornamentation through decorative file work. Students will walk away with the basic knowledge needed to make simple tools in their own studio. This workshop will emphasize making tools that are beautiful as well as functional. Because there is forging involved, the work will be somewhat physical. All levels. Code F03MB

Studio artist, toolmaker; teaching: University of Arkansas (Little Rock); 2013 Niche Award finalist (PA), Belvedere Grant (ME), Penland Core Fellowship; exhibitions: Penland Gallery (NC), Torpedo Factory (VA), National Ornamental Metals Museum (TN).





Rebecca Ringquist, Adjustment Period, found

fabrics, embroidery and machine stitching,

12 x 15 inches

Rebecca Ringquist - Maximalist Embroidery

Taking inspiration from outsider artists as well as contemporary art-world models, students in this exploration of maximalist aesthetics will learn a bevy of surface embellishment techniques, including hand embroidery, drawing with the sewing machine, appliqué, and reverse appliqué. Improvising to create new methods of accumulating marks, students will quickly develop their own vocabulary, using hand embroidery and sewing machines to create dense, additive designs. All levels welcome, but students should be comfortable with a sewing machine. Code F03TA

Studio artist; teaching: School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Columbia College Chicago; Ox-Bow (MI), Arrowmont (TN), Haystack (ME); exhibitions: Museum of Arts and Design (NYC), Grand Rapids Art Museum (MI); solo shows: Packer Schopf Gallery (Chicago), Fraction Workspace (Chicago).