Glass Workshops at Penland
Penland offers 1-, 2-, and 8-week classes taught by visiting instructors in our well-equipped studios. Class topics include glass blowing, flameworking, glass sculpture, cold working, casting, fusing, and more. Workshops are open to serious students of all levels unless specified in course description; beginners welcome.
Enrollment for summer 2016 workshops is currently open. Workshops are filled on a first-come, first-served basis, and enrollment remains open until all class spaces are full or the workshop begins.
Spring Eight-Week Concentrations
March 13 - May 6, 2016
Jeremy Bert and Jen Elek, Signal, chromed steel, blown glass,
enamel paint, incandescent lightbulbs, sockets, electric switch,
plug, each panel: 34-1/2 x 18-1/2 x 2-1/2"
Jeremy Bert & Jen Elek
Hot Glass & Electric Light
Most of us live within the glow of electric light—often protected or filtered by glass. This class will empower the nontechnically inclined artist to harness these omnipresent media by exploring the mechanics of glass and light while considering the potential for electric light in sculpture. Jen will teach the fundamentals of glass furnace work for the full eight weeks. Jeremy will join us for four weeks to cover the basic principles, vocabulary, and techniques of neon and other forms of electric light, including LED and incandescent. Artists ready to explore the combination of glass forming and electric light will find this workshop a great fit. All levels. Code S00GA
Collaborating artists; Jen has been a member of Lino Tagliapietra’s team since 2002; Jeremy is a certified welder, crane operator, and sign electrician; teaching: Pilchuck (WA); recent collaborative exhibitions: Museum of Glass (WA), Pittsburgh Glass Center.
Spring One-Week Session 3
April 24 - 30, 2016
Sean Hennessey, Mother of Invention,
glass, paint, LED, 36 x 48”
Deep-Relief Powder Casting
Want to learn an economical and fun way to create relief castings with regular window glass? Of course, you do! In this workshop you will learn an easy and versatile method of kiln-casting glass to make bas-relief and deep-relief sculpture. Using found objects or fabricated forms, we’ll layer images to create foregrounds and backgrounds by making simple press molds in plaster powder and slumping sheet glass in them. We’ll explore a number of options for adding color, both in the firing process and after firing. For beginners or experienced glass sculptors, this incredible technique has endless fine art, public art, and architectural applications. All levels. Code S03GB
Studio artist; teaching: Washington Glass School (MD), Arlington Arts Center (VA); solo exhibitions: The Dunes Gallery (DC), Johns Hopkins University (MD), Touchet Gallery (MD); representation: Habatat Galleries (MI), William and Joseph Gallery (Santa Fe), Duncan McClellan Gallery (FL), Alida Anderson Project (DC).
SUMMER session 1
May 29 - JUNE 10, 2016
Einar de la Torre and Jamex de la Torre,
Tonali, blown glass, resin, mixed-media,
18-1/2 x 13-1/2 x 9-1/2 inches
Einar de la Torre & Jamex de la Torre
The Dirty South
This is a workshop in glass sculpture and mixed media. Daily demonstrations will cover bit-work techniques for sculpting hot glass as well as the use of other materials in the mixed-media studio. Assignments will be used to foster group discussion. The goal of the workshop is to pursue self-expression: students will be encouraged to question their comfort zones in familiar processes. Intermediate level: students should have at least basic hot glass experience and an interest in working with a variety of materials. Code 01GA
Collaborating studio artists; teaching: UrbanGlass (NYC), Pilchuck (WA), Jam Factory (Australia), The Glass Furnace (Turkey), Bild-Werk (Germany); fellowships: United States Artists, Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, Joan Mitchell Foundation; collections: Corning Museum (NY), Glasmuseet Frauenau (Germany), Museum of Glass (WA).
Beccy Feather, Beelzebubbles, fish, glass, dimensions vary
This workshop will mix flameworking with home-science experiments and investigations into the phenomenal. Inquiries into surface tension, magnetic fields, visual phenomena, minor explosives, static electricity, and much more will be combined with a thoughtful approach to borosilicate glass making. Students will learn blown-form manipulation, point pulling, various seals, and bit application. They will leave Penland with a solid foundation in borosilicate glassblowing and their limbs and most of their hair still attached. All levels. Code 01GB
Studio artist; teaching: Pilchuck (WA), The Studio at Corning (NY), UrbanGlass (NYC), Salem Community College (NJ), Schack Art Center (WA); commissions: Chrysler Museum of Art (VA), designer of Pilchuck benefactor gift; exhibitions: New Wing Gallery (NJ), The Sculpture Gallery (Philadelphia), Contemporary Glass Museum (Turkey).
SUMMER session 2
JUNE 12 - 24, 2016
Kenny Pieper, Satin Blue Goblet Study, glass, wood, 34 x 45 x 6
Goblets, Cane & Whatever Else Comes Up
Making goblets in glass can be a difficult exercise. They have the potential to teach us much—not just about the mechanics of glass but also about the aesthetics of finished objects. This workshop will start with a number of basic goblet-making techniques. From there we’ll move into filigrana and more advanced blowing concepts. We’ll have daily demonstrations along with discussions about aesthetics and the why and how of making glass objects. Intermediate/advanced: students should have a good strong base in glassblowing techniques. Code 02GA
Studio artist; teaching: The Studio at Corning (NY), Cleveland Institute of Art, Pittsburgh Glass Center, Penland; collections: Corning Museum (NY), New Orleans Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, New Bedford Museum of Glass (MA), Asheville Art Museum (NC).
Emilio Santini, Perseus, glass, 19 x 4 x 4
Flameworking for Everyone
This workshop will cover all aspects of flameworking: from basic solid-sculpting with soft glass and borosilicate glass to pulling a proper point and blowing and opening a straight Venetian cup. If time allows, we’ll also cover insect making and blowing hollow beads at the torch with a blowpipe. Students will be able to focus on one technique, or they may practice, absorb, and take home all of them. All levels. Code 02GB
Studio artist; teaching: Virginia Commonwealth University, The Studio at Corning (NY), Pilchuck (WA), UrbanGlass (NYC), Pratt Fine Art Center (WA); collections: Corning Museum (NY), Mint Museum (NC), Sheffield Museum (England), Museum of Contemporary Art (Venice), Chrysler Museum (VA), Kentucky Museum.
SUMMER session 3
JUNE 26 - July 8, 2016
Rebecca Arday and David Schnuckel,
com/mensural, blown, kiln cast, flameworked
glass, mixed-media, 18 x 7 x 7 inches
Rebecca Arday & David Schnuckel
Logic & Lyricism
This workshop will take a two-pronged approach to establishing and expanding a sculptural practice in hot glass. Demonstrations will reinforce basic methods and introduce advanced techniques that will support conceptual intent. Exercises and prompts will spur the harmonizing of form and content as we pursue work with poetic appeal. Coldworking, assembly, cold surface treatments, and the integration of additional media will provide more options for layering content in finished works. Intermediate level: students should be able to gather and make basic shapes. Code 03GA
Rebecca: studio artist; teaching: Pilchuck (WA); exhibitions: Glasmuseet Ebeltoft (Germany), Bullseye Gallery (Portland, OR), Friesen Gallery (Seattle). David: studio artist: teaching: Pilchuck (WA), National College of Art and Design (Dublin); exhibitions: 1975 Gallery (NY), Robert Lehman Gallery (NYC), Glasmuseet Ebeltoft (Denmark).
Amy Lemaire, Oxides Coordinate Strand, soda-lime glass,
plastic-coated stainless steel wire, 9 x 2 x 11 inches
This workshop will explore the possibilities of wearable glass sculpture and consider multiple positions for sculptural objects: active when displayed on the body, and at rest in a more formal sculptural presentation. Working with both borosilicate and soda-lime glasses, we’ll cover traditional and experimental approaches to flameworking, including material preparation, working hollow, design and surface treatment, coldworking, kinetics, and hot and cold assembly. The goal is to create a collection of related works that are structurally sound and conceptually tight. All levels. Code 03GB
Studio artist, adjunct professor at Salem Community College (NJ), director of The Bead Project at UrbanGlass (NYC); Museum of Arts and Design residency (NYC); Wheaton Arts fellowship (NJ); exhibitions: SOFA Chicago and New York, Wheaton Arts (NJ); representation: Donna Schneier Fine Arts (FL).
SUMMER session 4
July 10 - 22, 2016
Joe Grant, Crystal Heliconious, glass, steel,
28-1/2 x 15 x 3 inches
Pushing, Folding, Blowing & Molding
Students in this workshop will make forms and ideas come to life using the physics of glass. We’ll develop a strong foundation of glassmaking skills in the hot shop through bit-work, solid sculpting, blowing, and simple blow molds. We’ll complement these skills in the cold shop and bring ideas to fruition through a combination of traditional and experimental approaches to glass. The workshop will include demonstrations, exercises, hands-on experimentation, and a focus on individual practice. Beginning level: experienced students are also welcome. Code 04GA
Studio artist, studio coordinator and head of education at STARworks Glass (NC); teaching: Haystack (ME), Appalachian State University (NC), East Carolina University (NC); fellowships: North Carolina Arts Council, Creative Glass Center of America (NJ); exhibitions: STARworks Gallery (NC), Gallery One (OH), Gallery A (VA), Green Hill Center (NC).
Jason Chakravarty, Right Foot Blue, murrine,
blown and cast glass, 11 x 8 inches
Hot Glass & Heavy Metal
This workshop will combine kiln-cast glass and cast aluminum. Using the lost-wax technique and glass shop equipment, students will design work that includes both cast glass and cast aluminum. Everyone will learn to design and create waxes that work for glass and those that work for aluminum. The waxes will be invested using solid investment. We’ll learn how to cast, divest, and clean up our castings. Along the way, we’ll discuss the different approaches to casting each material. All levels. Code 04GB
Studio artist; teaching: Arizona State University, The Studio at Corning (NY), UrbanGlass (NYC), Cleveland Institute of Art, Pittsburgh Glass Center, Appalachian Center for Crafts (TN); galleries: Corning Museum (NY), Duncan McClellan Gallery (FL), Habatat Galleries (FL), Hive Contemporary (PA), Thomas Riley Galleries (OH), Vetri Gallery (Seattle).
SUMMER session 5
July 24 - August 9, 2016
Alexandra Chambers, Yellow Dressing Set, blown glass,
group: 18 x 14 inches
Tom Rowney, Red Reticello Bowl, blown glass,
10-1/4 x 15 x 15 inches
Alexandra Chambers & Tom Rowney
Realize Your Ideas Through Problem Solving
This workshop will start with drawings and ideas for things you’ve always wanted to make. We’ll discover easier ways to achieve what you want and problem-solve difficult ideas into results. We’ll cover basic blown forms, varied construction and joining techniques, color applications, incalmo, and cane work. Even if you just want to hone the skills you have, a few simple workshop projects will show you how to gain skills that will help you translate your ideas into the forms you desire. All levels. Code 05GA
Alexandra: studio artist; representation: Sabbia Gallery (Sydney). Tom: studio artist, technical manager at Canberra Glassworks; teaching: Pilchuck (WA), North Lands Creative Glass (Scotland). They have taught together at Vetroricerca Glas & Modern (Italy), Eugene Glass School (WA), The Jam Factory (Australia).
Joanna Manousis, Pomegranate, cast, blown,
flameworked, and pâte de verre glass, mirror,
mixed media, 3 x 2-1/2 x 2-1/2 inches
This workshop will introduce a range of techniques in mold making, glass casting, and pâte de verre to give you a broad skill base and facilitate your sculptural ideas in glass. We’ll cover multi-part rubber molds for casting detailed wax duplicates along with hot-wax construction and handbuilt refractory mold making. We’ll mix and apply colored pâte de verre powders to open-face molds and press molds to create objects of varying thicknesses with precise coloration. This workshop will introduce you to a plethora of strategies that will help you make fabrication decisions in your own studio. All levels. Code 05GB
Studio artist; teaching: The Ohio State University, The Studio at Corning (NY), Pittsburgh Glass Center, Bullseye Resource Center (OR), Museum of Arts and Design (NYC); exhibitions: SOFA Chicago, UrbanGlass (NYC), Philadelphia Art Alliance; representation: Wexler Gallery (PA).
SUMMER session 6
August 14 - 26, 2016
Brian Corr, One, kiln-formed and blown glass, 165 x 325 x 10
Moment, blown glass, enamel paint, 138 x 6-3/4 x 6-3/4 inches
This workshop will explore form as a vehicle for creative expression by considering the role of line, volume, and void. It will also investigate ways that glass can embody light and shadow. Through demonstrations and individual working time, students will refine their technical ability and formal vocabulary in the hot shop. Students will also work to expand their voices as makers, designers, and artists through the development of personal projects and participation in group discussions. All levels. Code 06GA
Studio artist; teaching: Pilchuck (WA), The Studio at Corning (NY), The Jam Factory (Australia); exhibitions: Habatat International Glass Invitational (MI), Sabbia Gallery (Australia), Lesley Kehoe Galleries (Australia); collections: Toledo Museum (OH), Australian National Gallery, Gallery of Western Australia, Glazen Huis (Belgium); representation: Habatat Gallery (MI).
Mark Angus, Red Figure, Arms Raised,
acid-etched, enamel-painted glass,
33-1/2 x 27-1/2 inches
Free Painting on Glass
This workshop will teach expressive glass painting with black enamels, transparent colored enamels, and silver stain. We’ll paint float glass and possibly some blown forms. We’ll experiment with different mark-making methods including brushes, scratching, drills, sgraffito, etc. We’ll start with samples and then focus on assignments I will create to stretch each student. This may involve architectural ideas if appropriate. Our studio will be playful as we generate creativity and ideas. Expect to do a lot of drawing and painting, to enjoy freedom with ideas and paints, and to create beauty that will touch every viewer. All levels. Code 06GB
Studio artist; has created more than 330 painted/stained-glass windows for churches; teaching: Pilchuck (WA), Bild-Werk Frauenau (Germany), Tallin University (Estonia); collections: Victoria and Albert Museum (London), Glasmuseet Frauenau (Germany).
SUMMER session 7
August 28 - September 3, 2016
Chuck Lopez, Grace, blown glass,
stainless steel, 36 x 16 x 4 inches
Cane, Murrine, Lines & Dots
In this workshop students will learn traditional cane and murrine and alternative ways of combining them. We’ll cover color setup, gathering, effective cane pulling, and how to make murrine. Once we’ve pulled enough cane and murrine, students will learn how to pick them up to make finished pieces, including proper setup and heating. We’ll also cover simple approaches to common issues and problems related to working with cane and murrine. Intermediate/advanced: students should be able to gather, make two- and three-gather pieces, and assist a blow partner. Code 07GA
Glass studio technician at Pratt Fine Arts Center (Seattle); teaching: Pratt Fine Arts Center, Espace Verre (Montreal); Creative Glass Center of America fellowship (NJ), Artist Trust artist project grants (Seattle); exhibitions: Vetri Gallery (Seattle), Morgan Contemporary Glass (Pittsburgh), Kathryn Markel Fine Arts (NYC).
Jen Zitkov, Balance, glass, enamels,
1 x 1-3/4 inches
Beads, Baubles & Doodads
In this fun-filled workshop, we’ll use soft glass to focus on building the solid foundation of skills needed to bring your bead ideas to life. We’ll begin with the basics and expand from there to develop your skills to create with confidence and consistency. This will include shaping the glass (and getting it to stay where you want it), surface designs and textures, embellishments, decorative canes, troubleshooting, and oh, so much more. All levels. Code 07GB
Studio artist; teaching: The Studio at Corning (NY), Pittsburgh Glass Center, Rochester Institute of Technology (NY), Wildacres (NC), Penland; exhibitions: The Atelier (Miami), Arnot Art Museum (NY), National Liberty Museum (Philadelphia), Bullseye Connection (Portland, OR).
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