Glass Workshops at Penland

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





FALL Concentration

september 21 - november 14, 2014


Brian Corr, Spatial Reflections

blown, cold worked, mirrored glass,

31 x 7 x 7-1/2 inches


Brian Corr
Seeing with Your Hands

This workshop will help students with different skill levels expand their ability in the hot shop. Beginning students will develop confidence and professionalism while building a technical foundation. Intermediate and advanced students will expand and refine their hand skills while focusing on the development of their own design- and concept-based works. We’ll explore color and pattern and learn to scale up work. We may also delve into Venetian-style goblet-making. Demonstrations will be balanced with individual work time, idea development, and discussions. All levels, but some hot glass experience will be helpful. All levels. Code F00GA

Studio artist; teaching: The Studio at Corning (NY), Pilchuck (WA), Canberra Glassworks (Australia); exhibitions: Sabbia Gallery (Australia), Habitat Gallery (MI); collections: National Gallery of Australia, Gallery of Western Australia, Glazenhis (Belgium).





october 5 - 11, 2014


Amy Lemaire, Borderland, flameworked soda-lime glass,

sterling silver, steel wire, dyed deer hair, 14 x 12 x 1-1/2 inches




Amy Lemaire
Other Possible Outcomes: Reexamining Glass Beads

In this workshop we’ll reexamine glass beads as portable sculpture that is both personal and public, and we’ll consider the body as a site for wearable sculpture. We’ll cover traditional and experimental approaches to flameworking as well as cold-working and jewelry fabrication. Workshop information will include material preparation, sculptural and textured beads, surface treatment, jewelry design, and assembly strategies. Beginning and advanced makers will be encouraged to explore new ways of working. All levels. Code F01GB

Studio artist, adjunct professor at Salem Community College (NJ); teaching: Lillstreet Art Center (IL), director of the Bead Project at UrbanGlass (NYC); exhibitions: SOFA Chicago and New York, Glass Weekend (NJ), Amy Morgan Contemporary (PA), Bijoux at the Norton Museum (FL).



spring concentration

march 8 - may 1, 2015


Micah Evans, Buttress, borosilicate glass,

18 x 10 x 10 inches

Micah Evans
3, 2, 1, Hustle

This workshop will be an in-depth exploration of modern flameworking. We’ll cover everything from complex hollow and solid construction to design to business and brand management. With an elite list of visiting artists—including Salt, Snic, and Kind—we plan to make this a workshop that will launch legends. Be prepared to work harder than you ever have and learn more than you thought possible. Get ready to hustle! Intermediate/advanced level. Applicants should send five printed images of their work and a paragraph explaining their interest in this class. Applications must be received by November 28; applicants will be notified by December 15. Code S00GB

Penland resident artist; teaching: Pittsburgh Glass Center, Flameworks Austin (TX), Prism Glassworks (NY), Penland; visiting artist: University of Miami, Rochester Institute of Technology.







spring session 1

march 22 - 28, 2015


Dean Allison, Ally, cast glass, 15 x 14 x 9 inches

Dean Allison
Glass Casting

Students in this fast-track workshop will gain an understanding of glass-casting processes and techniques. We’ll cover basic mold making, lost-wax process, rubber mold making, mold compositions, casting methods, and different types of glass, and we’ll have discussions that will clarify what is happening in the kiln. Come with small sculpted waxes or clay positives and/or small found objects, along with ideas of what you want to cast. We’ll find the strategies that work best for your ideas. Be prepared to make small molds, cast glass, ask lots of questions, and work hard. All levels. Code S01GA

Penland studio coordinator; teaching: The Glass Furnace (Istanbul), Goggleworks (PA), Neusole Glass (Cincinnati); exhibitions: Riley Galleries (FL), Neusole Glass (Cincinnati), David McCune Art Gallery (NC), Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park (MI), Habatat Galleries (MI).





spring session 2

april 19 - 25, 2015



Nancy Callan, Storm Stinger and Thor Stinger,

blown glass, 31 x 16 x 16 inches each

Nancy Callan
Cups 'n' Stuff

This workshop will cover the basic techniques needed to make a nice drinking cup. We’ll also explore the technique of stuffing cups to get a variety of design effects. We’ll use cane and incalmo and whatever else we can think of as we discover fun ways to create new visual surfaces. This workshop will emphasize teamwork and good design. Intermediate/advanced level. Two years of glassblowing experience required. You’ll get the most out of this class if you have some experience with incalmo, cane, color drops, and pulling cane. Code S03GA

Studio artist and senior member of the Lino Tagliapietra team; teaching: Pilchuck (WA), Pittsburgh Glass Center, Haystack (ME); Creative Glass Center of America fellowship; residencies: Museum of Glass (WA), Toledo Museum of Art (OH), Pittsburgh Glass Center; exhibitions: Museum of Glass (WA), Bellevue Arts Museum (WA), Habatat Galleries (MI), Traver Gallery (WA), The Future Perfect (NYC).