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.



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”

Sean Hennessey
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 2016 Workshops


Complete listings for Summer 2016 workshops will be posted in late December. Registration for summer workshops is not open until the full workshop descriptions are available. Until then, browse the Summer 2016 preview for a glimpse of our upcoming classes.


Summer 2016 Workshop Preview