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.





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



Beccy Feather
Boro-Ballistic Bubblefest

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


Kenny Pieper
Goblets, Cane & Whatever Else Comes Up

Making goblets in glass can be a difficult exercise. They have the potential to teach us much溶ot 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値l move into filigrana and more advanced blowing concepts. We値l 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



Emilio Santini
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値l 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

Amy Lemaire
Active/At Rest

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値l 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

Joe Grant
Pushing, Folding, Blowing & Molding

Students in this workshop will make forms and ideas come to life using the physics of glass. We値l develop a strong foundation of glassmaking skills in the hot shop through bit-work, solid sculpting, blowing, and simple blow molds. We値l 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


Jason Chakravarty
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値l learn how to cast, divest, and clean up our castings. Along the way, we値l 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致e always wanted to make. We値l discover easier ways to achieve what you want and problem-solve difficult ideas into results. We値l 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 p穰e de verre glass, mirror,

mixed media, 3 x 2-1/2 x 2-1/2 inches


Joanna Manousis
Contrasting Methods

This workshop will introduce a range of techniques in mold making, glass casting, and p穰e de verre to give you a broad skill base and facilitate your sculptural ideas in glass. We値l cover multi-part rubber molds for casting detailed wax duplicates along with hot-wax construction and handbuilt refractory mold making. We値l mix and apply colored p穰e 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

Brian Corr
Light Form

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



Mark Angus
Free Painting on Glass

This workshop will teach expressive glass painting with black enamels, transparent colored enamels, and silver stain. We値l paint float glass and possibly some blown forms. We値l experiment with different mark-making methods including brushes, scratching, drills, sgraffito, etc. We値l 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

Chuck Lopez
Cane, Murrine, Lines & Dots

In this workshop students will learn traditional cane and murrine and alternative ways of combining them. We値l cover color setup, gathering, effective cane pulling, and how to make murrine. Once we致e pulled enough cane and murrine, students will learn how to pick them up to make finished pieces, including proper setup and heating. We値l 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


Jen Zitkov
Beads, Baubles & Doodads

In this fun-filled workshop, we値l use soft glass to focus on building the solid foundation of skills needed to bring your bead ideas to life. We値l 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).