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 spring 2018 workshops is currently open.





Fall 8-Week Concentration

September 24 - November 17, 2017

DH McNabb, Horizon Studies (attempts) #4 & #5, blown and

fused glass, wood, paint, 19-1/2 x 19-1/2 x 9-1/2 inches each


DH McNabb

This workshop will be a journey that teeters between art and design. We値l start by making and replicating basic shapes and then venture into other shapes that will become part of each individual痴 voice. We値l experience making from both sides of the pipe, learning what the assistant can do to better help the maker and what the maker can do to better communicate with the assistant. We値l cover a range of color applications and discover new ones. Techniques will include cane, murrine, incalmo, and folding. Readings, drawing, walks, and other activities will help you conjure ideas from functional usefulness to thought-provoking concepts. We値l assist each other, we値l fail together, and somewhere through this we値l succeed with our own material voice. All levels. Studio fee: $140. Code F00GA

Studio artist; teaching: Centre College (KY), Pilchuck (WA), Chrysler Museum (VA); exhibitions: 12 Gallery (Norway), a space (NYC), Steel Yard Gallery (RI); collections: Corning Museum (NY), Fondation Herm駸 (Paris).






Fall 1-Week Session 3

November 5 - 11, 2017

Paul Messink, North Avenue Beach, Chicago, enamel on

kiln-formed glass, 12 x 13-1/2 x 9 inches


Paul Messink
Creating Dimension

In this workshop we値l create thick glass panels that have great dimension and depth. Students will learn how to apply enamel to glass layers and then stack and fuse these layers into solid panels. Topics will include image selection, design, layout, discussion of enamels and how they respond to fusing temperatures, painting medium, how to mix and apply enamels, fusing schedules, bubble control, kiln loading instructions, and finishing techniques. This is not primarily a painting workshop, however, many painting tips and techniques will be provided. All levels. Studio fee: $110. Code F03GB

Studio artist; teaching: Ed Hoy痴 International Art Glass and Supplies (Chicago), D&L Art Glass (Denver); exhibitions: Third Clay and Glass Biennial Exhibition (CA), GATHERING: Contemporary Glass from the Heartland (IN), Art Comes Alive (OH); representation: Habatat Galleries (MI), Vale Craft Gallery (Chicago), PISMO (Denver), Cortile Gallery (MA).






Spring 1-Week Session 1

March 25 - 31, 2018

Benjamin Cobb, Intermittent Lozenge, glass, 11 x 17 x 5 inches


Benjamin Cobb
The Best Tool for the Job

There are many ways to make objects and many ways of teaching how to make them. We値l try to find the best way for you! This workshop will drill down on basic forms as these are the building blocks (along with an open mind) for making anything out of glass. We値l also focus on color applications (overlays, double overlays, and simple cane patterns) and how to apply them quickly and efficiently. Drawing is really where the whole process starts, so come with ideas and a sketch book, and we値l hit the ground running. Intermediate/advanced level; students must be able to gather and make objects without instruction. We値l work to take those skills to the next level. Studio fee: $28. Code S01GA

Studio artist; lead gaffer at Museum of Glass (WA); teaching: The Studio at Corning (NY), Pittsburgh Glass Center, Pilchuck (WA), Emporia State University (Kansas), Academy of Art and Design (Calgary); galleries: William Traver (Seattle), Circa (Minneapolis), Duncan McClellan (FL).






Spring 1-Week Session 2

April 8 - 14, 2018

Hayden Wilson, Olive Murrine Egg, blown glass, 15 x 8 x 5 inches


Hayden Wilson
Blowing Glass, Blowing Minds

This introductory workshop will focus on the fundamentals of glassblowing. Geared toward those with little or no experience with glass, we値l cover the proper use of equipment and tools to achieve a solid understanding of this amazing material. We値l discuss the various methods used to achieve basic shapes and use these as a springboard to launch us into the endless possibilities of molten sand. Students are encouraged to bring an open mind as we make and break our way through a week of wonder. Beginning level. Studio fee: $25. Code S02GA

Studio artist and studio manager at the North Carolina Glass Center; visiting artist residencies: University of North Carolina-Asheville, University of Louisville (KY); representation: Blue Spiral (NC), Habatat Galleries (MI), Kittrell Riffkind (TX).









Spring 1-Week Session 3

April 22 - 28, 2018

Raven Skyriver, Gyre, off-hand sculpted and carved glass,

19 x 26 x 28 inches


Raven Skyriver

This hot glass workshop will be all about sculpting out of round. We値l focus on team work, timing, and problem solving on the fly, giving students a foundation on which to build intricate asymmetrical forms and teaching them how to overcome technical obstacles. If you are someone who works on symmetrical forms and you want to change it up, or if you simply want to sharpen your hot sculpting skills, this workshop has a lot to offer. Advanced level: your application must be accompanied by a CV detailing your experience in glass and five images of your work. Send these to Studio fee: $40. Code S03GA

Studio artist; teaching: Pilchuck (WA), The Studio at Corning (NY), Niijima Glass Center (Tokyo), Glass Furnace (Turkey), Aya Glass (Japan); exhibitions: Glasmuseet Ebeltoft (Denmark), Island Museum of Art (WA), Maryhill Museum of Art (WA), multiple solo shows at Stonington Gallery (Seattle).