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 and fall 2017 and spring 2018 workshops is currently open.





SUMMER session 6

August 13 - 25, 2017

Jeff Ballard, Ripple Effect, blown glass, 3-1/2 x 20 inches


Jeff Ballard
Commanding the Bench

The responsibility of the gaffer can be overwhelming, so this is a workshop that will help students get comfortable leading a team and deciding how to execute specific projects and ideas. We値l cover technique while emphasizing efficiency, preparation, and communication. Demonstrations and discussions of techniques擁ncluding cane work, encalmo, color fades, stuffing cups, garage, bit work, and advanced punties謡ill give students a wealth of knowledge to take with them. The why behind the how will help you understand the material. This fast-paced class will take your hot shop game to the next level. Intermediate/advanced; solid hot shop skills required. Code 06GA


Studio artist and gaffer; teaching: Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, The Studio at Corning (NY), Glass Furnace (Istanbul); residencies: Northlands (U.K.), Pilchuck (WA); collections: Museum of Glass (WA), Pilchuck (WA).


Joseph Cavalieri, Power of Pop, painted and screen-printed

kiln-fired enamel on stained glass, 27-5/8 x 23 x 2 inches


Joseph Cavalieri
Rethinking Tradition

Kiln firing enamels onto glass dates back to medieval times. This workshop will cover modern techniques for creating imagery on glass, including hand painting, air brushing, pen and ink, and screen-printing, along with stained glass skills such as cutting, copper foiling, and soldering. Screen-print images will be provided for the class, plus students will be taught to make one screen of their own to use. Students can work from their own designs or trace existing images; painting expertise is not required. We値l start with sketches and end up with finished glass panels. We値l also cover 3D work for creating functional pieces such as boxes and lampshades. The workshop will include samples of how to frame and light your work and lectures on related topics such as artist residencies and marketing for artists. All levels. Code 06GB


Studio artist; teaching: Arrowmont (TN), UrbanGlass (NYC), Bild-Werk Frauenau (Germany); 12 solo exhibitions; Metropolitan Transit Authority Arts in Transit station installation (NY).








SUMMER session 7

August 27 - September 2, 2017

Michael C. Krupiarz, Thumbprint Cups, blown glass,

3-3/4 x 3-1/2 x 3-1/2 inches


Michael C. Krupiarz
Good Habits

This workshop is designed to equip students with the fundamentals needed to create blown glass forms. Instruction time will be divided between daily demonstrations and plenty of individual attention. We値l emphasize technique, good habits, problem-solving methods, and the importance of teamwork. We値l cover shop and tool functions, gathering glass, bubble setup, shaping, and color application. Bring your sketchbook, a positive attitude, and an open mind. Beginning level. Code 07GA


Studio artist, instructor at the North Carolina Glass Center; exhibitions and galleries: Asheville Area Arts Council (NC), Center for Craft, Creativity & Design (NC), GreenHill Center (NC), Asheville Art Museum (NC), North Carolina Glass Center; former Penland core fellow.





Kit Paulson, Bonnet (Eulogy for Ornament), borosilicate glass,

15 x 12 inches


Kit Paulson
Exquisite Structure: Building Complexity

While covering basic flameworking techniques, this workshop will meander through a compendium of strategies for building detailed structures in borosilicate glass. We値l emphasize small, simple motifs as units of larger, complex constructions. Students will build skills through exercises, technique samples, and demonstrations. We値l cover the construction of a piece from idea to sketch to full-scale drawing to armature to building a scaffold and bridging to finishing. All levels. Code 07GB


Studio artist; teaching: Southern Illinois University, Making Glass (IL), Chaos Glass (IL), Chicago Hot Glass; residencies: Tacoma Museum of Glass (WA), Rosen Residency at Salem State University (MA); exhibitions: Ken Saunders Gallery (Chicago), UrbanGlass (NYC); collections: Tacoma Museum of Glass; work published in New Glass Review.






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 2

October 22 - 28, 2017

Roger Parramore, That Night in Osaka, borosilicate glass,

52 x 42 inches


Roger Parramore
Flameworking Fundamentals

This fast-paced workshop is about gaining a firm understanding of the physical nature of glass and its relationship to the flame while developing a strong systematic approach to realizing each student痴 vision. Discussions and demonstrations will cover solid sculpture, small-scale blown work, goblets, understanding color, equipment considerations, and beyond. This process-oriented workshop is about understanding the material and gaining the technical knowledge needed to move forward. It is for beginners in search of a sound base to build on and seasoned flameworkers in need of review. All levels. Studio fee: $115. Code F02GB

Studio artist, color manufacturer; teaching: Pilchuck (WA), Pratt Fine Art Center (WA), The Studio at Corning (NY), Niijima Glass Center (Tokyo), Osaka University of Arts (Japan), Craft Council of New Delhi (India); collections: Smithsonian American Art Museum (DC), Kobe Lampwork Museum (Japan), Imperial Household of Japan.






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).