Glass Workshops at Penland

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



SUMMER session 7

August 23 - 29, 2015

Karen Willenbrink-Johnsen and Jasen Johnsen,

Hooded Gyrfalcon, blown glass, steel, 22 x 8 x 8"

Jasen Johnsen & Karen Willenbrink-Johnsen
Sculpting with Hot Glass

This workshop will be crammed full of information drawn from our lengthy experience in sculpting glass. We値l present experimental ways of working glass so that our ideas can materialize. Demonstrations will include a variety of frit and powder techniques, torch work, and the use of customized tools. We値l cover blown and solid forms with an emphasis on team work, and we値l use the garage to construct with parts. Students will have time to work out their ideas daily. Plan to work hard and have a blast. Intermediate: two years experience sculpting glass required. Code 07GA


Collaborating studio artists; teaching: Pratt Fine Arts Center (Seattle), Pilchuck (WA), Eugene Glass School (OR), Red Deer College (Canada); exhibitions: SOFA Chicago, SOFA West, Habatat Galleries (MI), Museum of Northwest Art (WA), Tacoma Museum of Glass (WA); work in museum collections worldwide.

Wesley Fleming, Come Into My Parlour, flameworked soda-lime

glass, fly: 1 x 2 x 1", spider: 2 x 4 x 3"


Wesley Fleming
Flameworking Natural Forms

Students in this workshop will learn techniques for sculpting soft glass in fine detail, off mandrel, through demonstrations and practice with direct assistance from the teacher. We値l discuss the use of various tools and the application of sculpting techniques along with exercises for students to practice in order to improve their understanding of heat control and handling soft glass. We値l also cover the steps for making insects, birds, fish, and other animals.Intermediate: two years of experience flameworking with borosilicate or soft glass required. Code 07GB


Studio artist; teaching: The Studio at Corning (NY), Snow Farm (MA), Worcester Center for Crafts (MA), International Society of Glass Beadmakers gatherings; exhibitions: Smithsonian Craft Show (DC), Pittsburgh Glass Center, Mobilia Gallery (MA); collections: Corning Museum (NY), Kobe Lampwork Glass Museum (Japan), Racine Art Museum (WI).




Fall Eight-Week Concentrations

September 20 - November 13, 2015

Rob Stern, Silver Windstar, blown,

etched, mirrored, and assembled glass,

24 x 24”

Rob Stern
Finding Your Way

This workshop will cultivate and develop skills and personal aesthetics to refine your identity as a glass artist. We’ll cover a wide range of techniques through demonstrations, slides, assignments, discussions, and field trips. Techniques will include blowing, mold blowing, solid and hollow sculpting, garage and torch work, cutting, grinding, polishing, sandblasting, carving, painting, and more—whatever we need to realize our goals. Experimentation and documentation will lead to repeatable practices that will allow students to refine a series of works. An emphasis on group dynamics in and out of the shop will make the most of our time in this exceptional environment. It will be the experience of a lifetime! All levels. Code F00GA

Studio artist; teaching: Pilchuck (WA), Bildwerk (Germany), The Glass Furnace (Turkey), University of Miami (FL), University of Texas; solo exhibitions: Art Basel Miami, American Fine Arts (Dallas), DM Glass Gallery (FL).




Fall One-Week Session 2

October 18 - 24, 2015

Linda Sacra, Moons of Triton, glass, sterling silver, 18” long

Linda Sacra
The Nature of Glass

Working in the flameworking studio with soda-lime glass, we will begin with basic shapes and then move on to more advanced shapes. We’ll use frits, enamels, fine silver, and etching to create surface depth and design. We’ll mix glass for a whole new palette and pull multi-color stringers and latticino for detail work. Daily demonstrations and one-on-one instruction will address the needs of students with different levels of experience. All levels. Code F02GB

Studio artist; teaching: Penland; representation: Glassworks (NC), Sandpiper Gallery (SC), Edward Dare Gallery (SC), Watson MacRae Gallery (FL), The Fat Cat Ltd. (NC).





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痴 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値l layer images to create foregrounds and backgrounds by making simple press molds in plaster powder and slumping sheet glass in them. We値l 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).