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Iron Workshops at Penland
Penland offers 1-, 2-, and 8-week classes taught by visiting instructors in our well-equipped studios. Classes include topics such as traditional blacksmithing, forging and forming steel and iron, metal sculpture, working with found metal, finishing techniques, and more. Workshops are open to serious students of all levels unless specified in course description; beginners welcome.
Enrollment for summer and fall 2016 and spring 2017 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
Lucas House, Sliding Barn Door Hardware, forged steel, ball
bearings, 12 x 6 x 3 inches
All craftspeople—from beginning to advanced—need to discover and/or refine their individual design process. We’ll discuss how technique can inspire, influence, or liberate our design; how we overcome constraints like time or technique and still achieve our design goals; and how the construction process can change the design. We’ll start by covering the basics of blacksmithing as we collaborate on the design and construction of a demonstration project that will include a variety of metalworking techniques. Then we’ll move on to individual projects, which students will design and build from start to finish. All levels; beginners welcome. Code 01I
Owner of IronHouse Forge (NC), designing and building custom metalwork for residential and commercial clients; teaching Campbell Folk School (NC), Central Carolina Community College (NC); exhibitions: North Carolina Botanical Garden, “Sculpture Visions” (NC), Torpedo Factory (VA).
SUMMER session 2
JUNE 12 - 24, 2016
Michael Bondi, In Memory of Paul Klee, (detail), forged and
fabricated bronze driveway gate
Forging Nonferrous Metal
This workshop will focus on forging and forming nonferrous metals. We’ll work with copper, brass, aluminum, and bronze and look at various applications in contemporary architectural and sculptural contexts. All levels. Code 02I
Studio artist specializing in architectural and interior forged metal design; received the Mitch Heitler Award from the National Ornamental and Miscellaneous Metal Association (NOMMA) and the Alex Bealer Award from the Artist Blacksmiths Association of North America, winner of more than 30 gold, silver, and bronze awards from NOMMA; presenter, panelist, demonstrator at various blacksmithing and metalworking conferences.
SUMMER session 3
JUNE 26 - July 8, 2016
Patrick J. Quinn, Tail Feathers, mild steel, brass,
14 x 14 x 9 inches
Patrick J. Quinn
Students will learn and practice a refined approach to forging, focusing on sculptural ideas and shapes. We’ll use a combination of forging and basic machining to create handmade hardware and custom fasteners that connect multiple forgings into a single unified form. We’ll create graceful lines and tapers through the use of set hammers, striking, and shouldering to isolate mass and move material
into position for connections. We’ll emphasize fine finishing techniques including surface treatments, texture, and patination. All levels. Code 03I
Blacksmithing coordinator at Center for Metal Arts (NY); teaching: Haystack (ME), Center for Metal Arts (NY), Adirondack Folk School (NY), Salem Art Works (NY), The 3rd Ward (NYC); NICHE Award; exhibitions: National Ornamental Metal Museum (TN), Wayne Art Center (PA); work published in Anvil’s Ring, New York Daily News, Metalsmith Exhibition in Print.
SUMMER session 4
July 10 - 22, 2016
Andrew Hayes, Dure, steel, book pages, paint, 12 x 17 x 6 inches
A Focus on Fabrication
If you’re looking for a jumping-off point into metal fabrication or you’re interested in incorporating steel into your own practice, this workshop is a chance to explore your sculptural or functional pursuits in the Penland iron studio. We’ll cover forming methods for sheet steel, tubing, and bar stock along with cutting, welding, and finishes. Assignments, group discussions, and individual instruction will help you gain command over steel. Then we’ll shift to personal projects with an emphasis on concept and design. All levels. Code 04I
Penland resident artist; teaching: Anderson Ranch (CO); representation: Seager Gray Gallery (CA), JHB Gallery (NYC), Blue Spiral (NC); collections: Yale Art Museum (CO), Black Mountain College Museum (NC), Wingate University (SC).
SUMMER session 5
July 24 - August 9, 2016
Hoss Haley, Twin, Cor-ten steel, 106 x 54 x 26 inches
Warren Holzman, Handrail, forged and patinated stainless
steel, 36 x 14 inches
Hoss Haley & Warren Holzman
Site-Specific Ironwork Start to Finish
Students will work as a team with two experienced designer/makers to produce a site-specific architectural project and permanently install it at Penland. Design will be refined through client meetings, experimentation, and tool development. Labor will be divided according to skills and interests. Students will gain technical acuity and experience in problem solving and working on site. They’ll leave behind a significant contribution to Penland and return home with new skills and insights for making public work. Intermediate level: basic knowledge of forging or steel fabrication required. Code 05I
Hoss: studio artist; teaching: Haystack (ME), Penland; major public art commissions in Asheville and Charlotte, NC. Warren: owner of Iron Studio LTD (Philadelphia); teaching: Peters Valley (NJ), New England School of Metalwork; numerous public and private commissions.
SUMMER session 6
August 14 - 26, 2016
April Franklin, Knife, 15N20, 1095 steel, sterling silver, copper,
curly walnut, 1 x 8 x 3/4 inches
Steel this Class
From tiny and shiny to big and bold, steel is a versatile and affordable material for artistic expression. This workshop will introduce you to all the tools and techniques you need to add steel to your visual vocabulary. We’ll begin with simple exercises to develop basic techniques. Then we’ll combine forging and fabrication to produce pattern-welded (Damascus) steel that can be used as a decorative element in final projects. All levels. Code 06I
Principal metalsmith and founder of Vexed Metal (MA); teaching: The Steel Yard (RI), Penland; exhibitions: Madison-Morgan Cultural Center (GA), Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, National Ornamental Metal Museum (TN), Craft Alliance (St. Louis).
SUMMER session 7
August 28 - September 3, 2016
Daniel T. Beck, Spillover, painted steel, 20 x 12 x 7 inches
Daniel T. Beck
Steel Sculpture: Design, Draft, Model
Looking at the minimal, formalist aesthetic of sculptors like Isamu Noguchi, Richard Serra, and others, we’ll begin this workshop by using drawing, paper, clay, and wire to conceive sculptural forms. We’ll then work with mechanical drafting techniques to create scale drawings. These schematics will allow us to efficiently build small steel sculptures as scale models for larger works. This workshop will be exciting for artists new to metalwork as well as experienced metalworkers who want to experiment with a systematic approach to metal sculpting. Demonstrations will cover various forging and fabricating techniques depending on student designs. All levels. Code 07I
Studio artist, Penland iron studio coordinator; former Penland core fellow; teaching: Appalachian State University (NC); residencies: Haystack Open Studio Residency (ME), Kohler Arts/Industry Residency assistant (WI); exhibitions: Asheville Area Arts Council (NC), Foundry Art Center (MO), Cameron Art Museum (NC).
September 25 - November 18, 2016
Jay Burnham-Kidwell, Slicer, Damascus steel, mokume,
maple burl, 1 x 12-1/2 x 3/4 inches
Blacksmithing: Fire & Iron
Students in this workshop will undertake an extensive and intensive exploration of iron and steel forging. Using traditional and contemporary techniques, we’ll create stimulating, exciting works, both utilitarian and sculptural. We’ll cover forging, bending, splitting, punching, and forge and modern welding along with tool making, Damascus steel, finishing, and presentation. We’ll take raw materials and repurposed objects and make them come alive through individual and team efforts. All levels. Code F00I
Studio artist; professor emeritus from Mohave Community College (AZ), frequent Penland instructor; collections: National Ornamental Metal Museum (TN), University of Georgia, National Vietnam Veterans Museum (IL).
March 12 - May 5, 2017
Remy Louis Hanemann, Katrina Condo, iron ore, cast iron,
aluminum, copper, brass, mild and stainless steel,
10 x 6 x 4 inches
Remy Louis Hanemann
Iron Foundry 101–301
This workshop will build a complete iron foundry that will become part of the Penland iron studio. When construction is complete, we’ll have several iron pours and an aluminum pour. Fabrication of the cupola furnace will include instruction in oxy-fuel cutting, plasma cutting, MIG welding, and shielded-metal arc welding (SMAW). We’ll build all the tools needed for iron pouring and learn how to run a pour safely. The class will also include a two-week sculpture workshop focused on making and using two-part resin-bonded sand molds, including gating, venting, and finishing. The final pour will be planned, managed, and conducted by the students. All levels. Code S00I
Designer/fabricator at BILT in Alabama Architecture and Fabrication Company; former resident artist and foundry manager at Sloss Furnaces (AL); teaching: University of Tennessee, University of Southern Mississippi, University of West Virginia.
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