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 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.




Fall Concentration
September 25 - November 18, 2016

Jay Burnham-Kidwell, Slicer, Damascus steel, mokume,

maple burl, 1 x 12-1/2 x 3/4 inches

Jay Burnham-Kidwell
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).



Spring Concentration
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.