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 2017 and spring 2018 workshops is currently open.




SUMMER session 3

JUNE 25 - July 7, 2017

D.W. Martin, The Weight, cast bronze, patina, paint,

10 x 8 x 6 inches


D.W. Martin
Ceramic Shell Bronze Life Casting

This workshop will create bronze and aluminum life castings using the technically-advanced moldmaking process of ceramic shells. We値l cover several wax-working techniques including the use of Body Double silicone rubber to create castings that produce incredibly detailed results. Traditional investment and bonded sand mold-making will be covered through lectures and visual aids but will not be practiced. We値l cover foundry set-up, safety procedures, casting, clean-up, and finishing. Each student will have the opportunity to produce two or three cast pieces in both bronze and aluminum. All levels. Code 03I

Professor at Edinboro University (PA); exhibitions: solo at Erie Art Museum (PA), Ella Sharp Museum (MI), Slippery Rock University (PA), ArtPark Outdoor Sculpture Competition (NY).













SUMMER session 4

July 9 - 21, 2017

Greg Gehner, CONNECT Candlesticks, steel, 8 x 6 x 4

inches each


Greg Gehner
Design, Forge & Fabricate

Traditional and contemporary, blacksmith and welder, designer and craftsman, forge and fabricate, draw and build. This workshop will focus on an aesthetic merging and balancing of disparate ideas, skills, and methods. Demonstrations and discussions on drawing, forging and fabrication, connections, transitions, and jig-making will lead to some smaller practice pieces and then to the completion of larger finished projects from individual designs. Students are welcome to bring both sketches and alternative materials (wood, stone, glass, etc.) to integrate into a sculptural or functional project. All levels. Code 04I


Studio artist and owner of Transit Forge (PA); teaching: Touchstone Center for Crafts (PA), Erie Art Museum (PA); publications: 500 Tables, 500 Chairs (both Lark Books), From Fire to Form, Ironwork Today 3 (both Schiffer Publishing).













SUMMER session 5

July 23 - August 8, 2017

Vivian Beer, Dressed Up and Pinned, hydraulically-formed and

fabricated steel, automotive finish, 8 x 15-1/2 x 7 feet



Vivian Beer
Design & Fab-ulous

This workshop will focus on the relationship between digital design and physical making耀pecifically steel fabrication. We値l cut digitally-designed parts with a computer-controlled (CNC) plasma cutter and assemble and further manipulate them through traditional metalworking. Topics include modeling in scale, digital scanning, basic computer-aided design (CAD) in Rhino, CNC plasma cutting, welding, jig making, using the hydraulic press, die building, sheet/plate/bar metal forming, and abrasives. Let痴 see how the digital landscape can help us make our pieces fabulous in the physical world. Intermediate/advanced; basic metalworking skills required. Code 05I


Studio artist; teaching: Anderson Ranch (CO), Haystack (ME); Mineck Furniture Fellowship (Boston), Ellen Degeneres Design Challenge winner; collections: Smithsonian (DC), Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Brooklyn Museum (NYC), Museum of Arts and Design (NYC).







SUMMER session 6

August 13 - 25, 2017

William J. Bastas, Tiger Sconce, forged steel, mica,

24 x 16 x 8 inches


William J. Bastas
Heat, Hold, Hit, Huzzah!

This workshop will present comprehensive forging methodology using hand, sledge, and power hammers. We値l learn the properties of metals, efficient forging, ergonomic hammering, and practical metallurgy. Each student will make a pair of double pick-up tongs, a Bastas-style cross pein forging hammer, and a Van Erp-inspired mica table lamp. These projects are platforms for surveying the skills expected of a journeyman smith: drawing, bending, twisting, splitting, punching, upsetting, fire welding, and heat treating. All skill levels will benefit from this systematic approach; intermediate/advanced students will get an extra benefit from comparing this system with their own. All levels. Code 06I

Founder and professor of Blacksmithing program at Austin Community College (TX) 1993-present; teacher at the Ozark School of Blacksmithing (AR) 1998-2002; artist in residence at the National Ornamental Metal Museum (TN) 1997; certified AWS D1.1 6G sch 120, AWS Certified Welding Inspector, AWS Certified Welding Educator.











SUMMER session 7

August 27 - September 2, 2017

Dan Neville, Trunnion Vessels, steel, 18 x 5 x 5 inches each


Dan Neville
The Vessel Format

This workshop will focus on creating vessels from formed and fabricated steel. We値l begin by experimenting with contemporary form as we use drawing and tarpaper templates to design a functional or sculptural vessel. After we cover different cold connection and sheet metal joinery techniques, we値l assemble multiple pieces to gain volume. Various finishing techniques and patina/color applications will give you the skill to create a finished vessel and allow you to create surprising surfaces. This workshop will be informative to anyone who wants to experiment with form, line, texture, and color on steel. All levels. Code 07I

Studio artist; teaching: Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, University of Gothenburg (Sweden), Wayne State University (MI), Austin Community College (TX); exhibitions: National Ornamental Metal Museum (TN), Evansville Museum (IN), Tsubame Industrial Materials Museum (Japan).





Fall 8-Week Concentration

September 24 - November 17, 2017

Andrew Hayes, Circuit, steel, book paper, paint,

9-1/2 x 24 x 3 inches

Andrew Hayes
Truth in Fabrication

This workshop will allow you to explore your sculptural or functional pursuits as you become comfortable with steel fabrication. We値l cover forming sheet steel, tubing, and bar stock, along with cutting, welding, and finishes. Initial assignments and discussions will focus on gaining command over steel. Then we値l shift to personal projects considering concept and design. Each student will have ample time to create a small body of work or focus on a more intensive project. This workshop can be used to begin or extend your skills in metal fabrication or as a way of incorporating steel into an existing art practice. All levels. Studio fee: $200. Code F00I

Penland resident artist; teaching: Haystack (ME), Anderson Ranch (CO); gallery representation: Seager Gray Gallery (CA), JHB Gallery (NYC), Blue Spiral (NC); collections: Yale Art Museum (CT), Black Mountain College Museum (NC), Wingate University (SC).