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.



Spring Eight-Week Concentrations

March 13 - May 6, 2016

Elizabeth Brim, Scroll,

forged and fabricated steel,

15-1/2 x 12 x 3”

Elizabeth Brim
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This workshop will focus on traditional techniques and innovative processes for forging and forming hot steel. Assignments and rehearsals will ensure each student’s understanding of basic forging before moving on to the design and production of original sculpture. Processes will include forging, fabrication, inflation, and vacuum forming. We’ll explore familiar and unusual surface treatments and finishing techniques. Students will gain the skills required to express their unique ideas in iron and to make well-crafted work. All levels. Code S00I

Studio artist; teaching: Haystack (ME), Peters Valley (NJ); visiting artist at several universities and Cranbrook Academy of Art (MI); North Carolina Arts Council fellowship; Master Metalsmith at National Ornamental Metal Museum; solo exhibitions: North Carolina Museum of Art, Gregg Museum of Art and Design (NC); former Penland studio coordinator.







Summer 2016 Workshops


Complete listings for Summer 2016 workshops will be posted in late December. Registration for summer workshops is not open until the full workshop descriptions are available. Until then, browse the Summer 2016 preview for a glimpse of our upcoming classes.


Summer 2016 Workshop Preview