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 6

August 14 - 26, 2016

April Franklin, Knife, 15N20, 1095 steel, sterling silver, copper,

curly walnut, 1 x 8 x 3/4 inches

April Franklin
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値l begin with simple exercises to develop basic techniques. Then we値l 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値l begin this workshop by using drawing, paper, clay, and wire to conceive sculptural forms. We値l 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).








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値l create stimulating, exciting works, both utilitarian and sculptural. We値l cover forging, bending, splitting, punching, and forge and modern welding along with tool making, Damascus steel, finishing, and presentation. We値l 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 101301

This workshop will build a complete iron foundry that will become part of the Penland iron studio. When construction is complete, we値l 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値l 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.