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 2016 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.




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
Miss Betty’s Red Hot Variety Show: Encore!

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 session 1

May 29 - JUNE 10, 2016

Lucas House, Sliding Barn Door Hardware,

forged steel, ball bearings, 12 x 6 x 3 inches


Lucas House

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


Michael Bondi
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
Mechanical Relationships

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

Andrew Hayes
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

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’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).