Metals Workshops at Penland
Penland offers 1-, 2-, and 8-week classes taught by visiting instructors in our well-equipped studios. Class topics include jewelry design and fabrication, metalsmithing, casting, working with pewter, setting stones, enameling, etching, forging, and more. Workshops are open to serious students of all levels unless specified in course description; beginners welcome.
Enrollment for spring 2018 workshops is currently open.
Spring 8-Week Concentration
March 11 - May 4, 2018
Adam Whitney, Silver Cup Set with Diamond Motif, argentum
silver, 3-3/4 x 3-1/2 inches each
This workshop will be an exploration of manipulating metal and creating holloware. We’ll begin with the hammer: forging, sinking, and raising samples to establish a foundation in metal forming. Basic metalsmithing and lesser-known (and underappreciated) jewelry skills will be introduced with attention placed on working in a larger scale. Then we’ll move on to chasing and repoussé, basic tool making, and hydraulic press forming. We’ll start with lots of demonstrations and samples. As students become proficient with materials and processes, the emphasis will move to individual guided projects and discussions of historic and contemporary holloware. All levels. Studio fee: $160. Code S00MA
Studio artist; teaching: Center for Metal Arts (NY), Smith Shop (MI), Fritz & Friends (MI), Raffles College (Malaysia); visiting artist: Rhode Island School of Design.
Spring 1-Week Session 3
April 22 - 28, 2018
Janna Gregonis, Prints, porcelain, sterling silver, 24k gold, rubies,
enamel, graphite, 3 x 2 inches each
Beyond the Bezel
This workshop will address simple stonesetting with an object or stone and then move toward nontraditional prong and tension settings. We’ll make our own bezel wire and learn how to modify and customize that wire. We’ll address when and why a prong setting might be a better solution to setting a stone, and we’ll emphasize creating settings for odd and difficult stones and objects. Whether you want to learn new skills or push your skills to a new level, this workshop is open to students of all levels. Studio fee: $45. Code S03MB
Studio artist; teaching: 92nd Street Y (NYC), Peters Valley (NJ), Kutztown University (PA), St. Johns University (NYC), Newark Museum of Art (NJ); exhibitions: Kutztown University, Milton J. Weil Gallery (NYC), Velvet da Vinci (San Francisco); collections: Museum of the Brazilian Object (Brazil), Fleur Bresler (US).
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