Metals Workshops at Penland

Classes are open to serious students of all levels unless specified in course description; beginners welcome.




fall concentration

september 21 - november 14, 2014


Aran Galligan, Contrasystem,copper

stainless steel, sterling silver, resin, gesso,

pigment, acrylic paint, 3 x 3 x 2 inches

Aran Galligan
Jewelry for Chromaphiles

Through hands-on investigations, students will focus on incorporating color into their jewelry. The class will cover many jewelry fabrication techniques and use a variety of methods to create color on metal, including enameling, resins, patinas, colored pencils, and powder coating. We will also incorporate color through other materials such as polymer clay, fabrics, and found objects. If you are a lover of color (a chromaphile) who wants to bring color into jewelry, this class is for you. All levels. Code F00MA

Studio artist; teaching: State University of New York-New Paltz, North Seattle Community College, Danaca Design (WA); exhibitions: Pinakothek Der Moderne (Germany), SPAC Gallery (WA), Penland Gallery, Gallery Marzee (Netherlands); work published in 500 Enameled Objects (Lark Books).







fall session 1

october 5 - 11, 2014


Ben Dory, Composition ii, steel, 23.5k gold foil, 24k gold leaf,

cubic zirconia, rubies, 4 x 4 x 1/2 inches

Ben Dory
Surface Adornment on Steel

Using steel as a base, we will explore how to transform the surface of this rigid material with texture, thin layers of precious metals, and gemstones. The result will be compositions based on creating vivid contrast with a darkened steel background. We’ll cover everything from small tool-making to finishing—equipping students to create finished pieces of jewelry and small sculpture with chasing, overlay, and various methods of stonesetting.. All levels. Code F01MB

Studio artist; teaching: Southern Illinois University-Carbondale; Niche student award; exhibitions: Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, Allen Dow Museum of Science and Art (MI), Leo Jenkins Fine Art Center (NC), “Materials: Hard and Soft” at Greater Denton Arts Council (TX), “The Book as Art” at Decatur Arts Center (GA); collection: Evansville Museum of Art, Science, and History (IL).





fall session 3

november 2 - 8 , 2014

Sarah Martin, Untitled Brooch,

mahogany, milkpaint, graphite,

blued tacks, lacquer, 5-1/2 x 5/8 inches

Sarah Martin
Carving Wooden Jewelry

Looking to expand your jewelry repertoire? This class will show you how to carve wood on a small scale appropriate for jewelers. We’ll cover how to safely carve with both knives and dremels and how to transform these carvings with surface embellishment, findings, and finishing techniques. The workshop will introduce you to a wide variety of artists already using this inexpensive material and will offer a new perspective on its expressive potential. All levels. Code F03W

Visiting assistant professor at University of the Arts (Philadelphia); exhibitions: Fuller Craft Museum (MA), Center for Art in Wood (Philadelphia), Tyler School of Art (Philadelphia); former Penland resident artist.


(Please note: students in this workshop will be working with wood and meeting in the metals studio.)









spring concentration

march 8 - may 1, 2015


Janna Gregonis, Lines Necklace,

thread, black porcelain beads,

paint, 38 inches long


Julia Harrison, Cluster,

balsa, cherry, glue, sterling,

epoxy, wax, 3 x 1-1/2 x 1 inches

Janna Gregonis & Julia Harrison
Join Forces

Is there strength in numbers? Are two heads better than one? Find out in this team-taught investigation of joined forces and forms. First build skills by creating multiple forms from a range of materials (steel, wood, enamel, resin) and techniques (fabrication, soldering, carving, molding). Then use your forms as building blocks to explore linking systems and conceptual connections. Whether you make wearable art or kinetic objects, the result will be more than the sum of its parts. Open to jewelers and object makers of all levels. Code S00MA

Janna: studio artist; teaching: 92nd St. Y (NYC); Kutztown University (PA); exhibitions: Velvet da Vinci (San Francisco), Museum of Brazilian Objects (Sao Paulo).

Julia: studio artist; teaching: 92nd St. Y (NYC), Multnomah Arts Center (WA); exhibitions: Bellevue Art Museum (WA), Racine Art Museum (WI); collections: Museum of Contemporary Craft (OR), University of Arkansas.

















spring session 1

march 22 - 28, 2015


Lisa Colby, Washer Link Bracelet, sterling silver,

7-1/2 x 1 x 1/16 inches


Lisa Colby
Foundations of Metalsmithing

This one-week beginning metals workshop will concentrate on basic techniques. Students will learn to use the jewelers saw to cut copper, brass, and sterling silver. We’ll also cover soldering, riveting, and hollow construction, as well as roller printing and chasing patterns onto sheet metal and basic cabachon stonesetting. Students may create jewelry or other small objects. Beginning level. Code S01MB

Studio artist; teaching: Craft Alliance (St. Louis), Arrowmont (TN), Penland; gallery representation: Ogden Museum of Southern Art (New Orleans), Piedmont Crafts (NC), Craft Alliance (St. Louis), Made Contemporary Craft Gallery (CA).