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.



Spring Eight-Week Concentrations

March 13 - May 6, 2016

Laura Wood, Lines Necklace, sterling silver, brass,

phantom quartz, powder coat, 2-1/2 x 4 x 2”


Laura Wood
Make, Show, Repeat: Cross Training for Jewelers

This workshop will introduce a variety of metalsmithing techniques and material exploration to use as a launching pad for new work or to enrich a jewelry-making vocabulary. We’ll engineer components, embellish surface structures, and hone finishing skills. Other highlights will include mold making, powder coating, etching, stone setting, and idea generation. A progressive timeline will guide the structure of the class to encourage fast development. We’ll share our growth in its various stages through pop-up exhibitions. Basic metalsmithing skills will be helpful but this workshop is open to all levels. Code S00MB

Studio artist; teaching: Southwest School of Art (TX); visiting artist: Western Michigan University, New Mexico State University; gallery representation: Mora Contemporary Jewelry (NC), Signature Gallery (GA), Quirk Gallery (VA), Society for Contemporary Craft (PA), Gallery 360 (MN), Heidi Lowe Gallery (DE), Gallery Store (OR).







Spring One-Week Session 2

April 10 - 16, 2016

Cat Bates, Ingot Necklace, brass, tarred nylon,

6 x 1/2 x 1-1/2" (30" cord)

Cat Bates
Sandcasting for the Jeweler

Sandcasting is an ancient technique that is still commonly used in industry to create a wide variety of metal parts, from frying pans to engine blocks. In this workshop, we’ll explore sandcasting in the jewelry studio, replicating found objects in metal, and creating our own models to cast from. We’ll also cover pertinent finishing techniques, including sawing, filing, chasing, and brazing, enabling students to bring castings from raw metal to finished, wearable pieces of jewelry over the course of the week. All levels. Code S02MB

Jewelry designer; teaching: Maine College of Art adult education department; residencies: Haystack Open Studio Residency (ME), Pace House (ME); representation: Esqueleto (CA), Portland Museum of Art Store (ME), New Era Gallery (ME), Quercus (NC), Portland Dry Goods (ME), Gravel and Gold (CA), Industrious Life (CA), Papa Wolf Supply Co. (NH).



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