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 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 2

JUNE 12 - 24, 2016

Ruta Reifen, Crown Gold Ring, 14k gold, rhodolite, rubies,

1/2 x 3/4 x 1 inches


Ruta Reifen
Put a Ring on It!

Students in this wax-carving workshop will create a set of individually-designed rings using different carving and forming techniques. We値l start with subtractive methods, carving wax with files, burs, and other tools. Then we値l work additively with soft waxes and by using wax pens and other modeling tools. We値l also cover alternative approaches to surface embellishment, casting cleanup, and polishing. In addition to technical skills, we値l work to develop your personal formal language, reflecting on the field痴 historic and contemporary practice. All levels. Code 02MA


Studio artist; teaching: School of the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston), Rhode Island School of Design, Pratt Institute (NYC), Shenkar College of Design (Israel), Bezalel Art Academy (Israel), Brooklyn Metal Works (NYC), 92nd Street Y (NYC); representation: Sienna Patti Contemporary (MA), Gallery Loupe (NJ), The Gallery Store (OR), DCA Gallery (Belgium), Eretz Museum (Israel).





Christine Clark, Weight (Kohler), cast iron, steel, enamel,

120 x 50 x 12 inches


Christine Clark
Installation Art & Sculpture

In this workshop we値l create site-specific works and sculpture in various formats using found and created objects. We値l emphasize wire as a connector to create structure and foundation. We値l cover small-scale steel wire welding, wire weaving, rivets, jump ring and chain-making options, simple sewing with fabric, other cold connections, and hardware for found objects. Study will include creating volumetric forms, repetition, and an exploration of multiples with an openness to serendipity. Discussions will cover identifying sites on campus, historical and current installation art practices, and conceptual interpretation of artworks. All levels. Code 02MB


Professor and head of metals at Oregon College of Art and Craft; Oregon Arts Commission fellowship, residencies: Kohler (WI), Ucross Foundation (WY); recent public art commission at Eastern Oregon University; member of Nine Gallery, an alternative art gallery that specializes in experimental and installation-based work (OR).










SUMMER session 3

JUNE 26 - July 8, 2016

Boris Bally, Trussware, .925 silver, largest: 9-1/2 x 2-3/4 x 3/4



Seliena Coyle, Untitled, sterling silver, bog oak, steel wire,

2-1/4 x 3/4 x 2-1/4 inches


Boris Bally & Seliena Coyle
Artful Eating Utensils

Tired of using mundane utensils that ruin the poetry of your meals? This workshop will awaken your cutlery sets by recycling them into the tabletop crown jewels they were meant to be. Students will transform flatware using a variety of materials and techniques. Demonstrations will include fabrication, marriage of metals, cold joining, stonesetting, hinges, simple forging, and much more. Students may also design and create utensils from scratch. We値l explore structure, design, and conceptual issues. All levels. Code 03MA

Boris: studio artist; teaching: Haystack (ME), Arrowmont (TN); collections: Museum of Arts and Design (NYC). Seliena: studio artist; teaching: Indiana University, National College of Art & Design (Ireland); exhibitions: National Craft Gallery (Ireland), Electrum Gallery (London).













Unfortunately, the session 3 lower metals class has been cancelled.





SUMMER session 4

July 10 - 22, 2016

Elizabeth Turrell, Pages for a Book, industrial vitreous enamel,

steel, 3 x 2-1/4 inches each


Elizabeth Turrell
Mark Making & Tactile Surfaces in Enamel

By using sgraffito, a fluid and spontaneous technique of direct drawing and mark making through unfired enamel, one can achieve sensitive and delicate lines or bold and strong marks. These designs can be further enhanced by abrading the fired surface; it is possible to rub through layers of enamel to hidden levels, revealing subtle line, color, visual texture, and the thinnest layers of enamel, and creating a sensuous and tactile surface. We値l also explore the development of texture through the inclusion of sands, earths, and metal oxides in the enameling process. All levels. Code 04MA


Studio artist, curator, adjunct professor at RMIT University (Australia); teaching: Haystack (ME), Arrowmont (TN), Tainan National University of the Arts (Taiwan); collections: British Museum (London), City of Frydlant Museum (Czech Republic), Mus馥 de l脱vech (France), National Museum of Scotland (Edinburgh).





Daniel DiCaprio, Ripening II, ebony, silver, stainless steel,

4 x 2-1/2 x 2-1/2 inches


Daniel DiCaprio
Wood Jewelry

This workshop will focus on woodcarving techniques with an emphasis on jewelry applications. We値l use traditional and contemporary practices to create ornate, lightweight, wearable objects. The workshop will include some metal fabrication in the form of pinbacks, bales, and clasps. Students with previous metals experience will be able to incorporate carved wood into their work, but no metalworking skills are required. We値l cover safe studio practices. All levels. Code 04MB

Assistant Professor of Metalwork at University of Louisiana; teaching: Arrowmont (TN), Society for Contemporary Craft (Pittsburg), Virginia Commonwealth University, Indiana University; exhibitions: Kobe Design University (Japan), Museo Nazionale di Villa Guinigi (Italy); publications: Metalsmith, American Craft, Ornament.



SUMMER session 5

July 24 - August 9, 2016

Suzanne Pugh, Repercussions, bronze, 8 x 6 x 3 inches


Suzanne Pugh
Breaking the Mold

Unconstrained by the size limitations of centrifugal and vacuum casting machines, we値l explore larger work through a metalsmith痴 approach to gravity casting. We値l cast objects or vessels up to four pounds in various materials including sterling silver, bronze, and shibuichi. We値l also cast elements to incorporate into larger pieces through soldering or cold connections, and we値l cover some moldmaking techniques. Expect to finish two or three pieces; however, the emphasis will be on process, experimentation, and developing your work. There will be exchanges and possible collaborations with the electroforming workshop downstairs. All levels. Code 05MA


Associate Professor at City College of San Francisco; teaching: University of Georgia Cortona Program (Italy), Peters Valley (NJ), Metalwerx (MA); exhibitions: Five Pins Project (CA); HYART Gallery (WI); published in The Metalsmith痴 Book of Boxes and Lockets and Chasing and Repouss (Brynmorgen Press).








Maria Phillips, Seep, electroformed copper, enamel, sterling silver,

stainless steel, 5 x 1-1/2 x 1/2 inches


Maria Phillips
Cultivating Permanence

Like cherished 澱ronzed baby booties, different materials and metals can be captured, enhanced, and rendered permanent through the process of electroforming. Within an electrically-charged copper chemical bath, layers of metal will 堵row onto a surface, producing forms that can be extremely delicate or dense and rigid. We値l discuss potential pieces, cold connections, soldering, and surface applications for jewelry and small objects. Bring your tricks, your imagination, and your patience. There will be exchanges and possible collaborations with the casting workshop upstairs. All levels. Code 05MB


Studio artist; teaching: Rhode Island School of Design, Cranbrook Academy of Art (MI), California College of Art; residencies: Kohler Arts/Industry Program (WI), Oregon College of Arts and Crafts; collections: Museum of Arts and Design (NYC), Renwick Gallery (DC), Tacoma Art Museum (WA), Kohler Company (WI).












SUMMER session 6

August 14 - 26, 2016

Biba Schutz, Pooling Necklace, oxidized sterling silver, blown

borosilicate glass, 7-1/2 x 8 x 1-3/4 inches


Biba Schutz
One Is Not Enough

What do you do when you make a piece you love and you want to build on that idea without repeating yourself? We値l share ideas and the creative process while building a body of work for multiples or editioned and one-of-a-kind jewelry. I will help students explore and problem-solve at their own skill level. Techniques and demonstrations will be introduced on an as-needed basis depending on individual projects, but will include soldering, constructions, attachments, connections, settings, and sawing. Experimentation encouraged. This is not a material-specific workshop; bring whatever teases your senses. All levels. Code 06MA


Studio artist; residency at Corning Museum (NY); collections: Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Corning Museum, Racine Art Museum (WI), Renwick Gallery (DC); solo exhibitions: Sienna Gallery (MA), Gallery Lulo (CA), Loupe Gallery (NJ), Lillstreet Art Center (Chicago).





Hiroko Yamada, Fall, silver, copper, mokume-gane, 3 x 2-1/2 x 1/4



Kiyoko Fujie, Untitled, brass, silver, 22k gold, 18k gold, 8 x 6 x 6



Kiyoko Fujie & Hiroko Yamada
Working with Traditional Japanese Metal Techniques

Students in this workshop will focus on basic forming and texturing techniques, beginning with an introduction to chasing and repouss. Then we値l progress to other processes, introducing Japanese surface decoration techniques including zogan (inlay with wire, sheet metal, or foil), engraving, and patina. We値l explore Japanese alloys such as shakudo, shibuichi, kuromido, and mokume-gane. Students will make some of their own tools. All levels. Code 06MB


Kiyoko: studio artist; teaching: Yamawaki Art College; exhibitions: Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition, Art Exhibition of Kita-ku (Japan). Hiroko: studio artist, owner of HYART Gallery (WI); teaching: Kobe Design University (Japan), Haystack (ME), School of Arts and Crafts (Tokyo); exhibitions: SOFA Chicago, Patina Gallery (NM), Dan-Ginza Gallery (Japan).












SUMMER session 7

August 28 - September 3, 2016

Robert Thomas Mullen, T臧tsus, plywood, silver, lead, paint,

6 x 3 x 1 inches


Robert Thomas Mullen

Every material, old and new, has its own criteria for handling, shaping, and attaching. Students in this workshop will look for small details in the environment as they collect and combine dissimilar materials of their choosing. We値l cover whatever skills students need to connect these materials and incorporate them into finished pieces of jewelry or functional objects. This workshop is about exploring different materials and your surroundings through problem-solving, discussions, and thoughtful design. Demonstrations will include cold-joining techniques, stonesetting, woodcarving, hand fabrication, and mechanisms. All levels. Code 07MA


Studio artist; teaching: Craft Alliance (St. Louis), St. Louis Community College, Society for Contemporary Craft (Pittsburgh); representation: Society for Contemporary Craft, Asher Gallery (TX), Craft Alliance.







Venetia Dale, Retain tag for reference, pewter, found tags,

8 x 6 x 18 inches


Venetia Dale
Introduction to Pewter Casting & Fabrication

Cast pewter figurines, thimbles, and souvenir spoons live in homes and stores and remind us that pewter is alive and well among objects in our material world. What about the handmade? Pewter has exemplary properties for manipulation via casting, fabricating, and forming. Students will explore basic pewtersmithing fabrication techniques and casting processes, applying these skills toward wearable, functional, and sculptural outcomes. All levels. Code 07MB


Studio artist; teaching: Massachusetts College of Art and Design; residencies: Kohler Arts/Industry Program (WI), Oregon College of Art and Craft; exhibitions: Find and Form Space (Boston), Harvard Ceramics Gallery (MA), Proteus Gowanus (NYC), James Watrous Gallery (WI), SOIL Gallery (Seattle).





Fall Concentration
September 25 - November 18, 2016

Kristina Glick, Blue Brooch, electroformed copper, found steel,

enamel, 3-1/2 x 3-1/2 x 1/2 inches

Kristina Glick
Counterbalance: Enameling, Electroforming & Found Objects

This workshop will start with the basics of liquid enamels including techniques such as layering, sgraffito, stamping, stenciling, and champlev. Then we値l explore electroforming to create organic, textured copper surfaces that will highlight and enhance the enamel. We値l use found objects as inspiration and incorporate them into finished work. With an emphasis on process and experimentation, we値l work toward the design and execution of jewelry pieces or wall panels. The workshop will include basic fabrication skills: sawing, soldering, cold connections, etching, and finishing.All levels. Code F00MA

Associate professor at Goshen College (IN); other teaching: Idyllwild (CA), Arizona Designer Craftsmen, Goshen Jewelers Guild (IN); exhibitions: JAS (NC), Touching Mystery (OH); work published in 500 Gemstone Jewels and 500 Enameled Objects (Lark Books); representation: Angelo (VA).






Fall One-Week Session 3
November 6 - 12, 2016

Sarah Doremus, 360 Degree View Ring, sterling, mirror, wood,

painted tin, 6 x 4 x 4 inches

Sarah Doremus
Kinetic Jewelry

Learn how to make your jewelry do something! In this workshop you値l learn ways to make your brooches spin, rings expand, and necklaces reveal hidden chambers. Pieces can move, turn, twist, flip open, pop, or even squeeze. Make your jewelry come to life through the use of springs, hinges, and other mechanisms. The only limit is your imagination. The workshop will include instruction in basic metalworking techniques such as sawing, soldering, and filing. All levels. Code F03MB

Studio artist; teaching: Haystack (ME), Arrowmont (TN), Peters Valley (NJ), Metalwerx (MA); publications: 500 Wedding Rings, 500 Bracelets, 500 Necklaces (all Lark Books), Humor in Craft (Schiffer Publishing).











Spring Concentration
March 12 - May 5, 2017

David Jones, Modern Cuff Bracelet, forged copper and silver,

3 x 3 x 3-1/2 inches


David Jones
Multifaceted Fabrication

With a focus on traditional and sometimes inventive techniques and approaches, we値l dive into the beautiful, limitless world of metal fabrication. Students will make jewelry and/or small-scale sculpture depending on individual interests. Techniques will include sawing, forging, soldering, forming, wire and sheet making, cold connecting, and stamping. The workshop will include information about the use of recycled metals and materials and where to source them. We値l have ongoing demonstrations and critiques, and we値l delve into the history of studio craft in the U.S. and abroad. All levels. Code S00MA

Studio artist; teaching: University of Georgia Cortona Italy Program, Thomas Mann Gallery IO (New Orleans); publications: Form and Function: American Modernist Jewelry, 19401970 by M. Schon, The Metalsmith痴 Book of Boxes and Lockets (Brynmorgen Press); representation: Gravers Lane Gallery (Philadelphia), Thomas Mann Gallery (New Orleans), Velvet da Vinci (San Francisco).





Spring One-Week Session 1
March 26 - April 1, 2017

Pierce Healy, Memory Map Brooch, hand-engraved silver,

American walnut, steel brooch back, 6 x 3-1/2 x 1/4 inches

Pierce Healy
Hand Engraving: Pattern & Texture

This workshop will give students a basic understanding of the tools, techniques, and materials used in hand engraving. We値l cover setting up, sharpening, and polishing the tools of the craft; holding devices and methods; marking out and transfer techniques; and the cutting of metal. We値l also explore combined techniques and DIY low-tech texture-making methods. This practical short course welcomes everyone from complete novices to practiced metalsmiths, crafters, or printers who wish to add new skills to their repertoire. All levels. Code S01MB

Studio artist; teaching: Pierce Healy Studio (Dublin), National College of Art and Design (Dublin); residencies: Sim (Iceland), Arteles Center (Finland), National College of Art and Design (Dublin); exhibitions: National Craft Gallery (Ireland), The Scottish Gallery (Scotland), Solomon Gallery (Dublin), Velvet da Vinci (San Francisco).