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 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 7
August 28 - September 3, 2016
Robert Thomas Mullen, Tähtsus, 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’ll 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
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).
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
Counterbalance: Enameling, Electroforming & Found Objects
This workshop will start with the basics of liquid enamels including techniques such as layering, sgraffito, stamping, stenciling, and champlevé. Then we’ll explore electroforming to create organic, textured copper surfaces that will highlight and enhance the enamel. We’ll use found objects as inspiration and incorporate them into finished work. With an emphasis on process and experimentation, we’ll 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
Learn how to make your jewelry do something! In this workshop you’ll 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).
March 12 - May 5, 2017
David Jones, Modern Cuff Bracelet, forged copper and silver,
3 x 3 x 3-1/2 inches
With a focus on traditional and sometimes inventive techniques and approaches, we’ll 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’ll have ongoing demonstrations and critiques, and we’ll 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, 1940–1970 by M. Schon, The Metalsmith’s 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
Hand Engraving: Pattern & Texture
This workshop will give students a basic understanding of the tools, techniques, and materials used in hand engraving. We’ll 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’ll 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).
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