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 2017 and spring 2018 workshops is currently open.




Fall 8-Week Concentration

September 24 - November 17, 2017

Kathleen W. Kennedy, Pelt (detail), found and discarded keys,

steel chain mail

Kathleen W. Kennedy
Surface & Structure

Every surface is supported by a structure, just as bones, muscles, and ligaments support skin. This metals workshop will explore both structure and skin through hot and cold joints and surface embellishments, including enamel, texturing, and found materials. Students will produce small-scale sculpture and/or jewelry while exploring how to bring these essential elements together. We’ll cover basic metal fabrication techniques such as sawing, filing, and soldering while students develop conceptual thought and gain insight into their independent studio practice. All levels. Studio fee: $150. Code F00MA

Studio artist; co-director of Radical Jewelry Makeover; teaching: Virginia Commonwealth University, Montgomery College (MD); exhibitions: Taubman Museum of Art (VA), Tacoma Art Museum (WA), Quirk Gallery (VA).


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Fall 1-Week Session 1

October 8 - 14, 2017

Charity Hall, Scolopendra Bowl, copper, enamel, sterling silver,

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


Charity Hall
Enamel Bowls

Larger surfaces provide more space for expression and exploration, so in this workshop we’ll begin by sinking copper bowls and other shallow forms to create larger “canvases.” Then we’ll fire multiple layers of enamel to build color, depth, and imagery. We’ll use liquid and powdered enamels as well as traditional and experimental enamel supplements. We’ll cover surface development from design and layout to fine finishing details, painting and drawing techniques, and freeform methods, opening unlimited possibilities. All levels. Studio fee: $45. Code F01MB

Studio artist; teaching: Center for Enamel Art (CA), Idyllwild Arts Academy (CA), Pocosin Arts (NC), Pima Community College (AZ); exhibitions: Enamelists Society International Biennial (traveling), solo show at Mesa Contemporary Arts (AZ); collections: Enamel Arts Foundation (CA), Racine Art Museum (WI); work published in Humor in Craft (Schiffer), Behind the Brooch (Schiffer), New Rings (Thames and Hudson).






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


Adam Whitney
Persuading Metal

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


Janna Gregonis
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).