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 2017 and spring 2018 workshops is currently open.




SUMMER session 6

August 13 - 25, 2017

Marissa Saneholtz, The funny thing was that she wasn’t even mad,

copper, enamel, 14k gold, diamond, found objects, 3-3/8 x 2-1/8 x

3/8 inches


Marissa Saneholtz
Wet Hot American Narrative: Champlevé Enameling

Champlevé is the French term for a process in which enamels are inlaid into recessed compartments in metal surfaces. During this workshop, students will create these surfaces through etching and fabrication. They will then apply wet, powdered enamel and fire the pieces in a kiln. While fully immersed in these processes, students will be encouraged to create imagery by exploring personal narratives derived from a variety of brainstorming exercises. This merging of technique, narrative, imagery, and color will allow students to create a series of one-of-a-kind pieces of wearable art. All levels. Code 06MA


Instructor at Bowling Green State University (OH); other teaching: Appalachian State University (NC), East Carolina University Italy Program; collections: Bowling Green State University, Racine Art Museum (WI).



Michael Good, Curl, bronze, 16 inches tall



Julia Woodman, A Lady’s Pearls, sterling silver, glass,

12 x 4 x 1 inches

Michael Good & Julia Woodman
Anticlastic Raising & the Hydraulic Press

We’ll start with the principles of anticlastic raising using the simple tools of the trade. Then we’ll expand into the boundless potential of the hydraulic press! We’ll use anticlastic/synclastic methods and the press to create forms for sculpture, jewelry, three-dimensional tessellation, or whatever you can imagine. We’ll cover impression dies for multiples, deep-drawmaster dies, bracelet dies, and more. Individual instruction will help students explore and problem-solve at their own skill level. Techniques will be introduced daily and as needed. All levels. Code 06MB


Michael: studio artist; teaching: Royal College of Art (London); exhibitions: National Ornamental Metal Museum (TN), Gallery Aurus (Paris). Julia: studio artist; teaching: Campbell Folk School (NC); collections: Victoria and Albert Museum (London), Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.


















SUMMER session 7

August 27 - September 2, 2017

Joanna Gollberg, Mod Blues Earrings, lapis, rough ruby, turquoise,

blue topaz, apatite, sterling silver, 1-1/2 x 1 inches each


Joanna Gollberg

Through fabrication methods and proper soldering techniques, students will learn to create secure settings that trap objects in their jewelry. We’ll discuss prong setting, tab setting, and bezel setting as ways to secure any kind of object. We’ll also learn a variety of soldering techniques using the Smith Little Torch, which will help students add surprising and delightful details to their work. Although this is a technique-based class, we’ll also discuss design, layout, and process. Tips and tricks will be shared throughout. Students can expect to finish several projects using their own designs. All levels. Code 07MA


Studio artist; teaching: Arrowmont (TN), Penland; exhibitions: Velvet da Vinci (San Francisco), Taboo Studio (San Diego); publications: Metalsmith, Ornament, 20th Century Jewelers, 500 Wedding Rings (Lark Books); author of four books on jewelry making.




Ashley Buchanan, Decorative Bangles, hand-cut brass, powder

coat, 3-1/2 x 3-1/2 inches each


Ashley Buchanan
Introduction to Powder Coating

In this workshop students will learn to create a clean, durable, and colorful finish on jewelry and other small metal objects through the industrial process of powder coating. We’ll cover basic methods of application, experiment with alternative processes, and discuss the equipment needed for a powder coating set-up. We’ll make pieces to play with, and students will be encouraged to bring finished pieces, unfinished projects, and lots of metal objects to powder coat. This workshop will provide a practical and accessible finishing option that can easily be integrated into any studio practice. All levels. Code 07MB


Studio artist; teaching: Society for Contemporary Craft (Pittsburgh), Love & Luxe (San Francisco), The Art League (VA); exhibitions: Smithsonian Craft Show, Philadelphia Museum, Turchin Center (NC), Museum of Arts and Design (NYC), LIGHT Art + Design (NC); publications: Ornament, Metalsmith, American Craft.







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).







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).