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.




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 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

Sarah Doremus
Kinetic Jewelry

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).











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’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

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’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).