Special Workshops at Penland

Workshops are open to serious students of all levels unless specified in course description; beginners welcome.




summer session 7

AUGUST 24–30, 2014

Nancy Blum, Hypocycloids, stainless steel,

sandblasted cast concrete 

Nancy Blum
Developing a Public Art Practice

This workshop will explore the transition from private studio practice to public art practice. Students will be exposed to the possibilities of the field through lectures, conversations, and exercises tailored to each individual’s creative work. Through group and individual discussions, students will gain insight into how their own strengths as makers can be used to address public art opportunities. The workshop will be helpful to artists at any level interested in learning about public art. For those with a developed art practice, it will address the specific possibility of seeing their art exist in public spaces. All levels. Code 07D

Studio artist; grants: Pollack-Krasner Foundation, Peter S. Reed Foundation; exhibitions: Brooklyn Botanic Gardens (NYC), Boise Art Museum (ID), Museum of Contemporary Art (Scottsdale, AZ), Rosamund Felsen Gallery (CA), Reynolds Gallery (VA); public art commissions: Arts for Transit for artwork at the MTA train station in North Ferry Station (NY), Central Corridor Light Rail Transit for integrated artwork at three stations in Minneapolis/St. Paul, San Francisco Arts Commission for a 110-foot-long art glass installation at San Francisco General Hospital, city of Seattle for 50 hatch covers in the streets.




Joe Dinwiddie, Penland Steps and Retaining Walls,

sandstone,salvaged stone from existing steps and

retaining walls, 180 x 72 x 72 inches 

Joseph Dinwiddie
Dry Stone Masonry

This workshop will cover the methodology of shaping and setting stone in the landscape without mortar. We’ll discuss tools, safety, design ideas, and global traditions in stonework. We’ll disassemble and then rebuild existing stonework on the Penland campus. All levels. Code 07L

Stone mason; teaching: Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Asheville City Schools (NC), Campbell Folk School (NC), Black Mountain Center for the Arts (NC); certified as a mason and masonry instructor from the Drystone Walling Association of Great Britain.


Michael Janis, In the Evening Twilight, kiln-formed glass,

glass power, steel, 12H x 12H inches


Michael Janis
Compelled by Metaphor

In this workshop we’ll create fused images on sheets of glass. Using glass frit, powders, high-fire enamels, iron-oxide decals, and more to make drawings and images, we’ll develop a vocabulary of items to be used in final projects. With the fired parts, we’ll explore how to make glass artworks that have both visual and spatial depth created by layering and fusing sheets of glass with overlapping elements, producing juxtapositions of imagery that play on light, color, and sequence. All levels. Code 07GB

Co-director of the Washington Glass School (DC); teaching: University of Sunderland (UK), Glass Furnace (Istanbul), Bay Area Glass Institute (CA); Fulbright Scholarship, Saxe Fellowship (CA); exhibitions: Maurine Littleton Gallery (DC), solo show at Fuller Craft Museum (MA); collection: Art Institute of Chicago.






spring session 2

april 5 - 11, 2015


Joy Seidler, Two Moon Journals, paste paper coptic binding,

9 x 12 inches, dust jacket journal with image sewn, 10 x 8 inches

Caverly Morgan & Joy Seidler
Mindfulness & Making

Our workshop will focus on discovering authentic personal entry points into the creative process. Together we’ll explore mindful participation with creativity and with life as we avoid the temptations of control and end-gain. We will use crafts—including pastepaper, journal making, clay work, and other forms—as a vehicle for the practice of presence and receptivity and for experiencing interconnectedness. We’ll also explore meditation, strategies for bringing mindful practices into your life, and the role of service in craft. And we’ll address questions such as, “What does it mean to be a vehicle for creative life force while being an object maker?” and “How can our creative processes assist us in being more awake in the world?” All levels. Code S02CB

Caverly: meditation teacher, Zen practitioner and founding director of One House of Peace.


Joy: studio artist, consultant, educator, trainer of teachers; 20 summers of pastepaper journal workshops in Massachusetts.