Glass Workshops at Penland



We have eliminated the early-registration lottery. We will begin accepting registration for 2018 summer workshops at 9:00 AM EST on Monday, January 8. Registration for full-pay students will be on a first-come, first-served basis and will continue until workshops are filled. Spaces are reserved in each workshop for scholarship students. Scholarship applications are due by February 17.

Penland offers 1-, 2-, and 8-week classes taught by visiting instructors in our well-equipped studios. Class topics include glass blowing, flameworking, glass sculpture, cold working, casting, fusing, and more. Workshops are open to serious students of all levels unless specified in course description; beginners welcome.

Glass Spring One-Week Session One
March 25 – 31
Benjamin Cobb
The Best Tool for the Job

There are many ways to make objects and many ways of teaching how to make them. We’ll try to find the best way for you! This workshop will drill down on basic forms as these are the building blocks (along with an open mind) for making anything out of glass. We’ll also focus on color applications (overlays, double overlays, and simple cane patterns) and how to apply them quickly and efficiently. Drawing is really where the whole process starts, so come with ideas and a sketch book, and we’ll hit the ground running. Intermediate/advanced level; students must be able to gather and make objects without instruction. We’ll work to take those skills to the next level. Studio fee: $28. Code S01GA

Studio artist; lead gaffer at Museum of Glass (WA); teaching: The Studio at Corning (NY), Pittsburgh Glass Center, Pilchuck (WA), Emporia State University (Kansas), Academy of Art and Design (Calgary); galleries: William Traver (Seattle), Circa (Minneapolis), Duncan McClellan (FL).

Benjamin Cobb, "Intermittent Lozenge," glass, 11 x 17 x 5 inches
Glass Spring One-Week Session Two
April 8 – 14
Hayden Wilson
Blowing Glass, Blowing Minds

This introductory workshop will focus on the fundamentals of glassblowing. Geared toward those with little or no experience with glass, we’ll cover the proper use of equipment and tools to achieve a solid understanding of this amazing material. We’ll discuss the various methods used to achieve basic shapes and use these as a springboard to launch us into the endless possibilities of molten sand. Students are encouraged to bring an open mind as we make and break our way through a week of wonder. Beginning level. Studio fee: $25. Code S02GA

Studio artist and studio manager at the North Carolina Glass Center; visiting artist residencies: University of North Carolina-Asheville, University of Louisville (KY); representation: Blue Spiral (NC), Habatat Galleries (MI), Kittrell Riffkind (TX).

Hayden Wilson, "Olive Murrine Egg," blown glass, 15 x 8 x 5 inches
Glass Spring One-Week Session Three
April 22-28
Raven Skyriver

This hot glass workshop will be all about sculpting out of round. We’ll focus on team work, timing, and problem solving on the fly, giving students a foundation on which to build intricate asymmetrical forms and teaching them how to overcome technical obstacles. If you are someone who works on symmetrical forms and you want to change it up, or if you simply want to sharpen your hot sculpting skills, this workshop has a lot to offer. Advanced level: your application must be accompanied by a CV detailing your experience in glass and five images of your work. Send these to Studio fee: $40. Code S03GA

Studio artist; teaching: Pilchuck (WA), The Studio at Corning (NY), Niijima Glass Center (Tokyo), Glass Furnace (Turkey), Aya Glass (Japan); exhibitions: Glasmuseet Ebeltoft (Denmark), Island Museum of Art (WA), Maryhill Museum of Art (WA), multiple solo shows at Stonington Gallery (Seattle).

Raven Skyriver, "Gyre," off-hand sculpted and carved glass, 19 x 26 x 28 inches
Glass Summer Session One
May 27–June 8
David Naito
Essential Shape

How do you form molten glass into a desired shape? This workshop will help you understand how glass moves and behaves, how to reason with it and free yourself up as a maker, and how to create well-balanced blown or solid glass. We’ll cover the needed heats, how and when to tool the glass, and different technical steps that will combine to make your glass process more fluent. We’ll stress teamwork and the importance of assisting. Please bring your ideas, sketches, and curiosity and be ready to blow, sculpt, and shape glass. All levels. Code 01GA

Studio artist; teaching: Alfred University (NY), Anoka-Ramsey Community College (MN), UrbanGlass (NYC); exhibitions: Design Museum Nuutajärvi (Finland), Foreman Gallery (NY); visiting artist: Ball State University (IN), Tavastia Vocational College (Finland), Mass College of Art (MA).

David Naito, "Kilta in Creme and Orange," blown and fused glass, 6-1/2 x 14 x 9-1/2 inches
David Naito, "Kilta in Creme and Orange," blown and fused glass, 6-1/2 x 14 x 9-1/2 inches
Glass Summer Session One
May 27-June 8
Sarah Blood
Seeking Enlightenment

Discover the aesthetic and conceptual possibilities of light and mixed media. By exploring traditional and experimental neon techniques, students will develop the skills they need for planning, creating, and installing their own neon and mixed-media works. We’ll emphasize play, material experimentation, and personal expression. Discussions and presentations will cover historical precedents and contemporary issues relevant to neon and its use as a medium for sculpture. Technical material will include drawing and bending tubes to patterns, splicing, bombarding, wiring, and installing finished work. All levels. Code 01GB

Assistant professor at Alfred University (NY); other teaching: Pilchuck (WA), UrbanGlass (NYC), Penland; exhibitions: Neuberger Museum of Art (NY), Museum of Neon Art (CA), Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass (WI), Tianyuan Glass Centre (China), Lumiere Light Festival (London).

Sarah Blood, "Holding My Breath," neon, dressmaking pins, fabric, braiding, tassels, mixed media, 20-1/2 x 20-1/2 x 14 inches
Glass Summer Session Two
June 10–22
Amanda Patenaude & Megan Stelljes
Get It Together

This workshop will focus on having fun with glass while learning the language of hot sculpting and assembly. We’ll explore many magical hot shop techniques for color application, setting up your bubbles for success, and all the fun ways to stick parts together. Learn to incorporate a variety of maneuvers, work with a team, and make your whimsical or wacky dreams become reality. Pack your smile. Bright colors welcome. The only way to go is up! All levels. Code 02GA

Amanda: studio artist; residencies: STARworks (NC), S12 Galleria (Norway), Grand Central Art Center (CA). Megan: studio artist; teaching: UrbanGlass (NYC), Museum of Glass (WA); exhibitions: Sabbia Gallery (Australia), Museum of Neon Art (CA); representation: Vetri Gallery (WA).

Amanda Patenaude, "Scavenger," hot-assembled blown glass, 17 x 12 x 12 inches
Amanda Patenaude, "Scavenger," hot-assembled blown glass, 17 x 12 x 12 inches
Megan Stelljes, "Tired of Lemonade," glass, 24 x 12 x 10 inches
Megan Stelljes, "Tired of Lemonade," glass, 24 x 12 x 10 inches
Glass Summer Session Two
June 10–22
Christopher Ahalt (CHA)
Sculpting Your Imagination

In this flameworking workshop students will learn to take a simple bubble of glass and form it into the shape of their desire—or at least something close. Using a blow hose and a few key tools, we’ll push and pull flameworked glass further than you thought possible. Much like painting, we’ll start with broad strokes and work our way to fine details. Bring your ideas and leave your expectations at home. Patience and persistence are essential. Learning from failure is what makes us grow. Students must have experience working with tubing at the torch and be able to attach handles. Code 02GB

Studio artist; teaching: Pittsburgh Glass Center, Salem Community College (NJ), Pilchuck (WA); gallery representation: Habatat Galleries (FL), Chesterfield Gallery (NYC), ECHT Gallery (Chicago); featured in American Craft.

Christopher Ahalt, "Fed Up," borosilicate glass, copper, bronze, 5-1/2 x 5 x 18 inches
Christopher Ahalt, "Fed Up," borosilicate glass, copper, bronze, 5-1/2 x 5 x 18 inches
Glass Summer Session Three
June 24–July 6
Shane Fero & Angus Powers
Hybrid Liquidity

This workshop will integrate flameworked elements into the hot glass studio. We’ll create a pop-up flameworking studio in the hot shop and make elements to be used with furnace glass as inclusions, attachments, graal, drawings, and any other experimental ways to combine the two skill sets into hybrid works. All levels; a basic understanding of flameworking and glassblowing will be helpful. Code 03GA

Shane: studio artist; teaching: The Studio at Corning (NY), Pilchuck (WA); three retrospective exhibitions; collections: Museum of Arts and Design (NYC), GlasMuseum (Denmark). Angus: associate professor at Alfred University (NY); exhibitions: Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass (WI), Gent Glass (Belgium), Chrysler Museum (VA).

Shane Fero, "Imperial Pheasant," sandblasted, acid-etched, hot and flameworked glass, 19 x 9-1/2 x 9-1/2 inches; bottle gaffed by Pablo Soto
Shane Fero, "Imperial Pheasant," sandblasted, acid-etched, hot and flameworked glass, 19 x 9-1/2 x 9-1/2 inches; bottle gaffed by Pablo Soto
Angus Powers, "ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ," fused and drawn glass murrine, 2 x 2 x 2 inches
Glass Summer Session Three
June 24–July 6
Wesley Fleming
Local Flora and Fauna

Capture the buzz of summer in glass flowers and bugs! Our projects will be inspired by field trips on campus and nearby to explore forest, field, and stream for local endemic species. We’ll cover “off mandrel” sculpting techniques and improve your feel for heat control working with soda-lime glass. The workshop will consist of demonstrations followed by hands-on learning with assistance from the instructor. Go home with a bee that doesn’t sting and skills that can be applied to any kind of flameworking. A minimum of one year of flameworking experience is required. Code 03GB

Studio artist; teaching: The Studio at Corning (NY), Glasscraft (OR), Kobe Lampwork Museum (Japan), Snow Farm (MA); collections: Corning Museum (NY), Racine Art Museum (WI); publications: American Art Collector, Ornament, Glass Quarterly, Make.

Wesley Fleming, "Veronica Longifolia," flameworked soda-lime glass, 2 x 4 x 10 inches
Glass Summer Session Four
July 8–20
Robert Lewis
Discerning Assemblage

This hot glass workshop will explore the possibilities of joining sculptural and functional components to create unique objects. We’ll have the extraordinary opportunity to use Penland’s furnaces to make our own colors. There will be some crossover with the flameworking studio as we work together to combine flameworked elements with furnace glass. Demonstrations will range from fundamental to complex glassblowing and flameworking techniques with unusual, funky twists to develop one-of-a-kind thingamabobs, sculptures, and functional vessels. Students will work collaboratively, reflecting on creative ways to design work, establishing strong technical skills, and refining their personal aesthetics. All levels. Code 04GA

Instructor at Alberta College of Art & Design (Canada); other teaching: Toyama City Institute of Glass Art (Japan), UrbanGlass (NYC), Haystack (ME), Pilchuck (WA); Tacoma Museum of Glass (WA) residency (WA); collections: Tacoma Museum of Glass, Ohio State University.

Robert Lewis, "Centripetal," blown glass, 13 x 35-1/2 inches
Glass Summer Session Four
July 8-20
Cédric Ginart & Karina Guévin
Tempted by Fire

Students’ inherent creativity will be stimulated in this workshop focusing on building a solid foundation of technical skills. Working with soda-lime and borosilicate glass, students will learn a wide variety of flameworking techniques. Demonstrations will range from beadmaking to scientific glassblowing and include unusual twists for creating visual impact. Assignments and individual projects will help students develop a personal language of color and shape. There will be some crossover with the hot shop with the possibility of collaborative work. All levels. Code 04GB

Cédric: studio artist, scientific glassblower at Montreal University; teaching: Pittsburgh Glass Center, Pilchuck (WA), The Studio at Corning (NY). Karina: studio artist; teaching: The Studio at Corning (NY), Pilchuck (WA), Pratt Fine Art Center (Seattle); collections: Glassmuseum (Germany), Niijima Museum of Glass (Japan), Espace Verre (Montreal).

Cédric Ginart and Karina Guévin, "Happily Ever After" (detail), borosilicate glass
Glass Summer Session Five
July 22–August 7
Giles Bettison & Marc Petrovic
Flat Glass Murrine Roll-Ups

Using sheet glass as a foundation for making pattern, we’ll explore the possibilities of traditional and experimental murrine-based forms. Every student will work their way through concept, murrine execution, and rolling up and blowing or hot sculpting their desired forms. We’ll experiment and push traditional boundaries as students advance their ability to make hollow forms constructed from sheet glass murrine. Basic hot glass skills and familiarity with the hot shop required. Code 05GA

Giles: studio artist; exhibitions: SOFA Chicago, Tansey Contemporary (NM); collections: Australian National Gallery, Museum of Arts and Design (NYC); Marc: studio artist; teaching: Bullseye Glass (OR), The Studio at Corning (NY); collections: Museum of Arts and Design (NYC), Corning Museum (NY).

Giles Bettison, "Vista NY," hot-worked, blown, and cold-finished Bullseye sheet glass murrine, 7-1/2 inches tall
Marc Petrovic, "Avian Pair (Red Head)," fused and freehand hot-sculpted Bullseye glass, 5-1/2 x 11 x 9 inches
Glass Summer Session Five
July 22–August 7
Alicia Lomné
Pâte de Verre: The Glass Skin

This workshop will cover all the basics of making models, pouring open-faced molds, and packing glass within the mold to create thin-walled objects. Students will learn several methods of exact color placement, patterning, shading, and inlay, as well as color mixing. Thorough notes will be provided, and we’ll carefully review firing schedules. In the second half of the workshop we’ll work more experimentally using new techniques with second and third firings to rework/pattern/build existing pieces. Students will make finished work, test tiles, and experiments. Expect to work hard and have fun! All levels. Code 05GB

Studio artist; teaching: Bullseye Glass (Santa Fe, CA, OR), Pilchuck (WA), Haystack (ME), The Studio at Corning (NY); exhibitions: Muskegon Museum (MI), Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, National Liberty Museum (Philadelphia), Mobilia Gallery (MA), Mint Museum (NC), Museo Gallery (WA).

Alicia Lomné, "The Blue Light of Day," glass, 7-1/2 inches tall
Glass Summer Session Six
August 12–24
Jason Minami
Strengthen Your Core

It can be hard to keep your balance in the fluctuating environment of the glass studio without a strong core of fundamental skills. This workshop will build your glassblowing core, creating a strong foundation for future explorations. You’ll learn and practice the fundamentals and develop an understanding of how glass works with heat and the forces of nature. You’ll acquire skills to efficiently blow primary shapes and forms, learning to problem-solve and adapt your process along the way. Beginning level. Code 06GA

Lead glass instructor and studio manager at Glassroots (NJ); other teaching: Alfred University (NY), Hudson Community College (NY), UrbanGlass (NYC); exhibitions: University of Hawaii, Kean University (NJ), Exhibit A (NY).

Jason Minami, "Night and Day" (detail), glass, bronze, steel
Glass Summer Session Six
August 12–24
Bandhu Dunham
Glass Fun with Bandhu

Whimsy, unconventional forms, goblets, and kinetic sculpture are on the menu. In this flameworking kitchen of fun, students will learn solid and hollow techniques to manifest their ideas, including expressive figures and goblets that are structurally strong, visually yummy, and suitable for daily use. We’ll cook up the perfect foot and the darn good goblet bowl. Functional glass mechanisms and Rube Goldberg contraptions will also be served. All levels. Code 06GB

Studio artist and author; teaching: Osaka University of Arts (Japan), Niijima Glass Center (Japan), Pilchuck (WA), Pratt Fine Art Center (Seattle), Glass Axis (OH); The Studio at Corning residency; collections: Kobe Lampwork Museum (Japan), Museum für Glaskunst (Germany), Museum of Arts and Design (NYC).

Bandhu Dunham, "Kinetic Marble Toy," borosilicate glass, wood, 12 x 12 x 12 inches
Glass Summer Session Seven
August 26–September 1
Nick Fruin
Goblets: Don’t Waste Your Time

Timing is everything! This workshop will focus on the goblet-making process as studio practice. We aren’t just here to make a pretty object; we’re here to learn how to work efficiently in the hot shop. Using the goblet as our template, this workshop will develop your skills and give your hands the vocabulary needed to support your head. A minimum of two years of regular glassblowing practice required. Code 07GA

Penland studio coordinator; teaching: STARworks (NC), Tulsa Glassblowing School (OK), Hastings College (NE); residencies: Southern Illinois University Carbondale, University of Louisville (KY), 2011 Glass Arts Society Conference (Seattle); exhibitions: Turchin Center at Appalachian State (NC), Penland Gallery, Asheville Area Arts Council (NC).

Nick Fruin, "Red Goblets," glass, 9 x 4 x 30 inches
Glass Summer Session Seven
August 26–September 1
Rebecca Smith
Flirting with Fusing

This workshop will cover a variety of materials and techniques for fused glass. Students will learn to cut and shape sheet glass to create intricate designs. Using glass frit, powder, and stringers will allow us to create unique patterns and imagery. As we ramp up the heat of the kiln, we’ll experiment with pattern bars and combing. We’ll finish our pieces in the cold shop before slumping them into functional dishes or decorative works of art. We’ll cover the glass firing process, the behavior of the material, and all the hows and whys. All levels. Code 07GB

Studio artist and kiln forming coordinator at Pittsburgh Glass Center; exhibitions: Erie Art Museum (PA), Pittsburgh Glass Center.

Rebecca Smith, "Pattern and Chaos," vitrograph pulled murrine, pattern bar, kilnformed glass, 20 x 20 inches