Glass Workshops at Penland
Penland offers 1 to 8-week workshops 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 SHORT SESSION
September 25 – 30, 2022
(Four studio days)
One and Done
This workshop is about making glass objects with single-use, hot blow molds, using a mold-making process similar to traditional lost-wax casting. We’ll create wax compositions by direct carving and/or pouring wax into molds. The waxes will be invested into traditional plaster/silica mix. The resulting molds will be steamed out and heated up. Then we’ll gather, color, and shape glass in the hot shop and blow it into the preheated molds. As compared to traditional kiln casting, this process requires less cooling time and offers more color options. The only requirement is a drive to explore, experiment, and expand; no glass experience needed. All levels. This workshop will use several parts of the glass studio. It is not a glassblowing workshop.
Studio artist; teaching: Arizona State University, The Studio at Corning (NY), Arrowmont (TN), Bezalel Academy of Art (Israel), The Glass Furnace (Turkey), UrbanGlass (NYC), Pittsburgh Glass Center, Penland; work shown in more than 100 exhibitions including Museo Gallery (WA), SOFA Chicago, Tacoma Museum of Glass (WA); representation: Habatat Galleries (FL, MI), Kittrell-Riffkind Gallery (TX), Vetri Gallery (Seattle), Raven Gallery (CO).
GLASS FALL CONCENTRATION
October 2 – November 11, 2022
This intensive workshop is an opportunity to learn about the materiality of glass and how to express yourself through the material. Explore what it is about glass that fascinates you and learn more about yourself and what you and the material have in common. We’ll cover many techniques including basic glassblowing, assemblage, color application, coldwork, sculpture techniques—from the bench to the cold shop. Traditional and nontraditional processes will help you access the expression that comes from a harmony between you and the material. All levels. Hot glass studio.
Studio artist; teaching: Nagoya University of Arts (Japan), Palomar College (CA), Anoka-Ramsey Community College (MN), California State University San Bernardino, Pilchuck (WA), Tulsa Glassblowing School (OK), Penland; residencies: Creative Glass Center of America (NJ), Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, Murano Residency (Italy), Duncan McClellan Gallery (FL), Residence Together (Sweden), Tacoma Museum of Glass (WA), Corning Museum of Glass (NY), Monterey GlassWorks (CA).
Glass Spring Concentration
March 5 – April 28, 2023 (8 Weeks)
Borosilicate Fieldnotes: The Explorer’s Notebook
A notebook is a license to explore the world: in this workshop we’ll explore and catalog ideas, methods, and structures in flameworked borosilicate glass. There will be a strong emphasis on daily hand-skill practice supplemented by drawing, reading, demonstrations, and slide shows. Students will learn techniques for solid structural flameworking along with building a strong foundation in making hollow, blown forms. All levels. Flameworking studio.
Studio artist; teaching: Pilchuck (WA), Bildwerk Frauenau (Germany), National College of Art and Design (Dublin), Pittsburgh Glass Center, UrbanGlass (NYC); residencies: Rosenberg Residency (MA), Tacoma Museum of Glass (WA), S12 (Bergan, Norway); collections: Tacoma Museum of Glass (WA), KODE (Bergen, Norway), Renwick Gallery (DC).
Glass – Spring Short Session
April 30 – May 5, 2023 (4 studio days)
How do you form hot molten glass into a desired shape? This workshop will help you understand how glass moves and behaves. You will be guided through the needed heats and how and when to tool the glass. With an emphasis on basic shapes, we’ll cover steps such as gathering, marvering, blowing, and tool use, and you’ll learn to combine them so your glass making will become more fluent. Teamwork and the importance of assisting will be predominant aspects of the workshop. Bring your ideas, sketches, and curiosity and be ready to shape glass. Advanced beginning level: students must have taken at least one glassblowing workshop.
Studio Artist; teaching: Alfred University/New York State College of Ceramics, Anoka-Ramsey Community College (MN), UrbanGlass (NY), Penland, Punahou School (HI); visiting artist: Ball State University (IN), Tavastia Vocational College (Finland), Mass College of Art (MA); exhibitions: Design Museum Nuutajärvi (Finland), Foreman Gallery (NY).