Glass Workshops at Penland


Penland offers 1-, 2-, and 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.

Registration is currently open for all Summer 2020 workshops. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Scholarships are available for all summer workshops; scholarship applications are due by February 17.

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Glass Spring Concentration
March 8 – May 1, 2020
Dan Mirer
Intentions & Inventions

In this design-based workshop, students will pursue the creation of thoughtful objects. Assignments will lead to material research and problem solving with the larger goal of developing an innovative vocabulary of techniques. Along with blowing and forming on the pipe, moldblowing will be an important aspect of the workshop. We’ll cover mold design and tooling, exploring the use of wood, plaster, graphite, metal, rubber, and wax. These projects will enable less experienced students to create distinctive works while posing challenging opportunities for more advanced students. While our work will be centered in the hot shop, students will be encouraged to use the cold, kiln, and flame studios in creating their work. Guest instructor Peter Drobny will join us for a week. All levels. Code S00GA

Studio artist; teaching: Corning (NY), UrbanGlass (NYC), Alfred University (NY), Snow Farm (MA), Pilchuck (WA), Toledo Museum (OH), Tyler School of Art (PA); residencies: UrbanGlass, Corning, Toledo Museum, Museum of Glass (WA).

We regret that we had to cut this workshop short due to the current pandemic. Please see our COVID-19 Response page for more information. Thank you for your understanding and support as we navigate this evolving situation.

Dan Mirer, "Squares," mold-blown glass, 23k and 12k gold leaf, 4-1/2 x 2-1/2 x 2-1/2 inches each

Ben Elliott, Ebb & Flow, March 22-28, 2020
Unfortunately, this workshop has been cancelled. We look forward to welcoming Ben to our studios at a later date.

Glass Summer Session 1
May 24 – June 5, 2020
Jasen Johnsen & Karen Willenbrink-Johnsen
Hot Glass Sculpting

This workshop will be crammed full of information drawn from our lengthy experience in sculpting glass. We’ll present experimental ways of working glass so ideas can materialize. Demonstrations will include a variety of frit and powder techniques, torch work, and the use of customized tools. We’ll cover blown and solid forms with an emphasis on teamwork and use the garage to construct parts. Students will have time to work out their ideas daily. Plan to work hard and have a blast. Intermediate level: two-years of hot glass experience required. Code 01GA

Collaborating studio artists; teaching: Pratt Fine Arts Center (Seattle), Pilchuck (WA), Red Deer College (Canada); exhibitions: Museum of Northwest Art (WA), Tacoma Museum of Glass (WA), Schack Art Center (WA), solo show at Habatat Galleries (FL); work in museum collections worldwide.

Peacock with long tail sculpted in glass
Jasen Johnsen and Karen Willenbrink-Johnsen, "Peacock," blown and sculpted glass, steel, 20 x 30 x 13 inches
Glass Summer Session 1
May 24 – June 5, 2020
Jeff Heath
Making with Intent

This workshop will be a survey of flameworking techniques used to build a foundation for conceptually-driven sculpture. Working with borosilicate glass, we’ll cover networking, solid and hollow sculpting, hollow vessels, and making large work from small components using both hot and cold joints. Students will be encouraged to make work driven by ideas. We’ll also discuss portfolios, career paths, and funding projects. All levels. Code 01GB

Studio artist; teaching: Flint Institute of Art (MI), Bergstrom-Mahler Museum (MI); exhibitions: Pilchuck Exhibition Space (Seattle), Flint Institute of Art, Made Gallery (Chicago); residencies: Illinois Wesleyan University.

tree and root sculpture
Jeff Heath, "Transcendence," flameworked glass, metal, electrical wire, 36 x 24 x 8 inches
Glass Summer Session 2
June 7-19, 2020
Boyd Sugiki & Lisa Zerkowitz
Form, Color & Professional Practice

This workshop will start with a focus on refining skills by working on clear forms such as tumblers, bowls, bottles, and squeezed forms. Students will practice working efficiently, improving heat control, and surveying blowing theories. Then we’ll apply these skills to color techniques such as overlays, cane work, incalmo, and other processes. Instruction will be personalized to build on each individual’s skills with one-on-one time used to find solutions to common struggles. We’ll also have conversations about professional practice and field trips to local studios. Intermediate level: two years of hot glass experience required. Code 02GA

Studio artists working independently and collaborating on a line of studio glass as Two Tone Studios; teaching: The Studio at Corning (NY), Pittsburgh Glass Center, Pilchuck (WA), Penland; representation: Vetri (Seattle), Barneys (NYC), Hunter Gatherer (HI), RISD Works (RI).

collection of frosted green and blue glass vases
Boyd Sugiki and Lisa Zerkowitz, "Seaside," blown glass, 24 x 6 x 7-1/2 inches
Glass Summer Session 2
June 7-19, 2020
Caterina Zucchi
Blown Glass Beads: Skills & Shapes

This workshop will focus on blown glass beads. Working with soft glass, we’ll create wearable glass bead compositions that are voluminous yet light. We’ll start by making round beads, then use heat, gravity, and rotation to make different shapes. We’ll cover surface decoration and stringing beads to make jewelry. This dynamic and practical workshop will include group demonstrations and one-on-one instruction with the goal of giving you the information you need to be independent and skilled in blowing beads and composing balanced and wearable objects. All levels. Code 02GB

Designer, studio artist, owner of Studiozero-vetro (Italy); teaching: Vetroricerca Glas & Modern; exhibitions: International Glass Biennale Sofia (Bulgaria), Ireland Glass Biennale Dublin, International Art Jewelery Exhibition (Beijing).

Necklace of large aqua and black striped beads
Caterina Zucchi, "Roots Necklace," Murano glass, polyester string, 24-1/2 inches long
Glass Summer Session 3
June 21 – July 3, 2020
Kazuki Takizawa
Exploring Creativity with Cane & Murrini

Students in this workshop will be challenged to subvert the fundamentals of glassblowing and explore their individual interests. We’ll help each other experiment with whatever wild ideas we may have about glass, venturing out from traditional glass vessels. Demonstrations will include using bundles of rods, preheated shards, fused glass chunks, and more as we work to find our own unique methods of shaping molten glass. More technical demonstrations will be given in the latter half of the workshop, including the use of cane and murrini as a way to introduce line and pattern. All levels. Code 03GA

Studio artist, owner of KT Glassworks (Los Angeles); teaching: Pilchuck (WA), Pittsburgh Glass Center, Urban Glass (NYC); residencies: STARworks (NC), The Works (OH); exhibitions: River House Arts Gallery (OH), Craft in America Center (CA); representation: Duncan McClellan Gallery (FL).

Clear glass orb sculpture webbed with white lines
Kazuki Takizawa, "Minimalist," glass, 15 x 8 x 8 inches
Glass Summer Session 3
June 21 – July 3, 2020
John Littleton & Kate Vogel
Captured in Glass

We’ll explore adaptive mold making as a means of encapsulating ideas in glass, examining the properties of glass and considering how it can enhance our creative vision. These ideas will inform the models we create from clay, found objects, and wax to make molds for kiln casting. We’ll cover working with wax, mold recipes, glass sources, firing schedules, calculating volumes, many types of mold making, and casting with various materials including sheet glass, frit, and billets. Be prepared to experiment and problem-solve. Glass experience will be helpful, but this workshop is open to all all levels. Code 03GB

Collaborating studio artists; teaching/demonstrations: University of North Carolina Wilmington, Penland, Corning Hot Glass Road Show (IL); exhibitions: Habatat Gallery (MI), SOFA Chicago, Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass (WI); collections: Corning Museum of Glass (NY), High Museum (Atlanta), Mint Museum (NC).

clear glass hands holding up a red glass heart
John Littleton and Kate Vogel, "Heart’s Path," cast glass, 21-1/2 x 10-1/2 x 5-3/4 inches
Glass Summer Session 4
July 5-17, 2020
Nancy Callan & Mel Douglas

Glass is a fantastic medium for finding new ways to bend space, stretch time, and renew a sense of wonder. This workshop will explore the linear complexities and the unique spatial qualities of glass. Working in the hot and cold shops, students will be challenged to look at the relationship of form, pattern, balance, and design. Through a combination of traditional and experimental techniques, we’ll develop objects that merge surface and drawing so the form is not just a canvas but a three-dimensional drawing itself. Intermediate level: two years hot glass experience required. Code 04GA

Nancy: studio artist, senior member of Lino Tagliapietra’s team; teaching: Pilchuck (WA), Haystack (ME); residencies: Museum of Glass (WA), Toledo Museum of Art (OH). Mel: studio artist and sessional lecturer at Australian National University; collections: Glassmuseet Ebeltoft (Denmark), National Gallery of Australia, Corning Museum (NY).  |  @fancycal

Three grey glass droplets with subtle horizontal striping
Nancy Callan & Mel Douglas, "Bound, Tether, and Tie Droplets," blown, coldworked, and engraved glass, 14 x 14 x 14 inches each
Glass Summer Session 4
July 5-17, 2020
Anne Petters
The Poetics of Glass

In this idea-based, experimental workshop, we’ll explore a specific kilnforming, pâte de verre process. Using a variety of mold-making materials (plaster, silica, wax, clay, fiber frax, alginate), this technique allows us to transfer drawings, handwriting, and structures from a mold onto glass. Starting with fusing glass sheets that carry our individual designs, we’ll continue into three dimensions by manipulating the glass in the kiln during the firing and through various slumping methods. Understanding the aesthetic qualities and sculptural potential of this technique will be the backbone for developing new ideas. All levels. Code 04GB

Studio artist; teaching: City and Guilds of London Art School (UK), Royal College of Art (London), Institute for Ceramic and Glass (Germany); Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust scholar; residencies: Pilchuck (WA), Edinburgh College of Art; exhibitions: Michelangelo Foundation (Venice), Bullseye Projects (UK), Sue Schiepers Gallery (Belgium).

Delicate glass book with pages ruffled open
Anne Petters, "Books of Disquiet," glass, 11-3/4 x 7 x 6 inches each
Glass Summer Session 5
July 19 – August 4, 2020
Megan Biddle
Gathering Momentum

In this nontraditional hot glass workshop, we’ll embrace an experimental and curious approach to achieve unexpected outcomes with a versatile material. We’ll begin with the fundamentals needed to navigate the hot shop and cold shop, covering techniques in alternative surface applications, cold assembly, and mixed media. With daily demonstrations and plenty of work time for exploration, students will quickly develop a personal vocabulary based on process-driven results. Expect to produce samples and studies focused around texture, color, and form. All levels. Code 05GA

Studio artist, co-director of Tiger Strikes Asteroid Gallery (Philadelphia), instructor of glass at Tyler School of Art (Philadelphia); other teaching: Haystack (ME), Pilchuck (WA), UrbanGlass (NYC); residencies: Jentel Foundation (WY), Creative Glass Center of America (NJ), Northlands Creative Glass (Scotland), MacDowell Colony (NH).

flat black sheets of concrete embedded with clear glass orbs
Megan Biddle, detail of "Lithosphere," glass, concrete, mica
Glass Summer Session 5
July 19 – August 4, 2020
Lisa Demagall
Delighting in the Details

Using borosilicate glass, we’ll create delightfully detailed, sculptural objects at the torch. By studying objects carefully, we can break them down into their parts and recreate them as glass sculpture. Instruction will cover glass rod construction, bridging, armatures, solid
sculpting, and non-vessel, sculptural tube working. Time will be allotted for requested demonstrations, class discussions, and problem-solving. All levels; come as you are! Code 05GB

Studio artist; teaching: Kent State University (OH), Cleveland Institute of Art (OH), Bild-Werk Frauenau (Germany), The Studio at Corning (NY), Pittsburgh Glass Center; residencies: Pilchuck (WA), Pittsburgh Glass Center.

sculptural installation of a slanted wood floor with a glass rocking chair
Lisa Demagall, "Without...," flameworked borosilicate glass, wood, 35 x 60 x 60 inches
Glass Summer Session 6
August 9-21, 2020
Joe Grant
Make It Happen!

Students in this introductory workshop will discover the potential for making their ideas come to life in glass. First we’ll develop a strong foundation of glassmaking skills: gathering, shaping, and making simple forms with molten glass. Next we’ll cover solid sculpting, bit working, and blown glass techniques. Finally we’ll explore some basic color applications and moldblowing possibilities. A combination of traditional and experimental approaches to glassmaking will bring your ideas to life. The workshop will include demonstrations and skill building exercises and will focus on individual practice. Beginning level. Code 06GA

Studio artist, director of STARworks Glass (NC); teaching: Pilchuck (WA), Haystack (ME), East Carolina University (NC), Appalachian State University (NC); exhibitions: William King Museum (VA), Chrysler Museum (VA), STARworks Gallery; commission: Reid Heart Center (NC).

teal glass sculpture made up of many glass rings
Joe Grant, "Bollides Wake," glass, 12 x 18 x 10 inches
Glass Summer Session 6
August 9-21, 2020
Kimberly Thomas-Zii
Mean What You Say

Art is communication, a language of thoughts and feelings. Every artist speaks a different dialect, and while the interpretation is subjective, the expression should be accurate. With a focus on honing sculptural skill, improving technical fluency, and developing creative intelligence, students will learn how to manufacture their unique aesthetic speech and then use this sculptural language to create a short story in glass. Through group and individual demos, we’ll cover sculpting borosilicate glass, assembly, timing, and texture. Mixed media and reckless abandon encouraged. All levels. Code 06GB

Studio artist, instructor of glass art at Salem Community College (NJ); other teaching: UrbanGlass (NYC), The Studio at Corning (NY); exhibitions: Glass Vegas Expo (Las Vegas).


bug-eyed glass bunny head with glass fingers for ears
Kimberly Thomas-Zii, "Finger Bunny," glass, 7-1/2 x 4 x 3-1/2 inches
Glass Summer Session 7
August 23-29, 2020
Michael C. Krupiarz
Observe & Execute

This workshop is for beginning glass students looking to further develop their skill sets. We’ll take a close look at what is happening with the glass when it is heated, stretched, and blown. Students will practice making geometric forms—cones, cylinders, and spheres—that will inform more complicated shapes. We’ll emphasize technique, control, problem-solving methods, and clean lines. Instruction time will be divided between daily demonstrations and plenty of individual attention. Advanced beginning level: a perfect next step for students who have taken at least one introductory glass workshop. Code 07GA

Studio artist, coordinator at More Fire Glass Studio (NY); teaching: North Carolina Glass Center, Penland; exhibitions/representation: Asheville Area Arts Council (NC), Asheville Art Museum (NC), Center for Craft (NC), North Carolina Glass Center, Green Hill Center (NC).


glass cups in green, yellow, black, magenta, and blue
Michael C. Krupiarz, "Thumbprint Cups," blown glass, 3-1/2 x 4 inches each
Glass Summer Session 7
August 23-29, 2020
Michael Endo
Constructed Images

My work combines glass powder and frit painting, drawing processes adapted for kiln glass, and centuries-old glass painting techniques in the construction of multilayered atmospheric spaces and narratives. This workshop will focus on the techniques used in my practice and will encompass painting with glass powders, enamel painting adapted for high temperatures, and layered kilnforming along with printing and drawing techniques for kiln glass. All levels. Code 07GB

Studio artist, curator at Bullseye Projects (OR, CA, NY, UK), co-director of High Desert Observatory (CA), partner in Yucca Valley Material Lab (CA); teaching: Bild-Werk Frauenau (Germany), Pilchuck (WA), UrbanGlass (NYC), Northlands Creative Glass (UK), Pittsburgh Glass Center; exhibitions: National Glass Centre (UK), Disjecta (Portland, OR), Yuan Yuan Art Center (China).

greyscale glass panel with a pine forest scene
Michael Endo, "Crux," kilnformed glass, 24 x 39 inches