Iron Workshops at Penland


Penland offers 1-, 2-, and 8-week workshops taught by visiting instructors in our well-equipped studios. Class topics include traditional blacksmithing, forging and forming steel and iron, metal sculpture, working with found metal, finishing techniques, and more. Workshops are open to serious students of all levels unless specified in course description; beginners welcome.

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Scholarship Information
The scholarship deadline is December 15.

NOTE: Many aspects of Penland workshops will be altered for 2021 because of the pandemic. Before you apply, please read our COVID-19 Safety Guidelines document so you will know what to expect and what will be expected of you.

Iron Spring Concentration
March 7 – April 30, 2021
Thomas Campbell
Fabrication Fundamentals

This workshop will focus on the fundamentals of steel fabrication with an emphasis on both functional and sculptural design. We’ll begin with weekly exercises and assignments that emphasize proper fabrication technique, design, critical thinking, and problem solving. We’ll build on these exercises to establish a skill set that will support personal exploration. Daily demonstrations will include, but not be limited to, technical drawing and layout, basic sheet-forming, MIG and TIG welding, grinding and sanding, finish work, and patination. We’ll also cover shop safety and efficient work practices. Students will leave with newly acquired skills and a thorough understanding of steel fabrication. All levels. Code S00I

Note: this workshop will not cover forging.

Studio artist; teaching: Haystack (ME), Penland; Haystack Open Studio Residency; exhibitions: Signature Gallery (Atlanta), Blue Spiral 1 (NC), Metal Museum (Memphis), Mint Museum (Charlotte); collections: University of Arkansas at Little Rock; gallery representation: Blue Spiral 1; former Penland core fellow.

Red, wall-mounted sculpture by Thomas Campbell
Thomas Campbell, Continuum, blackened steel, paint, 36 x 19 x 7 inches