Metals

Metals Workshops at Penland

 

Penland offers 1-, 2-, and 8-week workshops taught by visiting instructors in our well-equipped studios. Class topics include jewelry design and fabrication, metalsmithing, casting, working with pewter, setting stones, enameling, etching, forging, and more. Workshops are open to serious students of all levels unless specified in course description; beginners welcome.

Register for Workshops

Registration opens January 12 at 10:00 AM ET. Scholarships are available for all workshops—apply by February 17.

NOTE: Many aspects of Penland workshops will be altered for 2021 because of the pandemic, but we’re moving ahead with optimism and care. 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. And know that, if conditions force us to cancel workshops, you’ll get a full refund on your payment.

Metals – Special Session
May 9-15, 2021
Anna Johnson
Setting the Tone

In this workshop, students will develop metalsmithing skills with an emphasis on setting found objects and creative thinking. We’ll build a solid foundation in soldering, sawing, joining, setting, and finishing throughout the week, and we’ll throw out the rule book on designing jewelry and small objects. By formulating our own solutions, we’ll learn to trust our intuition and set the tone for an innovative studio practice. Students can plan on leaving with multiple pieces and exciting ideas to bring to future projects. All levels. Lower metals studio.

Studio artist; teaching: Haywood Community College (NC), Arrowmont (TN), Penland; gallery representation: Mora Jewelry (NC), Gill Wing Jewellery (UK), Galeria Alice Floriano (Brazil), Woodlands Gallery (NC), Hecho A Mano (NM), Metal Museum (TN), Penland Gallery.

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Anna Johnson, "Vita Motu Necklace," pink dolomite, moonstone, squirrel skull, gold-plated pyrite, titanium hematite, fine silver, sterling silver, 5-1/2 x 5 x 1 inch
Metals Summer Session 1
May 23 – June 3, 2021
Rachel Shimpock
Electroformerrific

This dive into electroformed copper plating will emphasize process, technique, and experimentation. We’ll begin by learning how to prepare your small items for the electroforming baths in the studio and then cover making and using a small, home plating system. We’ll also make a pen plater and play with alternative plating solutions. Finally we’ll apply vitreous enamel to plated forms and learn a technique for “drawing” with plating metal and enamel. With proper preparation, metallic, nonmetallic, and organic items can all be plated. Rachel’s book of secrets is open, and all levels are welcome! Upper metals studio.

Associate professor at Long Beach City College (CA) and California State University Long Beach (CA); collections: Enamel Arts Foundation (Los Angeles); galleries: Mora (NC), Shibumi (San Francisco), Form & Concept (NM); publications: Food as Art by Carolyn Tillie, Metalsmith, Ornament.

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electroformed piece of bread as a pendant
Rachel Shimpock, "Full Piece of Toast Necklace," toast, copper, enamel, brass, 4 x 4 inches
Metals Summer Session 1
May 23 – June 3, 2021
Nicole Jacquard
Make, Think, Discuss, Repeat

Creating work can be isolating, and approaching the bench can sometimes seem daunting. Students in this workshop will approach the studio fresh each day and be challenged to create a daily piece from particular prompts. We’ll combine idea generation, material studies, and technical demonstrations, plus short readings for inspiration and understanding the creative process. Challenges will be set every day, including starting points for exploration, demonstrations of basic techniques and mechanisms, and explorations of traditional and unusual materials. The goal is for students to think beyond their normal working routine and explore the potential they have either forgotten or didn’t realize they had. All levels. Lower metals studio.

Associate professor and metals coordinator at Indiana University; two Fulbright fellowships; ten solo exhibitions and over 100 invitational/juried exhibitions in US, Europe, Asia, and Australia; collections: International Ceramics Studio (Hungary), Riga Porcelain Museum (Latvia).

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@nicolejacquard

enameled metal piece with flower design
Nicole Jacquard, "Passion Pink," copper, laser engraved enamel, silver, galvanized steel, stainless steel, 3-1/2 x ¾ x 4-1/2 inches
Metals Summer Session 2
June 6-17, 2021
Lauren Markley
Fabrication for Sculptural Jewelry

Taking a structural approach to jewelry, we’ll explore 3-D forms to create wearable sculpture. We’ll work through a number of fabrication techniques—including hollow construction, spliced construction, and scoring and folding—improving soldering skills along the way. There will be daily demonstrations, and class projects will present opportunities to hone sequencing and problem-solving skills. Time permitting, we’ll also touch on surface treatments and the use of alternative materials. Students should come away with many samples and a few finished pieces. All levels. Upper metals studio.

Studio artist; teaching: Arrowmont (TN), Boulder Metalsmithing Association (CO), James Carter Studio (NC); exhibitions: #46 Pentaculum (Munich), GreenHill Center (NC), East Carolina University (NC), Society of Arts and Crafts Boston; galleries: Elder Gallery (NC), Abel Contemporary (WI),  Moth (Chicago),  publications: 500 Silver Jewelry Designs.

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@laurenmarkley

necklace pendant assembled from planes of metal
Lauren Markley, "Folded Silver and Enamel Necklace No. 2," sterling silver, enamel, pendant: 6 x 2-1/2 inches
Metals Summer Session 3
June 20 – July 1, 2021
Sharon Massey
Contemporary Enamel

Vitreous enamel offers endless possibilities for adding color, texture, pattern, imagery, and text to metal objects and jewelry. This workshop will cover techniques ranging from sifting to champlevé, including liquid enamels, decals, stencils, cloisonné, enameling on 3-D forms, and application to both copper and steel. We’ll explore how to incorporate enamel into your work—including setting and fastening techniques—as well as design and concept development. With an emphasis on contemporary and experimental approaches, this workshop will allow students to begin a studio practice in enamel or to expand their existing practice. All levels. Upper metals studio.

Associate professor at Indiana University of Pennsylvania; other teaching: Haystack (ME), Center for Enamel Art (CA); collections: Enamel Arts Foundation (CA), Racine Arts Museum (WI), Museum of Fine Arts Boston; publications: Metalsmith, American Craft, New Brooches & New Bracelets, The Art of Enameling.

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@sharon___massey

three charms: a cross, a heart, and an anchor
Sharon Massey, "Hope, Faith, and Charity," steel, champlevé enamel, 4 x 4 x 1 inches each
Metals Summer Session 3
June 20 – July 1, 2021
Michael Nashef
Concretion

This workshop will explore possibilities and processes for introducing alternative materials into jewelry and small object making. Students will learn to use concrete/cement with dyes to create colorful pieces. We’ll use traditional and advanced mold-making techniques with 3-D printed materials and spend time exploring and creating unique designs. We’ll cover soldering, cutting, the basics of jewelry making, and many other processes as needed for our projects. All levels. Lower metals studio.

Studio artist and instructor at Kalamazoo Institute of Art; other teaching: Towson University (MD), Bowling Green State University (KY), Touchstone Center for Crafts (PA); exhibitions: South Bend Museum of Art (IN), “Best of 2019” Ohio Designer Craftsmen traveling exhibition, Worcester Center for Crafts (MA), Midland Center for the Arts (MI).

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@nashefm

intricately patterned sculptural form
Michael Nashef, "Come See What I Have," concrete, dye, sterling silver, gold leaf, 14 x 7 x 7 inches
Metals Summer Session 4
July 4-15, 2021
Richard Elaver
Making a Spectacle

This workshop is all about making eyewear—also known as jewelry for the face. We’ll explore a variety of materials—traditional buffalo horn to colored plastics, titanium to silver—with a focus on the design and construction of wearable frames. Along the way we’ll experiment with a range of studio techniques, including hinge construction, soldering, riveting, and integrating digital processes—specifically, using computer-aided-design (CAD) tools to create layouts for frames. We’ll cover the technical aspects of eyewear so students can construct frames capable of holding prescription lenses. Intermediate level: basic sawing, filing, and soldering skills required. Upper metals studio.

Associate professor of industrial design at Appalachian State University (NC); exhibitions: Museum of Arts and Design (NYC), International Contemporary Furniture Fair (NYC), Cranbrook Museum of Art (MI), Metal Museum (TN).

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four pairs of handmade spectacles
Richard Elaver, "Buffalo Horn Frames," buffalo horn, white gold, brass, approximately 
6 x 6 inches each
Metals Summer Session 5
July 18 – August 2, 2021
Masako Onodera
Material Exploration: Bodies & Senses

This experimental workshop will focus on the exploration of materials to make objects that interact with the body. We’ll gather locally available materials—objects from nature, thrift store finds, etc.—and discover how sight, smell, taste, hearing, and touch work with the shapes and materials of objects in the context of the body. We’ll cover basic metalsmithing, including sawing, filing, annealing, drilling, chain-making, and patina, and work with cold-connections, including riveting, tab constructions, and jump rings. We’ll also explore other craft fabrication methods such as sewing, knotting, and weaving. All levels. Upper metals studio.

Associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-Stout; exhibitions: Fuller Craft Museum (MA), Museo del Gioiello (Italy); collections: Toledo Museum of Art (OH), Racine Art Museum (WI). 

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multi-media necklace
Masako Onodera, "Topology 2," repurposed fur collar, leather coat parts, sugar pot parts, brass, brass chain, thread, fiber fill, 21 x 9 x 2-1/2 inches
Metals Summer Session 5
July 18 – August 2, 2021
Adam Whitney
Raising & Shaping Metal Vessels

Prepare to hammer! We’ll start with raising: the process of hammering sheet metal into seamless vessels. We’ll make samples of different raising styles—angle, Dutch, and crimp—learning proper mechanics and the design benefits of each style. Using these samples, we’ll explore shaping with hammers and detailing through the use of pitch and chasing. Finally we’ll put all the skills together, along with your personal designs, and develop a hammering plan to create your unique project. All levels. Lower metals studio.

Studio artist; teaching: Escuela de Artes Santo Domingo (Columbia), Appalachian Center for Crafts (TN), Metalwerx (MA), Center for Metal Arts (PA), Raffles College (Malaysia); exhibitions: Mercer Museum (PA), Quirk Gallery (VA), Gallery 224 (MA), Baltimore Jewelry Center (MD).

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@awmetalsmith

raised bowl with curved details
Adam Whitney, "Copper Bowl #5," copper, 3-3/4 x 4-1/2 x 6-1/2 inches
Metals Summer Session 6
August 8-19, 2021
Cat Bates
Glamour and Grit: Sand Casting for the Jeweler

This hands-on workshop will introduce students to jewelry-scale sand casting—from casting found objects in bronze, shibuichi, and silver to the design and creation of original two-part patterns. Demonstration of pertinent finishing and joining techniques will enable students to bring castings from raw metal to fully wearable jewelry. After core skills are covered, students will be encouraged to pick and choose demonstrations based on their individual goals and can expect to leave with at least a few (if not many) finished pieces and samples. All levels. Upper metals studio.

Studio artist; teaching: Penland, Maine College of Art Community Education; residencies: Haystack Open Studio (ME), Pace House (ME); representation: Mora Gallery (NC), Esqueleto (CA), The Portland Museum of Art Store (ME), Portland Dry Goods (ME), Rock Paper Scissors (ME).

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@catbatesjewelry

thick brass cuff
Cat Bates, "Token Cuff 2," brass, 2-1/2 x 2 x 1/2 inches
Metals Summer Session 7
August 22-28, 2021
Edna Madera
Gold Fusing

This workshop will introduce students to surface embellishment through fusing high-karat gold over silver. We’ll cover the basics and then explore additional surface considerations, such as finish, texture, and patina, that will complement students’ own designs. We’ll also cover roll-milling 24k gold, depletion gilding, tool and workspace setup, gold cutting, and torch fusing. Discussions will include prefabricated versus studio-made gold foils, workflow, and design experimentation. Some comfort working with torches will be helpful, but this workshop is open to all levels. Upper metals studio.

Studio artist; teaching: Pratt Fine Arts Center (Seattle); Award of Excellence at American Craft Council Baltimore show; publications: New Brooches: 400+ Designs in Contemporary Jewelry, SNAG Jewelry and Metals Survey 2017; representation: Ayesha Studio and Gallery (NJ).

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Earrings with gold feather detail
Edna Madera, "Flora and Feather Earring," 24k, 18k, 14k, 11k bimetal, fine silver, 1-3/4 x 1-1/8 x 1/2 inch
Metals Summer Session 7
August 22-28, 2021
Kim Cridler
Drawn: The Sensitive Line

Philosopher Alexander Baumgarten described aesthetics as “the science of sensitive knowing.” In that spirit we’ll use simple techniques and direct observation to make structural wire forms. Demonstrations will include soldering steel wire, building symmetrical forms, forging and drawing wire, and finishing steel. Supplemented with short readings, visual presentations, and quick assignments, we’ll make models and samples before creating individual projects. This class is about starting where you are, working without hesitation, and seeing anew. Soldering experience will be helpful, but the workshop is open to all levels. Lower metals studio.

Studio artist; teaching: University of Wisconsin-Madison, San Diego State University, Arizona State University; upcoming retrospective at The Metal Museum (TN); collections: MTA Arts & Design (NYC), Museum of Fine Arts Houston (TX); representation: Lisa Sette Gallery (AZ).

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wire metal basket with handles and stand
Kim Cridler, "Again (basin with butterflies)," steel, butterfly wings (Dichorragia nesmachus), 15 x 28 x 18 inches