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.

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Scholarship Information

Spring scholarship deadline: December 3, 2021

NOTE: Participation in Penland workshops currently requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Please read our COVID-19 Safety Guidelines document.

Metals – Fall Weekend Session
October 22-24, 2021
Joanna Gollberg
Prongs

Using the Smith Little Torch and a special soldering board, we’ll make beautiful prong settings to secure your precious items—gemstones, natural materials, found objects—and use them in a piece of jewelry. We’ll discuss each aspect of the prong setting from start to finish: measuring, cutting, solder, cleaning, setting the stones, and finishing the prong ends. Students will be pleasantly surprised at how easy it is to make prongs and will leave this two-day workshop with finished jewelry. This is an intermediate workshop for jewelers: students must have soldering experience. 

Note: This workshop takes place in a studio that has stairs that compromise access. It is made partially accessible by a stair lift.

Studio jeweler selling in galleries and craft shows throughout the US; teaching: Penland, Haystack (ME), Arrowmont (TN); author of four books on jewelry making; work published in Metalsmith, Ornament, 20th Century Jewelers, 500 Wedding Rings. 

joannagollberg.com | @joannagollberg

 

This workshop begins at 5:00 p.m. on Friday and workshop activities will end at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday; students are welcome to stay through Monday morning. Monday breakfast will be the last meal provided; please plan to depart campus by 10:00 a.m.

NOTE: Participation in fall workshops will require proof of full COVID-19 vaccination.

Jewelry by Joanna Gollberg
Joanna Gollberg, Covid Winter, sterling silver, gemstones, found objects, 4 x 3-1/2 x 1/4 inches
Metals Spring Concentration
March 6 – April 29, 2022
Suzanne Pugh
Wunderkammer

Let’s take a journey of deep investigation into fabrication and forming techniques, with a detour into lost-wax casting, to develop stronger skills in pursuit of the perfect, odd, and perfectly odd object. Students will engage with individual but guided explorations as they make objects of curiosity–containers, small sculptures, belt buckles, and other specimens–to build our cabinet of wonder. Expect to finish many pieces in these eight weeks while staying open to experimentation and play. All levels. 

Note: This workshop takes place in a studio that has stairs that compromise access. It is made partially accessible by a stair lift.

Studio artist: teaching: former associate professor and head of metals at City College of San Francisco, University of Georgia Cortona Program (Italy), Haystack (ME), Metalwerx (MA); exhibitions: Velvet da Vinci (CA), Five Pins Project (CA), HYART Gallery (WI); work published in The Metalsmith’s Book of Boxes and Lockets and Chasing and Repoussé (Brynmorgen Press).

pughworks.com | @birdiefastbottom

Suzanne Pugh, Stump Cups, sterling silver, tallest: 3 inches
Suzanne Pugh, Stump Cups, sterling silver, tallest: 3 inches
Metals – May Special Session
May 1-6, 2022
Ellen Wieske
Hold the Line

Wire is a wonderfully direct material. Using a few tools, it’s possible to make a variety of objects—from jewelry scale to architectural elements—from the same information. We’ll be working with black annealed steel wire, which most resembles a pencil line. Beginning with a brief look at how wire has historically been made, we’ll cover many techniques and highlight working methods based on Slovakian tinkering. All levels. Upper metals studio.

Note: This workshop takes place in a studio that has stairs that compromise access. It is made partially accessible by a stair lift.

Studio artist working in many materials, deputy director at Haystack (ME); worked in jewelry industry for 18 years as jeweler/stone setter/designer; teaches internationally.

dowstudiodeerisle.com

Ellen Wieske, Basket, steel wire, 5 x 5 x 24 inches
Ellen Wieske, Basket, steel wire, 5 x 5 x 24 inches