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.

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.

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
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).

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.

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.

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

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).

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).

four pairs of handmade spectacles
Richard Elaver, "Buffalo Horn Frames," buffalo horn, white gold, brass, approximately 
6 x 6 inches each
Metals Summer Session 4
July 4-15, 2021
Adam Atkinson and Everett Hoffman
Forged and Bedazzled

Form and color will unite in this intensive forging and stone setting workshop as students produce one-of-a-kind jewelry, utensils, and small sculpture. A series of demonstrations will cover cold and hot forging nonferrous metals along with a variety of setting techniques, including tab, bezel, tube, flush, and prong. We’ll explore sawing, soldering, and cold connections as we find compelling methods of fabrication. Once students have mastered the basics, they will design and fabricate their own unique, bedazzled objects. Whether you have years of experience or have never touched a forging hammer, this workshop will enhance your practice. All levels. Lower metals studio.

Adam: metalsmith, curator, educator; current Penland resident artist; teaching: Virginia Commonwealth University, Boise State University (ID), Baltimore Jewelry Center, Pocosin Arts School of Fine Craft (NC); exhibitions: Wayne Art Center (PA), Green Hill Center (NC), Nagoya Zokei University (Japan); curatorial: Spectral Matter (an LGBTQIA+ exhibition platform), Ripple Effect: 168. Everett: studio artist, writer, curator; current Penland resident artist; other residencies: Arrowmont (TN), Baltimore Jewelry Center; exhibitions: Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, Contemporary Craft Museum (Pittsburgh), Soil Gallery (Seattle), Benaki Museum (Athens, Greece). | @adamatkinson_art | @everetthoffman

Jewelry by Adam Atkinson
Adam Atkinson, Gentle Phallus, steel, silver, deer fur, oak, acrylic, 3 x 1 x 1/2 inches
Work by Everett Hoffman
Everett Hoffman, Pink Cocktail Ring, vintage rhinestones, mild steel, 14k gold, silver, 3-1/4 x 2 x 2 inches
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).

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).

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).

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).

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).

wire metal basket with handles and stand
Kim Cridler, "Again (basin with butterflies)," steel, butterfly wings (Dichorragia nesmachus), 15 x 28 x 18 inches
Metals Fall Concentration
October 3 – November 12 (six weeks)
Laura Wood
Foundations in Form and Color

This workshop will cover techniques that facilitate the development of a wide range of contemporary jewelry components. We’ll build a broad catalog of sculptural forms with methods including, but not limited to, sheet metal fabrication, brazing, and hydraulic forming. Enamel and powder coat will be our main color applications, and we’ll expand on these techniques throughout the workshop. We’ll focus on incorporating our creations into the brooch format, but students may also explore pendants, earrings, and other forms. We’ll cover several setting methods for traditional and nontraditional materials including prong, tab, and bezel settings along with fabricating findings for jewelry forms. Experimentation will be encouraged! All levels.

Studio artist; teaching: Arrowmont (TN), Southwest School of Art (TX), Metalwerx (MA), Penland; collections: Gregg Museum (NC), North Carolina State Permanent Collection, Racine Art Museum (WI); former Penland resident artist; publications: American Craft, Metalsmith, Cast a Book. | @laurawoodstudios

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

Brooch by Laura Wood
Laura Wood, Space Between: Green + Green (brooch), enamel on copper, sterling silver, uvarovite, 3-3/4 x 2-1/4 x 1/4 inches
Metals – Fall One-Week Session
September 19-25, 2021
Tara Locklear
Conscious Connections

Cohesion,  Purpose, and  Function  are  critical  components  to making  jewelry  comfortable on the body.  During this one-week workshop we’ll embrace nontraditional materials to create well-designed wearable jewelry. Bring your materials of choice—wood, plastic, wire, glass components, beads—and we’ll transform our ideas into finished jewelry. We’ll discuss the function, purpose, and role of findings in the overall cohesion of our pieces. Through group and individual conversations, we’ll consider visual continuity and the design process. We’ll fill our sketchbooks and then make paper maquettes and wire samples, paying close attention to scale, composition, visual weight, and wearability. Then we’ll create finished pieces using a variety of metalsmithing techniques, including sawing, soldering, capturing, and forming. Depending on experience, students will make several pieces or a small, cohesive collection. All levels welcome, but metalsmithing experience will be helpful. Upper metals studio.

Studio artist; teaching: Haystack (ME), Brooklyn Metal Works (NYC), Pratt Institute (NYC), Society of Contemporary Craft (Pittsburgh); Excellence in Jewelry Award at Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, American Craft Council Show Award of Excellence; exhibitions: Museum of Arts and Design (NYC), Velvet da Vinci (San Francisco), J. Cotter Gallery (CO); collections: Racine Art Museum (WI). | @taralocklear

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

bracelet by Tara Locklear
Tara Locklear, Configuration Collection Line Links, reclaimed hand-carved skateboard, walnut, Gabon ebony, hand-fabricated, oxidized sterling silver findings, 8 inches long
Metals – Fall Weekend Session
October 22-24, 2021
Joanna Gollberg

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. 

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


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