Breakout Sessions

See Schedule for full schedule of events, like our coveted Public Lecture Series!

Breakout Sessions
Public Lectures

Lecturers include:
Susie Ganch, Lori Talcott, Emily Stoehrer Ph.D., Tanya Crane, Elizabeth Brim and Gwynne Rukenbrod Smith!

January 19, 2019 – Saturday

SUSIE GANCH – “RJM Boiled Down and Decaffeinated”In this workshop we will spend time looking at and dissecting pieces from all stages of a Radical Jewelry Makeover project. We will start by examining donated unwanted jewelry. This discarded material offers us so much information to learn from culturally, technically, and conceptually. We will then spend time with RJM’s technical strategies and look at Made-over jewelry. Time will be spent focusing on how these pieces were made, how past material history determines their appearance and adds conceptual value to the final jewelry. Students can begin designing their own pieces that they will take back to their studios, complete, and mail to RJM for the next exhibition!
JESSE BERT – “Direct Small-Scale Casting with Delft-Clay”You will leave this break out session with more knowledge of a historical and traditional process, while learning new skills for their creative toolbox. On-lookers will come to understand how they can quickly and easily reproduce a variety of objects in metal on a small scale. Using this technique, your master object can be almost any stable or hard material, and it remains unharmed. Examples offered by the artist will show how original master objects to be cast can also be carved from hardwood using burrs and common jewelers’ tools. This is valuable information for anyone that has an interest in casting but does not want the mess of investment or the expense of casting machinery. It is a process applicable to every level of artist or craftsperson, from beginner to advanced. Observers will have a chance to see how experimenting with this method of casting lends itself to countless possibilities.
ELIZABETH BRIM – “Forging For Jewelry”I will first demonstrate basic blacksmithing forging techniques. Then I will demonstrate some of the special techniques I have developed and use in my personal work.I will talk about how visiting other studios at Penland and learning about other craft practices have inspired me to develop techniques that create my imagery and narrative. There are many samples I will bring to share and explain!

Due to a family emergency, Sarah is unable to join us this year. 

SARAH PERKINS – “Enamel Techniques On 3D Forms”Sarah Perkins’ session will be a demonstration of enamel application on three- dimensional forms. Both wet and dry techniques will be addressed. The focus will be on different ways of making linear elements and the effect the techniques have on the quality and effect of the line.




Jan Harrell will be demonstrating Screen Printing Enamel. 




January 20, 2019 – Sunday

SARAH RACHEL BROWN – “All Work is Studio Work”During this breakout session, we are going to discuss the importance of cultivating the next generation of writers, documentarians, and facilitators from all perspectives within the field of jewelry and metals. Never before has it been easier for individuals to create their own content platform – we’ll discuss how to choose the right platform and the importance of playing to your strengths. As an avid podcaster, I’ll be sharing how to logistically start your own podcast: equipment needs and costs, recording software, and some tips on talking.We’re going to focus on content, brainstorming relevant topics we feel are not being adequately addressed within the field of jewelry or the greater craft and arts communities and then, we’re going to make some plans.
KIT PAULSON – “Borosilicate Flameworking”In this session, Kit Paulson will introduce participants to the realm of borosilicate flameworking, specifically the flameworking technique with which large structures can be built in glass. Using a mini torch and a piece of kiln shelf, Kit will describe the process of turning scale drawings into glass.
NASH QUINN – “Spring-Based Mechanisms”Springs can be used in small-scale metalwork to add movement, drama, and functionality, as well as ensure secure and satisfying catches, clasps, and connections. However, the successful utilization of springs can present considerable design and fabrication challenges. In this breakout session, participants will learn about the different varieties of springs and their corresponding functions and will discover strategies for employing springs in their own work by examining the design and function of a selection of spring-loaded sample objects. Finally, resources will be discussed for sourcing relevant tools and materials, including thick-walled telescopic tubing, pre-made springs and spring stock, and materials suitable for making custom springs by hand.
MINDY HERRIN – “Adapted Bodies: Narrative Language”This workshop will focus on the creation and manipulation of figurative forms as a means of expressing narrative concepts. Narrative is defined as the telling of a story, a story whose imagery and content is acquired from symbolic language. The objects we use, body recognition, and established cues create associations that infuse the work. To view a narrative piece is to read the story, to connect the dots in in a personal way, and can often lead to unique interpretation.Clay is a flexible, malleable material that has superior sculptural properties. To fabricate wearable items, it is necessary to alter traditional hand-building techniques to control the workability of the material. During the session demonstrations will utilize oil-based clay, silicone molds, and porcelain to construct small-scale work. Techniques covered will include miniature tool making, basic facial anatomy, and press molding with water-based clay. Finishing treatments will also be discussed.