2018 Workshop Offerings

2018 Workshop Offerings


June 18 – 22

June 25 – 29

July 9 – 13

July 16 – 20


 J. Kenneth Leap

Stephen Hartley


 Warren Holzman  John Rais 

 Mike Rossi


Jens Langlotz

Simeon Warren


 Carol Stirton-Broad 


Color Exploration with Glass Enamel with J. Kenneth Leap

June 25-29 | $675

Imagine 5 days in the studio lab experimenting with painting color on glass. Finally understand the difference between frits, enamels, and stains. Practice historic techniques and develop contemporary applications. Direct painting, stenciling, marbling, airbrushing, screen printing, decal, and photo transfer will be introduced. Kiln prep and firing schedules will be covered in detail.

Learn a vocabulary of processes that will equip you to embark on a lifetime of studio practice. These techniques can be applied to stained glass, fused glass, or blown forms. This will be a lively and fast-paced class – learn to paint with freedom, confidence, and spontaneity as we unlock the potential of color on glass.

J. Kenneth Leap began his career in 1987 when he opened his studio, The Painted Window, a year after earning a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. He is primarily known for his public art installations throughout New Jersey. He is an ambassador artist for Wheaton Arts in Millville, NJ where he has maintained his primary studio since 1994. He is also an artist in residence at Glencairn Museum in Bryn Athyn, PA and teaches stained glass at Bryn Athyn College.

Stained Glass Conservation with Stephen Hartley

July 9-13 | $675

This hands-on course will introduce proper evaluation and documentation techniques for stained glass conservation. Students will practice conservation techniques such as cleaning, copper foil repairs, and chemical edge bonding. Co-instructor J. Kenneth Leap will cover restoration painting techniques including glass selection, cover plates, and matching historic pigments.

Stephen Hartley is the Head of the Building Arts program at Bryn Athyn College. He has participated in the restoration of more than 40 sites, winning awards from the Historic Savannah Foundation for his work. Besides teaching at Bryn Athyn, Hartley has also taught at SCAD and Armstrong State University and lead the Historic Preservation and Restoration program at Savannah Technical College. He is internationally recognized for his work in the field and has served on numerous national and international boards. He holds an MFA in historic preservation from the Savannah College of Art and Design and is a PhD candidate at the University of York.


Painting with an Iron Palette with Warren Holzman

June 18-22 | $675

Students will learn the fundamentals related to chasing and repousse in steel. Repousse is an exciting way to create relief images in steel that exist somewhere between a drawing and a sculpture. The approach will focus on dynamic image development, not unlike composition related to painting. Projects will focus on larger scale pieces created over a wood stump. The course will cover design development, tool making, and finishing.

Warren Holzman is a Philadelphia–based artist working in forged and fabricated metals, and owns Holzman Iron Studio LTD, a respected professional practice executing craftwork in metals for residential and commercial clients around the globe. He has received several public art commissions and his work is included in private collections in Philadelphia and nationally, most notably the new metalwork at the Bryn Athyn Cathedral and Glencairn Museum. He is the blacksmithing instructor at Bryn Athyn College, and has taught at Peters Valley School of Crafts, Penland School of Crafts, New England School of Metalwork, University of the Arts, and Moore College of Art and Design. He has been the visiting artist and lecturer at Kent State University, SUNY New Paltz, and The California Blacksmithing Association.

Forged Furniture and Furnishings with John Rais

June 25-29 | $675

In this intensive workshop students will build a small piece of forged furniture such as a stool, a nightstand, or even a beautiful vessel. We will hammer rods, bars, and sheets into various shapes, create beautiful joining mechanisms, and learn a great deal about design. I will provide solid ideas and direction to get us started, and students are also encouraged to experiment with various solutions. Basic hot forging will be the foundation, which includes joinery, bending, tapering, and fire welding.

John Rais has a BFA in sculpture from Massachusetts College of Art and an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. He has operated his studio business since 1998, where he designs and creates one-of-a-kind furniture, sculpture, and architectural metal art. He has had solo and group shows at many places including Purchase College, The National Metals Museum, and Massimo Bizzocchi NYC. His work is regularly featured in numerous publications including a cover article in Metalsmith Magazine, as well as many books. In 2012, John installed a large series of decorative panels for the main staircase at Yale University Art Galleries for the museum’s permanent collection. Most recently, John Rais Studios was hired to design nearly all of the metalwork for a massive renovation project for a famous Addison Mizner Home in Palm Beach, Florida.

Forged by Design with Mike Rossi

July 16-20 | $675

This class will focus on using the techniques of blacksmithing to make useful objects for the home. Starting with fundamental hand-forging exercises, we’ll quickly move into self-directed assignments. Each student will complete 2-3 small projects, and gain an understanding of the versatility and characteristics of forging steel. Inspired by the amazing metalwork of the Bryn Athyn Historic District, we’ll also discuss the relationship of architecture to design in metal. Plan on working hard, having fun, and leaving with some new work!

Mike Rossi is the principal of Rossi Metal Design based in Philadelphia, specializing in unique architectural works and sculpture. Born in Pontiac, Michigan, he has a BFA in blacksmithing from Northern Michigan University, and an MFA in metalsmithing from Cranbrook Academy of Art. He has exhibited nationally and internationally, most recently at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, VA as well as the National Ornamental Metals Museum in Memphis, TN and the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. He has taught at Ox-Bow School of Art, Penland School of Craft, Haystack Mountain School of Craft, Bryn Athyn College, and Kalamazoo College. He was recently awarded the Windgate Artist Residency at Purchase College, NY.


Relief Carving with Jens Langlotz

June 18-22 | $675

This course will introduce students to the basics of relief carving. Students will be exposed to the process of working with limestone including lettering, edge design, and finishing. During the course, students will design their own pieces inspired by examples found within Bryn Athyn Cathedral or created from their own personal concepts.

As a master sculptor and carver with more than 20 years of experience, Jens Langlotz has worked and mastered the major design building styles-from Romanesque, Gothic, and Renaissance, to American Colonial and Victorian stone carving. Jens graduated from Fachschule Fur Steintechnik in Munich. He apprenticed under master sculptor Hans Kupe, one of Germany’s leading stone restorers, and under Al Walters, master craftsman in stone, metal, and wood. He serves as the head stone mason for both Bryn Athyn Cathedral and Glencairn Museum, and has also done work on many other structures including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia City Hall, Reading Terminal, and buildings at Villanova and Princeton Universities.

Recreating History in Stone with Simeon Warren

July 16-20 | $675

The internationally renowned Stone People Project, which has set out to recreate the destroyed Queen Eleanor Crosses in the U.K., returns for its second workshop at Bryn Athyn. In 1290 Queen Eleanor, beloved wife of King Edward I, died near Lincoln Cathedral. The Kings Masons were tasked to design and build 12 memorial crosses sited along the funeral procession’s path between Lincoln Cathedral and Westminster Abbey. This workshop is based on the recreation of a stone element for a newly designed Eleanor Cross for Lincoln City. The challenge: to follow in the footsteps of the medieval master masons and meet the challenge they set in stone.

Simeon Warren is the founding dean & dean emeritus of the American College of the Building Arts, Charleston, SC. As an architectural stone carver he learned his trade at Weymouth College U.K., gaining an advanced craft certificate in masonry from the City and Guilds of London Institute. His first professional position was as an apprentice at Lincoln Cathedral, later becoming Deputy Yard Foreman at Wells Cathedral as well as producing stone for Buckingham Palace & The Houses of Parliament. At Glasgow School of Art he received a first class BFA degree in environmental art, creating conceptual work in context. He is the creative director of Stone People Project, which brings together his architectural stone and environmental art practice.


Smalti Mosaic with Carol Stirton-Broad

July 9-13 | $675

In this workshop students will initially produce a small sampler using traditional techniques. Next, students will design a larger piece, using these materials in their own style. Finally, students will learn design transfer and create a final work of art using the direct method. Students will be encouraged to experiment with a variety of tools including hammers, hardies, and glass nippers.

Carol Stirton-Broad holds a BFA from Temple University’s Tyler School of Art, and has also studied at Glasgow School of Art (Scotland), Orsoni (Venice, Italy), Scuola Arte del Mosico (Ravenna, Italy) and the Chicago Mosaic School. Stirton-Broad has taught ceramic and mosaic workshops at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Institute of Contemporary Art (Philadelphia), Fleisher Art Memorial (Philadelphia), Main Line Art Center (Haverford, PA), and the Abington Art Center (Jenkintown, PA). Stirton-Broad’s work has been exhibited in many locations, including the Magic Garden, The Clay Studio, Ariana Gallery (Royal Oak, MI), the Bath House Cultural Center (Dallas), Abington Art Center, Fleisher Art Memorial, Main Line Art Center, Philadelphia Art Alliance, and the Tyler School of Art.