2018 Workshop Offerings

An iron forge with a bright fire and a man standing to the side with gloves and holding metal in the coals. "Workshops at Bryn Athyn: Craft-based training in the decorative arts" is written over the image.

2018 Workshop Offerings

July 9-13: Smalti Mosaic with Carol Striton Broad

July 16-20: Forged by Design with Mike Rossi

Metals

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.

Mosaics

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.