Workshop Instructor Bios
- 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. Color Exploration with Glass Enamel | June 25-29
- 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. Stained Glass Conservation | July 9-13
- 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. Painting with an Iron Palette | June 18-22
- 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 Furniture and Furnishings | June 25-29
- 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.
Forged by Design | July 16-20
- 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.
Relief Carving | June 18-22
- 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. Recreating History in Stone | July 16-20
- 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. Smalti Mosaic | July 9-13