Workshops at Bryn Athyn


The Workshops at Bryn Athyn present blacksmithing, stained glass, mosaic, and stone carving courses taught by nationally recognized master craftsmen. In addition to participating in hands-on workshops, participants watch demonstrations, examine original medieval artifacts, and explore Bryn Athyn’s own National Historic Landmarks.

Classes are held in the heart of the Bryn Athyn Historic District. The idyllic setting and magnificent resources offer an unparalleled learning experience. Participants not only have access to Bryn Athyn’s landmarks—including Glencairn Museum, Cairnwood Estate, and Bryn Athyn Cathedral—but they can also study both the preliminary drawings and models made by the original craftsmen and the medieval works that inspired them.

 Summer Workshops: July 2015

Our workshops are designed as intensive five-day courses. Each course meets for six hours a day, with a lunch break. This summer, courses will be offered over three weeks in July:

2015 Workshop Instructor Calendar
Workshops July 6-10 July 13-17 July 20-24
Blacksmithing Elizabeth Brim John J. Rais Warren Holzman
Glass Mosaics Carol Stirton-Broad (not offered) (not offered)
Stained Glass Peter McGrain Joseph Cavalieri J. Kenneth Leap
Stonecarving Jens Langlotz (not offered) Jens Langlotz

You may view general course details below, and instructor bios here.


When it comes to studying the art of blacksmithing, one can scarcely find a better location than Bryn Athyn. In addition to offering a beautiful and well-equipped shop that would be the envy of any professional smith, we also provide access to an incredible collection of metalwork that challenges the very notion of what blacksmithing is. Working under the direction of professional instructors who are nationally recognized as some of the best in the industry today, participants have the opportunity to experience metalworking in an exciting and comprehensive way.

Petite ParasolThis workshop provides the red-hot basics of blacksmithing and comprehensive instruction in forging steel. By addressing traditional techniques, students are inspired to create innovative works in ferrous metal. Students learn various forging techniques, including tapering, upsetting, slitting and drifting holes, spreading, bending, and forge welding. This hands-on course also offers the unique opportunity to weld steel with an oxyacetylene torch.

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Elizabeth Brim is known for both her traditional and her innovative blacksmithing techniques. Her work brings a unique and surprisingly soft look to a traditionally hard medium. Brim’s southern upbringing has a strong presence in her award-winning work. Inspired by her mother’s and grandmother’s work with fabric, Brim brings cloth textures to life. Brim’s work has been displayed throughout the United States and is consistently recognized for juxtaposing feminine imagery against the art of blacksmithing. Brim studied at Columbus College, University of Georgia, and Penland School of Crafts: Clay, Metal, Blacksmithing, Wood, and Glass.

john raisIn this fun, exploratory workshop participants deal primarily with hand-forged implements of beauty and function, including serving spoons and forks, spatulas, and even door handles. Participants work primarily from the forge, covering a wide range of hammering techniques, as well as tapering, splitting, punching, riveting, and fire-welding. Participants complete at least one hand-forged, hand-held piece of functional art. Bring  ideas and an open mind to the workshop – experimentation is encouraged!

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John J. Rais has been engaged in the field of metalsmithing and object design for the past two decades. After earning a BFA in Sculpture from Massachusetts College of Art and an MFA in Metalsmithing from Cranbrook Academy of Art, he served as the Department Head of Blacksmithing at Peters Valley Craft Education Center. John has maintained his own studio business since 1998, where he creates one-of-a-kind furniture, sculpture, and architectural metal work. He has designed and created works for a Frank Lloyd Wright home and a Louis Kahn home, among many others. His work has been featured in a number of magazines, including DeparturesRitz-Carlton, Metalsmith, American Craft, and Artscope. He has been featured in several books and has taught at a number of universities and schools, including Penland School of Crafts, SUNY Purchase, and SUNY New Paltz.

warren holzmanParticipants in this workshop gain inspiration from the metalwork found throughout the Bryn Athyn Historic District — from intricate keys, to monel metal screens, to handcrafted doors. Then, they try their hand at the ancient craft of blacksmithing. In this project-based course, participants learn the basics of forging from master craftsman Warren Holzman, and then complete one or two projects of their own, ranging from simple furniture to ornamental work.

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Warren Holzman studied sculpture under Phoebe Adams at Kutztown University, where he received his BFA in 1994. He was awarded blacksmithing assistantships at Peters Valley Craft Center and Penland School of Crafts. He has also worked as an industrial fabricator, refining his metalworking skills and dedicating himself to his craft. In 2000, Warren opened the Iron Studio Ltd., a custom blacksmithing shop in Philadelphia known for its sophisticated craft. Warren was recently commissioned by the City of Philadelphia to build a piece of site-specific public art for Hawthorne Park in South Philadelphia. He has served as an adjunct sculpture and large metals teacher at Moore College of Art and Design. He also teaches forging at Bryn Athyn College and University of Pennsylvania.

Glass Mosaics

Mosaic art is enjoying a resurgence in the United States; and glass especially, in its many forms, is playing a major role in this new wave of artistic creativity. In this workshop, participants look at several types of glass, but focus on the traditional Italian smalti and compare it to products from Mexico, China, and the United States. In addition, a sampling of other mosaic materials is available, including marble and stone.

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

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Carol Stirton-Broad

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 Mosaico (Ravenna, Italy), and the Chicago Mosaic School. Carol 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 Abington Art Center (Jenkintown, PA). Carol’s work has been exhibited at 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 Tyler School of Art.

Stained Glass

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to study glass painting in a breathtaking historical setting: Glencairn Museum. Participants familiarize themselves with Old World techniques by observing Glencairn’s collection of more than 100 stained glass panels from the Middle Ages. After studying the fluid brush strokes found on actual 12th-century windows, participants are inspired to create their own masterpieces.

chimpFinalsmIn this workshop, participants learn different glass painting techniques, from the traditional to McGrain’s Vitri-Fusáille® process. This new technique combines the multi-stage process of traditional glass painting with modern glass fusing. Instead of painting and firing each piece separately, participants fuse the colored glass pieces together first, then paint and fire them as one piece of glass. Participants create several individual pieces, as well as participate in the creation of a large group project. This is a rare opportunity to take part in a hands-on workshop taught by a prominent leader in the stained glass community.

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Artist and designer Peter McGrain is recognized internationally for his work in stained glass. He has over 30 years of stained glass experience, and his projects range from intimate gallery pieces to massive architectural installations. In 1990, his panel “Shrimpers” was recognized at the World Glass Congress as the finest example of stained glass created between 1980 and 1989. He currently offers hands-on seminars at select studios, is a contributing writer for the magazines Glass Art and Glass Craftsman, and authors glass painting books and DVDs.

cavalieri - alternateThis five-day workshop, which is open to all levels of experience, explores how to achieve medieval effects using modern techniques. Instruction covers the basics of cutting, copper foiling, and soldering stained glass. The workshop introduces the techniques of hand painting, airbrushing, and silk-screening onto glass. Participants are encouraged to bring images to trace onto the glass. Each student can expect to leave with more than one completed stained glass panel. As a bonus, the course will also include lectures on marketing and art residencies.

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Joseph Cavalieri is a New York-based artist and educator. In 2013, his work was showcased in four one-man shows across the country. Cavalieri’s creativity knows no borders, as his work has been exhibited around the world – from Germany to Italy to Australia to Great Britain. He is well-known and respected as a gifted and talented leader in his craft, and his works can be seen in some of the finest museums and galleries, including the Museum of Arts and Design. One of his commissioned public art pieces can be viewed at the Philipse Manor Train Station in Westchester, NY. Cavalieri’s formal studies include time at the School of Visual Arts, UrbanGlass, and Pratt Institute.

j kenneth leapExplore the art of mixing, applying, and firing glass-based paints, enamels, and stains. While the primary focus of the class is painting on the two-dimensional surface as it relates to stained glass, participants also learn fusing techniques that can be adapted to glass tile-making, jewelry, and mosaic projects. A variety of traditional and experimental techniques will be covered. Participants complete a stained glass panel, which is assembled using lead came, the original material used to construct stained glass windows. Prior glass experience is not required. Returning students may use the studio time to create a more advanced project of their choice.

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J. Kenneth Leap is primarily recognized for his achievements in the field of architectural stained glass. Working in a tradition that dates back to medieval Europe, Leap creates his pieces by hand-painting glass with vitreous pigments, fusing the color to the glass by firing it in a kiln, and assembling the glass into panels. His painterly work in stained glass has earned him numerous awards, including a fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a juror’s award of honor in the Philadelphia Museum of Art exhibition “Contemporary Philadelphia Artists,” and inclusion in the Corning New Glass Review. He is currently the stained glass Artist-in-Residence at Glencairn Museum and an adjunct professor at Bryn Athyn College.

Stone Carving

The art of stone carving is an integral part of our architectural history. Both Bryn Athyn Cathedral and Glencairn Museum evolved gradually, relying on creative input from carefully selected European stonemasons and artisans. This collaboration was exceptional: the various components of the buildings, such as the doors, windows, pillars, and capitals were designed and built on-site and by hand. Before picking up their own hammer and chisel, participants have the opportunity to examine the intricate stonework on both the interior and exterior of Bryn Athyn Cathedral and Glencairn Museum.

Workshops Jens LanglotsBrief demonstrations of techniques prepare participants for shaping their own pieces. The workshop covers stone types and properties, the use of different kinds of chisels for texturing, the fundamentals of letter design, both low and high relief carving, and rosette design. Participants may choose to copy an architectural detail from Bryn Athyn Cathedral, such as one of the rosettes on the side of the building, or make an original piece of their own. No experience is necessary, and more advanced students are always welcome.

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As a master sculptor and carver with more than 20 years of experience, Jens Langlotz has worked with and mastered the major design building styles — from Romanesque, Gothic, and Renaissance to American Colonial and American Victorian. He graduated from Fachschule Fur Steintechnik in Munich. He has 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 Head Stone Mason for both Bryn Athyn Cathedral and Glencairn Museum, and has also done work at many other sites, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Villanova University, Princeton University, Reading Terminal, and Philadelphia City Hall.

Workshops Jens LanglotsBrief demonstrations of techniques will prepare you for shaping your own piece. The workshop covers stone types and properties, the use of different kinds of chisels for texturing, the fundamentals of letter design, both low and high relief carving, and rosette design. You may choose to copy an architectural detail from Bryn Athyn Cathedral, such as one of the rosettes on the side of the building, or make an original piece of your own. No experience is necessary, and more advanced students are always welcome.

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As a master sculptor and carver with more than 20 years of experience, Jens Langlotz has worked with and mastered the major design building styles — from Romanesque, Gothic, and Renaissance to American Colonial and American Victorian. He graduated from Fachschule Fur Steintechnik in Munich. He has 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 Head Stone Mason for both Bryn Athyn Cathedral and Glencairn Museum, and has also done work at many other sites, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Villanova University, Princeton University, Reading Terminal, and Philadelphia City Hall.


Additional Information


Register for workshops by following the link within the course description, or by calling the College Office at 267-502-2401.


Each workshop includes 5 days of classes, and each day runs from 8 am – 5 pm. Small class sizes allow for individualized instruction with projects tailored to all skill levels. Workshops are suitable for life-long learners, craft professionals, college students, and high school uppperclassmen.


There are no additional fees for tools and materials. All tools and materials are provided.


hyattcottageLimited housing is available on the Bryn Athyn College campus. Apartment-style living spaces are air-conditioned, and feature shared baths and appliance-equipped kitchens. Cookware is not provided. Linens, pillows, blankets, and towels are provided.

  • Single: $85/night (5 nights for $425)
  • Double w/ roommate: $50/night (5 nights for $250)

Meals are not provided. During the one-hour lunch break, students are welcome to bring a brown bag lunch or order from a local café or restaurant.


Each course qualifies for Act 48 Professional Development Credit. For an additional $90, Bryn Athyn College will offer one academic credit per workshop.