Private Workshops

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3 or 5 Day Private Metalsmithing Workshop Retreat

This is an ALL INCLUSIVE workshop experience that includes housing and freshly prepared meals.

This 3 or 5 day private workshop by Andrea Kennington of Kennington Designs and NC BLACK Co will be held in her private, fully equipped studio in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of NC. This is an immersion retreat. The student has the luxury to focus daily upon their work and class for the time period that they are here. 

Ms Kennington offers many metalsmithing workshops in a private setting, including her Micro Shell Forming©®TM techniques she developed. 

Shell forming techniques are ancient and are an amazing way to add three dimension to your work. Opportunities to get real quality one on one instruction by a master are rare. Take this opportunity to learn new skills or hone your current ones in a wonderful environment.

Andrea Kennington took her first shell forming workshop from Mr Seppa in the summer of 1979 and studied silversmithing in Scandinavia. She completed her MFA at East Carolina University under John Satterfield in 1994. She apprenticed with Betty Helen Longhi for three years from 1995-1998, and continues to do production work for her today. They often teach workshops D together. She taught metals design at Sawtooth School of Visual Arts in Winston-Salem, NC for over 15 years. She has been mastering her craft for over well 30 years. Ms Kennington also developed Galvanic Etching for non ferrous and ferrous metals for the smaIl studio over 10 years ago.

In the Micro Shell Forming workshop, topics will be covered as well as some full scale Shell Forming techniques. Utilizing a full range of NC Black tools available to learn with, techniques from Hekki Seppa’s and Betty Helen Longhi’s books will be taught as well as specific techniques developed by Andrea Kennington and used in her own work. She also teaches many workshops in fabrication techniques, soldering, finishing techniques, Micro Raising©®TM and large scale raising. 

Inquire to discuss your skill needs today. 

Every private workshop is tailored specifically to each student. An upstairs private apartment with private bath is provided as housing. It is not handicap accessible. A fully equipped studio is available with 24 hour access. Andrea is also a trained gourmet chef and is well known for her amazing plant based gluten free meals and baked goods. All meals are included in the workshop. All students' dietary needs can be met. Email thru this website for more information.

All workshops include a tour of NC BLACK Co. There is an expanded 6 day package that may be added, which includes a day trip to Penland School of Crafts in Penland, NC. 

3 day workshop – 9 meals included.

5 day workshop - 15 meals included.

6 day Penland tour package - 15 meals included but lunch at Penland is extra.

Travel to Mount Airy NC is NOT included.

Students get 10% discount on all NC Black tool purchases 

3 day workshop cost: $1800.00 

5 day workshop cost: $2250.00 

A $500.00 none refundable deposit is required at booking. Remaining balance due in full the week before the workshop date.