Over the past few years, the classes offered at the GEP have been a huge success, with several hundred folks coming to learn some new skills, make some new friends, and have a fun time. It has been a positive experience for students and teachers alike.

Each of our artists are extremely skilled and are experienced at working with students of different proficiency levels, from first-timers to advanced students.

Each artist has a page on this site where you will find examples of their work.

Are you a Jackson County resident? If so, tell us at registration and receive a 10% discount on your class.


Class Schedule

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Viking Axe Making
Date(s): Jun 18, 2016 - Jun 19, 2016
When: 9 am - 5 pm each day
Where: Blacksmith Studio

$275 (materials included) due at registration. 16-hour class. Space is limited to 6 students with a minimum requirement of 4. Pre-registration required. To register contact us at 828-631-0271.

Are you a Jackson County resident? If so, tell us at registration and receive a 10% discount on your class.

This course is designed to introduce students to axe making using hand tools while learning the metallurgy behind producing a quality tool/weapon. No prior experience required. Topics covered will include: benefits of forging vs. stock removal, heat treating and tempering, temperature control vs. hammer control, posture, limitations of workability, filing, sanding, sharpening, and more. We will discuss misconceptions associated with the art and how to fortify proper technique. Students will walk away with a high carbon (high quality), small bearded axe akin to those used popularly by Vikings.

Students must wear closed toe shoes (preferably leather), long pants, and cotton clothing, and should bring a lunch.

Class Information


No experience necessary! Our short beginner classes give students an introduction into working with glass or metal, including use of basic tools, safety practices, and understanding the medium.

Beginner glass classes focus on solid shapes (paperweights) and simple vessels like bud vases.

Beginner metal classes center on making hooks, butter knives, and other small projects that teach multiple skills.


If you’re serious about learning more about glass or metal work, then sign-up for an intermediate or advanced-level class. These classes are organized whenever enough participants show interest and an instructor is available.

Intermediate glass classes focus on forming blown vessels (bowls, goblets, platters, vases), adding handles and feet to pieces, form control, color application, and finishing techniques.

Advanced glass classes are offered for established glass artists who are looking to expand their skills. Advanced  classes may explore creating/using glass cane and murini, changing axis, reticello, incalmo, and other complicated techniques.

Advanced metal classes are flexible based on students’ needs, and may focus on creating arms and armor, custom home decorations (candleabras, curtain rods, door latches), 3-D repose, sculptural pieces, and more.

• The process time will vary per class.
• Space is limited so pre-registration is strongly suggested.
• Glass artwork is available for pickup 48 hours after class.

• Cold drinks
• Snacks (for longer classes)
• Lots of imagination!
• Unless otherwise mentioned, all materials and tools for the classes are provided.

• Dress in cotton clothing (no polyester, spandex or other synthetics).
• Wear closed-toed shoes; no sandals of any kind are allowed in the studio.
• Wear long pants; shorts and skirts are not allowed in the studio.

We accept Visa, MasterCard, check or cash. Payment in full is due upon registration.

Cancellation Policy
The GEP has the right to cancel any class for any reason. In some cases, classes are cancelled due to low enrollment. In the event that a class is canceled, you will be notified by phone or email and your tuition fees will be credited or refunded in full.

Withdrawal Policy
Students who withdraw from a class with 7 days notice will receive credit or a full refund. No portion of tuition will be refunded or transferred if a withdrawal is made less than 7 days before the start of the class. There are no exceptions.

Transfer Policy
Students must adhere to the Withdrawal Policy. Any refund or credit due after withdrawal can be applied to enrollment in a different class.

Missed Classes Policy
There are no refunds, transfers, make-ups, or deferments for missed classes.