Steam Bending and Basket Weaving Member




In collaboration, Glen Foerd and the Center for Art in Wood present Steam Bending and Basket Weaving, a cross-disciplinary workshop with artists Brian Skalaski and Janine Wang. During this two-day workshop, participants will combine steam bending and basket weaving to create sculptures and functional objects that embody each discipline’s organic and material characteristics.

In the first session, we will cover the principles of steam bending. Participants will learn to create their own simple steam bending jigs to make unique and dynamic bends in wood. In the second session, participants will learn the fundamentals of basket weaving, then learn how to apply these to their steam-bent structures, giving volume and form to their wooden lines.


Glen Foerd, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is located on 18 acres at the confluence of the Poquessing Creek and Delaware River. It is the only remaining riverfront estate in Philadelphia open to the public. The estate was saved from demolition by a coalition of dedicated neighbors in the immediate community. They formed the non-profit Glen Foerd Conservation Corporation to manage and operate the estate, which is leased from Philadelphia Parks and Recreation. Glen Foerd stewards an eclectic riverfront estate for the enjoyment and educational benefit of the community. Drawing from the estate’s architecture, art, material culture, and history – as well as its gardens and waterways – Glen Foerd provides inclusive experiences that spark curiosity and support Philadelphia’s natural and cultural ecosystems. The estate grounds are free to the public and open every day from dawn to dusk.


The Center for Art in Wood is a museum of contemporary art, craft, and design in the material of wood. The Center presents the work of emerging and established artists from the United States and abroad and offers thought-provoking exhibitions, a permanent collection of over 1,100 objects and works of art, publications and documentation, events and workshops, and a library with over 26,000 artist files, books, and documents that span the history of craft. The Center also brings artists and researchers from around the world to Philadelphia every year to attend its unique Windgate Artist Residency Program.

Cancelation Policy
Cancelations of a workshop must be made by email. The Center will offer a full refund if notice is given at least 5 business days before the workshop. Refunds will not be given after that date.

The Center for Art in Wood reserves the right to cancel a workshop due to severe weather or unforeseen circumstances. Participants will be notified in advance and offered a full refund.

For questions contact Katie Sorenson, Director of Outreach and Communication at or 215-923-8000 ext 103.


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