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Photo of the Week: Clay Studio Friends

Daniel Johnston and Bill Jones at Penland

On the left is North Carolina potter Daniel Johnston. On the right is Bill Jones. In the middle is a pot that Daniel made as a demonstration a couple of weeks ago for the two-month, fall clay concentration taught by Suze Lindsay and Kent McLaughlin. In 2011, Bill was a beginning student in Kent and Suze’s last concentration. He returned in 2012 for a concentration taught by Matt Kelleher. After that, he worked as Daniel’s apprentice for two years. This fall, he’s back in the Penland clay studio as Suze and Kent’s assistant. This is one way to become a potter.


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Photo of the Week: Soft Ground

Printmaker Phil Sanders teaching at Penland

Instructor Phil Sanders explaining the wonders of soft-ground etching, a technique that allows you to put a sheet of paper over a prepared copper plate and then draw with the lightest touch of a pencil or even with your finger. These marks are recorded by the coating on the plate and can then be etched and printed. It’s kind of magical.


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Core Show Slideshow

Left to right: Tyler Stoll, Meghan Martin, Joshua Kovarik, Elmar Fujita, Daniel Garver, Jamie Karolich, Bryan Parnham, Emily Rogstad, Morgan Hill

Left to right: Tyler Stoll, Meghan Martin, Joshua Kovarik, Elmar Fujita, Daniel Garver, Jamie Karolich, Bryan Parnham, Emily Rogstad, Morgan Hill


The annual October Core Show is a much-anticipated highlight of fall at Penland, and this year was no exception. Our nine core fellows came together to put on a stunning show of pieces from their workshops across the Penland studios. Titled Personal Effects, the show featured furniture, prints, photographs, weaving, ceramics, sculpture, jewelry, and much more. It was a great opportunity to see the cumulative talent of this group of young artists, and also to show our appreciation for these people who do so much at the very heart of the Penland community.

View lots more images in the Personal Effects slideshow.



Guests admiring work at the opening reception. The table in the front is by Elmar Fujita.


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Photo(s) of the Week: Studio Tour

This blog post is a photo slideshow. If you are seeing this as an e-mail, we suggest you click here to view it in a browser.


Mixed-media work in the metals studio.
The beginning of a clay vessel.
Practicing letter forms in the sign painting class.
Guest artist Janet Link drawing.
Creating a topographic form in a glass piece.
So much filing in the iron studio.
Creating an imaginary fruit from wood.
Instructor Phil Sanders using a Vandercook press.

These are pictures from a quick studio tour on Friday, October 2, at the end of the second week of our eight-week fall session. We have seven excellent workshops in progress.


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The Return of the Rural Academy

Rural Academy Theater at Penland

Thanks again to the Rural Academy Theater for another evening of stories, music, dancing, and even a movie — all magically appearing from their horse-drawn theater wagon.


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Penland Portraits

Eric_20150814©Elizabeth Ortiz

Photographer Eric Swanson enjoys shooting images of artists in their studio spaces as one of his “self assignments,” so coming to Penland this summer to teach a workshop on natural light portraiture was an easy fit. He and his students spent the two weeks of session 6 making portraits on the knoll, at the Arbuckle Rodeo, and by the river, but mostly they shot in the Penland studios. The collection of images they produced, including the one above of Eric by student Elizabeth Ortiz, captures both the intense work and the playful nature of summer at Penland. View their portraits here.


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The Glass Horn Salute

volunteers blowing Sally Prasch's glass horns

The centerpieces at this year’s 30th Annual Penland Benefit Auction were not simply festive and uniquethey were also fully functional! Glass artist Sally Prasch constructed over forty elaborate glass horns, each with a glass rainstick to accompany it. In this photo, a group of auction volunteers gives some horns a celebratory toot that could be heard all across campus.

Lots more photos are now up from auction weekend. View the entire auction slideshow here.


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