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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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Photo of the Week: Don’t Yell into the Ear Trumpet

Jeff Goodman animated GIF

Jeff Goodman, who is teaching a photo/video/documentation workshop this session, made this sequence of pictures of studio assistant Laurencia Strauss (listening) and instructor Christina Shmigel (yelling) for a flipbook demonstration. Of course, anything you can make into a flipbook, you can also make into an animated GIF.

 

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Photo(s) of the Week: Canoes of Bamboo and Plastic

Tom Huang skinning a canoe

Instructor Tom Huang and his assistant, Reed Hansuld, putting the skin on a canoe outside the wood studio. The ribs of the canoe were cut from plywood, the shell was made from strips of split bamboo. The skin they are applying is recycled grocery bags laminated with spray adhesive. They applied 6 or 8 layers of plastic to each canoe. The class built five canoes using this method.

 

Bamboo canoe on the water

It sounds a bit sketchy, and the boats were intended to be somewhat ephemeral. But when they put them on the water, they behaved just like canoes.

 

Bamboo canoes on the water

Here’s the flotilla (plus one dog) on its way down the Toe River.

 

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Photo(s) of the Week: 4th of July Parade

The following blog post is a photo slideshow. We recommend viewing it in an Internet browser.

The head of the parade
Local kids and a friendly (?) dragon
Upper Clay takes home the "most subtle" award
Printmaking spirit
The iron studio enlisted the help of a tractor for their float
The iron studio dolphin made an aerial parade appearance!
Projects in Process
Float 13 bringing the heat
Party in the USA
How many glass students can you fit on one truck?
The glassblowers brought their studio right to us
Party tricks from glass instructor Ché Rhodes
Team Miley and their "most patriotic" trophy
A little ice cream to round out the celebrations!

Penland spirit in full force at this year’s Independence Day celebration. Our studios and local community celebrated a bit early with crazy/crafty costumes, banners, handmade trophies, ice cream, and, of course, fireworks!

 

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Photo of the Week: Kiln Break

Michael Kieghery at Penland

Internationally-known ceramic and performance artist Michael Kieghery taking a break in the Penland wood kiln. Michael was part of a special summer session that was taught entirely by artists from Australian National University.

“What’s it like in there, Michael?”
“It’s wonderful! I have a beautiful view of the mountains, it’s cool, and nobody cares if I smoke.”

 

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Photo of the Week: Steel Bird

Andrew Townsend at Penland School

Student Jane Petitt and instructor Andrew Townsend making a component for Jane’s emerging steel bird. Andrew is co-teaching with Suzie Bleach and everyone in the workshop is fabricating an animal form. Andrew and Suzie are part of a group of artists from Australian National University who are teaching all of Penland’s second-session workshops.

 

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Working in Three Dimensions

Alex Stasko in the Penland clay studio

Student Alex Stasko working on a clay self-portrait in a first-session workshop taught by Pattie Chalmers. (Photo by Robin Dreyer)

 

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