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Photo(s) of the Week: Studio Tour

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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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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

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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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