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Photo(s) of the Week: Dots and Lines

The studio of Penland School resident Micah Evans

This is what the studio of Penland resident artist Micah Evans looked like last week. Normally Micah works by himself, but he was hosting a collaborative work week with Japanese flameworkers Akihisa Izume (left) and Takao Miyake (center). This involved two torches brought from Japan and a lot of red and green hoses for propane and oxygen. Micah’s studio motto is “hustle!” and, despite the room being almost quiet (except for Phish playing at a low volume), it was clear that there was calm but intense hustle — and some high-level work — going on.

 

Akihisa Izumi at Penland School of Crafts

Akihisa and Takao were both working with a technique that involves making patterns on the top of a domed piece of glass tube and then transforming the top of the dome into a disk that encases the pattern between two layers of clear glass. Akihisa was using thin glass cane to make patterns of white lines.

 

Takao Miyake at Penland School of Crafts

Takao was creating designs by applying thousands of tiny, colored glass dots. Here he’s working on a piece that Akihisa had already partially covered with a twill-like pattern of diagonal lines.

 

Takao Miyake at Penland School of Crafts

This is the last step of the process, in which the patterned dome is shrunk, flattened, and encased in clear glass. Although I watched Takao do this, I have no idea how he made this happen.

 

Work by Takao Miyake and Micah Evans

The finished disks are generally made into into jewelry or large marbles. But this week, Micah was incorporating them into his existing glass designs. Here’s one of Takao’s disks that’s now part of a glass yo-yo. (This was all done freehand.)

 

Work by Akihisi Izumi and Micah Evans

This yo-yo was made around one of Akihisa’s pieces.

 

Work by Akihisi Izumi and Takao Miyake and Micah Evans

This is the collaborative disk that Takao is working on in the pictures above.

 

Micah Evans

As if that wasn’t enough, they made this off-the-hook¬† three-way collaboration — a large bottle that houses a chameleon skeleton sculpted by Akihisa and has a stopper topped with one of Takao’s disks. (This picture was swiped from Takao’s Instagram feed.)

 

Thanks to Micah, Takao, and Akihisa for letting me invade their quiet hustle and take these pictures (after I got my jaw off of my chest).  -Robin Dreyer

 

Micah Evans on Instagram: @micahglass
Takao Miyake on Instagram: @takaomiyake
Akihisa Izumi on Instagram: @a_k_i_o

 

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Photo of the Week: Make a Bowl from a Tree

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Winter resident Wyatt Sievers with a large bowl he’s been working on in the wood studio. The bowl started as a section from a downed tree. Wyatt rough-turned the piece in his shop in Kentucky and brought it with him to finish the turning at Penland. Right now, he’s keeping in a plastic bag to slow the drying and keep cracking and checking to a minimum. There’s more sanding to be done, then finishing, and he’s thinking about covering the rim with copper leaf. Whatever he does, we know it’s going to look good.

 

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Photo of the Week: Glass-Furnace Builders

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This is the gang that just finished building a new furnace for the glass shop. The furnace-building workshop was lead by Mac Metz, Pablo Soto, and Jasen Johnsen.

 

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Here’s what they built. The new furnace incorporates a number of energy-efficiency improvements, allowing it operate with a significantly smaller burner than the furnace it is replacing.

 

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Action shot from Dave Somers, Penland’s director of facilities.

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Photo of the week: Flashdance, 1984

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Our archivist, Carey Hedlund, has been settling into the Penland archives this winter, finding gems like this photograph taken by Dan Bailey during the fall of 1984. The photograph was later used for a Penland catalog, and Dan left a note: “It was taken at night and each window was a separate flash exposure. Probably took a couple of hours to do.”

Each week, Carey sends us a photograph from the archive to post on the Penland Instagram account as part of #tbt or “throwback Thursday” (one of those new-fangled Internet hashtag phenomena you may already know about). Scroll through our Instagram feed here to see more of Carey’s selections.

“Somehow, window-dancing struck me as a lovely way to ring in the new year,” Carey notes about Dan’s picture.

 
 

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Photo of the week: Susan’s Greetings

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Penland gets quiet at this time of year. It’s good to know who your friends are, what they’re up to, and where the digital pyrometer is located. (Happy Holidays to all.)
 
 

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Photo of the week: Work-Week Style

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You may not have seen them on the catwalks of Paris and Milan, but nose warmers are in, especially here, where the temperature dropped to the teens as our diligent fellows moved furniture out of the Pines in preparation for its renovation–just one of the feats of strength and care they are performing this week for the school. Core fellow Tyler Stoll knitted these dazzlers for (left to right) Jerry Jackson, Taylor Shelton, Audrey Bell, Tyler (the creator himself), Joshua Kovarik, Will Lentz, and (in the front row) Jamie Karolich, Sarah Rachel Brown, Meghan Martin, Angela Eastman, and Emily Rogstad. Photograph by David Chatt.

 
 

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Photo of the Week: Tiny Shiny Sale

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Aran Galligan’s fall metals class hosted an open house and sale on Thursday afternoon. For a few hours, the Tiny Shiny Sale turned the upper metals studio into a delightful jewelry store, and everyone was delighted.

 

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