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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!
Superb paper costumes from the papercutting studio
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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Photo of the Week: Life Drawing’s a Hoot!

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Steve Johnson’s first-session Drawing Inspiration from the Figure class got a visit from five owls this week, courtesy of our friends at the Blue-Ridge Wildlife Institute. The feathery fowl posed for portraits in pencil – like the one being drawn above by Marie Fornaro, Penland’s Development Operations Manager, then charmed a crowd of crafters gathered on the porch of the new Drawing and Painting studio to meet them.

 

 

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Photo of the Week: New Studios!!

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This building, which is almost finished, will house new studios for drawing, painting, and book arts. It shares a roofline with the letterpress and print building (to the right). The construction crew is working on their final punch list and Penland staff are starting to move equipment in. It’s going to be a beautiful place to work. (And yes, we are planning to move that power pole out of the view.)

 

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Photo(s) of the Week: Upholstered Furniture

working in the Penland wood studio

Core fellows Meghan Martin and Elmar Fujita during the last few days of Annie Evelyn‘s workshop on upholstered furniture.

 

upholstered furniture at Penland

Here are their finished chairs at show-and-tell.

 

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