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A Glass Maker Escapes to Clay

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“As a glass maker I’ve found myself drawn to ceramics more and more. Both mediums have a fluidity that in order to really harness, you have to hone in on the moment. You can’t just let go of molten glass or a spinning potter’s wheel whenever you desire. Sometimes you have to though; sometimes my glass starts cracking and fighting against me and I have to set it down.

 

This happened to me a few times during my recent study at Penland. When it did, I’d go visit Upper Clay. Then I felt rejuvenated.”

 

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“The clay studio is a safe haven compared to the flameworking studio. There’s a gorgeous light coming in from the windows. The colors of clay and glazes are subdued and easy on the eye. More often than not, a chill tune is playing while wheels hum in the background. It’s the perfect place to see my medium from another maker’s point of view.”

 

Arlie Trowbridge, glass artist and owner of Urban Revisions, who took a one-week workshop in wearable glass with Rachel Rader in the flameworking studio last week.

 

Find out more about our hot glass and flameworking workshops.

Find out more about our upcoming workshops in clay.

 

 

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Photo of the week: Busy Hands

 

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Students in Rachel Meginnes’s textile workshop picked up some crochet moves during a demonstration this week. The hands on the left belong to Elizabeth Meyer of Madison, Georgia, a return student to Penland. When we quizzed her about when she was last here, she furrowed her brow, and then suddenly removed her wedding band to look at the date on the inside. Turns out the year of her marriage was also the year she did a concentration with Julia Leonard in bookmaking. As she turned her ring, Meyer remembered zipping back and forth between workshop and wedding planning, workshop and wedding planning, and smiled.

 

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Core Show + Resident Artists Show = Big Penland Weekend

Resident artist Tom Shields working in the barn studio, 2013. Photograph by Robin Dreyer
Resident artist Tom Shields working in the barn studios. Photograph by Robin Dreyer.

 

It’s going to be one busy Penland weekend with two show openings. On Friday, October 11, Penland resident artists will be at the Asheville Area Arts Council Gallery at 346 Depot Street from 6:00-9:00 pm to celebrate the opening of The Barns Studios 2013. Curated by Kathryn Gremley, director of the Penland Gallery, the show opens on October 10 and runs through November 1. The resident artists include David Eichelberger (clay), Micah Evans (glass), Dustin Farnsworth (sculpture), Robin Johnston (textiles), Rachel Meginnes (textiles) and Tom Shields (sculpture).

 

Meanwhile, Penland’s core fellows Audrey Bell, Zee Boudreaux, Sarah Brown, Angela Eastman, Liz Koerner, Mike Krupiarz, Will Lentz, Rachel Mauser and Molly Spadone (pictured below) will present their work as part of Core Show 2013, Eighteen Hands. The opening reception is on Saturday, October 12, 8:00-11:00 pm in the Northlight Building at Penland. The show will run October 12-15.

 

Penland Core Fellows, 2013. Back row (L-R): Will Lentz, Angela Eastman, Audrey Bell, Molly Spadone. Front row: Liz Koerner, Sarah Brown, Rachel Mauser, Zee Boudreaux, Mike Krupiarz.
Penland Core Fellows, 2013. Back row (L-R): Will Lentz, Angela Eastman, Audrey Bell, Molly Spadone. Front row: Liz Koerner, Sarah Brown, Rachel Mauser, Zee Boudreaux, Mike Krupiarz.

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The Mystery Within the Subject: Monotype with Phil Garrett

  Phil Garrett, Thistle II Hunting Island2003, Monotype, Chine Colle,  30 x 22" on paper
Phil Garrett, Thistle II Hunting Island, 2003. Monotype, chine collé, 30 x 22″ on paper

“My work is informed by nature, a kind of mythical nature. The power of storms, the spiritual quality of the elements, the beauty, grace and ferocity of animals–something greater than myself, something I can’t comprehend. Painting and making monotypes is my search for the mystery within the subject, within myself.”

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In 1998, Phil Garrett acquired a large Intaglio press and founded King Snake Press in Greenville, South Carolina. The press “grew out of Garrett’s love for the monotype process, and is dedicated to encouraging other artists to experiment with the painterly print.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Phil Garrett, Memento /Jones Gap, 2007.
Monotype, chine collé, 21 x 17″ on paper

Phil Garrett – Intuition, Ink, Paper: Monotype
October 20-26, 2013
in the printmaking studio:

This workshop will explore the dynamic medium of monotype printmaking. This user-friendly, spontaneous method allows images to be developed and printed in a short time. Because the plate retains a thin layer of ink after being printed, it lends itself to varying the image and working sequentially. After a discussion of ink, plates, presses, and paper, the class will begin with simple, reductive methods of inking on single plates and then progress to multi-plate color prints incorporating chine collé. The workshop will include demonstrations, presentations, and critiques. All levels.

Phil Garrett completed his undergraduate work at the University of South Carolina and the Honolulu Academy, studying with the late Gabor Peterdi. He received his BFA at the San Francisco Art Institute in 1974 and lived and worked in the Bay Area until 1979, when he returned to South Carolina where he presently resides. He founded King Snake Press in 1998 for the production and promotion of monotypes. His works on paper and paintings included in public collections of the South Carolina State Museum, the State of Hawaii, and Greenville County Museum, as well as in corporate and private collections in the USA, Europe and Japan. Garrett is represented by Hodges Taylor Gallery in Charlotte, NC and If Art in Columbia, SC.

 

To find out more and register for this workshop, click here.

 

 

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Focus on: Martina Lantin

 

Fall brings a new exhibition of earthenware by Martina Lantin to the Penland Gallery and Visitors Center. The show runs until October 27.

 

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Mug (L) – Thrown and altered earthenware, slip line and blush, 4.5 x 3 x 3.25, ” Mug (R) – Thrown and altered earthenware, blue and chrome bow line, 4.25 x 3.5 x 3.5″

Lantin creates ceramic tableware from earthenware clay, which she likes to call “chocolate porcelain.” Her unique forms are made by wheelthrowing combined with off-the-wheel alterations. Her pieces, she says, are meant for everyday use. Most of Lantin’s work is made in multiple parts and pieced together leaving some of the seams visible. A thin layer of white slip serves to accentuate the construction methods and to invite an exploration of the making process. “I seek to evoke nostalgia in the future by making pots that are reverberations of the past,” she says. “I draw inspiration from early English porcelain and cream ware. I provoke a tension between the elegant handling of the material and the rugged connotations of the clay body.”

 

Martina Lantin, Focus Gallery installation of plates, 2013
Martina Lantin, Focus Gallery installation of plates, 2013

 

Born in Montreal, Canada, Martina Lantin received her Bachelor of Art from Earlham College and her Master of Fine Art from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University. She has been an artist in residence at Baltimore Clayworks and Arrowmont School of Art and Craft in Gatlinburg, TN. She has taught workshops at Penland School of Crafts and Arrowmont. Currently, she is a professor at Marlboro College in Marlboro, Vermont. Her work has been featured in Ceramics Monthly and shown in numerous juried and invitational exhibitions. She has also published articles in Studio Potter and Pottery Making Illustrated.

 

Martina Lantin at Penland.

Along with this special exhibition of works by Martina Lantin, the Penland Gallery has a sales area featuring work in all media by artists affiliated with Penland School of Crafts. Located on the Penland School campus, just off Penland Road in Mitchell County, the gallery is open 10 – 5, Tuesday through Saturday; 12 – 5 on Sunday; closed on Mondays. The gallery also offers tours of the Penland campus on Tuesdays and Thursdays. For more information call 828-765-6211 or visit www.penland.org/gallery.