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Core show slide show

Penland School core fellows

The 2013 Core Show, this year’s annual exhibition of work by Penland’s core fellows, took place in the Gorelick Social Hall on September 12 – 17 (it doesn’t stay up for long because we use that room for so many other things). The big opening party was on September 12. Here is a slideshow from the opening plus a few examples of each person’s work.



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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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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.



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



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The Penland 2013 Benefit Auction

auctioneer Mark Oliver at the Penland auction

The 2013 Penland Benefit Auction was terrific–a logistic, artistic, and financial success. Our applause, thanks, and deepest gratitude go out to the volunteers, artists, staff, and patrons who came together to celebrate and support Penland’s programs. We’ll do it again next year!

Click here for a slideshow from the auction.

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Why we cancelled the parade


Today is July 4. It’s the end of session three and we have an auction tonight, so we planned our annual July 4 parade, ice cream social, and fireworks extravaganza for yesterday. But yesterday was like this, pretty much all day.



This is what the Pines Portico looked like at lunch time.



Here’s the glass studio, modified with tarps after water streamed in through the front doors during a deluge last week. We’ve been having rain punctuated by thunderstorms for days on end. So we called off the parade and the fireworks and put out the word to the community telling people not to come.



But a bunch of the classes had already made costumes, so everyone reconvened after supper for ice cream and a very short indoor parade (with prizes).



These metalsmiths had spent part of the day bailing water from the back of the lower metals studio, so they paddled through the Pines wearing mop wigs.



Patriotic glassblowers.



Dancing potters.



Printmakers: inked and feathered.



And the biggest Hello Kitty we’ve ever seen.

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To Spring from the Hand: A Celebration of Paulus Berensohn


Photograph and collage by True Kelly

Our neighbor, artist, dancer, and sage Paulus Berensohn recently celebrated his 80th birthday, and the Penland community celebrated with him. A Saturday afternoon birthday party on the porch at Northlight featured delicious cake and champagne, and an effusive outpouring of loving and grateful toasts to a man whose gentleness and generosity have inspired so many. The gathering was followed by the first American screening of Australian filmmaker Neil Lawrence’s new documentary To Spring From the Hand: The Life and Work of Paulus Berensohn. (Another screening took place later in the week at the Fine Arts Theatre in Asheville, bringing the film to a wider audience.)


Screening the film "To Spring from the Hand: The Life and Work of Paulus Berensohn" at Northlight.

Screening the film “To Spring from the Hand: The Life and Work of Paulus Berensohn” at Northlight.


Afterwards, the group walked together up to the head of Penland’s new hiking trail, the Paulus Path, for a dedication ceremony where Paulus buried an unfired clay bowl filled with flowers (returning his unfired clay works to the earth in this manner has long been a central part of Paulus’s artistic and spiritual practice) in the ground beneath the path. Heads were bowed, hands were held, tears were shed and hugs exchanged as he recited poetry celebrating nature, placed the bowl into a hole dug by volunteers from the assembled community, and then buried it by hand in the earth.



Paulus dedicating a bowl to be offered to the earth at the opening of a new hiking trail named in his honor.


Happy birthday, Paulus! We love you, and hope your compassionate, contemplative spirit continues to infuse the very ground we walk here at Penland forever.


Burying the ceremonial bowl.




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Photo of the Week: Looking Down by Dan Bailey

Looking Down Dan Bailey Penland

This is Gene Ayscue and Dan Bailey finishing up the installation, in the Penland Gallery lobby, of Dan’s incredible piece called Looking Down: Penland School of Crafts. The piece was constructed from over 15,000 photos taken in July, August, and October 2012 from a tethered balloon. They have been collaged by hand and placed onto the background satellite image to form a chronicle of human activity on the Penland School campus. Magnifying glasses will be available for visitors. This piece is part of the 0 to 60 project, which is a collaboration between Penland School and the North Carolina Museum of Art.



This is Dan’s piece as it appears on the Gigapan website, where you can scroll around and zoom way in and see all of the activity recorded in the collage. It includes bits from July 4, from the auction, a few sequences of groups of people walking through the landscape, people playing with the balloon shadow, and other delights. Click here and say goodbye to the next half-hour.


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