We’re in the final week of clay winter residencies, which means a flurry of glazing and firing and a lot of full tables. A quick visit to the upper clay studio yesterday revealed two very different approaches to surface decoration. Above, core fellow Eleanor Anderson goes big with color and pattern and waxes and underglaze. Below, winter resident Irvin Carsten keeps his cleanly angled forms a bit more muted.
If you’ll be around campus this Friday, February 16, stop by the clay studio at 5 PM for the final show and tell of ceramic work—this year’s residents have been prodigious!
Penland winter resident (and recent instructor) Jun Lee with the fantastic, multi-color rooster woodcut she made in the Penland print studio in January.
On Monday morning, these friendly UFOs were spotted over the knoll delivering the first batch of Penland winter residents to campus—or maybe they were just a trio of stop-in-your-tracks-for-a-photo lenticular clouds?
Iron student Josh Toller, being interviewed for a Penland video back in November. Josh attended the fall iron concentration with a Glassroots-Penland Fellowship, a grant-funded program that provides scholarships for students recruited through Glassroots in Newark, New Jersey. “At this monastery for the hands,” said Josh, “I have acquired a new found and deeper respect for artists and art itself, I have obtained an aesthetic that I am proud to call my own, and most importantly I have gained knowledge from those around me that I have lived with for two months.” Josh and his fellow travelers from Newark made a big impact on the fall session, and we hope to see them all here again in the future.
Support for the Penland-Glassroots Fellowship is provided by a grant from The Nicholson Foundation.
Student Amy Young in regalia while working in the hot glass shop, assisted by instructor DH McNabb.
Instructor Christina Boy demonstrating hand-cut dovetail joints. During the demo we learned that there were dovetail joints in furniture entombed with mummies during the first Egyptian dynasty and also in the tombs of Chinese emperors. Thanks, Wikipedia.
This is the lunch work-study crew on October 4 posing for our Giving Day campaign. Work-study scholarship students are a critical part of Penland’s labor force. They balance their time and energy between making beautiful work in the studios and washing dishes, staying on top of things in the dining hall, helping in the garden, etc., etc. We love our work-study students; they really do make Penland go.