Fall Eight-Week Concentrations
September 25 - November 18, 2016


Classes are open to serious students of all levels unless specified in course description; beginners welcome.



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Birdie Boone, Berry Bowl, handbuilt chocolate stoneware,

crackle bisque slip, tinted glaze, 4 x 5 x 5 inches


Matt Repsher, Mug, ceramic, 3-1/2 x 4-1/2 x 3 inches

Birdie Boone & Matt Repsher
Common Ground

This pot-centric workshop will focus on guiding students toward a personal aesthetic that reflects their own creative motivations. With an eye toward developing strong interactions between form and surface, demonstrations and discussions will include design and construction of minimal forms through wheelthrowing and handbuilding. We値l cover pattern development, making simple molds, using slips, carving, and glaze color and surface development. We値l work primarily with mid-range dark stonewares and electric kiln firing. All levels. Code F00CA

Birdie: Studio artist; teaching: Worcester Center for Crafts (MA), Anderson Ranch (CO), Haystack (ME); representation: Northern Clay Center (MN), Schaller Gallery (MI). Matt: Studio artist; teaching: Indiana University, University of New Mexico, Pocosin Arts (NC); shows: Smithsonian Craft Show (DC), American Pottery Festival (Minneapolis).














Claire Kelly, Chromosphere, blown and sculpted glass, wood,

string, 11 x 7 x 7 inches

Claire Kelly
The Cane Ladder

This workshop will break down glassblowing techniques into manageable and focused steps. We値l work on problem solving, good habits, and teamwork so that student projects can be approached with confidence. We値l employ various approaches to cane and murrine, including roll-ups and picking up on a bubble. We値l also explore sculpting, hot and cold assemblies, and the fundamentals of cold working. Basic glass skills such as gathering, popping a bubble, making a color overlay, and bringing punties will be helpful, but this class is open to all levels. Code F00GA

Studio artist; teaching: Pilchuck (WA), Pittsburgh Glass Center (PA), The Studio at Corning (NY), Haystack (ME), Fundacin Centro Nacional del Vidrio (Spain); residencies: Pittsburgh Glass Center (PA), Energy Exchange (NC).






Jay Burnham-Kidwell, Slicer, Damascus steel, mokume,

maple burl, 1 x 12-1/2 x 3/4 inches

Jay Burnham-Kidwell
Blacksmithing: Fire & Iron

Students in this workshop will undertake an extensive and intensive exploration of iron and steel forging. Using traditional and contemporary techniques, we値l create stimulating, exciting works, both utilitarian and sculptural. We値l cover forging, bending, splitting, punching, and forge and modern welding along with tool making, Damascus steel, finishing, and presentation. We値l take raw materials and repurposed objects and make them come alive through individual and team efforts. All levels. Code F00I

Studio artist; professor emeritus from Mohave Community College (AZ), frequent Penland instructor; collections: National Ornamental Metal Museum (TN), University of Georgia, National Vietnam Veterans Museum (IL).




Kristina Glick, Blue Brooch, electroformed copper, found steel,

enamel, 3-1/2 x 3-1/2 x 1/2 inches

Kristina Glick
Counterbalance: Enameling, Electroforming & Found Objects

This workshop will start with the basics of liquid enamels including techniques such as layering, sgraffito, stamping, stenciling, and champlev. Then we値l explore electroforming to create organic, textured copper surfaces that will highlight and enhance the enamel. We値l use found objects as inspiration and incorporate them into finished work. With an emphasis on process and experimentation, we値l work toward the design and execution of jewelry pieces or wall panels. The workshop will include basic fabrication skills: sawing, soldering, cold connections, etching, and finishing.All levels. Code F00MA

Associate professor at Goshen College (IN); other teaching: Idyllwild (CA), Arizona Designer Craftsmen, Goshen Jewelers Guild (IN); exhibitions: JAS (NC), Touching Mystery (OH); work published in 500 Gemstone Jewels and 500 Enameled Objects (Lark Books); representation: Angelo (VA).







Georgia Deal, Roses and Razorwire, handmade paper, pulp

transfer, screenprint, monoprint, 24 x 30 inches

Georgia Deal
From Paper to Print!

This workshop will explore the vast possibilities for combining handmade paper and monoprints. We値l start with the basics of hand papermaking and the many techniques that enable the creation of unique substrates for printing. We値l cover a wide range of monoprint processes including reductive, multiplate, and pressure printing. The back-and-forth of working in both media will expand participants visual vocabularies and encourage them to own every aspect of the process庸rom paper to print! All levels. Code F00X

Professor of printmaking and papermaking at Corcoran School of the Arts & Design (DC); workshop teaching: University of Georgia Cortona Italy Program, Skopelos Foundation for the Arts (Greece); collections: Library of Congress (DC), Philadelphia Museum, Corcoran Gallery of Art (DC), Yale University Beineke Library (CT).








Rachel Meginnes, 100lb, pulled thread embroidery, vintage

feedsack, various cotton fabrics, acrylic, India ink, 32 x 32 inches

Rachel Meginnes
The Thread Between

All aspects of life inform the work we make, and harnessing this knowledge is key to developing a clear artistic voice. Exploring everything in the textiles studio from woven structures to dyed and manipulated surfaces, students will have access to new methods and materials as they are guided through exercises that support artistic development. The workshop will include readings, writing, discussions, presentations, and one-on-one consultations. This class is designed for students eager to develop a studio practice and a serious body of work; artists working in other media who are interested in working with fiber are encouraged to enroll. All levels. Code F00TB

Studio artist; teaching: Earlham College (IN), Haywood Community College (NC), Haystack (ME), Arrowmont (TN), Penland; residencies: Jentel (WY), Glen Lake Arts Association (MI), Penland School resident artist; collections: Fidelity (NC), Cameron Art Museum (NC); representation: Blue Spiral (NC).







Daniel Essig, Icon, holly, mahongony, milk paint, handmade paper,

mica, printers type, Ethiopian and Coptic bindings, 9-1/4 x 7 x

2-1/2 inches

Daniel Essig
Books, Relics, Curiosities

This workshop will use wood to explore and honor elements of the book. After learning the basics of woodshop safety and tool use, we値l investigate the infinite possibilties of book-based sculpture. Techniques will include carving, turning, burning, sanding, altering, distressing, painting, and bookbinding. Students will be encouraged to collaborate and to explore alternative materials. They can expect to complete a series of book sculptures. We値l have daily demonstrations as well as discussions of historic and contemporary book forms. Everyone is welcome: book artists, woodworkers, curious beginners, etc. All levels. Code F00W

Studio artist; teaching: Anderson Ranch (CO), Arrowmont (TN), University of Georgia Cortona Italy Program, Penland; collections: Renwick Gallery (DC), Mint Museum (NC); representation: Vamp and Tramp Booksellers (GA); publications: The Penland Book of Handmade Books, Masters: Book Arts (both Lark Books).








Fall Visiting Artist

Each fall and spring, Penland invites a visiting artist to join us for one or two weeks to engage with Concentration innstructors and students. The intent is to add an invigorating presence to the session, enhancing the experience for everyone.

Iris Eichenberg

Iris Eichenberg is artist in residence and head of the metalsmithing department at Cranbrook Academy of Art. Prior to that position, she taught jewelry at the Garrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. She has received awards from the Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design, and Architecture and the Amsterdam Fund for the Arts. She has also had solo exhibitions at Louise Smith Gallery (Amsterdam), Gallery Ornamentum (NY), Gallery Mettalum (Sweden), Galerie Metal (Copenhagen), and Galerie Tactil (Switzerland). Her work is in the collections of the Stedalijk Museum (Amsterdam), the Schmuckmuseum (Germany), the Fonds National d'Art Contemporain (Paris), the Mint Museum (NC), and the Rotasa Foundation (CA).