Fall Eight-Week Concentrations
September 24 - November 17, 2017


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


Work-study scholarships are still available for most fall concentrations! Complete information at the link below.


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Kip O狸rongly, Methane Cow Plate, earthenware, slips,

underglaze, terra sigillata, 7-1/2 x 7-1/2 x 1-1/2 inches


Scott Minugh, Cloaked Women, porcelain, 10-14 inches tall


Megan Mitchell, Wall Pillow, press-molded porcelain, stencil print,

block print, lithographic transfer, 7-12 x 9 x 2 inches

Kip O狸rongly
Diving Deep: Functional Earthenware

This workshop will be a deep dive into the world of functional earthenware through demos, discussions, and structured practice. We値l cover construction techniques from coil and slab to bisque molds and templates plus a little wheel work. We値l take a look at surface treatments using underglaze, latex, sgraffito, and stencils (which you値l create using an electronic cutting tool). Guest instructor Scott Minugh will lead a week of low-fire study, and Megan Mitchell will share her screenprinting talents, giving you a flexible and varied body of techniques to draw on in your own studio. We値l also touch on single firing, packing and shipping, inventory management, photographing work, and studio set-up. This will be a fun, fast-paced, and exciting eight weeks. All levels. Studio fee: $120. Code F00CA

Kip: Studio artist; teaching: Carleton College (MN), Arrowmont (TN); McKnight fellowship; residencies: Northern Clay Center (MN), Watershed (ME), Archie Bray Foundation (MT). Scott: Studio artist, materials consultant for potters and educators; ceramic work represented by galleries in the Seattle area. Megan: Studio artist; teaching: Minneapolis Community and Technical College, Marlboro College (VT); residencies: Northern Clay Center (Minneapolis), Red Lodge Clay Center (MT); exhibitions: Plinth Gallery (Denver), Plains Art Museum (ND).




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DH McNabb, Horizon Studies (attempts) #4 & #5, blown and

fused glass, wood, paint, 19-1/2 x 19-1/2 x 9-1/2 inches each

DH McNabb

This workshop will be a journey that teeters between art and design. We値l start by making and replicating basic shapes and then venture into other shapes that will become part of each individual痴 voice. We値l experience making from both sides of the pipe, learning what the assistant can do to better help the maker and what the maker can do to better communicate with the assistant. We値l cover a range of color applications and discover new ones. Techniques will include cane, murrine, incalmo, and folding. Readings, drawing, walks, and other activities will help you conjure ideas from functional usefulness to thought-provoking concepts. We値l assist each other, we値l fail together, and somewhere through this we値l succeed with our own material voice. All levels. Studio fee: $140. Code F00GA

Studio artist; teaching: Centre College (KY), Pilchuck (WA), Chrysler Museum (VA); exhibitions: 12 Gallery (Norway), a space (NYC), Steel Yard Gallery (RI); collections: Corning Museum (NY), Fondation Herm駸 (Paris).



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Andrew Hayes, Circuit, steel, book paper, paint,

9-1/2 x 24 x 3 inches

Andrew Hayes
Truth in Fabrication

This workshop will allow you to explore your sculptural or functional pursuits as you become comfortable with steel fabrication. We値l cover forming sheet steel, tubing, and bar stock, along with cutting, welding, and finishes. Initial assignments and discussions will focus on gaining command over steel. Then we値l shift to personal projects considering concept and design. Each student will have ample time to create a small body of work or focus on a more intensive project. This workshop can be used to begin or extend your skills in metal fabrication or as a way of incorporating steel into an existing art practice. All levels. Studio fee: $200. Code F00I

Penland resident artist; teaching: Haystack (ME), Anderson Ranch (CO); gallery representation: Seager Gray Gallery (CA), JHB Gallery (NYC), Blue Spiral (NC); collections: Yale Art Museum (CT), Black Mountain College Museum (NC), Wingate University (SC).














Kathleen W. Kennedy, Pelt (detail), found and discarded keys,

steel chain mail

Kathleen W. Kennedy
Surface & Structure

Every surface is supported by a structure, just as bones, muscles, and ligaments support skin. This metals workshop will explore both structure and skin through hot and cold joints and surface embellishments, including enamel, texturing, and found materials. Students will produce small-scale sculpture and/or jewelry while exploring how to bring these essential elements together. We値l cover basic metal fabrication techniques such as sawing, filing, and soldering while students develop conceptual thought and gain insight into their independent studio practice. All levels. Studio fee: $150. Code F00MA

Studio artist; co-director of Radical Jewelry Makeover; teaching: Virginia Commonwealth University, Montgomery College (MD); exhibitions: Taubman Museum of Art (VA), Tacoma Art Museum (WA), Quirk Gallery (VA).



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Mercedes Jelinek, Hands, archival pigment print, 22 x 22 inches

Mercedes Jelinek
No Words Needed

Telling a story through well curated and printed photographs can often be more powerful than words. Through digital tools, this workshop will focus on completing a cohesive portfolio that tells the story you want to tell. Students can expect to learn basic-to-advanced digital camera techniques, how to photograph in almost any lighting situation, composing and framing an image, cataloging digital images using Lightroom, editing images using Photoshop, making portfolio-quality prints, curating images, creating and self-publishing a print-on-demand photo book, and more. All levels. Studio fee: $35. Code F00P

Penland resident artist; teaching: Louisiana State University, PhotoManhattan (NYC), State University of New York at Purchase; exhibitions: Ogden Museum of Southern Art (LA), Gaston County Museum (NC), Hinson Art Museum at Wingate University (SC); author of These Americans (+Kris Graves Projects).



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Christina Boy, Chair 220, red elm, milk paint, Baltic birch,

31-1/4 x 17-3/4 x 16 inches

Christina Boy
Design. Build. Repeat.

While learning the fundamentals of woodworking technique, tools, and safety, we値l dive into the process of making multiples. Each student will design a limited line of products from concept to completion: sketching, designing, drafting, making the necessary templates and jigs, and building prototypes for the purpose of understanding the steps of small batch production. Demonstrations will cover basic woodworking skills and will continue in depth based on the needs of each student痴 designs and projects. All levels. Studio fee: $155. Code F00W

Studio artist; former Penland core fellow; teaching: Arrowmont (TN), Chestnut Creek School of the Arts (VA), Orange County Libraries (VA), representation: Troika Contemporary Craft Gallery (VA), Penland Gallery; exhibitions: La Difference (VA), Penland Gallery, Southern Highlands Craft Guild (NC), Crossroads Gallery (VA).



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Leigh Suggs, Rolling Triangles, handcut yupo, acrylic,

30 x 30 inches


Hillary Waters Fayle, Whole I, perforated leaf, 6 x 7 inches

Leigh Suggs & Hillary Waters Fayle
Think Make: Make Think

The ability to pinpoint genuine obsession is the foundation of a strong artistic practice. We値l use repetitive techniques (cutting, punching, taping, etc.) and simple tools (needle and thread, x-acto knife, hole punch, ruler, etc.) to manipulate materials in unconventional ways. We値l cover a spectrum of surface design techniques for paper and mixed media, including dyeing, cutting, off-loom weaving, sewing, transfers, embroidery, folding, and collage. Working in Penland痴 flexible drawing and painting studio, students will produce samples and finished pieces while building a cohesive framework for a meaningful body of work. All levels. Studio fee: $80. Code F00D

Leigh: studio artist; teaching: Virginia Commonwealth University; exhibitions: Racine Art Museum (WI), LIGHT Art + Design (NC). Hillary: studio artist; teaching: Virginia Commonwealth University Florence Italy Studio Program; representation: Quirk Gallery (VA).


















Fall Visiting Artist

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

Anna Hepler, Coney Island, ceramic, 13 x 14 x 5 inches

Anna Hepler

Anna Hepler is a sculptor based in Eastport, ME. A former Henry Luce Foundation fellow in South Korea, she has completed residencies at the Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program (NM), the Tamarind Institute (NM), and the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. In 2016 she received a USA Fellowship in craft from United States Artists. Her work is in the collections of the National Gallery of Art (DC), the Tate Modern (London), and the Portland Museum of Art (ME). 的n preferring a path of unknowns, says Anna, 的 choose purpose over craft, awkwardness over expertise, and improvisation over procedure. I am working to loosen knots of assumption and forfeit some of my authority.