Spring Eight-Week Concentrations
March 11 - May 4, 2018


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



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Israel Davis, Ol’ School BMX Dream Flight, earthenware,

screenprint transfer with underglazes, nichrome wire,

5-1/2 x 3 x 3-1/2 inches


Israel Davis
Objects & Images

This workshop will explore the potential of screen printing to produce images that can be applied to clay objects. We’ll cover both direct printing and newsprint transfer methods with slips and underglazes, and we’ll explore laser toner decals. We’ll produce sculptural and utilitarian works through handbuilding, wheelthrowing, and moldmaking. Students will learn the steps for creating imagery, exposing screens, and printing, and we’ll discuss the narrative possibilities in combining image and object. We’ll work with earthenware and white stoneware and fire electric, soda, and wood kilns. All levels. Studio fee: $245. Code S00CA

Studio artist; creative director at Fundamental Formative Arts (MI); teaching: Ox-Bow (MI), Arrowmont (TN), University of Missouri, University of Alabama; residencies: European Ceramic Work Center (Netherlands), Ceramica Artistica Prospettiva (Italy).









Marianne Dages, Small Fires No. 12, letterpress print on paper,

15 x 11 inches


Marianne Dages
Experimental Editions

In this workshop, we’ll explore the possibilities of letterpress as a platform for creating meaningful content and refined imagery. Demonstrations will include a broad range of techniques including typesetting, polymer platemaking, printing from carved forms or found materials, and the ins and outs of the Vandercook press. We’ll also cover simple structures for artists’ books and portfolios for presenting printed work. Presentations, readings, and prompts will spark conversation and support individual practices and goals. Students can expect to produce a variety of printed matter and leave with a firm understanding of the craft and versatility of letterpress printing. All levels. Studio fee: $120. Code S00L

Studio artist, owner of Huldra Press (PA); teaching: Tyler School of Art (PA), Common Press at the University of Pennsylvania; residencies: Herhusid (Iceland), Beisinghoff Printmaking Residency (Germany); exhibitions: Print Gallery Tokyo, International Print Center (NYC), Pacific Northwest College of Art (Portland, OR).







Holly Roberts, Snake Handler, mixed media, 29 x 40 inches


Holly Roberts
The Perfect Union: Paint, Collage & Transfers

Students will begin the process of combining media by experimenting with different ways of applying paint. Painted surfaces will serve as the core of the images to follow and will guide students in forming these images. Students will experiment with transfer processes, gluing and adhesive techniques, and using their own source material to build images onto their painted surfaces. The workshop will stress investigation, exploration, and risk in an attempt to marry disparate media such as print, text, photographs, and any other material students want to use. All levels. Studio fee: $170. Code S00D

Studio artist; teaches nationally and internationally; two NEA fellowships; monographs of her work published by Nazraeli Press and Friends of Photography; collections: Art Institute of Chicago, Center for Creative Photography (AZ), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Museum of Fine Art Houston, Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art.







Adam Whitney, Silver Cup Set with Diamond Motif, argentum

silver, 3-3/4 x 3-1/2 inches each


Adam Whitney
Persuading Metal

This workshop will be an exploration of manipulating metal and creating holloware. We’ll begin with the hammer: forging, sinking, and raising samples to establish a foundation in metal forming. Basic metalsmithing and lesser-known (and underappreciated) jewelry skills will be introduced with attention placed on working in a larger scale. Then we’ll move on to chasing and repoussé, basic tool making, and hydraulic press forming. We’ll start with lots of demonstrations and samples. As students become proficient with materials and processes, the emphasis will move to individual guided projects and discussions of historic and contemporary holloware. All levels. Studio fee: $160. Code S00MA

Studio artist; teaching: Center for Metal Arts (NY), Smith Shop (MI), Fritz & Friends (MI), Raffles College (Malaysia); visiting artist: Rhode Island School of Design.








Amara Hark-Weber, Untitled Gold and Black, salmon, water

buffalo, and cow leathers, thread, ladies size 8-1/2


Amara Hark-Weber
From Shoes to Boots: Footwear 101

This workshop will walk you through the basics of footwear construction, patterning, and finishing—and everything in between. Each student will design, pattern, click, close, last, and finish each of their own pairs of shoes or boots. We’ll cover three assembly techniques: we’ll start with cemented shoes, move to pegged shoes, and then we’ll cover hand welting. The workshop will be taught through demonstrations and individual instruction. Be prepared to work hard and be forgiving, as shoemaking is not for the faint of heart. Strong hands are encouraged; a strong will is necessary. All levels. Note: this workshop is taught in a third-floor walk-up studio. Studio fee: $215. Code S00TA

Custom shoemaker; teaching: School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Quest University (British Columbia), University of Wisconsin-Madison, and privately; William R. French and Jerome fellowships, Minnesota Artist Initiative Grant, 2017 Rare Craft Fellowship.







Tom Shields, Held Up, found furniture, ebonized oak,

43 x 72 x 22 inches


Tom Shields

This workshop will explore standard historic woodworking techniques and then push them into new territories. We’ll rethink structure and design through hybrid works that combine existing (found) furniture and newly fabricated parts. We’ll focus on building furniture and sculpture with minimal tooling. We’ll cover traditional joinery, milling, hand cutting, and the use of power tools. Students will learn the tricks needed to build not-so-traditional furniture without spending thousands of dollars on equipment. All levels. Studio fee: $155. Code S00W

Studio artist; teaching: University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, Penland; residencies: Kohler Arts/Industry (WI), Century Furniture (NC), San Diego State University, former Penland resident artist; collections: Gregg Museum of Art and Design (NC), D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts (MA), University of Arkansas, Cameron Art Museum (NC), Wingate University (NC), North Carolina Museum of Art; representation: Blue Spiral (NC).







Christina Shmigel, Foreigner’s Cabinet of Chinese Curiosities,

traditional Chinese medicine cabinet, mixed media,

82 x 54 x 22 inches


Mike Rossi, Mass Effect: Argosy, forged steel, maple, 6 x 12 feet


John Watson, Rift, wood, 60 x 60 x 60 inches

Christina Shmigel
Sculpture with Fierce Intention

Who am I as an artist? What distinguishes me as a maker? How do I work beyond what I know? Develop a serious body of work in sculpture/installation while digging deep into what gives you pleasure, purpose, and meaning. Through a guided series of riddles and playful explorations, you’ll investigate the why. Technical demonstrations (as needed) will assist you with the how. Guest instructors Mike Rossi (steel) and John Watson (wood/plaster) will each join us for a week of material improvisation. Students may work in any medium in object- or space-based sculpture. Penland’s iron studio will be transformed into a sculpture studio for this workshop. For artists with an ongoing studio practice in any material. Studio fee: $275. Code S00I

Christina: Studio artist; former Penland resident artist; teaching: Webster University (St. Louis), frequent Penland instructor; exhibitions: Ukranian Museum (NYC), Duolun Museum of Art (Shanghai), Laumeier Sculpture Park (St. Louis), St. Louis Art Museum. Mike: principal of Rossi Metal Design (Philadelphia) making unique architectural works, furniture, and sculpture; teaching: Ox-Bow (MI), Haystack (ME), Bryn Athyn College (PA), Kalamazoo College (MI); Windgate Artist in Residence at State University of New York-Purchase. John: Studio artist: teaching: Webster University (St. Louis), Belmont University (TN); exhibitions: Vanderbilt University (TN), hemphill Fine Art (DC); co-author of Living the Dream…The Morning After Art School (Kendall Hunt Publishing).






























Spring 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.

Meredith Brickell, Cloud Observatory, Indianapolis, IN

Meredith Brickell

Meredith Brickell is an artist, educator, and community organizer based in Indianapolis, IN. She is an associate professor of art at DePauw University (IN) where she teaches studio based courses on ceramics and social practice art. She is also the project leader for the House Life Project, a neighborhood initiative that facilitates art-based collaborations between artists and local residents to reimagine vacant properties as sites for productive use. During her twenty-year career as an artist, Meredith has exhibited her work across North America and abroad. She has received a Creative Renewal Fellowship from the Indianapolis Arts Council and a Silver Prize from the Yingge Ceramics Museum in Taiwan.