Spring Eight-Week Concentrations:
March 12 - May 5, 2017


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


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Nick Schwartz, 2 Gallon Jug, wood- and salt-fired stoneware,

14-1/2 x 8 x 8 nches


John Dix, Flask, wood-fired ceramic, natural wood ash,

8 inches high

Nick Schwartz
Painting with Fire

This workshop will explore the art and craft of atmospheric firing techniques. We値l use the variables of firing with wood and gas, as well as the introduction of salt and soda, to create surfaces of unparalleled beauty on our finished work. We値l practice the art of tumble stacking to influence the flame痴 path through the work as it glazes with ash and atmosphere. While this workshop will focus on firing techniques, we値l also work in depth to cultivate functional forms that are complimentary to our firings. We値l be joined for two weeks by guest teacher John Dix. All levels. Code S00CA

Studio artist, hosts atmospheric firings with students and teachers from all over the world; teaching: Mendocino Art Center (CA), Penland, universities across the country; exhibitions: Trax Gallery (CA), Lillstreet Art Center (Chicago), Baltimore Clayworks.







































Dean Allison, Water Bug, glass, paint, 36 x 14 x 10 inches


Dean Allison
Glass: The Fantastic & Feared!

This workshop will accelerate your ability to work with glass. While primarily a casting workshop, we値l cover many approaches to using glass, including introductions to blowing and blow-molds. We値l duplicate positive forms, make molds, use kiln and cold-working processes, and experiment to achieve desired results. The first four weeks will introduce specific glass techniques and methods. In the second four weeks, you値l use these methods to expand your artistic language. Prepare to aim high, absorb, experiment, work through failure, work in teams, and share space. All levels. Code S00GA


Penland resident artist; teaching: The Glass Furnace (Turkey), Pittsburgh Glass Center, Arrowmont (TN), Bullseye Glass Center (OR); exhibitions: National Portrait Gallery (DC), SOFA Chicago, Scope Miami, Spartanburg Art Museum (SC), Muskegon Art Museum (MI).










Remy Louis Hanemann, Katrina Condo, iron ore, cast iron,

aluminum, copper, brass, mild and stainless steel,

10 x 6 x 4 inches

Remy Louis Hanemann
Iron Foundry 101301

This workshop will build a complete iron foundry that will become part of the Penland iron studio. When construction is complete, we値l have several iron pours and an aluminum pour. Fabrication of the cupola furnace will include instruction in oxy-fuel cutting, plasma cutting, MIG welding, and shielded-metal arc welding (SMAW). We値l build all the tools needed for iron pouring and learn how to run a pour safely. The class will also include a two-week sculpture workshop focused on making and using two-part resin-bonded sand molds, including gating, venting, and finishing. The final pour will be planned, managed, and conducted by the students. All levels. Code S00I


Designer/fabricator at BILT in Alabama Architecture and Fabrication Company; former resident artist and foundry manager at Sloss Furnaces (AL); teaching: University of Tennessee, University of Southern Mississippi, University of West Virginia.










Letterpress & Books

Anne Covell, Natural Order: A Game of Pairs, letterpress prints

from polymer plates, 3-3/4 x 2-3/4 inches each


Anne Covell
Image as Narrative: Letterpress & the Artist痴 Book

This workshop will examine the material connection between image and narrative. Through experimenting with alternative print techniques on the Vandercook, we値l investigate how mood and tone can be expressed through image and the sequencing of images. We値l cover printing from found objects, collographs, carved surfaces, pressure print templates, and plates made from handmade negatives, just to name a few. Our experiments will be editioned and traded. Then we値l move from two dimensions to three as we explore the interplay between image and structure through the creation of handprinted artists books. Binding options will include traditional book structures as well as movable and sculptural books. All levels. Code S00L

Studio artist; teaching: University of Georgia Cortona Italy Program, University of Iowa Center for the Book; collections: Yale University Art Gallery (CT), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; representation: 23 Sandy Gallery (OR), Abecedarian Gallery (CO), Vamp and Tramp Booksellers (AL); published in 500 Handmade Books Volume 2 (Lark Books).






David Jones, Modern Cuff Bracelet, forged copper and silver,

3 x 3 x 3-1/2 inches


David Jones
Multifaceted Fabrication

With a focus on traditional and sometimes inventive techniques and approaches, we値l dive into the beautiful, limitless world of metal fabrication. Students will make jewelry and/or small-scale sculpture depending on individual interests. Techniques will include sawing, forging, soldering, forming, wire and sheet making, cold connecting, and stamping. The workshop will include information about the use of recycled metals and materials and where to source them. We値l have ongoing demonstrations and critiques, and we値l delve into the history of studio craft in the U.S. and abroad. All levels. Code S00MA

Studio artist; teaching: University of Georgia Cortona Italy Program, Thomas Mann Gallery IO (New Orleans); publications: Form and Function: American Modernist Jewelry, 19401970 by M. Schon, The Metalsmith痴 Book of Boxes and Lockets (Brynmorgen Press); representation: Gravers Lane Gallery (Philadelphia), Thomas Mann Gallery (New Orleans), Velvet da Vinci (San Francisco).





Tommye McClure Scanlin, Flight, wool, cotton, 60 x 52 inches


Bhakti Ziek, Sisyphus: Emoticons (detail), cotton, silk, metallic

yarns, 88-1/2 x 27-1/2 inches

Tommye McClure Scanlin & Bhakti Ziek
Weaving: A Dialogue

Taught by a tapestry weaver and a Jacquard expert, this workshop will focus on image making and storytelling through weaving. Advanced weavers and novices will be encouraged to learn from each other as they explore woven structures for ways to make images. The instructors have extensive knowledge of weaving in all its forms, and we値l explore everything (almost!) possible in a 努eaverly way. We値l work with tapestry looms and/or floor looms. Open to weavers and artists of all types at all levels of skill. Code S00TB

Tommye: professor emerita from University of North Georgia; other teaching: Arrowmont (TN), Peters Valley (NJ); Hambidge Center Fellow; exhibitions: American Tapestry Biennial. Bhakti: studio artist; teaching: School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Arizona State University, Haystack (ME), Arrowmont (TN); co-author of The Woven Pixel; collections: Museum of Arts and Design (NYC).























Jack Mauch, Coffee Table, basswood, holly and maple veneer,

paint, 28 x 34 x 18 inches


Jack Mauch
Woodworking: It痴 a Process

Through assignments, demos, and self-direction, students in this workshop will learn to craft furniture and decorative objects that are sculptural and expressive. Beginners will lay a foundation for competent woodworking; advanced students will pursue a theme in depth. We値l cover milling, cutting, and joining techniques applicable to furniture and sculpture. We値l emphasize shaping as we grind and gouge our way past the monotony of straight lines. We値l adorn our creations through carving, painting, marquetry, and metal inlay. And we値l consider the subtle and nascent aspects of our creative ambitions預n inquiry that will be supported through discussions, readings, field trips, coffee breaks, and a contemplative pace. All levels. Code S00W

Studio artist; teaching: North Bennett Street School (Boston), Eliot House at Harvard (MA), Penland; residencies: Penland Core Fellowship, Center for Furniture Craftsmanship Studio Fellowship (ME), Center for Art in Wood Windgate ITE International Residency (Philadelphia).






Spring 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.

Chip Thomas

Chip Thomas, aka "jetsonorama," is a photographer, public artist, activist, and physician who has been working in the Navajo nation since 1987. He coordinates the Painted Desert Project預 community-building effort that manifests as a constellation of murals across the western Navajo nation painted by artists from all over the rez and the world. Chip's own public artwork consists of enlarged black and white photographs pasted on structures along the roadside in the Navajo nation. His motivation is to reflect back to the people in his community the love and the culture they've shared with him over the years. He sees this work as an evolving dialogue with his community. Chip is a member of the Justseeds Artists Cooperative, an international cooperative of 30 socially-engaged artists. In addition to his photo-murals, he has created graphics for the Peoples Climate March, National Geographic Blog, 350.org, Huffington Post, and elsewhere.