Clay Workshops at Penland

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






MARCH 8 - MAY 1, 2015


Cynthia Bringle, Bottle with Lid,

clay, 9 x 5-1/2 x 4 inches


Cynthia Bringle
Clay: The Next Level

This workshop will explore mostly wheelthrown pottery—from technique to design—with an eye toward raising each student’s skills to the next level. We’ll work with stoneware and porcelain and fire gas, salt, and soda kilns. The workshop will include field trips to area studios and discussions of studio practice and marketing. During a two-week visit, Jerolyn Morrison will introduce the ancient pot-making and cooking techniques of the Minoan civilization (3000–1485 BCE). Students will make and use Minoan-style cooking pots to create ancient flavors. Intermediate to advanced level; throwing skills required. Code S00CA

Studio artist and workshop teacher; fellow of the American Craft Council, North Carolina Award, honorary doctorate from Memphis College of Art; collections: North Carolina Governorís Residence, Mint Museum, and many kitchen cabinets.






SPRING session 2

april 5 - 11, 2015

Joy Seidler, Two Moon Journals, paste paper coptic binding,

9 x 12 inches, dust jacket journal with image sewn, 10 x 8 inches

Caverly Morgan & Joy Seidler
Mindfulness & Making

Our workshop will focus on discovering authentic personal entry points into the creative process. Together we’ll explore mindful participation with creativity and with life as we avoid the temptations of control and end-gain. We will use crafts—including pastepaper, journal making, clay work, and other forms—as a vehicle for the practice of presence and receptivity and for experiencing interconnectedness. We’ll also explore meditation, strategies for bringing mindful practices into your life, and the role of service in craft. And we’ll address questions such as, “What does it mean to be a vehicle for creative life force while being an object maker?” and “How can our creative processes assist us in being more awake in the world?” All levels. Code S02CB

Caverly: meditation teacher, Zen practitioner and founding director of One House of Peace.


Joy: studio artist, consultant, educator, trainer of teachers; 20 summers of pastepaper journal workshops in Massachusetts.





spring SEssion 3

april 19 - 25, 2015


Pam Brewer, Grin and Bear It,

ceramic glaze test tiles, concrete 10 x 16 x 13 inches>

Pam Brewer
Mosaic: An Exploration

Students will learn a direct-application mosaic process and explore unique ways of seeing mosaics. While addressing both the art and craft of this ancient art form, we’ll consider the rules and how to break them—both literally and figuratively. Exploration will include exercises with a variety of forms, substrates (architectural or sculptural), and application techniques. We’ll interpret scale and scope and incorporate a variety of materials including artist-made tiles and reclaimed and found parts. All levels. Code S03CB

Studio artist, interior designer; teaching: Appalachian State University (NC), Odyssey Center (NC), Campbell Folk School; community/public art: The Free Clinic (NC), Appalachian State University (NC), Christ Church Episcopal School (SC), Watauga High School (NC)..