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Jerilyn Virden in Ceramics Monthly

Jerilyn VirdenCongratulations to Penland instructor, neighbor, and former resident artist Jerilyn Virden, whose work is on the cover of the October issue of Ceramics Monthly. The issue features a story about Jerilyn written by Penland staff member Robin Dreyer. It starts like this:

Dough bowls and grinding stones: these humble, functional forms were the starting point for potter/sculptor Jerilyn Virden’s highly evolved, double-walled ceramic vessel sculptures. “I saw them in New Mexico” she says. “I was drawn to the massiveness of the forms. The dough bowls were very roughly hacked out of a solid piece of wood. The grinding stones felt as though they had just evolved into their forms through necessity. They were flat stones that became bowls over years and years of grinding grain on them. It gave the forms a gracefulness as well as a history. They seem to possess a slow movement with great power, like water moving down a river.”

You can read the rest of the article here.

And here is Jerilyn’s website.

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A groundbreaking event (literally)

Penland groundbreaking ceremony

Penland School of Crafts had a groundbreaking ceremony for a new dormitory on Thursday, August 25. The three-story, 8,200 square-foot facility will provide flexible housing options for up to 42 students in 19 bedrooms. The building is designed to be energy efficient and accessible, and to provide support for year-round programming at the school.

The schematic design was prepared by Chapel Hill architect Dail Dixon with construction documents and construction oversight handled by Bowers, Ellis, and Watson of Asheville, NC. The building will be built by Davie Construction of Advance, NC.The building will be located downhill from the balcony side of Heaven’s Above.

Construction of this building is being made possible by a loan from the U.S Department of Agriculture Rural Development Community Facilities Loan Program through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Penland groundbreaking

Left to right: Pamela Hysong, USDA; Jean McLaughlin, Penland director; Marvin Hutchison, USDA; Scott Klein, Penland facilities director; Laura Taft Paulsen, Penland trustee; Mike Watson, Bowers, Ellis and Watson; Carl Carney, Davie Construction; Rob Pulleyn, Penland trustee; Blair Bricken, Bowers, Ellis and Watson; Clay Mooney, landscape architect.