Hellen Colman, a student in Aimee Lee’s Eastern papermaking workshop this June, sent us a trove of photographs about her experience. We love watching how June at Penland–in the studio and out–bloomed in Hellen’s camera.
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“Marjorie is encouraging us to work with what we know,” says Geraldine Murphy of Dublin, Ireland, about the metal objects being shaped and enameled by students in Marjorie Simon’s workshop.
We couldn’t help noticing that one of the wildest “work-with-what-you-know” forms, in Geraldine’s case, is her name.
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These are just some of the 500+ souvenir mugs made by potter Elisa Di Feo for this summer’s benefit auction. Elisa will be teaching a workshop during sixth session focused on tableware.
We spied a batch of sketchbooks sitting out in front of the Pines dining hall last week (not an unusual sight at Penland, but still, we wondered who belonged to them.)
After lunch the artists appeared: eighth graders from Harris Middle School, visiting Penland as a final field trip before summer vacation.
Some of the students showed us their sketches–Penland trees, artworks they had seen being made in the studios, buildings on campus, and a real or imagined owl–before heading off with Penland’s community collaborations director Stacey Lane and Leslie Dickerson, their teacher, for a walk to Cynthia Bringle’s studio.