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Announcing Four New Core Students!

New core fellowship students 2013
(L to R) Audrey Bell, Sarah Brown, Angela Eastman, and Will Lentz


It’s time for our favorite blog post of the year, when we get to tell you about the new group of core fellowship students who will be joining us in a few short months. Selected from a pool of over a hundred applicants, these four talented young people will spend the next two years cooking our meals, washing our dishes, weeding our gardens, hosting our dance parties, cleaning our campus, and amazing us with their inimitable energy, verve, and creative output.

Audrey Bell has a BA in Anthropology and Studio Art from Williams College in Massachusetts, and took a class at Penland this summer with resident artist Tom Shields followed by a fall concentration in wood. As a core fellow, she plans to take classes in wood, metals, photography and other 2-D media. Most recently, Audrey was an intern at the Center for Documentary Studies in Durham, North Carolina. Her long-term goal is to be an art and artifact conservator and artist; she’s interested in pursuing graduate studies in material culture and conservation.

Sarah Brown has committed herself to learning on the job, working as a studio assistant for several Seattle metalsmiths including former core fellow Sarah Loertscher. She has expanded her education with classes here at Penland and at Pratt Institute in Seattle. Sarah plans to focus in the metals studios while at Penland and eventually become a studio jeweler and run her own business.

Angela Eastman has a BA in Studio Art from Colorado College. She plans to concentrate in iron, clay, and paper but hopes to take advantage of many studios while a core fellow. Angela has been a studio assistant at Anderson Ranch in Colorado and Odyssey Center for Ceramics in Asheville, North Carolina, and eventually hopes to make a living as a teaching artist and designer with a material focus.

Will Lentz recently earned a BA in Studio Art from Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas and is now seeking a flexible learning environment in order to gain technical skills that will help him realize his ideas. He plans to primarily take classes in Penland’s 3-D studios, focusing on iron, metals, glass, and clay.

We can’t wait to meet them!