Long-time Penland student and former trustee Bobby Kadis was recently profiled in the Raleigh News & Observer:
Bobby Kadis, head of the state’s arts council and a potter himself, had no interest in art for more than half of his life. Now 76, he was in his 40s when his wife signed him up for a pottery course, a diversion from his work as a developer and the stress of building a new home for his family.
That class led him to the Penland School of Crafts in Western North Carolina – the first of 35 annual trips to the intense school for artists in disciplines from paper to iron… “I fell in love with it immediately,” he says of pottery. “It was therapy for me….”