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Clay Fall 3

Clay Fall One-Week Session III
November 3-9, 2019
Eleanor Anderson
Sketch Your Way into Clay

Due to the current risks associated with bringing a large group of people together on our campus, we have decided to cancel all spring 2020 one-week workshops. Please see our COVID-19 Response page for more information. Thank you for your understanding and support as we navigate this evolving situation.

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Metals Fall 3

Metals Fall One-Week Session III
November 3-9, 2019
Lisa Colby
Square One

Due to the current risks associated with bringing a large group of people together on our campus, we have decided to cancel all spring 2020 one-week workshops. Please see our COVID-19 Response page for more information. Thank you for your understanding and support as we navigate this evolving situation.

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Textiles Fall 3

Textiles Fall One-Week Session III
November 3-9, 2019
Leigh Hilbert
A Place for Tools

Due to the current risks associated with bringing a large group of people together on our campus, we have decided to cancel all spring 2020 one-week workshops. Please see our COVID-19 Response page for more information. Thank you for your understanding and support as we navigate this evolving situation.

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Books & Paper Fall 2

Books & Paper Fall One-Week Session II
October 20-26, 2019
Lisa Blackburn 
The Artist’s Book: Simple Structure, Endless Possibility

Due to the current risks associated with bringing a large group of people together on our campus, we have decided to cancel all spring 2020 one-week workshops. Please see our COVID-19 Response page for more information. Thank you for your understanding and support as we navigate this evolving situation.

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Print & Letterpress Fall 2

Print & Letterpress Fall One-Week Session II
October 20-26, 2019
Lynda Sherman
Breaking the Algorithm

Due to the current risks associated with bringing a large group of people together on our campus, we have decided to cancel all spring 2020 one-week workshops. Please see our COVID-19 Response page for more information. Thank you for your understanding and support as we navigate this evolving situation.

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Drawing Fall 2

Drawing & Painting Fall One-Week Session II
October 20-26, 2019
Dietlind Vander Schaaf
Encaustic 101: Painting with Wax

Due to the current risks associated with bringing a large group of people together on our campus, we have decided to cancel all spring 2020 one-week workshops. Please see our COVID-19 Response page for more information. Thank you for your understanding and support as we navigate this evolving situation.

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Glass Fall 1

Glass Fall One-Week Session I
October 6-12, 2019
Sean Donlon
Heat, Bend, Repeat

This workshop will explore unusual approaches to flameworked glass. We’ll cover a range of glass forming techniques, from the lathe to the bench, along with unconventional coloring methods and mirroring. In addition to basic flameworking skills, students will learn to form glass with the lathe and fabricate graphite to make specific shapes of glass. We’ll have constructive critiques and discuss design, composition, concept development, mirroring methods, fun, and life. All levels. Code F01GB

Studio artist; teaching: Virginia Commonwealth University, Chrysler Museum Glass Studio (VA); Virginia Museum of Fine Arts fellowship; exhibitions: solo at Quirk Gallery (VA), Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, Peninsula Fine Arts Center (VA), Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, National Liberty Museum (Philadelphia), Washington Project for the Arts (DC).

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Sean Donlon, detail of "Halo," installation: 9 x 13 x 1 feet
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Photo Fall 1

Photo Fall One-Week Session I
October 6-12, 2019
Benjamin Dimmitt
Black & White Landscape Photography

Through photographing in the field, experimentation, and critique, we’ll learn to make compelling images of the landscape. We’ll consider historic and current practice as we learn to think about landscape—photographing in nearby mountains and forests and working in the darkroom with the goal of producing a cohesive body of prints. We’ll emphasize observation, personal vision, and exploring new vocabularies. We’ll cover a wide range of topics including metering, exposure, depth of field, pinhole photography, film development, darkroom printing, split-filter burning, lighting, and composition. All levels. Code F01P

Studio artist; teaching: International Center of Photography (NYC), Warren Wilson College (NC), The Bascom (NC); exhibitions: Southeast Museum of Photography (FL), Ogden Museum (New Orleans), Soho Photo (NYC); collections: Museum of Fine Arts Houston, American Academy of Arts and Letters (NYC), Florida Museum of Photographic Arts.

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Benjamin Dimmitt, "Palm Hammock," selenium-toned gelatin silver print, 14 x 14 inches
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Specials Fall 1

Specials Fall One-Week Session I
October 6-12, 2019
Caverly Morgan & Joy Seidler
Immortal Messages: Mindful Making

That which is never born and never dies is always singing. This workshop invites you to explore ways we can source our creative endeavors from the deep river-beneath-the-river—the eternal wellspring of consciousness experienced in quiet moments of meditation and creative practice. We’ll explore how intention and attention, spontaneous play, structured limits, and direct experience of the mystery can guide us. We’ll employ multiple crafts—including paste-paper, journal making, clay, and more—as vehicles for the practice of presence and receptivity. We’ll explore meditation, weaving creative mindful practice into life, and the role of service in the craft arts. All levels. Code CB-Flex

Caverly: founder and guiding teacher of the mindfulness organizations Presence Collective and Peace in Schools; studied for eight years in a Zen monastery; former Penland core fellow. Joy: studio artist and educator; over twenty years of experience teaching journaling at Penland and elsewhere; journals included in national and international collections.

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Caverly Morgan, "Tribute to Paulus," clay, 3 x 3-1/2 inches
Joy Seidler, "Fern Journal," paper, board, waxed linen, 9-1/4 x 6-1/4 inches
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Fall One Week Books

Books – Fall One-Week Session
September 19-25, 2021
Sarah Bryant
Exploring Long- and Link-Stitch

Long- and link-stitch bindings are structures grounded in the traditional bookbinding practices of Italy and Germany. They remain favorites among hand bookbinders today for their flexibility, durability, and the opportunities they offer for innovative pattern-making and design along the spine. In this workshop students will learn three traditional long/link-stitch bindings and then spend the rest of the week experimenting with alternate sewing and covering techniques. We’ll delve into a number of materials for the covers and spine pieces, including leather, handmade paper, wood, and nontraditional materials. All levels.

Assistant professor at University of Alabama; other teaching: Wells College (NY), University of Georgia Cortona Italy Program, West Dean College (UK); collections: Library of Congress (DC), New York Public Library, Yale Arts Library, Thomas J. Watson Library at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC).

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NOTE: Participation in fall workshops will require proof of full COVID-19 vaccination.
Most campus activities will return to normal operating procedures.

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Sarah Bryant, Long- and Link-Stitch Bindings, leather, paper, veneer, cloth, thread, dimensions vary
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Spring Visiting Artist

Spring Visiting Artist

Each fall and spring, Penland invites a visiting artist to join us for one or two weeks to engage with Concentration instructors and students. This spring we are delighted to have two visiting artists.

Cristina Córdova

Cristina Córdova is a ceramic sculptor and teacher. Her awards include the USArtists Fellowship and the North Carolina Arts Council Fellowship. Her work is in the collections of the Renwick Gallery (DC), the Museum of Art of Puerto Rico, and the Museum of Contemporary Art of Puerto Rico. She has taught at Penland, Haystack (ME), Santa Fe Clay (NM), and Anderson Ranch (CO).

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Cristina will give a visiting artist lecture on Tuesday, April 2 at 8:15 PM in Northlight titled Manos abiertas: making from where you are. This event is free and open to the public.

“Many of the themes that ground my practice are rooted in the identity of someone from the Caribbean, from Puerto Rico. Amidst all the vantage points that catalyze creativity this one, time and time again, offers a clear stance from which images of weight emerge. And yet, having lived for years amidst the ebb and flow of Penland, this once impermeable identity now has softened boundaries that are in constant dialogue with all that is received and understood outside of the small, evergreen territory I still consider home. This lecture will speak to the influences that have shaped my creative practice and explore the emergence of themes tied to identity and displacement through the lens of figurative ceramics.”

Jaime Suárez

Jaime Suárez is a sculptor, ceramist, installation artist, set designer, draftsman, and teacher. His work has been collected by the Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC), the Museum of Art in Colombia, and the Museum of Art of Puerto Rico. He is an associate professor in the school of architecture at the Universidad Politécnica de Puerto Rico.

Jaime will give a visiting artist lecture on Wednesday, April 3 at 8:15 PM in Northlight titled Clay Beyond Ceramics. This event is free and open to the public.

“Three experiences during the first year of architecture studies influenced my development as an artist: reading The Book of Tea by Kakuzo Okakura, a lecture by Louis Khan, and an investigation and paper on the work of Antonio Gaudi. An appreciation for nature and the passing of time, the inherent quality of materials, and the search for originality have shaped a diverse expression through clay which has extended to paper and concrete. Through the talk, I will share both conceptual concerns and techniques.”    

Cristina Córdova, "detail of Jungla," photographic polyptych, ceramic, resin, paper, glass, plastic, wood, 7 x 18 feet
Jaime Suárez, "detail of Tótem Telúrico," ceramic, concrete, granite, 40 feet tall
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Fall Visiting Artist

Fall Visiting Artist

Each fall and spring, Penland invites a visiting artist to join us for one or two weeks to engage with Concentration instructors and students. The intent is to add an invigorating presence to the session, enhancing the experience for everyone.

Tift Merritt

Tift Merritt is a singer and songwriter. In her nearly 20-year career, she has recorded seven albums of original material and earned a Grammy nomination. Tift is known for her short-story-style songwriting and her creative collaborations. She has shared the stage with bands as varied as Nick Lowe and Jason Isbell and was a member of Andrew Bird’s band, The Hands of Glory. In 2017, she designed a fabric collection for Bernhardt Design inspired by the guitar straps she makes with vintage ribbons. Most recently, she has been a regular contributor to the Oxford American, chronicling her tours with her young daughter Jean. The New Yorker called Tift “the bearer of a proud tradition of distaff country soul that reaches back to artists like Dusty Springfield and Bobbie Gentry.”

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portrait of Tift Merritt
Image: Alexandra Valenti / Sacks & Co.
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Wood Summer Session 7

WOOD SUMMER SESSION 7
August 13–18, 2023
Harold Greene
Hand Tools First

The goal of this workshop will be to strike a balance between the use of machines and hand tools while creating aesthetically pleasing small wall cabinets. The practice of using hand tools—planes, dovetail saws, chisels, marking gauges, etc.—brings a certain joy to woodworking as you master the use and care of these tools. We’ll pay special attention to hand-cut dovetails, mortise and tenon joints, sharpening, and the adjustment and use of hand planes. All levels. 

Furniture designer/builder, founding member and teacher at Angels Gate Cultural Center (CA); exhibitions: City of Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Craft Contemporary (Los Angeles); several public art projects on the Los Angeles waterfront; work published in Fine Woodworking. 

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Harold Greene,Tokonomo Cabinet, pear, maple, elm, carob, cyprus, stone, 23 x 37 x 10 inches
Harold Greene,Tokonomo Cabinet, pear, maple, elm, carob, cyprus, stone, 23 x 37 x 10 inches
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Textiles B Summer Session 7

Textiles Summer Session 7
August 14–19
Karen Hampton
Strip-Woven Storytelling

Everyone has a story and the act of storytelling is healing for both the teller and the audience. In this workshop, inspired by the Kenté cloth weavers of Ghana, we’ll blend storytelling and weaving using shapes and symbols on painted warps that will be woven into long strips and then sewn together to create beautiful, woven designs. We’ll create imagery and pattern on warps through painting, dyeing, printing, and discharge. We’ll conclude the workshop by hand-stitching our strips together. All levels. Lower textiles studio.

Assistant professor at Massachusetts College of Art; residencies: Michigan State University, Sacatar Foundation (Brazil), St. Mary’s Art Center (NV); exhibitions: Honolulu Museum of Art, Wellin Museum of Art (NY), Jack Bell Gallery (London), Gallery Fritz (Santa Fe). 

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Karen Hampton, Memories, cotton, 35-1/4 x 30-1/4 inches
Karen Hampton, Memories, cotton, 35-1/4 x 30-1/4 inches
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Textiles A Summer Session 7

Textiles Summer Session 7
August 14–19
Stephanie Santana
Printmaking on Textiles

In this workshop we’ll transform fabric with relief printing, monoprinting, and screenprinting. We’ll lay the groundwork for this exploration with demonstrations and a survey of historical and contemporary textile and surface design applications. With a focus on self-directed experimentation and play, students will develop their own motifs and textures by carving rubber blocks, manipulating paint on gelatin plates, and applying artwork onto screens. Students can expect to leave with a portfolio of textile studies for reference or as components for other projects. All levels; beginners encouraged. Upper textiles studio.

Studio artist; founding member of Black Women of Print; recent exhibition: A Contemporary Black Matriarchal Lineage in Printmaking at Highpoint Center of Printmaking (Minneapolis); collections: Metropolitan Museum (NYC), Getty Research Institute (Los Angeles), Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Smith College Museum of Art (MA).

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Stephanie Santana, A Watchful Eye, screenprint appliqué, monotype, relief, hand embroidery, acrylic, machine quilting, left: 23-3/4 x 29 inches, right: 21 x 25-1/2 inches
Stephanie Santana, A Watchful Eye, screenprint appliqué, monotype, relief, hand embroidery, acrylic, machine quilting, left: 23-3/4 x 29 inches, right: 21 x 25-1/2 inches
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Print & Letterpress L Summer Session 7

Print & Letterpress Summer Session 7
August 22-28, 2021
Rick Griffith
Print Like You Mean It: The Making of a Manifesto

In this workshop we’ll explore personal narratives to bring autobiographical language—both poetry and prose—into focus as manifestoes for action. We’ll figure out what and who we are with a printing press as our instrument. We’ll SEE each other. We’ll be inspired toward truth and action with words as our raw material. Students will learn basic/intermediate skills in letterpress printing and typesetting using mid-century Vandercook proof presses and will  have finished prints to share at the end of the week. All levels. Letterpress studio.

Co-owner of Matter (Denver), a design studio, print shop, and bookstore; teaching: University of Denver, University of Colorado-Denver; exhibitions: Columbia College Center for Book, Paper, and Print (Chicago), Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (CO), Denver Art Museum; collections: Denver Art Museum, Tweed Museum of Art (MN).

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letterpress poster about education policy printed in orange and green
Rick Griffith, "Back to School," letterpress, 26 x 17-3/8 inches
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Print & Letterpress X Summer Session 7

Letterpress Summer Session 7
August 14–19
Heinrich Toh
High-Rolling Monoprints

In this workshop artists and image makers who want to create one-off pieces will discover opportunities for working on paper with the layered monoprint. We’ll balance process and content as we build layers using color, composition, and imagery. We’ll cover various applications for monotypes and inked-xerox image transfers (paper lithography). We’ll explore materials and methods for creating depth and space between background and foreground with texture, mark-making, and brushstrokes. Incorporating pattern, shape, and personal imagery from your photographs or drawings will further define your personal aesthetic. All levels. Printmaking studio.

Studio artist; teaching: Kansas City Art Institute, Arrowmont (TN), Pratt Fine Arts Center (Seattle), Oklahoma Fine Art Institute at Quartz Mountain; exhibitions: Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience (Seattle), Bellevue Art Museum (WA); collections: Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (Kansas City), Albrecht-Kemper Museum (MO).

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Heinrich Toh, Now That the Lights Are Gone, monoprint, paper lithography on Rives BFK paper, 35 x 47 inches
Heinrich Toh, Now That the Lights Are Gone, monoprint, paper lithography on Rives BFK paper, 35 x 47 inches
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Photography Summer Session 7

PHOTOGRAPHY SUMMER SESSION 7
AUGUST 13–18, 2023
Karen Navarro
Pushing the Boundaries of Collage

This workshop will introduce materials and techniques to push the boundaries of traditional collage. We’ll investigate the foundations of identity through portraiture collages. Students may work with their own archive or found images. The workshop will cover cut-and-paste techniques, digital manipulation and printing, painterly processes, and image appropriation. Materials will be provided, and students are also encouraged to bring their own collections of ephemera: photographs, magazines, wallpaper, cardboard, fabric scraps, etc. All levels. 

Studio artist; exhibitions: Contemporary Art Museum Houston (TX), Artpace San Antonio (TX), FAR Center for Contemporary Arts (IN), Big Medium (TX), Klompching Gallery (NY), Holocaust Museum Houston (TX), Houston Center for Photography (TX); representation: Foto Relevance (TX); publications: ARTnews, The Guardian, Observer, Rolling Stone Italia, Photo Vogue Festival Italia.

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Metals B Summer Session 7

Metals Summer Session 7
August 14–19
Rachelle Thiewes
The Moving Canvas

The focus of this workshop is the relationship between jewelry and the human body. Movement, light, color, scale, line, form, weight, and anatomy are some of the essential elements that we’ll explore through short exercises. We’ll build concepts through personal interest and experience. The workshop will incorporate technical demonstrations focused on easy solutions, shortcuts, and tricks for fabricating and soldering metal. The goal is for students to leave with a fresh perspective, new possibilities, and some technical solutions that can be applied to their jewelry making. All levels. Lower metals studio. 

Studio artist; professor emerita at University of Texas El Paso; Houston Center for Craft Texas Master, Metal Museum Master Metalsmith (TN); collections: Smithsonian American Art Museum (DC), Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC), National Museums of Scotland, Victoria and Albert Museum (London); publications: One of a Kind: American Art Jewelry, The Best in Contemporary Jewellery, Metalsmith.  

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Rachelle Thiewes, Arc (necklace), steel, silver, auto paint, 6 x 7-1/4 x 1-1/4 inches
Rachelle Thiewes, Arc (necklace), steel, silver, auto paint, 6 x 7-1/4 x 1-1/4 inches
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Metals A Summer Session 7

Metals Summer Session 7
August 14–19
Beverly Penn
Still Nature: Direct Method Casting

Working from observation of the Penland landscape, students will create work using direct-method casting techniques. We’ll explore the Penland grounds to understand the connection between art and nature while collecting botanical and other organic samples for direct casting in either bronze or silver. Students will also learn techniques for preparing organic materials such as cloth, rope, lace, etc. for casting. There will be in-depth casting instruction, and students will combine cast elements to create finished artworks. We’ll also cover soldering techniques for incorporating appropriate mechanisms into finished forms. Basic metalsmithing skills will be helpful, but this workshop is open to all levels. Upper metals studio. 

Professor at Texas State University; Fulbright Fellowship, Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Residency, Lux Art Institute International Artist Residency; collections: National Museum of Women in the Arts (DC), Yale University (CT), Cooper-Hewitt Museum (NYC), Philadelphia Museum of Art, Racine Art Museum (WI); representation: Lisa Sette Gallery (AZ).

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Beverly Penn, Asclepias, cast bronze, 24 x 10 x 10 inches
Beverly Penn, Asclepias, cast bronze, 24 x 10 x 10 inches
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Iron Summer Session 7

IRON SUMMER SESSION 7
AUGUST 13–18, 2023
Paige Hamilton Davis
Metal Works!

This workshop will demonstrate and apply basic forging techniques with a focus on sculpture. We’ll emphasize efficient work methods, simple tooling, and developing individual vision and design. Each student will be attended to and challenged according to their abilities. Bring your experience to Penland’s beautifully-equipped iron studio and make something new. All levels. 

Studio artist, designer; teaching: Haystack (ME), University of North Carolina, Penland; work in various collections including the Gregg Museum at North Carolina State University. 

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Paige Hamilton Davis, Boat on Stand, forged and constructed steel, 2 x 3 x 8 feet
Paige Hamilton Davis, Boat on Stand, forged and constructed steel, 2 x 3 x 8 feet
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Glass B Summer Session 7

GLASS SUMMER SESSION 7
AUGUST 13–18, 2023
Mike Raman
Pipegeist

This workshop will survey a variety of pipe forms, moving through the history of glass pipes over the past 30 years, covering both dry and water pipes, and taking note of how the forms have evolved. Although we will cover basic color application, our focus will be on shaping and assembling hollow forms rather than pattern work. Students can expect to leave with a greater understanding of hollow shaping and seals and a deeper appreciation for the history and significance of the glass pipe. Intermediate/advanced level: students must have some experience making hollow forms at the torch. Flameworking studio. 

Studio artist; teaching: Pilchuck (WA), The Studio at Corning (NY), DC Glassworks (MD), The Heat Base (VA), Tobacco Leaf Studios (FL).

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Mike Raman, Pipegeist, black borosilicate glass, tallest: 15 inches
Mike Raman, Pipegeist, black borosilicate glass, tallest: 15 inches