Exhibition List 2022

2022 EXHIBITIONS | John & Robyn Horn Gallery and FOCUS Gallery



March 22 – April 23, 2022

In the mountains of Western North Carolina, March is the month when we begin searching for signs of spring. The early daffodils make an appearance, often getting a dusting of spring snow, and hints of green blades and blue skies break through the grey of winter. 

Poet Billy Collins describes the feeling of spring anticipation in Today, “If ever there were a spring day so perfect, so uplifted by a warm intermittent breeze, that it made you want to throw open all the windows in the house….”

Signs of Spring is our FOCUS Gallery collection inspired by the colors and poetic visualization of warmer days to come. Works on paper, clay, glass, and painting.


INSTILL  |  The Art of Making and Teaching

April 19 – June 25, 2022

What takes place in Penland School’s educational studios is an intersection of creativity and generosity.  Penland’s instructors are all makers – some are full-time studio artists, some have woven together a vocation that oscillates between studio and classroom, and others balance being a career educator with making.  These artist-educators have all committed to openly sharing their skills and techniques, to lead and inspire, and most importantly, to be generous with their creative practice. The artists in the exhibition are all scheduled to teach at Penland this summer.


IN/FINITE: Process, Pattern, Play

Jason Burnett and Adrienne Eliades

May 3 – June 5, 2022 

This exhibition brings together the work of Jason Bige Burnett and Adrienne Eliades; two artists who share a passion for colorful graphic patterns that evoke attitudes of joy and play. IN/FINITE: Process, Pattern, Play will feature functional ceramic work by Eliades and screen-printed textiles by Burnett.

Jason Bige Burnett received his BFA from Western Kentucky University in 2009. He has completed artist residencies at the Archie Bray Foundation (MT), Belger Crane Yard Studios (MO), Northern Clay Center (MN), Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts (TN), and a Core Fellowship at the Penland School of Crafts (NC). Jason is the author of Graphic Clay: Ceramic Surfaces & Printed Image Transfer Techniques and he was named an Emerging Artist by Ceramics Monthly magazine in 2013. In recent years his studio practice has shifted away from clay, bringing his bold, colorful patterns to screen-printed and quilted textiles.

Adrienne Eliades earned a B.A. in Studio Art from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in 2008 and an MFA from the University of Florida in 2016. Adrienne has been an artist-in-residence at Ash Street Project (OR), Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center in Denmark, and the Bright Angle (NC). Her works and writing are featured in numerous publications including UPPERCASE Magazine, Craft in America, Ceramics Monthly, and Pottery Making Illustrated. Ceramics Monthly named her an Emerging Artist in 2018. In addition to maintaining a vibrant studio practice, Adrienne is the HOT CLAY Program Coordinator for Idyllwild Arts Summer Program (CA) and has presented over 20 workshops nationwide.


WALK TALKS | Stormie Burns and Courtney Martin

June 21 – July 30, 2022 

This exhibition features work by Stormie Burns and Courtney Martin, clay artists local to Penland School of Crafts. As friends and neighbors, Burns and Martin enjoy spending time together taking morning walks on the dirt road near their homes. It’s a chance to move, walk the dogs, and to catch up. Often they find themselves talking about their work and what they could do with each other’s pots. These conversations led them to start collaborating a few years ago.

Walk Talks will include recent collaborations, combining the clean lines of Stormie’s slipcast porcelain pots with Courtney’s wood fired patterns, as well as individual work by each artist.

Stormie Burns is a ceramic and glass artist utilizing the processes of mold making and casting. Originally from central Florida, Stormie moved to Western North Carolina in 2015 to work as a ceramic assistant for artists Jason Burnett and David Eichelberger, and from 2017 through 2019 participated in Penland School’s Core Fellowship program. She has also participated in an artist residency at Haystack School of Craft and the short-term Winter Residency at Penland School. Stormie originally began her studio practice while living in Asheville, NC, before returning to the Penland area to establish herself as a full-time studio artist.

Courtney Martin is a studio potter living and working in the mountains of North Carolina near Penland. She grew up just outside of New York City on Long Island. After high school, Courtney went to college at the University of New Mexico where she discovered clay and graduated with a BFA in Ceramics. In 2001 she moved to western North Carolina to work with and apprenticed for Terry Gess, Michael Kline, Cynthia Bringle, and others. In 2005 she and her husband (glassblower John Geci) bought a property with an old farmhouse on it near Penland School of Craft. By August of 2007 she had completed building her wood fired cross draft climbing kiln.  Currently Courtney shows in galleries and institutions throughout the US. She has taught workshops at Penland School of Craft, and Arrowmont as well as several universities. Courtney is represented by Schaller Gallery, Penland Gallery, and Signature Shop (among others), and is a founding member of Spruce Pine Potters Market, a juried member of ArtAxis, and an organizer of Clay to Table.


RETOLD  |  Chronicles and Other Stories

July 5 – September 17, 2022

Jennifer Ling Datchuck
Colette Fu
Karen Hampton
Anne Lemanski
Stephanie Santana

Stories we live with, construct from our past experiences, shape from our culture, and fashion from our dreams and aspirations; the story is given form by the artist.   Narrative art gives visual form to our human chronicles and imagined realities.  The artists in this exhibition communicate through their lens of culture, ancestral, and familial experiences.  Image: Colette Fu’s “Uyghur Food” Pop-Up Book


WEAR | Contemporary Jewelry

August 16 – September 10, 2022

The Penland FOCUS Gallery presents WEAR, our annual exhibition exploring current interpretations and material usage in the field of contemporary jewelry.  The exhibition includes both emerging and established makers from throughout the US.  

Participating artists: Melis Agabigum, Adam Atkinson, Lynn Batchelder, David Chatt, David Clemons, Tanya Crane, Aaron Decker, Ben Dory, Brian Fleetwood, Morgan Hill, Everett Hoffman, Joshua Kosker, Michal Lando, Lydia Martin, Bryan Parnham, Ruta Reifen, Rachelle Thiewes, Georgina Trevino, Marlene True, April Wood, Laura Wood, Devyn Vasquez, Francesca Vitali, and Danni Xu.



September 20 – October 20

Bringing together the work of ceramicist Ingrid Bathe, papermaker Hannah O’Hare Bennett, and woodworker Keun Ho Peter Park, this exhibition celebrates the deep, empathetic relationships that form between maker, material, and finished object. 

Ingrid Bathe makes handbuilt, functional porcelain pottery with a sensitive touch. The delicate appearance and fingerprint dimpled surfaces of her pieces encourage a heightened sense of awareness. 

Hannah O’Hare Bennett uses natural pigments and layers and layers of handmade paper to create very thin, very light wall pieces. Her work is influenced by the plants and rural landscape from her past as an organic farmer.

Keun Ho Peter Park creates anthropomorphic, hand-carved wooden centerpieces, bowls, and trays. Inspired equally by nature, the human body, and the natural properties of wood, Park’s forms combine elegant functionality with a touch of animated whimsy.



October 4 – November 26, 2022

Guest curated by Adam Atkinson and Everett Hoffman, Tender Presence, travels to two additional venues (Chicago, IL and Richmond, VA) over the summer before its final showing in Penland’s Horn Gallery this fall. 

Artists who exemplify or resist the softer side of human interaction from a queer perspective. Through their work, each of the artists presents an individual interpretation of tenderness. The exhibition reflects material research via a multitude of processes, objects, and ideas.

Participating artists: $ulo Bee, Vivian Chiu, Margo Csipo, J Taran Diamond, Mattie Hinkley, Taylor Zarkades King, Andy Lowrie, Wyatt Nestor-Pasicznyk, Corey Pemberton, Kento Saisho, Hansel Tai, Scott Vander Veen


WELL MADE GOODS | Kitchen + Table

November 8 – December 10

WELL MADE GOODS | Kitchen + Table is a group exhibition highlighting objects and tools for the kitchen and table. This exhibition is for everyone who has a love for functional design where quality craftsmanship and utility go hand in hand.

Participating artists: Christina Boy, Sanam Emami, Sherród Faulks, Dana Fehsenfeld, Isaac Feuerman, Morgan Gilbreath, Christopher Kerr-Ayer, Anna Koplik, Meghan Martin, Erica Moody, Lisa Nguyen, Sean O’Connell, Em and Sarah Parkinson, SaraBeth Post, Suzanne Pugh, Ellie Richards, Alyssa Salomon, Lars Shimabukuro, Amy Tromiczak, Hayden Dakota Wilson