Exhibition List_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 cast glass artist, originally from central Florida. She relocated to western North Carolina in 2015 to work as a studio assistant. In the winter of 2019, Stormie completed the two-year Core Fellowship program at Penland School of Craft. Stormie has completed residencies at Haystack School of Craft and Penland School of Craft. After a few years spent living in Asheville, NC, Stormie relocated back to Bakersville, NC where she has established a full studio practice in a space tucked into the forest’s edge.

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.


WEAR | Contemporary Jewelry

August 9 – 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.


Tender Presence

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. 

Tender, denoting softness, sensitivity, and care, provides passage for the wayward individual to find solace and unconditional comfort. In contrast to the harsh paradigm of a competition-obsessed society, tenderness encourages vulnerability and compassion between our fellow travelers, lovers, and friends. As part of the second edition of Spectral Matter, A Tender Presence seeks to bring together queer makers who instill, exemplify, or even resist the intimacy of tender interactions. Through this underlying theme, objects submitted for the exhibition will embody the softer side of human connection through their presence, potential use, and material qualities.

Participating artists: $ulo Bee, Viv Chiu, Margo Csipo, Jeremy Diamond, Mattie Hinkley, Andy Lowrie, Wyatt Nester-Pasicznyk, Corey Pemberton, Kento Saisho, Hansel Tai, Scott Vander Veen, and Taylor Zarkades King