Online Programming

Penland Everywhere: Online Programming

Inspiring Artists  |  Expert Instructors  |  Creative Community

 

Our new series of online programming includes short online demonstrations and immersive online workshops. Join us to engage with Penland’s unique approach to teaching and learning in community—from wherever you are in the world, and wherever you are in your artistic journey!

Registration for all online programs opens January 8, 2021 at 12:00 PM ET. Please see our Online Programming FAQ if you have questions or email onlineprograms@penland.org for further assistance.

 

Cristina Córdova—figurative ceramics

David H. Clemons—pewter vessels

Courtney Martin—handbuilt clay

Cristina photographed in her studio, Penland, NC
black ceramic sculpture of a head with ornate hair
Cristina Córdova, "Cabeza Negra," ceramic, metal, 16 x 10 x 6 inches

Cristina Córdova: studio artist; teaching: Haystack (ME), Anderson Ranch (CO), Santa Fe Clay, Penland; collections: Renwick Gallery (DC), Fuller Craft Museum (MA), Everson Museum (NY), Lowe Museum (FL), Museo de Arte Contemporáneo (Puerto Rico), Museo de Arte de Ponce (Puerto Rico), Mint Museum (NC), Society of Arts and Crafts (Boston), Alfred Ceramic Art Museum (NY), former Penland resident artist.

Online Demo
Cristina Córdova
A Simplified Way to Make a Hollow Head

In this prerecorded video demonstration I’ll show how to make a small head using clay slabs and a simple pattern that will help generate the primary shape, which I’ll develop through further modeling. I’ll touch on bone structure, features, and cleaning strategies. Then I’ll show you how to attach the head to a neck and bust, also created from templates, in order to play with the activation of gesture.

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Fee: $45. Participants will receive a materials list, any handouts, and the prerecorded demonstration video. They will have unlimited access to these materials for 30 days from date of purchase and can watch the demonstration as many times as they’d like during this period.

Cristina Córdova working on a ceramic head in the Penland clay studio
Cristina putting some finishing touches on a sculpted ceramic head

NOTE: The interactive Q&A associated with this demonstration was scheduled for January 23 and has now passed. However, those interested in Cristina’s techniques will still be able to purchase her prerecorded demo and associated materials. This option will become available the week of January 25.

Online Workshop
Tuesday, February 2 – Friday, February 5, 2021; 10 AM-4 PM ET daily
Cristina Córdova
The Figure in Clay: Making a Hollow Figure Using Templates

In this four-day online workshop, students will make a 25-inch head and torso using clay slabs, simple patterns, and photographic references. Daily, prerecorded demonstrations will cover the construction and articulation of the hip area and upper torso, arms, hands, head, and neck. We’ll touch on general anatomical concepts and modeling strategies to facilitate accuracy and expression as all the components come together, section by section. The workshop will also include live group meetings, individual feedback, and additional demonstrations as needed—all conducted using Zoom. All skill levels welcome

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Fee: $600 (4 days). Participants will receive a materials list ahead of time and will be able to watch the demonstrations as many times as they like until April 5, 2021.

Cristina Córdova working on a ceramic torso in the Penland clay studio
Cristina working on a clay torso using the techniques shared in her online workshop

This workshop is currently full. Please add your name to the waitlist or explore the non-interactive version of the workshop (details below).

 

NOTE: The interactive version of this workshop, with live instructor support, will be offered once and will be limited to 8 participants for a fee of $600. Beginning on March 15, the videos, materials list, and handouts will be available, with no interactive support, for a fee of $350. Participants will be able to watch the demonstrations as many times as they like for 2 months from date of purchase.

David H. Clemons

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David photographed in his studio, Spruce Pine, NC
David H. Clemons, "Twiggy Sugar Bowl," cast and fabricated pewter, 4 x 3 x 3 inches

David Clemons: studio artist; teaching: University of Arkansas, Haystack (ME), Pocosin Arts (NC), Arrowmont (TN), Penland; Oregon College of Art and Craft residency; collections: Yale University Art Gallery (CT), Metal Museum (TN), Arkansas Art Center; exhibitions: Crafting Futures (NC), Wear (NC), Wearable Pewter (IL and Istanbul), Appetites and Objects (MD).

Online Demo and Q&A
Materials available: February 6, 2021
Live Q&A: 1 PM ET, Saturday, February 13
David H. Clemons
Just a Shake: Pewter Salt Shaker

This prerecorded video demonstration will cover the fabrication of a pewter salt shaker with compression lines. The shaker will be made through simple forming and fabricating techniques in 16-gauge sheet pewter. Hydraulic-press compression will create decorative details in the form of the shaker. The techniques shown in this demonstration are welding, soldering, hydraulic-press compression, drilling, refill port and stopper construction, and surface texturing. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions during the live Q&A session with David on February 13.

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Fee: $45. Participants will receive a materials list, any handouts, and the prerecorded demonstration video ahead of the live Q&A session. They will have unlimited access to these materials until March 13 and can watch the demonstration as many times as they’d like during this period.

David using the hydralic press during his salt shaker demo
David using the hydralic press during his salt shaker demo

NOTE: Beginning on March 15, the prerecorded demo and handout materials will be available, with no interactive Q&A, for a fee of $45. Participants will be able to watch the video as many times as they like for 1 month from date of purchase.

Online Workshop
Wednesday, February 24 – Saturday, February 27, 2021; 10 AM-4 PM ET daily
David H. Clemons
Lidded Pewter Spice Jar

In this four-day online workshop, students will make a small, lidded pewter container. This will be made through simple forming and fabrication techniques in 14-gauge sheet pewter. Daily, prerecorded demonstrations will illustrate forming methods, fabrication using soldering and welding, simple mold construction using cuttlefish, melting and casting, surface treatments and texturing methods, and finishing techniques. The workshop will also include live group meetings, individual feedback, and additional demonstrations as needed—all conducted using Zoom. All skill levels welcome.

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Fee: $600 (4 days). Participants will receive a materials list ahead of time and will be able to watch the demonstrations as many times as they like until April 27, 2021. 

David working on a lidded pewter jar in the Penland metals studio
David working on a lidded pewter jar in the Penland metals studio

NOTE: The interactive version of this workshop, with live instructor support, will be offered once and will be limited to 8 participants for a fee of $600. Beginning on March 15, the videos, materials list, and handouts will be available, with no interactive support, for a fee of $350. Participants will be able to watch the demonstrations as many times as they like for 2 months from date of purchase.

Courtney photographed in her studio, Bakersville, NC
Courtney Martin, "Basket," wood-fired North Carolina stoneware, 15 x 13 x 13 inches

Courtney Martin: studio artist; teaching: Arrowmont (TN), Penland; exhibitions: solo show at Signature Shop (Atlanta), Smithsonian Craft Show (DC), Cousins in Clay (NC); representation: Signature Shop, Schaller Gallery (MI), Freehand (Los Angeles), Penland Gallery.

Online Demo and Q&A
Materials available: February 13, 2021
Live Q&A: 1 PM ET, Saturday, February 20
Courtney Martin
The Handled Tray

In this video I’ll demonstrate, from start to finish, how I make handled trays. I’ll show viewers how I roll slabs and attach coils of clay to build pots. I’ll add handles and then finish the pots when they are leather hard. During the Q&A session on February 20, you’ll have the opportunity to ask questions and get more detail about aspects of my process.

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Fee: $45. Participants will receive a materials list, any handouts, and the prerecorded demonstration video ahead of the live Q&A session. They will have unlimited access to these materials until March 20 and can watch the demonstration as many times as they’d like during this period.

Courtney Martin, "Handled Tray," wood-fired North Carolina stoneware, 20 x 10 x 5 inches
Courtney Martin, "Handled Tray," wood-fired North Carolina stoneware, 20 x 10 x 5 inches

NOTE: Beginning on March 15, the prerecorded demo and handout materials will be available, with no interactive Q&A, for a fee of $45. Participants will be able to watch the video as many times as they like for 1 month from date of purchase.

Online Workshop
Thursday, March 11 – Saturday, March 13, 2021; 10 AM-4 PM ET daily
Courtney Martin
Platters and Trays from Slabs and Coils

In this three-day online workshop we’ll handbuild platters, trays, and other serving dishes using clay slabs and coils. We’ll cover basic handbuilding techniques and then build on those basics by adding height plus handles and feet. We’ll carefully consider the specific functionality and the visual balance of each pot. Students should be able to make these pots using the space of a work table and minimal tools. Along with daily, prerecorded demonstrations, the workshop will include live group meetings, individual instruction and feedback, and additional demonstrations as needed—all conducted using Zoom. All skill levels welcome. 

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Fee: $500 (3 days). Participants will receive a materials list ahead of time and will be able to watch the demonstrations as many times as they like until May 13, 2021.

Courtney demonstrating a handbuilt tray form in the Penland clay studio
Courtney demonstrating a handbuilt tray form in the Penland clay studio

NOTE: The interactive version of this workshop, with live instructor support, will be offered once and will be limited to 8 participants for a fee of $500. Beginning on March 15, the videos, materials list, and handouts will be available, with no interactive support, for a fee of $300. Participants will be able to watch the demonstrations as many times as they like for 2 months from date of purchase.

Support

Penland’s new online programming initiatives are funded in part by a grant from South Arts with support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. We are deeply grateful to both these organizations, as well as the many individual friends and supporters who have helped Penland adapt and deliver our mission in new ways this year.

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