HALF FERAL STUDIO
Melissa Engler + Graeme Priddle
WOOD | Collaborative functional wood
Penland Affiliation | Penland Instructors 2016 (Graeme and Melissa), 2022 (Melissa)
Artist Bio | Melissa Engler and Graeme Priddle have been collaborating on sculptural wood art since 2015. This husband-and-wife team maintains a busy exhibition schedule, while also teaching woodturning workshops around the globe. Both Melissa and Graeme have a studio practice with sculptural wood carving, Half Feral Studio is their collaborative studio practice, creating small functional items in wood.
Melissa holds a B.A. in sculpture from the University of North Carolina at Asheville. She is also a graduate of Haywood Community College’s Professional Crafts Program, where she studied furniture making. Her work has been featured in Carolina Home + Garden, WNC Magazine, Woodwork Magazine, and American Craft. Engler’s interest in conservation and her love of the outdoors inspires her work in wood. She hopes that her sculptures “convey a sense of our primal connection to our environment and evoke an awareness of its tenuous state.”
Graeme Priddle has been a woodworker for over 25 years and is widely known for turned and carved sculptural work. Many of his sculptures reflect the life and environment of his home country, New Zealand. His work has received numerous awards and has been exhibited worldwide. Priddle is very active in the woodturning world. He served on the committee of the New Zealand National Association of Woodturners for five years and was instrumental in establishing CollaboratioNZ, a biennial week-long art event based in Whangārei Heads, New Zealand.