May Specials

May Specials:
May 9-15, 2021

Register for Workshops

Workshops are open to serious students of all levels unless specified in course description; beginners welcome.


NOTE: Many aspects of Penland workshops will be altered for 2021 because of the pandemic, but we’re moving ahead with optimism and care. Before you apply, please read our COVID-19 Safety Guidelines document so you will know what to expect and what will be expected of you. And know that, if conditions force us to cancel workshops, you’ll get a full refund on your payment.

Clay – Special Session
May 9-15, 2021
Rickie Barnett and Lynne Hobaica
Narrative Form and Surface

This workshop will bridge the gap between using form and surface to depict narrative. We’ll begin by using basic clay building techniques—slab, pinch, coil—to create stylized figurative components. Once the figurative objects are complete, they will become 3-D canvases that we’ll use to explore a number of decorating techniques involving building layers and carving back into them. We’ll discuss why storytelling is important and offer tools to develop a creative way to recount or invent history. We’ll work with earthenware clay and bisque fire only. All levels. Lower clay studio.

Rickie: studio artist; residencies: Taos Clay (NM), Rat City Studios (Seattle), Pottery Northwest (Seattle), Arrowmont (TN), Red Lodge (MT); representation: Gallery IMA (Seattle), Charlie Cummings Gallery (FL), In Tandem (NC), ClayAkar (IA). Lynne: studio artist; teaching: Odyssey Clayworks (NC), Pottery Northwest (Seattle); residencies: Pottery Northwest, Flower City Arts Center (NY), Ceramica Deruta (Italy), Watershed (ME), Arrowmont (TN); representation: Gallery IMA (Seattle), Gandee Gallery (NY), Imprint Gallery (OR), Signature Gallery (Atlanta).

Rickie Barnett and Lynne Hobaica, "Our Lady Just Shy of Eternal Longing," earthenware, 10 x 9 x 4 inches
Glass – Special Session
May 9-15, 2021
Janis Miltenberger
The Narrative Core

We’ll cover the basic flameworking techniques needed to make well-crafted solid and blown work. Using borosilicate glass, a torch, and hand tools, we’ll bend, reconfigure, and shape clear and colored glass rods and tubes. We’ll laugh, have endless discussions about how to approach each project, and lose track of time as the ideas flow. Bring whatever skill you have or have not; no glass experience required. Bring ideas, become inspired, and allow your creative voice to emerge. All levels. Flame studio.

Studio artist; teaching: Pilchuck (WA), Penland (NC), Pittsburgh Glass Center (PA), Niijima Glass Art Center (Japan), Bild-Werk Frauenau (Germany); representation: Habatat Galleries.

Janis Miltenberger, "Untarnished," borosilicate glass, oil paint, 22k gold, 48 x 14 x 8 inches