Spring Short Session

Spring Short Session
April 30 – May 5, 2023 (4 studio days)

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Scholarship application deadline is October 15, 2022.

NOTE: Participation in Penland’s workshops will require proof of a Covid-19 vaccination. Before you apply, please read our COVID-19 Safety Guidelines document

Clay–Spring Short Session
April 30 – May 5, 2023 (4-studio days)
Hitomi Shibata and Takuro Shibata
Making and Place

In this workshop we’ll explore wheel-throwing, slab construction, and handbuilding to create simple utilitarian pottery: yunomi, mugs, bowls, and plates. We have been making handmade pottery with wild clay for many years, and we’ll share our approach to natural materials and how we combine our material ideas with traditional Japanese techniques. This workshop will inspire your creativity and help foster new ideas for your work. We’ll use cone 10 red stoneware and white slips. We will fire some of the pots to cone 10 test in a gas kiln to show the whole process and the results; the rest of the pots will be bisque-fired to take home. All levels. Upper clay studio.

Hitomi: studio potter; member of International Academy of Ceramics; teaching: Penland, Haystack (ME), Peters Valley (NJ), The Art League (VA), East Carolina University (NC); exhibitions: The Clay Studio (Philadelphia), Old Church Pottery Show (NJ); publications: Wild Clay (Bloomsbury).  

Takuro: director of STARworks Ceramics (NC); member of International Academy of Ceramics; teaching: Penland, Haystack (ME), Peters Valley (NJ), Longwood University (VA); residencies: Peters Valley (NJ), Cub Creek Foundation (VA); exhibitions: Blue Spiral 1 (NC), The Clay Studio (Philadelphia), Old Church Pottery Show (NJ); publications: Wild Clay (Bloomsbury).  

studiotouya.com | @studiotouya | @takuroshibataceramics

ceramic work by hitomi shibata
Hitomi Shibata, Yunomi, North Carolina clay, iron oxide, wood ash, shino, clear glaze; cone-10 fired, 4-1/2 x 3-1/2 x 3-1/2 inches each
Drawing & Painting–Spring Short Session
April 30 – May 5, 2023 (4 studio days)
Brooke Rothshank
Tiny Gratitudes

This workshop is designed to open our eyes to the details of life! We’ll create intricate, miniature paintings guided by the theme of gratitude. Students will learn how to make one-inch by one-inch designs using pencils and paper as well as basic Photoshop. We’ll experiment with watercolor and egg tempera paints. In the mornings students will have the option to paint imagery pre-drawn by Brooke; afternoons will be dedicated to original student work. We’ll have daily demonstrations, discussions about gratitude and creativity, time to journal, and room to experiment.  All levels. 

Painter/illustrator; teaching: International Guild of Miniature Artisans School (ME); International Guild of Miniature Artisans independent study grant, Indiana State Arts Council individual advancement grant; author of Tiny Gratitudes (Parallax Press); work featured in Miniature Collector and Dollhouse Miniatures magazines. 

rothshank.com | @blrothshank

painting by Brooke Rothshank
Brooke Rothshank, Greta, watercolor, 1-1/2 inches diameter
Glass – Spring Short Session
April 30 – May 5, 2023 (4 studio days)
David Naito
Essential. Shape.

How do you form hot molten glass into a desired shape? This workshop will help you understand how glass moves and behaves. You will be guided through the needed heats and how and when to tool the glass. With an emphasis on basic shapes, we’ll cover steps such as gathering, marvering, blowing, and tool use, and you’ll learn to combine them so your glass making will become more fluent. Teamwork and the importance of assisting will be predominant aspects of the workshop. Bring your ideas, sketches, and curiosity and be ready to shape glass. Advanced beginning level: students must have taken at least one glassblowing workshop.

Studio Artist; teaching: Alfred University/New York State College of Ceramics, Anoka-Ramsey Community College (MN), UrbanGlass (NY), Penland, Punahou School (HI); visiting artist: Ball State University (IN), Tavastia Vocational College (Finland), Mass College of Art (MA); exhibitions: Design Museum Nuutajärvi (Finland), Foreman Gallery (NY).

davidnaito.com | @davenaito

glass work by david naito
David Naito, Kilta in Creme and Orange, blown and fused glass, 9-1/2 x 14 x 6-1/2 inches
Metals – Spring Short Session
April 30 – May 5, 2023 (4 studio days)
Funlola Coker
Metalsmiths and Bakers, Unite!

You don’t have to be a baker to take this workshop, but if you’ve ever dreamed of making the perfect set of measuring spoons, measuring cups, palette knives, or other baking utensils, this is the one for you! We will cover traditional metalsmithing techniques such as sawing, piercing, soldering, riveting, etc. You will be encouraged to embellish your pieces—using sawn, pierced, or forged elements—so your baking equipment will make professional bakers green with envy. This is a fun way to explore hollowware with practical results. We’ll work mostly with copper and brass, but students may choose to work with silver. All levels. Lower metals studio. 

Studio artist; teaching: Snow Farm (MA), Haystack (ME); Arts Memphis Arts Accelerator Grant (TN), Thayer Fellowship from the State University of New York Rockefeller Institute of Government; exhibitions: Brooklyn Metalworks (NYC), Fuller Craft Museum (MA), Tone Gallery (TN), Metal Museum (TN). 

funlolacoker.com | @funlolacoker

metal utensils by funlola coker
Funlola Coker, Utensils, forged Britannia silver, fabricated brass and copper, largest: 6-1/2 inches long
Papermaking – Spring Short Session
April 30 – May 5, 2023 (4 studio days)
Shannon Brock
Imagery in Papermaking

This workshop will explore image making in handmade paper. We’ll begin with an overview of basic sheet forming, including a discussion of fiber preparation and why we are using specific fibers. Then we’ll mix additives and pigment pulp that will be used throughout the workshop. On the second day, students will learn to prepare stencils with a variety of materials, and we’ll cover pulp transfers, pulp painting, watermarks, and blowouts. The rest of the time will be used to put these techniques into practice. Students may choose to create finished work or a library of examples. All levels. 

Studio artist; owner of Gaptoothed Studio (MO); teaching: Melbourne Grammar (Australia), Montclair State University (NJ), Museum School (MA); collections: Metropolitan Museum (NYC), Yale University Art Gallery (CT); publication: Papermaking for Printmakers by Elspeth Lamb.

@gaptoothedstudio

handmade paper by Shannon Brock
Shannon Brock, Untitled Card, cotton base, red cotton veil; Yupo stencil blowout, 7 x 5 inches
Printmaking and Letterpress – Spring Short Session
April 30 – May 5, 2023 (4 studio days)
Martin Mazorra
Woodcut and Letterpress Poster Workshop

This workshop will use the direct and immediate qualities of woodcut images combined with letterpress text as the operative elements behind graphic statements. It will provide hands-on experience in woodcut and in the principles and process of hand-composition and letterpress printing. We’ll cover Vandercook press operation, multiple pass registration, and general printing practices as we make beautiful woodcut posters. All levels. Letterpress studio.

Studio artist, proprietor of Cannonball Press; New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, Ford Foundation Fellowship, Marie Walsh Sharpe Studio recipient; exhibitions: Planthouse Gallery (NYC), Signal Return (Detroit); collections: Beinecke Rare Book Library (CT), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Taubman Museum (VA), Block Museum (IL). 

martinmazorra.net | cannonballpress.com | @mmazorra

woodcut by martin mazorra
Martin Mazorra, Fresh Cut Feelings, woodcut and antique woodtype; letterpress printed on paper, 24 x 18 inches
Photography – Spring Short Session
April 30 – May 5, 2023 (4 studio days)
Richard Tuschman
The Poetic Portrait

Selfies, profile pics, and headshots are ubiquitous in contemporary pictorial culture, but how can we create portraits that transcend the ordinary? How do we photograph faces and figures to suggest deeper psychological truths, both particular to the subject and universal to our shared humanity? Using the examples of past masters, as well as Richard’s own work, we’ll start at the beginning, exploring the expressive elements of composition, color, gesture, environment, and both studio and natural lighting. Together we’ll pursue a quest to become emotional messengers through the medium of portrait photography. Students will need to bring a digital camera with manual controls. All levels.

Fine art photographer; teaching: Ringling College (FL), University of Akron (OH), Maine Media Workshops, Los Angeles Center of Photography; New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, Photolucida Critical Mass Top Fifty (2014, 2016, 2021); exhibitions: Center for Photographic Art (CA), Museum of Contemporary Art Krakow (Poland), Photovisa Festival (Russia); representation: Klompching Gallery (NYC), photo-eye Gallery (NM). 

richardtuschman.com | @richardtuschman

photograph by Richard Tuschman
Richard Tuschman, Portrait of Mike, archival inkjet print, 21-1/2 x 14-1/2 inches
Textiles – Spring Short Session
April 30 – May 5, 2023 (4 studio days)
Kim Mirus
Threading Heddles and Throwing Shuttles

From winding warps to throwing shuttles, we’ll explore all the exciting aspects of weaving on floor looms. We’ll set up a variety of looms with options ranging in complexity, and everyone will use them to experiment with woven structures using four- and eight-shaft patterns. Then each student will choose one of the looms and use it to weave more samples or a self-directed piece of their own design. Everyone will leave with a collection of samples and small woven pieces as well as the skills and confidence to weave independently. All levels. Second-floor textiles studio. 

Note: this workshop takes place in a second-floor walk-up studio that has partial access by a stair lift.

Studio artist; teaching: Haystack (ME), The Crucible (CA), K-12 public schools (CA), Penland; residencies: The Arctic Circle (Svalbard), MASS MoCA (MA), SÍM (Iceland), Penland Winter Residency (NC), ReCreative Denver (CO), Arrowmont Pentaculum (TN), Hambidge Center (GA), Icelandic Textiles Center; exhibitions: Wolpert Gallery (TN), ReCreative Denver (CO), 808 Projects (CO), SÍM Gallery (Iceland).

kimmirus.com | @kimmirus

weaving by Kim Mirus
Kim Mirus, Tenuous Ice, handwoven cotton and vintage silk, 30 x 30 inches
Wood – Spring Short Session
April 30 – May 5, 2023 (4 studio days)
Graeme Priddle
Sculptural Form and Surface

We’ll start this workshop by designing and developing small sculptural shapes using the bandsaw, carving tools (including chisels and grinders), and sanding equipment. These forms will then serve as canvases for surface embellishment techniques, including relief and textural carving with hand and rotary tools, burning/branding, and the use of acrylic and milk paints. These pieces could be finished works or experimental maquettes for later development into larger pieces. Those who wish to focus entirely on surface embellishment are welcome to bring turned/carved/fabricated/found wood objects to work on. All levels.

Woodturner, sculptor, workshop teacher known for his sculptural turnings/carvings reflecting the environments of his native New Zealand; teaching: Penland, Arrowmont (TN), Appalachian Center for Craft (TN), Campbell Folk School (NC), Johannes Michelsen School of Woodturning (VT); collections: Wood Turning Center (Philadelphia), Detroit Institute of Arts, Museum of Arts and Design (NYC), Renwick Gallery (DC).

graemepriddle.com | @graemepriddle

wood sculpture by Graeme Priddle
Graeme Priddle, I Raro I Te Moana (under the sea), poplar, acrylic paint, 8 x 5-1/2 inches