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Plans For Spring

A few months ago I sent in an application to be one of the studio assistants for Cynthia Bringle’s class during spring concentration at Penland School of Crafts.  After sending in something like that all you can do is keep your fingers crossed.  It’s hard to throw pots with crossed fingers but I tried.  Thankfully, I can uncross my fingers.  I got an acceptance letter and I could not be happier or more excited.  Life is good.
Wood Fired Vase with Horse by Lori Buff
Horse Vase at Penland

I learned that the other assistant is Seth Bardendse whose work I knew because we were both in an Empty Bowls event a few months ago and we are mutual friends with artist Micah Goguen.  I’m looking forward to working with him, he seems like a great guy.

A few other potters I know and admire like Lora Rust and Becky Strickland have told me they will be taking the class.  Needless to say I’m really looking forward to hanging with them for 8 weeks.  It’s going to be fun.

I also fully expect it’s going to be a lot of work.  I was a studio assistant for a one week workshop with Linda and Charlie Riggs and I’ve seen what other assistants have done in previous workshops.  I feel like I should be resting up for this adventure right now.  Of course with being out of town caring for my mother and then trying to make new pots to replace those that sold around Christmas I don’t know when that rest is going to happen.  It doesn’t matter, I’m so excited I can’t sleep anyway.

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  1. That's great Lori...I love, and actually own one of, Cynthia's works. And working at Penland is always a great experience. Maybe not so much work as in drudgery, but work as in having a body of work...because this will also be an opportunity for you to stretch your own styles. I've never taken a Penland class, but my son has been a studio assistant several times, so I would go up and visit them...and I got to know a few of the regulars! A great community!

    1. Thanks Barbara. I do plan to stretch my styles while I'm there and I hope to learn a lot. Maybe you'll get a chance to come up and visit while I'm there.

  2. YAY for you!!!! That's very exciting news.

  3. how exciting and congratulations, well deserved

  4. How exciting!!!! There was a day when I would have given anything to get to go to Penland for 8 weeks! I know how excited you must be, congrats!!!!


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