Saturday, December 17, 2016


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Saturday, November 26, 2016

Opened Early Today

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Friday, November 11, 2016

Saturday, November 5, 2016

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Friday, August 26, 2016

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Kitchen Crocks

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This crock can be purchased at http://www.arteeni.com/home/kitchen/carved-oval-kitchen-crock/

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Thursday, May 5, 2016

New Pots

These pots were inspired by ancient pottery that was made before people used tables. Back in those times it was better to have a pot with a round bottom because it would sit on the ground better and was actually less likely to tip over. That makes for a gorgeous curve and shadow at the bottom of the pot.

Soda Fired Pots

Today we use tables a lot and most people will not like a pot that easily rolls off the table so my challenge was to make that shadow and line without showing much foot. I think these came out pretty well.
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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Happy Mail

During my lifetime mail has been a funny thing. When I was young it was exciting to get mail. I remember people gathering around the mail boxes at college hoping for a letter or package from home. When we got one it was really exciting and sometimes it was delicious because someone’s mom sent cookies. After college and moving out on my own getting mail usually meant getting bills. Nobody likes that. But occasionally something good would come in the mail so each day it was met with a little excitement.

Technology has brought us to the point where I rarely get bills in the mail. Now I get to check the mail with a sense of excitement again. Often it’s junk mail that goes directly into the recycling bin. I wish they would just send it to the recycling center and save some energy. Sometimes it’s something good. Today’s mail brought a thick letter from Penland School of Crafts. A thick letter from them means something good.
Acceptance Letter

I was chosen to be a studio assistant for Jeremy Randall who hand builds with earthenware. As you know I normally throw with stoneware so this will be a great learning experience. I’m really excited about that aspect. I also expect it will help make me a better teacher since I like starting my students with hand building. I think it gives them a great foundation for working with clay.  No matter what it’s going to be fun and I’ll get to see old friends and make new ones.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Singing Salt Pigs

These salt pigs look like they are singing, and quite happily. Last Christmas a woman saw them in my booth and asked why they didn’t have eyes. I told her they were laughing so hard their eyes were shut. She bought two.
Ceramic Salt Pigs by Lori Buff
Choir of Salt Pigs

I hope they make you smile too.

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Monday, February 15, 2016

Pottery Mug Cookie Stamp

Janet made delicious peanut butter cookies the other day but questioned why they are always marked with a fork. She thought about what else would make an interesting texture and the Future Relics Pottery mug spoke to her. Who knew these mugs were so multifunctional. What would you use your Future Relics mug to create?  

Future Relics coffee mug used to texture peanutbutter cookies.
Cookie Stamped with Pottery Mug

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

A Penland Featured Artist

Copied from the Penland School of Crafts newsletter:

Penland's 31st Annual Benefit Auction is six months away, and we're gearing up for another year of gala celebrations and innovative craft! Save the date for this year's auction on August 12-13, 2016.
Please read on to learn more about the talented artists who will be featured at this year's event. Subsequent newsletters will contain more details about the work of these artists, other pieces that will be part of the auction, and more. Auction information will also be posted on the auction webpage.
Online registration opens February 15.
We look forward to seeing you under the tent at Penland this summer!
 2016 Featured Artist: Wendy Maruyama 

We are thrilled to announce that Wendy Maruyama is this year's featured artist.
A furniture maker, artist and educator, Wendy has been making innovative work for 40 years. She has exhibited around the world, and her pieces are in the permanent collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum (London), the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and the Museum of Art and Design (New York), among others.
Wendy's current work i ncorporate snarrative and messages of social advocacy .The wildLIFE Project, her most recent series, is inspired by the problems of poaching and its impact on elephants, rhinoceros, and other wild species. Elizabeth Kozlowski, former curator at the H o uston Center for Contemporary Craft, noted, "Her work manages to pull you in with stirring visuals and keep you engaged with multiple layers of content."

We are excited to share Wendy's 
passion and creative vision at the 2016 auction. In addition to this year's signature piece The wildLIFE Project will be on display at the Penland Gallery July 12 - September 4, 2016.
 Distinguished Artist Educator: Paulus Berensohn

We are proud to honor Paulus Berensohn for his lifetime commitment to teaching. For decades Paulus h as inspired generations of artists to create from an authentic and personal place. A poet, clay and book artist, and deep ecologist, Paulus nurtures the creative spirit in his many roles as teacher, mentor, and friend.     

"Paulus Berenson, whether he's speaking, slowly and thoughtfully as he does, or just smiling, is a gift. With his presence, life takes on a new radiance and energy. He teaches. He shines." 
-Mary Oliver, Pulitzer Prize winner
 Centerpiece Artist: Margaret Couch Cogswell 

Whimsical centerpieces by Penland instructor and former resident artistMargaret Couch Cogswell will bring a spirit of play and a hint of mischief to each table under the tent. As a mixed media artist, Margaret has worked in mediums from weaving and ceramics to painting and book arts. Margaret's work celebrates the joy of simple, everyday moments and has been shown in venues such as Blue Spiral 1 (Asheville, NC), Williamsburg Art and Historical Center (Brooklyn, NY), and Abecedarian Gallery (Denver, CO).
 Coffee at the Barns: Lori Buff 

Potter Lori Buff has been busy during Penland's winter residency firing mugs as the 2016 auction mug artist.
"I gently guide the clay and the glaze but rejoice in letting them become what they will," Lori says of her process. Each auction mug will be a unique combination of form, color, and the work of Lori's hands.
  Thank you for  being part of the  Penland School of Crafts community.
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Penland School of Crafts is an international center for craft education dedicated to helping people live creative lives. Located in North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains, Penland offers workshops, artist residencies, a gallery, and community collaboration programs. Penland School is a nonprofit, tax-exempt institution that receives support for its programs from the North Carolina Arts Council, an agency funded by the State of North Carolina and the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.

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