Sunday, February 28, 2016

You Never KnowWho You'll Meet

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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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Monday, February 1, 2016

Posey Bacopoulos Workshop

This weekend Posey Bacopoulos gave a workshop at Callanwolde where she demonstrated her process for creating pots and then hand painting them with Majolica floral images. Of course, like with many workshops the participants walked away with more information than just how the post are formed and decorated. We get insights into the life of a professional potter and thoughts about how to best make our pots our own.

Posey Bacopoulos Demonstrates
Posey did not start off her working career as a potter. She was a school teacher in New York who took a pottery class because a friend was interested in taking the class. Since clay is so seductive that one class changed her life by leading her to more and more classes, workshops, and residencies. I feel that this exposure to many different styles of teaching, including her own in elementary school classrooms has helped to make her an excellent workshop teacher.

I was also very happy to learn that someone who spends so much time making such beautiful surface decoration has a real love for throwing pots. So often it seems that the love of handling the clay gets lost when so much energy has to go into the decoration. Not so with Posey, she truly loves all aspects of creating her pots.

She demonstrated and discussed how she creates and thinks about forms and how to make pieces that are simple and beautiful as well as pots that are seriously complex.  When she was teaching us how to decorate she reminded us that she doesn’t know how to draw, she just lets the brush do the work. She also gave us some resources to learn about basic design elements so those brush marks can look good.

It was a very enjoyable workshop and I highly recommend taking one with her if you ever get the chance.

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