I first came to Penland School of Crafts as a work study student 16 years ago.
I had know about it for a number of years before then, and had always wanted to go there. It always sounded like such a magical place to me (because it actually is). Over the years I’ve been back countless times, as a student, studio assistant, visitor and friend. It’s been such an important place in my life.
It was a huge honor to finally be a teacher there. It’s been a goal of mine for a long time.
It was especially amazing to teach alongside my dear friend Ben Richardson and to have our friends Kevin and Herve teaching downstairs. And especially to have such amazing students and assistants.
THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO MADE IT SUCH AN AWESOME TIME. AND ESPECIALLY THANK YOU TO @penlandschool FOR HAVING ME.
Let’s do it again sometime.
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A special moment from our end of class award ceremony was presenting a community brick to @shin3kibou for his honorable work as a cultural ambassador for his native Japan.
Nozomu came from Shigaraki Japan as a part of a cultural exchange program with @penlandschool and @haystack_school
It was a true honor to have such an amazing potter and great human being in our class.
A great way to finish an incredible two weeks.
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Dirt Baggers bringing it in.
I’ve always loved team sports.
Working as a group to accomplish a common goal. The comradery. The feeling of being part of something bigger than yourself.
It’s one of the things that drew me to ceramics and specifically to woodfiring. It’s one of the most team oriented craft mediums. Dating back to the pottery village model and continuing into the contemporary studio movement.
One that note… here’s a great team photo of our Penland Clay Class bringing it in as a group.
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