May 06, 2013

Penland School of Crafts

I am returning to the Penland School of Crafts in Penland, North Carolina in mid-September to teach a Fall Concentration in Book Arts. The course I'm teaching is called From Print to Page. It is designed to lead students through the process of conceiving and creating an edition of artist's books, which can be an intimidating venture to say the least. In the course, we will be learning everything from printing tightly registered images on the Vandercook to binding a suite of consistently and beautifully bound case bindings. No small feat and not for the faint of heart.


If you haven't been to Penland, it is well worth the visit. Sitting atop a beautiful mountain just an hour from Asheville, the campus encompasses 400 acres of gorgeous landscape. Each building houses a different discipline and at any time, you can enter into the print shop or foundry or glass studio and find people hard at work creating exquisite things.

The school was founded in 1929 by Lucy Morgan, who taught weaving courses to local women as part of a craft-based economic development project which was designed to stimulate the economy in the area. Over time, the school grew and now it hosts more than 1,200 students a year who come for craft instruction in fields such as glass blowing, printmaking, textiles, small metals, iron, and woodworking.

For more information about the class I am teaching as well as other fall concentration classes, click the link below!

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