workshop: THE PRINTED FIGURE: Cristina Córdova and Jason Bige Burnett

OCTOBER 3-7, 2016
8 students per session
Location: Soto-Córdova Studios, Penland, NC
are joining forces for a third time to teach this unique combination of
figurative ceramic sculpture and surface development through the use of
underglaze transfers and monotypes.

Full info here:
The course will include:

  • The
    basics of anatomy and proportion, building a torso with slabs, and
    exploring different construction formats for pedestal or wall, finishing
    and detailing to optimize expression
  • An assortment of printing
    techniques for clay such as screen, monotype and plaster printing as
    well as tissue transfers and decals.
  • Lectures to show how artists utilize “printing” in clay and inspire conceptual investigation
  • Clay
    and all necessary materials for printing and developing surfaces
    including silkscreens, plaster, decals, transfers, slips, underglazes
    and glazes
  • Insider resources regarding clays, printing materials for clay, printing and anatomy books, models and specialty tools
  • 3 firings
  • A 4:1 teacher /student ratio (only 8 spaces available) to get deep into the techniques
  • A great lunch and afternoon coffee or tea
  • 8am-10pm access to the studio


Call for artists: Penland Summer Studio Assistantships–2013

Studio assistants are students who assist
instructors and fellow students and are responsible for maintaining the
school’s standards for studio operation. Assistants receive housing and
meals, and pay only the $50 nonrefundable processing fee. Assistants are
selected based on their knowledge of a working studio. In addition to
25–40 hours of work each week, studio assistants are required to work from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM on the day before and the day after their session, and
must make travel arrangements which will allow them to meet this
requirement. If you cannot meet this requirement, please do not apply.
Many instructors select their own assistants; check the list below to
determine availability of positions before applying.
To apply, check the studio assistant
box on the application form, and include a letter explaining your
experience in the field and your interest in the class, along with a
résume, two letters of recommendation, five printed images of your work
(maximum size 8-1/2 x 11, no slides or CDs), and the $50 processing
fee. Applications must be received no later than February 15, and must
include letters of reference. Applicants will be notified by April 1.
International students note:
because the U.S. government considers our studio assistant program to
be work for hire, students who are not U.S. citizens may not receive
studio assistantships unless they have a work permit.
Many instructors select their own assistants. The following spring classes have available assistantships:
Drawing & Painting: Tony Griffin – Portrait Drawing
Letterpress: Bryan Baker – Alternative Type-High Materials & Elaborate Lock-Ups
Specials: Kyoung Ae Cho – Conversation with Nature
Photography: Ellen Eisenman & Clarissa Sligh – Photography, Community, and the Social Self
Textiles: Krishna Amin-Patel: Weaving: Creative Explorations
Specials: John Garrett – Baskets: Materials & Metaphor
Specials: Sharona Muir – Crafting Memory, Dreaming History: Writing from Experience
Wood: Annie Evelyn & Chloris Lowe – LOCO-Motion
Drawing & Painting: Jill Eberle – Drawing Bodies
Glass: Masahiro Asaka – Construction and Subtraction
Photography: Stan Strembicki – Still Life as Narrative
Textiles: Jason Pollen: Upside Down, Inside Out, and Backwards
Metals: Arthur Hash – One-Two Punch
Clay: George Bowes – Every Day, Ideas
Clay: David & Tracy Gamble – Low-Fire Adventure
Textiles: Donna Sharrett – Needlework Connections
Drawing & Painting: Roger Allen Nelson – Fresco Painting
Metals: Amir Friedman – Kinetic Adornments
Clay: Kenneth Baskin – Slab Construction Strategies
Flameworking: Marc VandenBerg – Sculpting at the Flame
Clay: Andy Shaw – Tableware: The Design Objective
Lower Metals: Fred Fenster & Hiroko Yamada – Pewtersmithing
Iron: Jeffrey Funk – Forging Agrarian Tools
Wood: David Caldwell – Woodcarving for Architecture and Furniture
Textiles: Libby O’Bryan – Sew Biz

Upcoming deadline: Penland Core Fellowship Program

There will be five openings in the program for 2012. Applications must be postmarked no later than Friday, September 16, 2011. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.
The Penland Core Fellowship Program offers emerging artists the opportunity to explore artistic interests and career possibilities in a supportive artistic community. The program takes advantage of Penland’s ever-changing, interdisciplinary learning environment and encourages students to develop their studio work while studying with top instructors in ten craft media. Unlike a residency, this fellowship is designed around Penland’s total immersion workshop experience. Students fully participate in classes throughout spring, summer, and fall. This unique program can serve as a bridge between under-graduate and graduate studies, offer a self-motivated alternative to academic programs, or prepare students for a professional career as an artist/craftsperson. In culmination of a season of study, core students participate in the annual Core Show, a group exhibition of work completed throughout the year. This program is a work/study fellowship that offers students an opportunity to participate in classes and be an integral part of the Penland community. Core students are employees of the school with compensation consisting of a modest stipend, room, board, and tuition. Core students are chosen for one to two years, continuing on to a second year after a positive review at the end of the first.
Address portfolio package to: Core Fellowship Selection Committee
Penland School of Crafts
US Mail: P.O. Box 37 Penland, NC 28765
FedEx or UPS: 67 Dora’s Trail, Penland, NC 28765
You may direct questions to: Leslie Noell,
Core Fellowship Program Coordinator 828-230-7660 Cynthia Lindeman,
Services Manager 828-765-2359, ext. 19