Thursday, July 8, 2010

Penland 2010: Kristen Kieffer - Altered, Ornamented, and Electric

The first night in the studio - I starting giggling right when I started to wedge again

A view of the knoll on my way to the kitchens around 6 am

After pleading my sad story of being studio-less for the past two years to the Penland School of Crafts (which was sweetened by some great letters of recommendation - Thanks Reeder and John), they gave me a scholarship work study position to attend a summer workshop with Kristen Kieffer. While the work study position in the kitchen for AM prep cook (6am-10am) did take me away from the studio a bit, the kitchen staff is so much fun and the job is fairly easy. I cut more melons and veggies those two weeks than I think I have my entire life.

The class was great. It was such a laid back environment - very nurturing and open. Kristen showed us some of her novel decoration techniques and we tried them out.

Not knowing what I would make, I'm really surprised and excited about what did come out of me. Bicycle inspired motifs made by a bicycle wheel stamp and slip trailing in various colors. Another bike bowl was purchased by the director of the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art in Atlanta, GA at the auction. Unfortunately, I don't have an image of that piece. No doubt, the bicycle is something that is part of my lifestyle right now, and it will continue to surface in my work!

Barbara - a fellow bike enthusiast who purchased my first and (currently) only bike vase in a vicious auction bidding!

A collection of demitasse cups (with Kristen's trademark two-piece handle

A bike mug that was purchased at the show and tell by Boyd Sugiki and Lisa Zerkowitz (fabulous glass artists)

A view of the sunset hillside on summer solstice - 8:35pm

A view of the knoll from my window in the Craft House

View of the clay studio at sunset

Penland is Beautiful. It also is full of beautiful people.