Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Penland, Week 3...or actually, last Sunday...

Quick synopsis of last week: form of the week, bowls; firing day, Wednesday; kilns, Ginn-Ginn (salt) and Big John (reduction); no field trip.

Friday night was the opening of the annual Penland Core Show, which was very impressive.  Some pieces I particularly liked were an almost carnival-like wind powered machine with moving portions of text welcoming visitors to the show, and a very finely crafted toolbox with many small drawers, both by Ian Henderson; some sculptural hammers by Seth Gould; and a highly entertaining piece by Rachel Garceau chronicling her first year as a Core Fellow...in the form of breakup letters to clay!  Afterwords there was a raucous party down at the Core house lasting into the wee hours of the morning...which I went to solely to see the inside of Morgan Hall...I came, I saw, I left...nice house though.


Saturday night was our clay party...with the best clay party poster ever, courtesy of the magic Photoshop skills of Bill Jones from our class...


Suze and Kent were not in on the making of this, but have put up with it with good grace...including all the comments from passersby.  The party was pretty good too- we lit the studio with Christmas lights, decorated with crepe paper, and had Brazilian cocktails, courtesy of Roberto and Andrea.

Now to Sunday....

It started with a particularly funny daily chalkboard in the Pines...I liked the part on clean sheets...



After brunch Suzanne, Susan Feagin, Joe from Glass, Bill Jackson from the kitchen and I went hiking up on Roan Mountain, which is phenomenally beautiful, with grassy balds that stretch for miles, with fantastic views.






Once we got back we unloaded the kilns...  (nice expression, Suzanne)






...and tested the pots out.


Wendy, one of our assistants, had a beautiful tall lidded jar out of the Salt kiln...


...and Suze had some beauties too...



I had a number of bowls in the salt kiln that had some funkola issues with the slips acting out in the salt kiln (a lot of people did), but I still had plenty of nice pots from both kilns.  Love the Oribe on some of these teabowls!






Also a project this week was making my contribution to the on-going scavenger hunt/hiding of cool stuff on campus...Mini Mugs!



More bowls, and maybe getting into lidded jars this week...a little shino firing...making stuff for the wood kiln...making bowls for an Empty Bowls event, and the official field trip to Energy Xchange.

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