Visiting Artist Workshops for Winter 2023

This winter: MINDFUL MAKING with Julie Wiggins and BASKETRY WITH INVASIVE BOTANICALS with Angela Eastman. Join us for these two-day workshops in February and March.

MINDFUL MAKING with Julie Wiggins
Fri, Sat 2/23/24 – 2/24/24
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
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In this 2-day workshop, Julie will demonstrate mindful, meditation, and movement informed wheel throwing, hand building, and decoration techniques using porcelain. She will share her process and rituals for making along with where she draws inspiration and the impact of living and making at Penland School of Crafts. A variety of ideas will be explored for making pots for the home that create joy in our everyday lives.

Sat, Sun 3/23/24 – 3/24/24
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
$280.00 / $252 for members
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Learn to harvest, process, and weave with kudzu, an invasive species that grows quickly and plentifully throughout the Southeast. The mature vines of the kudzu plant can be processed into bark strips and woody material which forms the structure for strong and beautiful baskets. We will discuss traditional weaving techniques. Students can expect to leave with material they have processed themselves, and a small, finished basket.

A note from Angela: With this particular course, I’m interested in sharing information which can alter student’s perceptions of “weeds” in the environment where they live, and to see these plants instead as creative collaborators and resourceful plants. I love to share traditional basketry techniques which connect participants to a long human lineage of working with natural materials to create useful vessels. In this work, we build creative community and ecological awareness.