Recent Alumni & Student Opportunity Deadline at Penland School of Crafts

Penland School of Crafts is accepting applications for a Letter Press Studio coordinator, and two work-study assistantships for a ceramic concentration workshop this fall .

Penland is a national center for craft education located in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains. The school offers workshops in books and paper, clay, drawing and painting, glass, iron, metals, photography, printmaking and letterpress, textiles, wood, and other media. Penland sponsors artist residencies, a gallery and visitors center, and community education programs.

Studio Coordinator for Letterpress, Printmaking, Books and Paper

Position Summary

The Letterpress, Printmaking, Books and Paper Studio Coordinator is responsible for keeping three studios in good working order and preparing for each class or activity scheduled in the space. Through a helpful and welcoming presence, the Coordinator sets the tone for all classes. The Coordinator must successfully communicate with instructors and studio assistants to insure the smooth operations of class supply ordering, studio setup, studio safety and general operations of the studio. The position provides studio monitoring during the winter rental as well. This is a technical, administrative, and services-oriented position. Adaptability, analysis, attention to detail, collaboration, personal impact, dependability, safety awareness, organizational sensitivity and teamwork are characteristics central to this position. The position reports to the Studio Manager and is a full time (40 hours), hourly, year round, benefits-eligible position.

Primary Responsibilities


Supports the programming of classes and events in their studios by providing the Program Director with information on potential instructors, possible course topics, the studio’s capacity for class size, and the ability of the studio to support various types of activities. Assists with programming calls and represents Penland periodically at national conferences. Other duties as assigned.

More details here.

Penland School of Crafts still has 2 work study scholarships available in our Fall Concentration lower clay class- Surface Safari instructed by Jenny Mendes & Shoko Teruyama.

Jenny Mendes & Shoko Teruyama – Surface Safari

Do you want to make narrative ceramic work but have no idea where to begin? In this class, students will be guided in developing a distinctive and personal vocabulary through handbuilt pottery and sculptural forms. We will explore surface decoration through sgraffito, slips, mishima, glaze, terra sigillata, and color on earthenware. By combining form with a decorative voice, students will learn to navigate their surfaces in meaningful ways. All levels. Code f00cb

Shoko: studio artist; North Carolina Arts Council fellowship; teaching: Penland; visiting artist at Alfred University (NY); exhibitions: Blue Spiral 1 (NC), AKAR Design Gallery (IA), Ferrin Gallery (MA), Mint Museum of Craft + Design (NC), former Penland resident artist.

Jenny: studio artist; teaching: Baltimore Clayworks, Santa Fe Clay, Mudfire (GA), Penland; exhibitions: Northern Clay Center (MN), AKAR Gallery (IA), Signature Gallery (GA); former Penland resident artist.

The original deadline for fall work study applications has past and we still have 2 work study spots left in lower clay. We will be accepting applications for these positions on a first come-first served bases after approval of the scholarship selection committee.

To apply we need:

1 letter of need and intent

1 resume

2 letters of reference

Application and $45 processing fee

Please use the following link for more information about our work study program.

Penland will be accepting applications for these spots until they have been filled.

Residency opportunity details

Penland Core Fellowship Program Applications must be postmarked no later than Friday, September 14, 2012.

William R. Kenan Fellowships Student Summer fellowship deadline around February.

January Residencies in Printmaking and Letterpress for Artists & Writers Applications must be received by September 15. 


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