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MFA Candidate Virginia Russell to complete residency at Penland

Master of Fine Arts Candidate Virginia Russell has been accepted to complete a prestigious residency at the Penland School of Craft, North Carolina. Her eight-week assistantship will begin on September 23, where she will be working with Karen Newgard and Liz Sparks during a clay session. This session will explore techniques for making pots by pushing the limits of clay on and off the wheel. Glazing will also be an important part of this workshop.

Founded in 1929 by Lucy Morgan, Penland School was originally an outgrowth of a craft-based economic development project she had started several years earlier. When Morgan retired in 1962, she was succeeded by Bill Brown who updated and expanded the school’s offerings, added longer fall and spring sessions, and created resident artist programs at the school. Today, Penland encompasses about 400 acres and 51 buildings, and more than 1,200 people come each year seeking instruction.


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