Monday, December 15, 2008

penland residency

i am incredibly happy to announce that i got an artist residency at the penland school of crafts. the residency is three years long and i will be moving there early next year. i can't begin to express how excited i am! this residency is the chance for my work i've been wishing for. it will give me time that i don't usually have to experiment and explore techniques, materials, and concept. i'm also planning to redevelop my drawing skills and hope to make this medium a part of my work as an artist. this also means i will be cutting back on my collections, which i already started to do by retiring many pieces. making the collections more manageable will give me more time to work on my studio jewelry.

heather white
it is such a tremendous honor to have been selected for this residency. i started going to penland nearly 10 years ago. my first class was with heather white. the following year i took a class with lori talcott and that's when i met joanna gollberg. in the years since i have been a studio assistant, a substitute metals coordinator, a volunteer, and an instructor. penland has been a huge part of my career and this opportunity to live there and make my work is just so special.
lori talcottjoanna gollberg

thanks for reading.


alisa said...

that is fantastic news!congratulations!

Meg said...

congratulations! I can only imagine how thrilled you are!

Valerie A. Heck said...

Congratulations! I'm so excited for you. I have not yet had the chance to go to Penland, hopefully this summer!

Catherine Chandler said...

Congratulations Amy!!! That is so exciting! I'm hoping to take some summer workshops there over the next few years so we'll finally get to meet. Looking forward to seeing your development as an artist in this new endeavor!

Erin said...

i am sooooo proud of you. very exciting news. how wonderful!

~ Lora Hart Jewels ~ said...

What a wonderful opportunity! Congratulations, you certainly deserve a spot there.

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Michael Kline said...

I know how excited you must feel. I remember the phone call I got from Dana like it was yesterday. How quickly three years go by, though. I look forward to visiting your new studio at the Barns!!!


amy tavern said...

thanks to all of you who left comments and for all the others who have sent well wishes about the residency! it makes me feel so good!
happy holidays!

Crystalyn Kae said...

oooh, that is SO wonderful Amy! Congrats!! You'll need to send me your address so you can get your new Troubadour Tote bag for your first day of 'school'. . .lol. Much love and best wishes!

robert said...

Congratulations: that's the kind of break that can make a real difference.

If you run any workshops etc during your residency, then add them to the workshops & seminars calendar.
It's looking a little empty currently but that's because I only added it to the HCJ Project yesterday!

All the best.