The Penland School of Crafts in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina offers workshops in clay, drawing, glass, iron, metals, photography, textiles, wood, books & paper, and printmaking & letterpress. The vision statement for Penland reads in part, “Penland enriches lives by teaching skills, ideas, and the value of the handmade.” This tradition of sharing knowledge is encompassed in Lark’s Penland series of books, which feature in-depth profiles of 10 artists who are experts in their field. Each artist has taught at Penland and now shares more about the inspiration for their work, their processes and techniques, and a bit about how they learned and honed their craft.
Lark has given me the opportunity to share with you two of these books created in collaboration with Penland: The Penland Book of Glass and The Penland Book of Jewelry. Each artists’ profile describes not only the roots of their inspiration but photos of many of their beautifully crafted pieces to inspire others to start their own journey of learning, collaborating, and teaching others.
To enter for a chance to win these two beautiful and inspiring books from Lark, leave a comment describing what influences your own work. The giveaway ends July 3, 2011.