Review and giveaway: the Penland Books (US only)

covers of two of the Penland series of books from LarkThe 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.


  1. Christine says

    I am usually influenced most by my feelings… what is going on around me or in my life. I also am influenced by nature and the beautiful world around us all! :)

  2. Jeanne says

    What lovely books! They would look so great on my coffee table! I know they’d inspire ideas galore!

  3. wendy barno says

    I don’t know what i would do without books. They inspire new ideas, remind me of older thoughts, and inspire me to new heights. When i am stalled book , that i can hold in my lap reinvigorate me and my passion….!

  4. christy says

    i love reading new books and taking classes to learn new techniques or tricks that I can apply to my designs. mastery of technique leads to a greater array of possible designs for me. thanks for such a great giveaway!

  5. says

    I am inspired by the jewelry of different cultures, both past and present, nature, and my husband’s artwork – I’ve done a number of pieces from drawings he’s done ( he’s a book illustrator). I’m always looking at ancient pieces from museums and digs. Also historical movies – I watch with a sketchbook beside me! I do everything from medieval design to very modern, to fantasy, so I am always looking at new ideas.


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