During the first few weeks of January (1/9-1/28), students and instructors came from as close as Brasstown, and as far away as Canada to take or teach intermediate and advanced classes in art & craft, music, and writing. The master instructors traveled here to spend time with us, teaching and enjoying their time spent at the Folk School. While many focused on improving their skills, there were a lot of new techniques being explored, like 3-D Kaleidoscope making, dyeing on wool using resist techniques and clamps, and making colorful, textured and crimped cloth in the Weaving Studio. There was experimentation with technology, such as using Photoshop to assist in the design process for tapestry, as well as printing photographs on silk fabric. (Can you tell which of the photos below is a piece of silk fabric with digital imagery?) The woodturners continued to awe us as they turned out vessels made from both native and exotic wood, and created boxes with lids, and vessels with feet. The potters threw some impressively large forms, and sculpted beautiful busts and figures. The blacksmiths forged glistening knives out of steel, made medieval padlocks, and hammered and welded a sculptural fish, a T-Rex dinosaur, and a larger-than-life rabbit. The Cooking Studio supplied the rest of the campus with the aroma of fresh-baked bread, as well as delicious samples, and the new outdoor oven was fired-up for the first time for a class! Here’s a sampling of photos from these last few weeks.
Keather Gougler is the Marketing & Communications Director at the John C. Campbell Folk School.