Handpicked by Penland School of Craft

Possibilities + Discoveries
“Makers and curators both employ a healthy measure of intuition and instinct in service to their work. This collection is an homage to creative instinct and the potential of unfettered ideas. These 23 pieces are sourced from the entire stellar collection presented in the Craft Week marketplace. To select for a collection, there is a curatorial distillation process, based partly on education and experience in the field, but also on insight and intuition.  

“As a curator I am particularly interested in artists who demonstrate a solid relationship with their materials and technical skill but think beyond the edge of their practice. This collection represents my respect for risk takers—their attention to detail, and embracing possibility—along with a dose of my personal aesthetic. Part of my role as a curator is to bring your attention to diverging pathways and to encourage awareness of what captivates you.”

–Kathryn Gremley, gallery director of Penland School of Craft


About Penland School of Craft and Kathryn Gremley:
Penland School of Craft is an international center for craft education dedicated to helping people live creative lives. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Penland offers one-, two-, and eight-week workshops in books and paper, clay, drawing, glass, iron, metals, photography, printmaking and letterpress, textiles, and wood. The school also offers artists’ residencies, community collaboration programs, and a gallery and information center.

Kathryn Gremley has been the director of the Penland Gallery at Penland School of Craft since 1996. In this capacity she has curated over 150 invitational group and solo exhibitions for both Penland and other national arts organizations. The fluid boundaries of contemporary craft motivate her curatorial practice.


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