I am in North Carolina deep into a two-week box making course at the Penland School of Craft. Two weeks! Bliss! Students actually have the time not only to learn or refresh their skills on basic box forms, but also to design and produce independent and innovative enclosures. We’ve got a table covered with small collections that people have brought. Shells. Bones. Measuring tape. Doll arms. Tiny clay vessels.
We’ve just wrapped up week one, and with a variety of structures under our belt, things can start to go in a direction that I usually don’t have time for in a workshop setting. And I can’t wait. After week one, we’ve got a lot of projects underway. Jamie Karolich is creating an enclosure for a set of prints.
Sara White, my excellent assistant, is building a partitioned clamshell for some Mokuhanga tools and blocks.
Allison is hard at work on a box for these beauties.
And I am making my own projects as I demonstrate bits and pieces. Like this partitioned box:
That slides into a slipcase.
Oh, boxmaking. How I love you. We’ve even got time to delve into geeky box details that usually I don’t have time for, even at home. Like cutting windows:
And making book cloth:
And trying out new tricks, like using legos to build partition boxes:
And, finally, a chance to release all of my obsessive box models into a setting where they can all be useful at the same time. Geeky victory.
Every day our central table gets more and more interesting as people lay out their work.
Four more full days of working in the studio to come. Stay tuned for more amazing results from Allison, Jamie, Larry, Selene, Sara, Betsy, Jen, Edgar, and Amy. I can’t wait to see what happens.