• Penland School of Crafts (map)
  • 67 Doras Trail
  • Bakersville, NC 28705

I hope you will consider supporting Penland School of Crafts by attending their Annual Benefit Auction this summer on August 8th and 9th, 2014.  I will forever be supportive of Penland for what I have gained from both classes I have taken and classes I have taught.  

Penland's philosophy of supporting creativity in such a special way has affected my life as a person and as an artist.  The Penland experience has also had a profound effect on the way I teach.  To help others have the opportunity to attend a class at Penland, I try to lend my support each year by donating a piece or piece's of work to the Annual Benefit Auction.  

Below you will find the piece I am donating to this year's auction.  Don't miss this amazing and fun opportunity to spend time at a splendid place with fascinating and creative folks. You will also have the chance to see and purchase works of art donated by outstanding artists who donate the fruits of their labor to support a place they love. 

Click Here for More Information on the Penland Website or call 828-765-2359 ext. 112

Alice R. Ballard, Pinched Petal Cup Trio  White earthenware with airbrushed terra sigillata surface 4 ¼ x 5 ¾ x 5 ¾ inches (largest) 2014 Penland Benefit Auction Opening bid: $575.00

Alice R. Ballard, Pinched Petal Cup Trio 

White earthenware with airbrushed terra sigillata surface

4 ¼ x 5 ¾ x 5 ¾ inches (largest)

2014 Penland Benefit Auction

Opening bid: $575.00

Alice Ballard has a sensitive eye, continuously focused on the elegant gestures of the nature of our earth and hands with the skillfulness ‘to sing up’ what she beholds: the light sliding along the edge of a lily petal, a fossil-like impression of a fern on clay, the visceral vitality of dancing cabbage leaves.

Regarding her work slows down my perception in response. My breathing eases.

Alice’s clay work re-minds me, re-connects me to this more than just human world in which I can, once again, sense my plant and mineral being. She is doing important work, the work only an artist of deep soulful attention can offer us: how we come into being and fade away and in between are part of the beauty of our world. Alice Ballard is a part of that astonishing and awakening beauty. She is one of our more distinguished and treasured artists.
— Paulus Berensohn