My name is Joshua, and the best words I can find to describe the opportunity that you all have given me is thank you. Within the fall concentration I have taken the liberty thanks to you, to take an Iron class with a wonderful instructor Andrew Hayes. I have learned everything from welding to forging and will definitely be applying it to the world outside of Penland, just as you most likely intended for me to do. Yet, before I got here I didn't feel I was able to craft at all. To be able to push the limits of my hands to keep up with the constant images that my imagination kept dreaming up. However, now at this monastery for the hands I have acquired a new found and deeper respect for artists and art itself, I have obtained an aesthetic that I am proud to call my own, and most importantly I have gained knowledge from those around me that I have lived with for two months. This experience and this way of living and breathing creation cannot be found or taught as well as Penland School of Crafts. So I thank you and greatly appreciate all that you have done for me and the other students at GlassRoots, and hopefully you continue this process/grant for future artists who have not yet awoken to their potential as a creator like me. Thank you.
Joshua is a student in the GlassRoots-Penland Fellowship, Cohort 2. View his work at the show in our studio on December 7, 2017. (Photo of Joshua by Mercedes Jelinek)