Krista Brown, daughter of Anthony and Marchelle Brown, will soon be traveling from her residence in Walnut Cove, to North Carolina’s beautiful Blue Ridge Mountain range as a recipient of the prestigious Glass/Apple Scholarship at the Penland School of Crafts. Here she will experience an art phenomenon with some of the world’s most well-known artists.
The Penland School of Crafts is a national center for craft education located in Baskerville. Founded in 1929, Penland’s focus on excellence, its long history, and its inspiring, retreat setting has made it a model of experiential education. The school offers workshops in books and paper, clay, drawing and painting, glass, iron, metals, photography, printmaking, and letterpress, textiles, wood, and other media. Today, Penland encompasses about 420 acres and 57 buildings, and more than 1,400 people come each year seeking instruction.
Established by Ed & Sue Glass and the Apple Foundation, the scholarship provides a two-week learning experience for a resident either from Rockingham County, Stokes County, or Pittsylvania County, Va. With much competition, receiving the scholarship has assisted Brown in reassuring her in her capabilities as an artist.
“I felt very blessed, because I honestly didn’t know if I was competitive enough to receive the award, but it was confirmation that I need to keep pursuing this dream and that I can keep working in ceramics as well as pursuing a nursing career” she stated.
Brown is currently enrolled at Forsyth Tech in nursing, but attended UNCG for Arts Education in 2014. While at South Stokes High School, she participated in Art 1, 2, 3, 4 and AP under the direction of Phil Jones, achieving 5 Gold and 2 Silver Awards through the Scholastic Art and Writing Award Competition.
She gives much thanks to the Glass/Apple Foundation for the scholarship fund allowing her to attend such a prestigious event. “I want to offer a special thanks to the Glass family and trustees of the Ben and Lemma Apple Foundation, as I wouldn’t be able to afford this opportunity or continue my career in ceramics without this scholarship”.
Brown is scheduled to begin her two-week journey with the Penland School of Crafts July 10 – 22 in the ceramic Decals and Data Program. Under the direction of Justin Rothshank, she will learn how to transfer imagery onto ceramic work using a laser printer and decal paper, the layering of these decals, firing temperatures for various types of decals, among many other ceramic techniques and use of tools.