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Posts from the ‘Penland/Spruce Pine’ Category

Don’t wait for the hurt to take you to church.

Oh yeah, this is very local color, the Typical Mountain Boys( +girl) doing their gospel set. Click on the picture and hopfully the Iphone movie will play.

The best line: ” Lyin’ on yer back in black Cadillac ain’t no way to meet the Lord”.

The fiddle player is actually very good.

I am leaving North Carolina in the morning. A post to update on the film soon.

And on the eighteenth day. + photos.

After seventeen days of filming, I am taking a break in Asheville, and Paulus is getting his life back for a while back in Penland. We have covered a lot of ground since we started filming on July 18, both geographically and in the range of material. All in all, really very happy with how things have gone, and reports back from editor Andrea Lang in Sydney are all good.

The filming began with a three day journal making workshop. The invitees were past student of Paulus’s, many of whom are now established book artists and educators in their own right. They all had extraordinary and often moving stories to tell. Some will be in the film, and others in extended work on the blog which I expect will be launched very soon.

So, at the workshop were: Susan Bonthron, Kathy Steinsberger, Diann Fuller, Katrina Plato, Meg Peterson, Zan Lombardo, Susie Symons, David Perrin, Debra Frasier and Joy Seidler. Also participating were Lisa Blackburn and John Hartom, owners of the beautiful clay and type/printing studio that they graciously made available for the workshop.

With me filming was Jason Wingrove and photographer/blogger Vic Hannan.

Over the three days we tracked through the journal making process. making the paste paper, selecting the covers and other elements for the final book, making the covers, and stitching/ binding it together. The result was a collection of stunning  and very individual books that we will feature soon.

I then spent the following week with Paulus, talking about and filming doodling, pinch potting and making offering and begging bowls, Qi Gong and other movement, paper weaving photographs, letters and cards,and more. As well we visited with and interviews many friends and especially fairy godchildren( much more on that later). I also interviewed the head of Penland School of Craft, Jean McLaughlan, and filmed in many of the studio – clay, metalwork,photography, textiles and weaving, book arts, and others. So much good material for the film.

Here is a link to some of the photos taken by Vic Hannan in the first week. There will be more to come but they give a good flavour.

I will write about our trip north to Pennsylvania and a farm that Paulus lived  and worked on in the next post.

While not many people are seeing this.

It’s pretty tiring this filming gig. After seven straight days of shooting and a long morning, we came home to data wrangle, recharge batteries, plus ours. I sat on the sofa to get the memory cards out of the camera, with the view of then having an hour on the bed. I didn’t  make it that far and Jason( thanks J) took this. He did confess to minor propping, but yeah, most of that is mine. In the morning I fly to NYC with Paulus to  pick up  a car and drive out to the farm he lived on for many years in upstate Pennsylvania. Five days there, and we will be joined by his long term friend and renowned Alexander Technique teacher June Eckman. Hopefully all a little more relaxing.

Day 13. Pinch Pots.

I have been looking forward to filming Paulus making pinch pots for a long time.The technique of making these is the subject of his book Finding Ones Way with Clay, which has been in print since the early seventies.These are simple “offering bowls”, bisque-fired. I had tried to do this sitting on the balcony and can now see what I did wrong. Everything.We will film a different style of pot in the morning.

Christian Copywriters.

There is a Baptist Church for every mile of road in this part of Nth Carolina. And there seems to be an unofficial( I assume) competition for pithy phrases aimed at hauling in new fish. Here’s two favorites. And here is a link to, Sliderville USA, Jason Wingrove’s paean to Spruce Pine.