The Penland Easter Egg Hunt is Very popular with the local community! The campus population quadrupled at the very least, with staff and their families, the families of students who live nearby, and lots and lots of locals. The buffet was very nice - and the dessert table was fantastic! I managed to snag a slice of some of the best chocolate cake - very moist and rich, with the best chocolate fudge frosting. Yum!
Heading into the dining hall you passed the egg display, which spanned a good 10-15 feet in length. While we had produced quite a lot here at Penland, their ranks swelled considerably with additions from the general community.
Before the hunt began, we were all asked to only keep one artist egg. If we found additional artist eggs we were encouraged to keep the one we liked best and hide the other for someone else to find.
I actually found 2 ceramic and 2 felt eggs. I decided to keep one of the ceramic eggs and left the others where I'd found them. Then Lauren, the woman who taught the Ukrainian Egg class found me. She gave me one of her lovely pysanky in a wooden box. I was floored and honored! A little later, I gave my ceramic egg to Angelica, another Penland student who hadn't found any of the special eggs. Even though I didn't "find" the pysanky, I definitely had my quotient of artist eggs. So I had the fun of the hunt.
After the hunt, it was fun simply to watch everyone admiring their newly aquired eggs. Adam, the coordinator for the metals studio, had raised a two part brass egg which was just gorgeous. One of the core students found it, I'm going to see if I can get a picture of that one.
After the crowds faded, I wandered over to the coffee shop with my sketchbook and spent some time looking through books on making jewelry from metal and found objects, and back through my various sketches and inspirations. I finally have some ideas of ways to mix metal work with my bead work. I'm going to talk to Robert, the instructor for the metals class, tomorrow about the best way to approach things, now that I have a starting point!