June 21, 2022

Robin Davisson - Material Surprises

Robin Davisson - Material Surprises

Robin shares her life changing week at The Penland School, the importance of doing experiments to get to the truth, and the exhilaration of discovery and curiosity. Robin's lyrical, process-driven work is rooted in eclectic curiosity and the material surprises she discovers working with her finely developed visual vocabulary.

“In both in science and art, if you follow the data, it leads to the truth. In the laboratory, the most successful experiments are those in which all the variables except one are held constant. In the studio, the most successful paintings are those in which I put several variables into play and change them at once.”


1. It is important to keep doing experiments so you can get to the truth.

2. Pay attention to your materials and their ability to constantly surprise you.

3. Just make more time for it.

4. The more you learn about the business side of things, the more confident you get in your art making. And the more confident you get in your art making, the more confident you get in running your business.

5. “The universe buries strange jewels deep within us all and then stands back to see if we can find them. The hunt to uncover those jewels, that's creative living.” Elizabeth Gilbert


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Studio Lab intro

Thomas Gleaner aka Brad Thomas

Penland School of Craft

Emily Mason


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