Andrew Hayes

Penland Core Studio


Andrew lives in Asheville, NC. He works as an assistant to the artist Hoss Haley.


What years were you a core student?



Who were you a core student with?

I came in with Kreh Mellick and Shane Darwent, both of whom had never taken a class at Penland (that was the first year it was opened up to everybody), Dana Fehsenfeld, and Alex Geske. We came in under the warm wing of Courtney Dodd, Jon Shearin, Aran Galligan, and Kristin Flournoy. The second year I lived with Beth Schaible, Marianne Dages, Christina Boy, Joshua Kuensting, and Wes Stitt. I feel like we didn't do enough for them, and I will always be sorry about that.


Are you still in touch with any of your fellow core students?

And how! I just saw Dana yesterday, I spoke with Shane the day before about showing some work at his gallery space, and I live with Kreh. I also made tentative dinner plans with Wes Stitt, over lunch with Jason B. Burnett. Oh and I also got a wink from Dan Beck. I love core students!.


What was your best moment as a core student?

I could say the whole first year and mean it.


What was your worst?

Knowing that core would end.


What is your favorite spot on campus?

I got to know the cut-though behind the glass studio pretty well, but it is hard to beat a nap on the couches at Morgan.


What was your favorite meal at the Pines?

BLT day.


What was your least favorite?



Do you still have anything that you made as a core student? Or anything that you traded for?

I thought I lost it, but I recently found the only thing I wanted to keep from core. It is a reliquary of sorts and when I found it, I felt complete again. However on close inspection I realized it wasn't as well made as I had remembered.


What class you took had the most impact on you? Did you realize it at the time?

Doug Beube's Altered Books workshop changed the direction of my work more than any other class I took while I was core, and I felt the impact instantly.


Is there something that you learned in the core program that you never expected to learn?

I did not expect that we were going to have seminars, and I learned so much from artists from the area, just little things but they have stuck with me.


Tell us about someone you met through the core program who you'll never forget?

I will never forget Kreh Mellick, who has become my best friend and knows me better than any one. Plus who could forget a name like that?


What are you doing today?

Heading to the studio that I am renting from Zack Noble, and attempting to make something I like.


Fill in the blank: If I had never been a core student I certainly wouldn't be where I am today, I started core with some goals and during my time there achieved those goals and more. I would not be working for the artist that was (and still is) my biggest inspiration all through school and while I was working in industry. I would not have rebuilt a house in Asheville, with the lovely Kreh Mellick, and I certainly wouldn't answer this question. I would however still have a huge love for Penland and would try to get back there as much as I could and hopefully I wouldn't annoy the core or staff too much.