Kreh Mellick

Penland Core Studio


Kreh lives in Asheville, NC. She currently works as a studio artist and waitress.


What years were you a core student?



Who were you a core student with?

My sisters and brothers for two years: Andrew Hayes, Dana Fehsenfeld, Shane Darwent, and Alex Geske. We were welcomed our first year by: Aran Galligan, Courtney Dodd, Jon Shearin, and Kristen Flournoy, and were trusted, our second year, with: Wes Stitt, Marianne Dages, Beth Schaible, Christina Boy, and Joshua Kuensting.


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



What was your best moment as a core student?

There were many many...

I suppose moments of discovery, when you find something in the studio that clicks. A "YES!!" or "AHA!!'"(fist pump) moment.


What was your worst?

I think in the midst of a busy summer, there are so many good people that flock to Penland, so many instructors. Core students are working hard and sometimes trying to stay invisible to sustain. Realizing that I most likely missed some opportunities to make friends or learn something from sheer exhaustion or burning the candle at both ends. That is certainly a defeat.


What is your favorite spot on campus?

That old flowered beat up couch in the kitchen of Morgan (the Core House). I loved walking on the trails in the woods... and the back porch of Morgan, convening to tell stories about class or day or laugh or gripe.


What was your favorite meal at the Pines?

Salad bar. Pizza night.


What was your least favorite?

I don't recall many bad meals.


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

Both. But the latter... many!! A mug that holds my q-tips, a screen printed book of battleships, an icelandic notebook, glasses that I sip from, and on and on...


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

I had a few instructors that had huge impact on me and I keep their words very close, among them Phil Sanders and Eileen Wallace. Dreamboats!!!


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

The strength of community.


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

I hate to limit it to one, because I met outstanding people through the core program!! outstanding!! But my sweetheart, who I keep still: Andrew Hayes. He was the first of the core students I laid eyes on; he was on the other side of the door when I first stepped into Morgan. One fateful halloween night, dressed as boob in a costume fashioned by Dana Fehsenfeld, the stars aligned, and are still. That said, I cannot not mention my sweet friend Dana. I feel very lucky to have found such a wonderful friend to adventure with, right off the bat!! She is a force of fun, wisdom, and collaboration.


What are you doing today?

Living in a home made by my sweet Andrew, in Asheville, NC. Working to pay the bills and trying to keep up a studio. Watching my little dog nap on the cool floor.


Fill in the blank: If I had never been a core student my life would be very different. Everything that happened on that hill is with me in my daily life. I suppose I might have been a fisherman.


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