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Penland School of Crafts

From weaving school to world-renowned craft designation

Penland School of Craft is an internationally-celebrated center for education in contemporary and traditional craft, dedicated to helping people live creative lives.

Founded in 1929 to preserve the craft of weaving in mountain communities, the school offers instruction by world-renowned teachers in a variety of media including books and paper, clay, drawing and painting, glass, iron, metals, photography, printmaking and letterpress, textiles, and wood.

Penland School of Craft offers one-week and two-week classes in the summer and one-week and eight-week sessions in the spring and fall. The school also offers three-year residencies to provide a stimulating and supportive environment to artists who are at a transitional point in their careers.

Visitors can view and buy works by instructors, resident artists, students and neighboring artists at Penland Gallery, which also offers special exhibitions. 

The Penland Gallery and Visitors Center and the studios of the resident artists are now open to the public. The main campus remains closed to visitors, and tours are suspended at this time. 

For gallery hours, class information and other news, visit their website.


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