From weaving school to world-renowned craft designation
Penland School of Crafts is an internationally-celebrated center for education in contemporary and traditional craft, dedicated to helping people live creative lives.
Episcopalian schoolteacher Lucy Morgan arrived by train to the Penland community near Spruce Pine in 1923, founding a school to preserve the craft of weaving in mountain communities. The school offers instruction by world-renowned teachers in a variety of media including books & paper, clay, drawing, glass, iron, metals, photography, printmaking and letterpress, textiles, and wood.
Penland School of Crafts offers one-week and two-week classes in the summer 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 f instructors, resident artists, students and neighboring artists at Penland Gallery, which also offers special exhibitions. Visitors can also take a tour of the campus (listed on the National Register of Historic Places), view the studios of resident artists, and pick up a map to dozens of working studios in the local area.
For gallery hours, class information and other news, visit their website.