The mission of Penland School of Crafts is
to support individual and artistic growth
The Penland Vision
Penland’s programs engage the human
spirit which is expressed throughout the world in craft. Penland
enriches lives by teaching skills, ideas, and the value of
the handmade. Penland welcomes everyone--from vocational and
avocational craft practitioners to interested visitors. Penland
is a stimulating, transformative, egalitarian place where
people love to work, feel free to experiment, and often exceed
their own expectations. Penland’s beautiful location
and historic campus inform every aspect of its work.
Penland's educational philosophy is based on these core ideas:
Total-immersion workshop education is a uniquely effective way of learning.
Close interaction with others promotes the exchange of information and ideas between individuals and disciplines.
Generosity enhances education - Penland encourages instructors, students,
and staff to freely share their knowledge and experience.
Craft is kept vital by preserving its traditions
and constantly expanding its boundaries.