Mission

The mission of Penland School of Crafts is to support individual and artistic growth through craft.


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.


Educational Philosophy

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.


Diversity & Inclusion

Penland Welcomes Everyone

Penland School of Crafts believes that diversity and inclusion are essential to fulfilling its mission. We want to inspire and nurture the human spirit, and we value the perspectives and contributions of all people. We want the Penland experience to include varied ideas, world views, and personal characteristics. Penland is committed to being a community that welcomes and respects everyone regardless of age, ability, ethnicity, race, religion, philosophical or political beliefs, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, nationality, geographic origin, and socioeconomic status. We are committed to providing an environment free of discrimination.