The mission of Penland School of Crafts is
to support individual and artistic growth
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.
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 School of Crafts believes that diversity and inclusion are essential to the fulfillment of 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 despite differences in age, disability, ethnicity, race, religion, philosophical or political beliefs, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, nationality, geographic origin, or socioeconomic status. What Penland does not welcome is bigotry or prejudice. We are committed to being a safe place where no person should be discriminated against for any reason.