Penland Programs Artists

Annual Community Open House

The Community Open House is an annual event that opens the doors to Penland’s studios to between 350 and 500 adults and children from Mitchell County and beyond, engaging them in free, quality hands-on studio experiences. The Community Open House also offers information about Penland's upcoming workshops and other programs.


Each year, over 100 artist volunteers from the surrounding community make this day possible by helping visitors with the hands-on activities in the studios.


2016 Community Open House

The 2016 Penland School of Crafts community open house is Saturday, March 5 from 1-5 pm. A range of craft activities will take place around the Penland campus, from making a clay pot on a potter's wheel to developing a black-and-white image from film negatives.



Make a clay pot on the wheel or create a little clay sculpture and decorate it.



Use heat, a hammer, and an anvil to create a functional wall hook.



In hot glass, make either a decorative paperweight OR a juice glass. In flameworking, make an ornamental glass bead.


Items made in the Hot Glass Studio will not be available for pick-up until Sunday afternoon following the Community Open House.


NOTE: glass activities have a limited number of slots for the afternoon, and they usually fill up quickly. We don’t sign people up for slots until the open house begins at 1:00 PM, but the line begins forming ahead of time, so you may need to come early if you are hoping to do a glass activity.



Cast a small keepsake in pewter.


Paste Painting at Ridgeway Building (across from the Gallery)

Make a sheet of decorative pastepaper using brightly pigmented pastepaints and colorful sheets of paper.



We’ll put on projected masks and have our portraits taken. Then portraits will be printed digitally in color, or black and white for hand coloring.


Printmaking and Letterpress

Make a print on the Vandercook letterpress machine and watch printmaking demonstrations.



Use a floor loom to make a rag-rug coaster and watch fiber arts demonstrations.



Whistles! Drill, saw, and file wood to make your own instrument


School Store

Make a fabulous decorative postcard and browse our selection of art materials.




The Mitchell High School Marching Band Boosters will be selling hot dog lunches in front of the Pines Dining Hall at Penland from 12:30 until 5pm as a fundraiser for their trip to represent North Carolina in the Independence Day Parade in Washington, DC this summer.


Community Sponsors

The Penland Community Open House receives generous support from G.E.M Constructors, Inc., Green Construction, Inc., Sud Associates, P.A., and D. Taylor Townsend, DDS.