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.



2017 Community Open House

The 2017 Penland School of Crafts community open house is Saturday, March 4 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 forging steel into a hook at the anvil.



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 steel wall hook.

The Iron studio has a limited number of slots. Signups will begin at 1:00 PM so you can claim a slot and then come back when itís your time.



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 donít 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.


Ridgeway Building (across from the Gallery)

Make decorative paper using the paste-paper painting process.



Have a portrait made by Penlandís resident-artist photographer, Mercedes Jelinek.


Printmaking and Letterpress

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



Watch weaving demonstrations and use a sewing machine to put together a small bag.



Carve a wooden letter opener.


School Store

Explore origami using colorful paper.




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. The Penland Coffee House will also be open.


Community Sponsors

The Penland Community Open House receives generous support from Dr. Taylor Townsend, DDS.