Summer Registration

Summer Registration Information – 2018

Penland welcomes serious students of all levels of experience—absolute beginners to professionals. The minimum age is 18. Some workshops are tailored for beginners and some require prior experience; most welcome a range of skill levels.

Summer 2018 Online Application
Summer 2018 PDF Application Form
Scholarship Information
Summer Registration FAQ

New Registration Process

We have eliminated the early-registration lottery. We will begin accepting registration for 2018 summer workshops at 9:00 AM EST on Monday, January 8. Registration for full-pay students will be on a first-come, first-served basis and will continue until workshops are filled. Spaces are reserved in each workshop for scholarship students. Scholarship applications are due by February 17.

Processing Fee & Deposits

A $50 processing fee is charged when you apply. You may apply for several sessions at once with one fee. A deposit of $250 per workshop is required to secure a place in each workshop in which you want to be enrolled. Scholarship applicants pay a processing fee but no deposit at the time of registration.

Your application will be processed provided we have received your registration form, processing fee, and appropriate deposits. If a workshop is full, you will be placed on a waiting list, and your deposit and processing fee will be returned. The balance of your fees (including room and board) is due on April 16. If payment is not received by this date, you may lose your space in the workshop and be charged a cancellation fee. If you register after April 16, full payment is due when you are enrolled in a workshop. We do not accept registration by phone. Please mail or fax your registration form (fax: 828-765-7389) or apply online at If you are applying for a scholarship (including studio assistantships), you must apply online using Slideroom. See the scholarship information section here.

Cancellations & Refunds

Penland makes a substantial investment when planning a workshop, and vacancies can be hard to fill even if there is a waiting list, so we must charge cancellation fees to offset the cost of these vacancies. If you cancel anytime up to 45 days before the beginning of a workshop, you will receive a full refund minus a $100 cancellation fee and the $50 processing fee.
If you cancel less than 45 days before the beginning of the workshop, there is no refund. If you request housing on campus and you decide to cancel that request, you will be charged a $50 housing cancellation fee.

If it is necessary for Penland to cancel a workshop for any reason, students will be notified and offered another workshop or a full refund. 
We cannot be responsible for nonrefundable airline tickets. Penland registrations are transferable to another person only if the workshop does not have a waiting list; if you wish to transfer your registration, please call the registrar to inquire.

Waiting Lists

Waiting lists are maintained for all filled workshops. Any applicant for a full workshop will be placed on the waiting list. Waiting lists are kept in order by the date that applications are received. Applicants will be contacted if space becomes available. No deposit is necessary to hold a space on a waiting list, and the $50 processing fee will not be charged unless you are enrolled.

Stand-By Program

Residents of nearby counties in Western North Carolina and Eastern Tennessee are offered half-price tuition when they take unfilled spaces less than two weeks before the beginning of a workshop. This offer is also available to all K–12 teachers and all teachers at colleges, universities, or community colleges, regardless of where they live. For details contact the Penland registrar or visit the standby page.


Penland’s campus is located on terrain that is steep and uneven. Most of our studios are accessible, and housing is available that conforms with the Americans with Disabilities Act. We provide accessible parking for the dining hall, housing, and most studios. Several golf carts are available for students who have mobility limitations. Penland will make every effort to provide appropriate housing and program access to people with known disabilities to the degree possible without posing an undue hardship for the organization. People with disabilities are responsible for requesting appropriate accommodations in advance and helping the school assess how best to assist them. Please contact the registrar to discuss housing and access to studios and other facilities.

Textiles workshops are taught in second- and third-floor walk-up studios; one of the metals studios has stairs that compromise access. The workshops in this metals studio have the letter A in the class code.

Penland Housing

We recommend staying on campus to maximize your Penland experience. There are frequent evening events and many people choose to do studio work late at night or early in the morning.

Penland housing is quite simple. Buildings are not air-conditioned—the climate is moderate, and temperatures are cool at night. Furnishing is basic: a bed and a place to put your clothes.

Our housing is priced in two tiers: standard and economy:

Standard housing includes rooms that are a bit larger and, in some cases, are in recently constructed or renovated buildings. The “dorm” option in standard housing refers to rooms that house four people.

Economy housing includes rooms that are a little smaller; many are in older buildings. The “dorm” option in economy housing refers to rooms that house up to 13 people.

Housing assignments are made shortly before the session begins. We do our best to match students with the type of housing they request, but this is not always possible, and we cannot honor requests for specific rooms or buildings. You can find example photographs of Penland housing here. Note: we only house people enrolled in workshops.

Off-Campus Students

Students who live in the area or prefer to find their own lodging may enroll as off-campus students and participate in all activities of the Penland session. Off-campus students should select a meal plan when enrolling.

Cost of Materials

Tuition does not cover the cost of materials used for students’ own production. (Hot glass tuition does cover the cost of the glass in the furnaces.) Most workshops require you to bring certain materials and tools with you. All students pay a technology and hazardous waste fee of $12–$20, which will be added to your bill at the time of enrollment. Most workshops also have a studio fee for supplies used by the group. We will make every effort to notify students in advance if we anticipate a studio fee in excess of $50. Look for this information on your materials list.

Note: flameworking students pay a $100 deposit and a $10 rental fee on their tool kits; rental tool kits are available in the wood and metals studios for a small fee.

Studio Safety

In many workshops students may be working with tools which, if improperly used, can cause injury. A safety tour and information about the proper handling of tools and materials is part of our workshops; however, students assume the risk of working with tools and materials provided by the school.

Studio Information

Detailed information about Penland’s studios, including a list of the tools and equipment in each studio, is available at the following link:
Penland studios

Movement at Penland

Craft is about materials, design, technique, equipment, and the creative impulse—but it is also about movement. Whatever the medium, there is a stance, a rhythmic repetition, or an engagement of the body that is part of the process of making. The movement program at Penland is based on the belief that ease of movement is an aid to the creative process. Movement classes are available during Penland sessions at no charge. Movement instructors come from a variety of disciplines. View descriptions of summer 2018 movement classes.

Support Services

The Blue Ridge Regional Hospital is the nearest medical facility; it is in Spruce Pine, a 15-minute drive from Penland. The school can provide information about urgent care providers in the local area. The nearest pharmacy and laundromat are also a 15-minute drive. Recovery meetings are held on campus twice weekly and more frequently in Spruce Pine.


Drugs and Alcohol—Alcohol is not permitted in the studios. The legal drinking age in North Carolina is 21. The use of illegal drugs while at Penland is strictly prohibited. We cannot tolerate behavior that jeopardizes your safety or the safety of others.

Personal Property—Penland is not responsible for the security of property belonging to students, instructors, or staff.

Pets—Students are not permitted to have pets with them while at Penland. If you work with a service animal, please contact the registrar.

Unacceptable Behavior—Penland reserves the right to dismiss any student, without refund, for behavior that is disruptive to the community learning and living environment. Penland may refuse admission to students with a past history of unacceptable behavior.

College & Teacher Credits

Undergraduate and graduate credit may be earned at Penland through Western Carolina University. WCU charges $125 per undergraduate credit and $150 per graduate credit. These fees are in addition to Penland’s fees and are subject to change. Students must check with their institution to make sure these credits are transferable. Please contact the registrar at least three weeks before your workshop if you are interested in college credit. A certificate of course completion is also available. Teachers interested in receiving Public Education Certificate renewal credits for Penland workshops must contact their local school board.

Arrival & Departure

Penland is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Spruce Pine, NC, 52 miles north of Asheville. The easiest way to get here is by car, but commercial van service (not affiliated with Penland) to and from the Asheville airport and bus terminal is available before and after each session for a fee. Plan to arrive at Penland between 1:00 and 5:00 pm on Sunday. Sessions begin with an orientation meeting at 5:00 pm. (Work-study and studio assistants arrive in time to work on Saturday morning, except for 6th session when they start work on Sunday morning.) Sessions end on Friday at noon, except 5th session, which ends on Tuesday, and 7th session, which ends on Saturday. Housing checkout time is 2:00 pm. (Work-study and studio assistants must work on the day after their session.)

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