Make lives meaningful through making.

Penland Campus

The Penland Vision

Making better by leading with access, inclusion, and sustainability.

Read our strategic plan here.

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, honoring its origins, and constantly expanding its boundaries.

Equity, Inclusion, Diversity

Penland School of Craft welcomes everyone and believes that equity, inclusion, diversity, and antiracism are essential to our mission. We want the Penland experience to benefit from varied ideas, world views, and personal experiences. We stand against all forms of discrimination and are committed to creating an environment grounded in our equity values.

Read about our equity efforts here.