Community Open House

Annual Community Open House

The Community Open House is an annual event that opens the doors to Penland’s studios to more than 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.

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2020 Community Open House

The 2020 Penland School of Craft Community Open House will be Saturday, February 29 from 1-5 PM. Please join us for a range of craft activities around the Penland campus—the entire event is free and open to all ages!

Want to get involved as a volunteer? Email commcollaboration@penland.org for more information. We couldn’t make this event a success without the hard work of our great volunteers!

Penland Community Open House

Activities by Studio

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

Iron
Visitors will move from station to station to forge their own kitchen spatula. Spatula forging demonstration from 3:00-4:00 pm.

NOTE: iron activities have a limited number of hands-on slots for the afternoon. We will begin collecting names for a lottery beginning at 12:45pm, with slots being assigned by drawing at 1pm. Remaining spaces after the lottery will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.

Glass
In hot glass, make either a decorative paperweight or a juice glass.

In flameworking, watch demonstrations by local professionals.

NOTE: The hot-glass activity has a very limited number of hands-on slots for the afternoon. We will begin collecting names for a lottery beginning at 12:45pm, with slots being assigned by drawing at 1pm. Remaining spaces after the lottery will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Minimum age for hot-glass activity is 12.

Everyone is welcome to watch flameworking demonstrations throughout the afternoon.

School Store
Make colorful decorative paper pinwheels, and check out our wonderful selection of art supplies!

Metals
Choose a design to press into copper sheet using a rolling mill, and turn then your piece into a pin or charm.

Papermaking
Come to the Paper Studio to learn the basics of sheet forming and embedding by making handmade paper pizza slices!

Paste Painting at Ridgeway Building (across from the Gallery)
Make a sheet of decorative pastepaper using brightly pigmented pastepaints and colorful sheets of paper.

Photo
The Photography Studio will be producing Cyanotypes, an early form of the photographic print. Participants will combine patterns from nature, science, architecture, and music to produce a unique composition that will highlight their individuality through design.

Printmaking and Letterpress
Print a broadside (a small poster with text and image) on the Vandercook proofing press and watch a linoleum carving demo.

Textiles
Blockprint on a bandana with colorful textile pigments.

Wood
Make a dice or two out of wood – stay to play a simple board game with your dice if you’d like!

Food

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.

Community Sponsors

The Penland Community Open House receives generous support from Dr. Taylor Townsend, DDS and Burleson Plumbing & Heating Co.