Annual Auction

Penland School of Craft Annual Benefit Auction

The Benefit Auction is Penland School of Craft’s major annual fundraiser, supporting our mission of Making Lives Meaningful Through Making. A joyous and festive celebration of craft, community, and all things Penland, we will welcome collectors, curators, artists, and friends from far and wide.

Hundreds of people and organizations come together to create the Penland Benefit Auction. It is a huge undertaking and a labor of love.

To receive your Penland Benefit Auction invite by mail, please email

2022’s 37th Annual Penland Benefit Auction was a great success!
  • $394,959.65 was raised!
  • An additional $105,500 was raised to fund an upgrade of Penland’s ventilation systems in the hot glass shop and flameworking studios in honor of the United Nations International Year of Glass.
2022 Featured Artists

Our Featured Artists embody the spirit of Penland’s craft education programming. They represent a range of media and a balance of tradition and innovation, skill and imagination.

Please enjoy these original videos, highlighting the work of these special artists.

Nancy Blum

Paul Briggs

David Chatt

Outstanding Artist Educator: MARK PEISER

During his extraordinary, forty-five-year career as a glass artist Mark Peiser has produced a number of distinct bodies of work.

Each new phase of his career has produced new aesthetic expressions and also presented technical challenges that Mark has taken on with dedication and determination.

Through this work, he has acquired knowledge that he has shared freely as a teacher and mentor.

Mark was one of the founders of the Glass Art Society; he has taught workshops at Penland, Haystack, Pilchuck, and other schools; and his work is in prominent museum collections around the world.

2022 Contributing Artists

Over 150 artists donated over 200 works to the 2022 Penland Benefit Auction! Contributing artists represent a vibrant community of makers, each one having lived among us as an instructor, a resident artist, or a core fellow.

Contributing artists, please click HERE, for important information about your participation.

Thank you for your support!

Special thanks to our 2022 Auction Sponsors

Art in America
American Craft Council
Classic Event Rental
Norman Sound & Productions, Inc.
Grassy Creek Hardware
Ingles Markets, Inc
The Laurel of Asheville
High Noon Coffee Roasters
Pisgah Brewing
Sysco Foods
US Foods
David H Ramsey Commercial Photography
WNC Magazine
Society of North American Goldsmiths
Sculpture Magazine