Studio Assistantships

Studio Assistantships

Penland studio assistantshipsStudio assistants are students who assist instructors and are responsible for maintaining the school’s standards for studio operation. They receive housing and meals and pay only a $10 application fee in Slideroom and a $25 non-refundable processing fee if selected. They are selected based on their knowledge of a working studio. In addition to 25–40 hours of work each week, studio assistants are required to work from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM on the day before their session and may have some work to do on Friday after the session is over. Clay studio assistants have a work assignment on Saturday morning after the session and stay on campus Friday night.

Spring 2022

Many instructors choose their own assistants. Assistantships are available in the workshops listed below. Apply using the scholarship application form on Slideroom by 11:59 PM ET on December 3, 2021.


Available Studio Assistant Positions

Spring Concentration
Glass: Dan Mirer–Intentions and Inventions
Textiles: Erika Diamond–Body as Armature

May Special Session
Books: Brian Chan–Origami: Theory and Craft
Printmaking and Writing: Stuart Kestenbaum and Susan Webster–Word and Image
Wood: Jenna Goldberg–The Art of the Bandsaw Box
Iron: Peter Ross–Three-Legged Smith’s Helper


Note: we cannot accept applications from studio assistants who are not US citizens unless they have current documents authorizing them to work in the US.