Studio Assistantships

Studio Assistantships

Studio assistants are students who work closely with our studio coordinators to support studio operation during our workshops. This scholarship covers tuition, housing, and meals. Applicants only pay only a $5 application fee in Slideroom and a $25 non-refundable processing fee if selected. Selected studio assistants are responsible for their travel to and from Penland, along with their share of the studio fee and any materials purchased.

Studio assistants 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.


Spring 2024

  • Scholarship application is through Slideroom:
  • Application deadline is 11:59 ET on August 15. 

Many instructors choose their own studio assistant. Assistants for the workshops listed below will be chosen through the application process.

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.


Spring Concentration
Clay – Cynthia Bringle – Basics and Beyond
Hot Glass – Granite Calimpong – Building a Strong Foundation
Textiles – Andrea Donnelly – Weaving Alchemy


Spring Short Session
Clay – Liz Zlot Summerfield – Developing Depth with Handbuilt Slab Pots
Metals – Eliana Arenas – Pop, Pop, Pop!
Papermaking – SR Lejeune – What a Relief: Techniques for Pulp Casting
Textiles – Martha Clippinger – Intuitive Geometries
Wood – J. Bud Smith – Woodcarving: A Cherokee Perspective