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Penland School of Crafts

67 Doras Trail
Penland, North Carolina 28675



Penland School of Crafts is a national center for craft education. Penland’s focus on excellence, its long history, and its inspiring, retreat setting have made it a model of experiential education. The school offers workshops in books and paper, clay, drawing and painting, glass, iron, metals, photography, printmaking and letterpress, textiles, wood, and other media. Penland sponsors artist residencies, a gallery and visitors center, and community education programs.

Visitors are always welcome at Penland. However, to preserve the intense educational atmosphere of our classes, the teaching studios are generally closed to the public when classes are in session.

The Penland Gallery & Visitors Center is our educational center for the general public. Because access to the studios is limited, we created this sales and exhibition center to give our visitors a look at work created by artists associated with the school. The crafts shown and sold at the gallery are made by current and former instructors, students, and resident artists. The gallery is open March through early December; Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm; Sunday hours are 12:00 – 5:00 pm. Tours are offered on Wednesdays at 1:30 when classes are in session. Please call for reservations – 828.765.6211

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