Penland School Open House this Weekend

Penland campus

The Penland School of Crafts Community Open house will take place this weekend from 1p.m. until 5.p.m. Saturday, March 1. Visiting beautiful campus will give you an inside look at the traditional techniques and materials used to create the unique, high-quality handmade art pieces. People travel from all over the world to train with the staff at Penland School.

Demonstrations and hand-on activities will be held in the clay, iron, metals, photo, printmaking, textile, glass and wood studios. Try your hand at creating your own special piece with the help of professional instructors. You can return home with a handcrafted souvenir. Each studio provides materials and instruction for you to try your hand at creating your own special piece. In the iron studio, you can create a decorative iron garden stake; in the glass studio, you can make a glass paperweight or juice glass; in the pottery studio, try your hand throwing a clay pot on the wheel or create your own sculpture; in the metal studio, design a handmade brooch or button; in the paper gallery, create a unique piece of decorative paste paper and even your own softcover journal; in the photography studio, make a cyanotype print on a bandana using a large negative and the sun; in the wood studio, make and decorate a musical instrument of your own; in the textile studio, use natural indigo dye to practice shape-resist dyeing  techniques . With so many activities available, there is sure to be something that captures your imagination.  Who knows, you may find yourself inspired to enroll in a class and develop your talents!

The open house is free. Because glass activities involve high heat, they are limited to visitors 12 years of age and above. The glass studio activity slots fill up fast; you may want to show up a bit early to ensure you get one of the spots.


Penland School is a bit of a drive from Bryson City and your Watershed Cabin but you will find it is definitely worth the trip! For more information and directions to Penland School, click here.


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