Penland School of Crafts offers discounts for area residents

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Penland School of Crafts offers discounts for area residents

Penland School of Crafts has open spaces in its upcoming eight-week session available at half tuition to area residents. These long workshops are an unusual opportunity to spend two months working with first-rate instructors in professionally-equipped studios. The discount is available to residents of the following Western North Carolina counties: Ashe, Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Caldwell, Cherokee, Graham, Clay, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania, Watauga, and Yancey; and the following counties in East Tennessee: Carter, Cocke, Greene, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi, and Washington. Regular room and board charges apply, but students are not required to stay on campus.

The session runs from March 9 through May 2 with spaces in clay, glass, iron, letterpress printing, textiles, and wood. David Eichelberger will focus on handbuilt pottery in the clay studio. Amy Rueffert will lead a glassblowing class that will cover a wide range of techniques. In the iron studio, Mike Rossi’s students will make contemporary sculpture and functional objects using blacksmithing techniques. Rory Sparks will cover all the fundamentals of letterpress printing and also show students how to make flip books and other kinds of low-tech animation. Robin Johnston’s weaving class will incorporate charts, maps, and other cartography into woven structures. The wood class, led by Tom Shields, will make sculpture and furniture using mostly found and recycled wood.

All of these classes are open to student of all levels; beginners are welcome. Complete information is available in the classes section of the Penland website: To enroll, call the Penland registrar at 828-765-2359, ext 106.

The Penland Standby Program offers discounts to area residents who take unfilled spaces in Penland classes shortly before the classes begin. The Penland registrar can also put your name on a waiting list for upcoming classes and contact you if space becomes available at the last minute.


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