Penland classes offered at a discount

Jun 21, 2013
Penland Clay and Metal Studios


Penland School of Crafts has open spaces in several classes in its fourth summer session available at half tuition to residents of Western North Carolina

Regular room and board charges apply, but students are not required to stay on campus.

The session runs July 7-19 with openings books, clay, painting, glass, printmaking, textiles and wood.

Shanne Leino’s books class will focus on making specialized tools for bookbinding. Two clay classes are open: George Bowes will teach a class in wheelthrown pottery while David and Tracy Gamble will teach a class exploring clay projects that will be especially useful to K-12 art teachers (this class is also open to folks who are not teachers).

A painting class taught by Asheville artists John Mac Kah and Ruthanne Kah will cover techniques for taking small imagery and scaling it up. Printmaker Joanne Price will teach a relief-printing class that will apply the techniques of wood engraving to high-impact polystyrene plates. In the textiles studios Donna Sharrett will teach innovative needlework and Billie Ruth Sudduth will lead an intermediate-level class in basket weaving. And in the wood studio, Christoph Neander will teach an intermediate-level furniture-making class.

The basket weaving and furniture classes require prior experience. All of the other classes mentioned are open to students 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 15.

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.


Penland School of Crafts is a national center for craft education dedicated to helping people live creative lives. Located in Western North Carolina, Penland offers workshops in books and paper, clay, drawing and painting, glass, iron, metals, printmaking and letterpress, photography, textiles, and wood. The school also sponsors artists’ residencies, an outreach program, and a gallery and visitors center. Penland is a nonprofit, tax-exempt institution which receives support from the North Carolina Arts Council, an agency funded by the State of North Carolina and the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.