Penland School of Crafts: A Creative Retreat for Talent

This weekend marked the annual fundraising auction for Penland School of Crafts nestled in a quiet spot within the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.  Despite predictable muggy weather that comes with an outdoor event this time of year, collectors and art lovers from all over the country come to tour the studios, see emerging talent, and buy from established alumni to help raise funds for this growing school.  

Resident artist showing and selling their work to attendees.


I'm always in awe at the talent in residence and have some images to share that hopefully inspire you too.  The students specialize in a range of disciplines like glass blowing, blacksmith and other metal work, woodwork, printmaking, weaving, jewelry design, and so much more.  I always sway from thoughts of giving up on my creative work to wanting to runaway to create full-time...but always end up satisfied with the path my creative journey has lead me and that I get to be a part of this community at least once a year.  

If you don't know about this magical place, take a moment to learn about Penland here:

Wood and metal working tools on display outside of the studio.



Serene setting of Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina

Student work on sale during the event.