It’s Friday and I’m away again on another Field trip, this time up to PA with a couple college girlfriends for a wedding. While I’m out scratching up more field trip fun I’m going to share with you the first of a few posts over the next couple weeks about Penland School of Crafts. To start with I’ll show you around the campus so you get an idea of the setting, the views, the buildings, accommodations (for some) etc…I’ll get more into the creative specifics of the class I took with Jason Pollen next week but for now I hope you enjoy the scenery:)
Welcome to Craft House. This is the first building I was greeted by when I drove up and I quickly found out it would be my home for my 2 weeks at Penland. I stayed in the 3rd floor dorm, where there were many other work study and “over 30-under 40” students. They seem to do some divisions by age, probably not a bad idea.
Inside the 3rd floor dorm rooms (above) and a “typical” individual non-private accommodation (below). Not bad especially with the windows and fans (they provided us with). Below are some of the typical views looking out across Penland road and along the walkways that run across the campus. Craft House has a fantastic big porch with swings perfect for enjoying sunsets, reading, having a glass of wine and relaxing (although I felt short on relaxation time with all that was crammed into the schedule!).
My next stop upon arrival at Penland was over to the Pines dining hall. I spent many hours in this building both eating and fulfilling my work study hours. I worked about 3-4 hours a day in addition to classes from 9:30-4:30. It was a lot of work but it was fun. Apparently almost 45% of the students attending Penland do so on some sort of Scholarship! If it wasn’t for these scholarships so many people wouldn’t be able to go, me included! I definitely plan to go back, if they’ll have me.
Above is an installation sculpture on the porch in front of the coffee house by one of my favorite artists Patrick Dougherty.
The meals were really diverse and always included a vegetarian option and a great salad bar. They make a fantastic Wasabi salad dressing, man do I miss it and miss not having to cook (but really I love to cook). Each day the big chalk board in the dining hall told the daily events.
Some of the veggies and herbs are grown at Penland but they feed on average 250 people at lunch and dinner during their 5 summer sessions (each 2 weeks long).
Some of the buildings at Penland are on the National Historic Register (such as the Dye house below) and others are fairly new. They are also in the process of building a brand new dorm building.
Clay Studio (outside kilns)
Northlight, houses Photography, Book making and a large hall for social gatherings and Yoga:)
Lily Loom, houses textiles-weaving and surface design as well as the Main administrative offices. Below are a few of my other favorite spots and views I found upon wandering the grounds.
Porch at the old Dye House
Hydrangeas in bloom by the entrance to the Supply store (back of Craft House)
“Cheryl’s Gate”, named so after a class mate who helped me appreciate the intricate beauty of this old gate (not that it needed much help!)
Old stairs (not in use) covered in Moss on the side of Craft House and the supply store
View at dusk looking out the front door of Lily Loom
Walled garden leading behind metals and clay to Lily Loom, it’s covered in clay tiles and found objects and I could always find something new as I walked past it.
The Red neon box up between the Print studio and Northlight.
View out the side of the Pines on our last morning.
That concludes the walking tour of Penland! I hope you got a feel for what the campus, grounds and facilities are like. It’s quite a wonderful experience and I even heard rumors of them installing some Air conditioning sometime in the near future (in the spots that really need it). Have you visited Penland or another similar school? What was your experience like?
- Magic Mushroom Tour of Penland (hkpowerstudio.wordpress.com)