Penland School of Crafts.

one of my
summers was
spent in the
blue ridge moutains
blowing glass.

"Penland School of Crafts was started by a remarkable woman named Lucy Morgan--always known as Miss Lucy--who first came to Penland, North Carolina in 1920 as a teacher at the Appalachian School which occupied Horner Hall, Ridgeway, and several other buildings still in use today. In 1923, she spent three months at Berea College learning to weave. When she returned to Penland she began the Penland Weavers, a cottage industry which provided local women with looms and materials and then marketed their handwoven goods.

In 1928, she persuaded noted weaving expert Edward F. Worst to visit Penland and work with the weavers. When he returned in 1929, several out-of-state students joined a group of local women for a one-week class and Penland School was born. Within a few years, Morgan added other crafts and began to raise funds and construct buildings."


Penland School Of Crafts.
(I took a few sessions of glassblowing, and fell
deeply in love with the Blue Ridge Mountains....)
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The Penland School of Crafts is a center for craft education located in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Spruce Pine, North Carolina, about 50 miles from Asheville. The school was founded in the 1920s in the isolated mountain town of Penland, North Carolina. In 1923, Lucy Morgan, a schoolteacher who had recently learned to weave, created an association to teach the craft to local women as a way to give them a source of income. The center provided instruction, looms, and materials. Local volunteers built first a cabin and then a larger hall. In 1929, Penland was officially founded as the Penland School of Handicrafts.

The school grew rapidly and began expanding into other crafts. By the 1950s, it was attracting students from around the world. As of 2005[update], Penland offered spring, summer, and fall workshops in a wide variety of craft disciplines, including pottery, glassblowing, metalworking, weaving and dyeing, and woodworking, as well as in subjects more traditionally considered fine arts, such as painting, photography, and printmaking.

The school has no permanent faculty; the workshops are taught by visiting professors and artists from around the United States.

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