Penland's Annual Benefit Auction

The auction in action


Join us for the 29th Penland School of Crafts Annual Benefit Auction!


The Auction Catalog is Available Online Now


August 8 – 9, 2014

The Penland School of Crafts Annual Benefit Auction is a gala weekend in the North Carolina Mountains featuring the sale of more than 240 works in books, clay, drawing, glass, iron, letterpress, metals, painting, photography, printmaking, textiles, and wood. The Penland auction is one of the most important craft collecting events in the Southeast and a perfect opportunity to support Penland's educational programs, which have helped thousands of people live creative lives.


Auction Weekend Tickets $385

Includes all Friday and Saturday activities


Friday, August 8

Friday-only Tickets $225

Cocktail party, exhibition preview and silent auction, dinner, live auction, dessert party, live music, and dancing


Saturday, August 9

Saturday-only Tickets $275

Coffee at the studios with Penland's resident artists, silent auction, lunch, live auction, and a reception at the Penland Gallery



Absentee bids are accepted with a $25 bidder fee.


2014 Benefit Auction Featured Work




This year's featured work, created exclusively for the 2014 Penland Benefit Auction, is Gong Cocktail Service by Julia Woodman, and Black Reticello Martini Goblets, (a set of eight), by Kenny Pieper. Below is a short video by Vincent Martinez featuring Julia Woodman and Kenny Pieper discussing the collaboration.





Julia Woodman, Gong Cocktail Service, sterling silver, purpleheart wood, shakudo, fine silver; shaker: 8 x 6 inches; tray: 1-1/2 x 16 inches


Kenny Pieper, Black Reticello Martini Goblets, blown glass, 6 x 4 inches, set of eight



Email Newsletters

We're continuing our series of electronic Penland Benefit Auction newsletters, featuring artists whose work will be a part of this year's auction. We have invited trustees, staff members, collectors and friends to write about pieces that will be included in the 2014 benefit auction and to comment on living with the works they have purchased in past auctions.


If have not previously received the auction newsletter and would like to, please click the link below:


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Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to the most frequently asked questions about the Penland auction...


For additional information, call 828-765-2359, ext. 112 or email


Volunteer registration for 2014 is now closed. For information about 2015, email:


2013 Auction Recap

Interested in our auctions? Last year's auction catalog is available for download: