Since 2013, one of our biggest projects has been a multi-year initiative to promote the unique educational and artistic experience at five of the top immersion retreat craft schools in the U.S. This dynamic collective of Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Penland School of Crafts, Peters Valley School of Craft, and Pilchuck Glass School has been exploring the values, communities and opportunities that join them as a movement.

We officially launched the effort with a Special Exhibit at SOFA Chicago in 2014 and it’s been a steadily growing message ever since. Check out CraftSchools.us for information on the schools, sharable e-cards with beautiful craft school images and the new “Make/Time” podcast produced and hosted by Stu Kestenbaum.

Craft school directors celebrate launch of national initiative at Special Exhibit opening at SOFA Chicago. L to R: Kristin Muller, Peters Valley; Jim Baker, Pilchuck; Stu Kestenbaum, Haystack; Jean McLaughlin, Penland; Bill May, Arrowmont

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