Appalachian Center for Craft offering wide variety of fall workshops

Evening and weekend workshops that will be offered this fall at the Appalachian Center for Craft are as varied as the colors of autumn leaves.

Classes for all skill levels and in all craft media will be available at the Craft Center, a satellite campus of Tennessee Tech University, and a 50 percent workshop fee discount is available for all TTU employees and students who sign up at least a month prior if the workshop for which they are registering is not already full.

Evening classes begin Sept. 18 and run from 6 to 9 p.m. for one night a week through Nov. 14. Three separate workshop weekends are also offered during the fall, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. They are Sept. 23 and 24, Oct. 21 and 22 or Nov. 11 and 12.

“The evening and weekend workshops are a great way for people to learn a new craft or experience different topics and techniques in the studio without a big time commitment — and the fall is a beautiful time to enjoy the creative environment of the Craft Center,” said Gail Gentry, workshop and event coordinator at the Craft Center.

Among the different workshops available at the Craft Center this fall are beginning wheelthrowing in ceramics, raku firing, basket weaving, knitting, jewelry making, intro to blacksmithing, sandblasting on glass, functional and sculptural ceramics, glass bead making, stained glass, enameling on metal, woodturning and more.

Because of the Craft Center’s fall semester student residents, housing is not available to workshop participants, Gentry said, but local lodging information will be provided.
The Craft Center offers a 50 percent workshop fee discount to all TTU employees and students.

It is located approximately six miles from Interstate 40. To get there, take Exit 273, then Highway 56 south toward Smithville, turning left immediately after crossing Hurricane Bridge.

For more information, call the Craft Center at 931/372-3051 or 615/597-6801, e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit its web site at www.tntech.edu/craftcenter/.