Craft Center offers summer workshop opportunities

Look no further than the Appalachian Center for Craft for fun summer vacation opportunities because the satellite campus of Tennessee Tech University offers summer workshops for all skill levels — from complete beginner to studio professional.

In a week, participants can learn such skills as how to forge blades, make tools, make jewelry, build furniture, blow glass, weave baskets, create pottery and more.

The summer workshop season at the Craft Center runs from June 4 through Aug. 3, and on each Monday, new sessions of five-day intensive workshops begin, offering a total of eight weeks of class options. Advanced reservations are required.

“We offer up to 50 workshops each summer at the Craft Center,” said Gail Gentry, workshop and event coordinator. “The classes attract people from all over the country to spend a week or more learning and creating in the Craft Center’s beautiful, natural surroundings.”

In addition to the classes, the Craft Center offers room and board for workshop participants, continued Gentry.

“Staying here is a wonderful opportunity for visitors to immerse themselves in their chosen craft, enjoy the lake and hiking trails and take advantage of the late afternoon craft demonstrations and slide presentations,” she said.

TTU employees and students receive a 50 percent discount of the workshop fee if they register within the month prior to class, said Jane Dudney Roberts, promotions manager.

“The discount is a great benefit and opportunity for the Tech community to take advantage of some of the programs offered by the Craft Center,” she said.

An exhibition featuring an extensive variety of works by visiting summer faculty will be on display from June 2 through Aug. 6 in Gallery One of the Craft Center. Gallery hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Artists come from across the United States each year to lead summer workshop sessions at the Craft Center, and their work represents a wide range of functional and conceptual fine craft in clay, glass, metal, fibers, wood and mixed media.

The Craft Center is located approximately six miles from Interstate 40 at Exit 273 (Smithville/McMinnville). Go south toward Smithville on Highway 56 and turn left immediately after crossing Hurricane Bridge. This drive leads to the Craft Center.

Detailed workshop descriptions are available online at the Craft Center’s web site, or you can call for a copy of the catalog.

For more information, call 615/597-6801 or 931/372-3051 or go to