Visitors to Tennessee Tech University’s Appalachian Center for Craft will get the chance to explore studios, watch demonstrations and make art themselves at the 14th Annual Celebration of Craft from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 31.
Visitors can experience narrated craft demonstrations in glass blowing, furniture making, fabric weaving, and wheel throwing and handbuilding in clay by students, faculty and volunteers.
Guests can get more involved by participating in the Celebration’s mini-workshops. Adults and children can make forged steel hooks, enamel a copper pendant, make an Egyptian spiral copper pendant, screen print a T-shirt, marble a scarf, felt a bracelet, or make wooden candlesticks.
Participants will take their piece home that day. Registration fees range from $5 to $25 per person for these workshops. Participants must register the day of the event; registrations will not be taken in advance. Some workshops have minimum age requirements; visit the website for details.
Younger children can create their own art with projects including photography, origami books and creative necklaces. There will be a $1 fee for each child, which includes all three craft activities.
Visitors may also stop by the Build-A-Bowl tent and make a bowl to donate to Habitat for Humanity’s fundraising efforts.
While at the Celebration, visit the Redbud Café to sample the delectable food of award-winning chef Chad Combs. The special event-day menu features a selection of hearty wraps, side items and sweets.
Two bands will offer entertainment during the event. Dan Coe & The Irish-Appalachian Band will play from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and The Cluster Pluckers will take the stage from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Special discounts will be available in The Gallery of the Craft Center. On event day only, the general public will get a 10 percent discount, and TTU employees with a valid Eagle card will get a 20 percent discount.
New work by TTU fine arts students will also be available in the Visual Art Society’s Fine Craft Sale.
The Appalachian Center for Craft is conveniently located approximately six miles from Interstate 40 at Exit 273 (Smithville/McMinnville). Go south on Hwy. 56; turn left immediately after crossing Hurricane Bridge. This drive leads to the Craft Center.