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thumb Holly_Fox_at_wheel_croppedFor eight weeks this semester, anyone within driving distance of Tennessee Tech University’s Appalachian Center for Craft can learn to create art out of clay.

The Craft Center’s clay artist-in-residence, Bryce Brisco, will teach “Handbuilding and Wheel Throwing Techniques in Clay,” an eight-week workshop open to beginning and intermediate-level participants.

The class will focus on techniques for wheel throwing and handbuilding vessels, plates, bowls, cups, vases and more.

“This Craft Center workshop gives participants an opportunity to really explore the clay medium,” said Beth Smith, marketing and program manager at the Craft Center. “The class allows participants a chance to improve their skills during group and one-on-one instruction. Even if you have no experience at all, you’ll enjoy experimenting with clay in a fun and relaxed environment.”

The clay workshop will be offered from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. every Monday from Jan. 23 to March 19, except for March 5 for spring break.

The Craft Center will also offer workshops in blacksmithing, clay, glass, fibers, metal and woodworking from May through early August. Participants can take a weekend, one-week or intensive workshop. Classes are available for all ability levels, beginner to professional. Some week-long classes are worth one hour of elective credit at TTU, and intensive classes are worth three.

A 50 percent discount is available for TTU students, faculty and staff who register one month before the start of any workshop.

For more information, visit, call 931-372-3051 or email

The Appalachian Center for Craft overlooks Center Hill Lake near Smithville and is conveniently located approximately six miles from Interstate 40 at Exit 273 (Smithville/McMinnville). Take Hwy 56 South and turn left immediately after crossing Hurricane Bridge. This drive leads to the Craft Center.