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thumb_Celebration2010PIX_smCome enjoy a fun-filled day at the 13th annual Celebration of Craft on Saturday, April 2, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Tennessee Tech University's Appalachian Center for Craft overlooking Center Hill Lake near Smithville. Admission is free, and this popular event includes a wide variety of activities for all ages.

Visitors can explore the studios and experience narrated craft demonstrations by the students, faculty, and volunteers. Watch as the artists display their skills in glass blowing, woodturning, furniture making, fabric weaving and surface design, blacksmithing, metal jewelry making, and wheel throwing and handbuilding in clay.

Guests can get even more involved with a new addition to this year's celebration—mini workshops. Adults and kids 12 and older can sign up to spend time wheel throwing clay, making a copper bracelet, creating a glass bead, or tie-dying fabric. Participants can take their piece home that day; there will be a small fee for these activities.

The younger kids will love creating their own art with hands-on craft projects including clay handbuilding, paper marbling, photography, and tiny tot jewelry.

Dine on the delectable food provided by the new Redbud Café, featuring a selection of hearty sandwiches, wraps, side items, sweets, and much more.

Enjoy listening as two bands, All of Us and Alison Brown & the Fair Weather Friends, take the stage for live musical performances.

Bid on a variety of art and fine craft in the silent auction – all in support of the educational outreach programs provided by the Craft Center. Silent auction items are generously donated to the event by Craft Center-affiliated and other regional artists.

Discover great new works by members of the Visual Arts Society, TTU's student art organization, during their spring sale at the celebration.

Take advantage of the discounts while shopping for world-class craft in The Gallery, 10 percent off everything – 20 percent for TTU employees.

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.

For more information about the 2011 Celebration of Craft, contact Beth Smith at 931-372-3051, e-mail to, or visit the Craft Center's website at