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The eight-week summer workshop season runs through August 5 at the Appalachian Center for Crafts, a satellite campus of Tennessee Tech University.

Five-day classes in ceramics, fiber arts, blacksmithing, woodworking, metalsmithing, glass, watercolor and photography feature something for every interest and every skill level, from beginner to advanced.

Room and board is available at the Craft Center, where workshop participants — in addition to their craft classes — can enjoy hiking on the 500-acre property, swimming and canoeing in Center Hill Lake and dining at the Craft Center’s on-site restaurant, The Walkway Café.

“The Craft Center is busy throughout the year with our academic and outreach programs, but the summer comes to life with the happy faces of visitors from across the United States and abroad,” said Gail Gentry, workshop and event coordinator.

“Our workshop programs are great opportunities for people to come to the Craft Center and enjoy our fabulous facilities, gorgeous environment and meet and work with more than 50 visiting workshop instructors,” she continued.

A 50 percent discount is available to TTU faculty, staff and students for the summer workshop programs, as well as the evening and weekend workshops offered during the fall and spring semesters.

More detailed information about the summer workshop schedule is available on-line at

To get to the Craft Center, take Interstate 40 to Exit 273, go south six miles toward Smithville on Highway 56 and turn left immediately after crossing Hurricane Bridge.

For more information, call the Craft Center at 931/372-3051 or 615/597-6801.