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Turn your desire to learn a craft into a New Year’s resolution with the Appalachian Center for Craft’s eight-week evening ceramics classes beginning in January.

The Craft Center, a satellite campus of Tennessee Tech University, will be offering evening ceramics classes for beginners starting on Monday, Jan. 26, and for advanced students beginning on Tuesday, Jan. 27.

The Monday evening class, which runs through March 23, introduces students to the art of wheel-thrown ceramics while instructing how to make plates, bowls, cups, saucers, vases and more.

John Sellberg will lead the class. He has a bachelor of fine arts degree in clay from TTU and the Craft Center. Sellberg produces his own line of functional pottery, has been selected for several competitive juried exhibitions and is featured in 500 Cups by Lark Books.

“Introduction to Wheel Throwing is a great class for beginners,” said Gail Gentry, workshop and event coordinator at the Craft Center. “The evening class format allows people to have an extended, instructional studio experience with an excellent instructor.”

For more advanced students, the Craft Center is offering a Tuesday evening class that runs through March 24. Taught by Melody Tiemann, artist in residence in clay, the class is titled Plates, Platters and Trays.

Tiemann is in her second year as the artist in residence of the Craft Center’s clay studio. She earned her master of fine arts degree from the University of Mississippi.

“Melody is an accomplished ceramic artist and extremely knowledgeable teacher,” said Gentry. “Her class is perfect for more advanced clay enthusiasts. They will use wheel throwing and handbuilding techniques while focusing on form development.”

In addition to the evening ceramics workshops in January, the Craft Center is also taking reservations for all its 2009 workshops.

For more information about the Craft Center’s 2009 workshop schedule, call 931/372-3051, e-mail Gail Gentry at or go online to

The Craft Center is located off Interstate 40 at Exit 273 (Smithville/McMinnville). To get there, take Highway 56 south toward Smithville for approximately six miles and take an immediate left after crossing Hurricane Bridge.