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Tech’s Appalachian Center for Craft announces 2024 summer workshop season
Ian Mabry (right), former clay artist in residence at Tech's Appalachian Center for Craft, leads a clay workshop during a previous summer workshop season.

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee Tech University’s Appalachian Center for Craft will host more than 30 workshops beginning this month and continuing through August as part of its 2024 summer workshop season.

Fine craft artists of all disciplines will converge at the Craft Center from across the country, sharing techniques with workshop attendees while also celebrating the spirit of craft in Appalachia.

The Craft Center seeks to provide the public with access to quality craft education and artists. Over the summer, teaching artists will cover topics in fiber, wood, glass, metal, clay, blacksmithing and other special topics that provide an immersive creative experience among a diverse group of people coming together to learn.

“We are particularly excited for this year’s lineup of workshop instructors from throughout the region and beyond,” said Ashley Lusietto, program manager at the Craft Center. "Summer workshops are an exciting opportunity for our community to learn from exceptional makers and spend a day, weekend or week with uninterrupted time for creativity and experimentation.”

Workshops are open to adults of all skill levels ages 18 and up. Most workshops can accommodate a variety of skill levels, though several workshops are designated for those at beginning, intermediate or advanced levels.

Tech's Craft Center is a campus of the nationally accredited School of Art, Craft & Design within Tech's College of Fine Arts. The center is located off Highway 56 between Silver Point and Smithville on the northeast side of Hurricane Bridge.

Situated on more than 500 wooded acres, its campus overlooks Center Hill Lake in scenic Middle Tennessee. The Craft Center has over 87,000 square feet of spacious studios, a retail store, exhibition galleries, a café, on-campus housing and more. Weekend and week-long workshop participants are invited to purchase room and board and stay in the Craft Center's cabins. Workshop meals will be catered courtesy of Chartwells.

Workshops require online registration and a payment of at least 50% of workshop tuition. Participants are also responsible for room-and-board and material fees, if applicable.

For more information, including workshop policies, room-and-board information and a schedule with workshop descriptions and instructor bios, visit