15th Annual Celebration of Craft, Appalachian Center for Craft @10am

Saturday, Apr 6th - 10:00am - 5:00pm
1560 Craft Center Dr, Smithville, TN 37166

15th Annual Celebration of Craft Appalachian Center for Craft

1560 Craft Center Drive Smithville, TN 37166 931-372-3051

for more info: www.tntech.edu/craftcenter/celebration/

Saturday, April 6, 2013 10am-5pm (central)

FREE Admission


Join us for the Celebration of Craft! No matter your interest this FREE one-day event will awake the artist in kids of all ages so make a trip to the Craft Center and see what it's all about!

  • MAKE & TAKE your own art in a mini-workshop! You can take your project home the day of the event, so get ready to get your hands dirty and find your inner artist as you create beautiful works of art!

Adults and kids can sign up the day of the event on a first come, first-served basis. No preregistrations will be allowed. Registration will begin promptly at 9:30 am the day of the event in the main lobby. The prices listed below are per person/per workshop.

Blacksmithing: Hang It Up: Make a Forged Steel Hook, $25 (ages 14 and up)

Make metal move under your hammer and gain experience with the tools and techniques of the blacksmith while using gas and coal forges.

Class times: 10am-noon, noon-2pm and 2pm-4pm. Each class is limited to six participants only.

*NOTE: 100% cotton clothing and close-toed shoes suggested for students in the Blacksmithing studio.

Fibers: Marbling a Scarf, $20 (scarf included)

Learn marbling techniques to permanently transfer beautiful organic shapes to silk scarves.

Class times: All day. Those who register will be given a number, and students will be taken in order by number. We will have two stations serving one person at each at a time. Each scarf takes approximately 10 minutes.

Glass: Bead Making, $20 (ages 14 and up)

Make beads by holding glass rods over a flame then gently winding the molten glass over the mandrels. Make a necklace and earrings. Each class is limited to 10 participants.

Class times:10am to 12pm and 12pm to 2pm


  • FREE! KID'S CRAFTS The mini-workshops listed below are FREE of charge for kids and adults thanks to the sponsorship of Frontier Communications in Cookeville. These mini-workshops run continuously throughout the day all you do is simply enter the area marked "Kids Crafts" and let us know how we can help you!

Free Mini-Workshops include:

Creative Necklaces: Experience the joy of creating your own necklace made from yarn and found objects. (Ages 2 and up)

Felting a Bracelet: Explore resist techniques in wet felting and its limitless possibilities as you make a bracelet.

Origami: Learn origami folds to create 3D sculptures that can move into space.

Photography: Experience the feel of the darkroom as you create & develop your own abstract photogram. (Ages 2 and up)


  •  EXPERIENCE narrated studio demonstrations! Watch as our faculty, BFA student artists, and Artists-in-Residence teach you about blacksmithing, metal jewelry making, wheel throwing and handbuilding in clay, fabric weaving and dyeing, glass blowing, metalsmithing, woodturning, and furniture making. Ask about our BFA degree and craft certificate programs or click here for more information.
  • BUILD-a-BOWL in support of Habitat for Humanity's fundraising efforts. Visitors are invited to learn to throw clay on the wheel for FREE by making a ceramic bowl to donate to Habitat for Humanity for the annual Cooking on the Square event held in Cookeville during the fall! Build-a-Bowl for free thanks to the gracious sponsorship of Synergy of Cookeville.
  • LISTEN to amazing live musical performances sponsored by Tennessee Tech's Center Stage!



        11:00-1:00 The Danberry's will play their energetic style of music!

        1:30-4:30 The Flea Market Hustlers will get you moving!

  • BID  on beautiful works of art by taking part in the live auction at 1:00 p.m. where you will have the opportunity to bid on various works of fine art and craft by students, faculty and volunteers in media such as clay, glass, fibers, metals or wood. Proceeds will go to FACCT to help fund outreach programs that bring fine art and craft to approximately 1,000 students in 5th through 12th grades from 11 counties in Middle Tennessee. (At 1:30 during band-break on main stage).
  • SHOP in The Gallery - 10% discount for all visitors this day only.TTU employees receive a 20% discount with their valid TTU Eagle Card this day only. The Gallery will also be kicking off a new bi-monthly series, "Eye on Fine Craft," with a focus on all things paper! Pulp painter Chery Cratty will be in the Gallery talking about her creative processes using paper-pulp to paint.
  • SUPPORT art education by purchasing commemorative Celebration t-shirts, aprons, and marbled silk scarves. Proceeds help fund the Craft Center's educational outreach programs for middle and high school students in this area.
  • FEAST on an eclectic mix of fresh and comfort foods prepared by the Redbud Cafe, including wraps, delicious side items, desserts and more.
  • DISCOVER great new work by BFA student artists in the Visual Art Society's Fine Craft Sale.

All proceeds from the Celebration of Craft directly support the Appalachian Center for Craft's educational art outreach programs, serving students in Tennessee's Upper Cumberland Region.

The Celebration of Craft is sponsored by the Friends of the Appalachian Center for Craft of Tennessee (FACCT). This is a Center Stage event.

Online Membership PBS Logo 125X125 More Ways to Support WCTE

WCTE depends upon the support of our membership to produce and broadcast quality programming like this. Please help us continue this 30+ year tradition of community involvement by contributing to WCTE today.