Appalachian Tradition of Making: A Discussion and Craft Workshop

Early Bird Session Leader: Steve Davis-Rosenbaum

Discussion: We will explore the history of Berea College and its Craft Program in relation to the Appalachian tradition of “Making.” We will use traditional Appalachian Craft to promote discussions of local history, family stories, and creative processes. A short presentation on Berea College’s Craft Education and Outreach Program will be presented. This will be a working session where participants will be asked to develop a proposal with the central focus of craft education to gain an understanding of our sense of place.

Hands-on workshop: Each participant will also learn about Weaving through Making on an Inkle Loom, Counter Balance Loom, and Cardboard Loom.

Tour: Participants will be given a tour of Berea College Student Crafts. This tour will include stops at wood working, broom making, and weaving studios as well as visits to the Log House Gallery and the Student Crafts on the Square Gallery.

Steve Davis-Rosenbaum is the Program Coordinator for Berea College’s Craft Education and Outreach Program and Student Crafts on the Square Gallery. For the past three years he has overseen Berea College’s student craftspeople teach about traditional craft at over 80 venues at little or no cost to the participants. Steve has been involved in promoting and making hand craft for over 29 years. As a potter, he has exhibited and published his pottery nationally. He was awarded the Kentucky Art Council’s Al Smith Fellowship Award and has a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Georgia at Athens. In addition to working for Berea College, he maintains a business and studio in Lexington, Kentucky.