Over 150 students work in the eight departments of the Student Crafts Program. Started in 1893 as “Fireside Weaving”, the Student Crafts Program now includes Broomcraft, Woodcraft, Weaving, Ceramics, Wrought Iron, two gift shops and the Distribution Center.
Berea College student crafts are marketed worldwide. The Log House Craft Gallery, Boone Tavern Gift Shop, mail order Catalogue, and Internet E-Commerce generate retail sales. The program wholesales to over 500 gift shops and participates in many craft fairs and trade shows nationwide.
Production departments offer the opportunity to learn craft skills; the degree of accomplishment depends upon the individual student. Some become skilled designer/technicians and go on to careers as studio crafts people.
The marketing areas offer valuable sales and management experience. In every department there are opportunities for students to advance into supervisory positions.