Berea College Crafts: A Tradition for 125 Years

Contemporary Appalachian design. Heirloom quality.

Beautiful, handcrafted items made by Berea College students tell a story in every home. For 125 years, a dedication to craftsmanship, design and tradition has guided the work of our students. More than 100 students work 10 to 15 hours per week in the various departments of Student Crafts.

Berea College Crafts has released a 12-video series highlighting multiple aspects of the crafts program. A different video will be featured here each month.

Berea Crafts History

Tim Glotzbach, the Director of Berea College Crafts, shares the 125-year legacy of the program.

Student weaving


Visit to purchase crafts online. View photos and videos about products and the students and staff who make them.

Crafts social media

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Tags: Appalachia, Labor Program, student crafts

Berea College, the first interracial and coeducational college in the South, focuses on learning, labor and service. The College admits only academically promising students with limited financial resources, primarily from Kentucky and Appalachia, although students come from 40 states and 70 countries. Every Berea student receives a Tuition Promise Scholarship, which means no Berea student pays for tuition. Berea is one of nine federally-recognized Work Colleges, so students work 10 hours or more weekly, earning money for books, housing and meals. The College’s motto, “God has made of one blood all peoples of the earth,” speaks to its inclusive Christian character.