About Berea College Student Crafts
Minds that challenge convention
An understanding that honors history
Hands that create
It would be impossible to separate the students and their stories from Berea College Crafts. Talented young people, devoted to learning and the traditions of the studio, they continue to display a unique sense of respect for the works produced by their hands. These are the values that have shaped the Crafts program.
Starting in 1893 and continuing for the last 120 years, a dedication to craftsmanship, design, and tradition has guided the work of our students. Over 100 students work 10 to 15 hours per week in the various departments of Student Crafts. From the sales and distribution areas to the studio areas of Wood, Weaving, Ceramics, Jewelry, and Broom Making, our students produce and market works that maintain strong ties to the elemental nature of the Appalachian region—design excellence, a respect for materials, and the honor that comes from hard work.
Educating the head, the heart, and the hands is a Berea tradition. We hope you will discover the artful soul of our students in the inspiring works of Berea College Crafts.
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