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appalachian center for crafts "celebration of craft"

updated wed 10 apr 02


vince pitelka on mon 8 apr 02

Angela Simmons wrote:

> For anyone who did not get to attend The Applalachian Craft school's open
> house this past weekend, you really missed a wonderful exhibition of
> The day was beautiful and there was so much to do and see. Thanks to Vince
> for the invitation, hope you do it again next year.

Thanks to Angela for that report. This was the best "Celebration" so far.
This was the fourth one, and it is obvious that word gets around.
Word-of-mouth publicity is the best, and the success of this event indicates
our broadening profile in the local market. Now if we can just accomplish
the same thing in the national market. We have some of the best studio
facilities (clay, glass, metals, wood, fibers) in the country, and our
mission is specifically focused on the finest professional fine craft
education - BFA, Professional Craft Certificate, and Portfolio Development
programs during the academic year, and intensive workshop program in the
summer time. While so many universities have abandoned the functional
vessel, we take pride in covering both utilitarian and sculptural directions
in fine craft. If more people knew about us, we would be swamped with
students. But flashy publicity costs more than the State of Tennessee will
spend, especially in the current budget crisis. So I have to resort to
merciless self-promotion anywhere I can get away with it, including here on

We will definitely be doing the Celebration every year. I'll let you know
next year as it approaches. But perhaps I should point out that the Craft
Center is a delightful place to visit ANY time of year seven days a week 9
to 5 (except for Christmas weekend and Easter weekend, when we are closed).
We have three exhibition galleries and a large sales gallery, a cafe which
serves great lunches on weekdays (and full meal service for the workshops),
and beautiful grounds with great hiking trails. There are many wonderful
parks and wilderness areas in the area, and supposedly 90% (by number) of
the country's caves are located within 250 miles of us.

Okay, that's enough for one message.
Best wishes -
- Vince

Vince Pitelka
Appalachian Center for Crafts
Tennessee Technological University
1560 Craft Center Drive, Smithville TN 37166
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615/597-6801 ext. 111, fax 615/597-6803