In 1855, Berea College was formed as the first interracial and co-educational university in the South.
The Kentucky college's mission is to educate highly promising but financially needy students, primarily from Appalachia, completely tuition-free. The catch? Students must work at on-campus jobs ten to fifteen hours per week. In Berea's 115-year-old crafts program,
students get hands-on experience in crafting pottery, weaving, and woodcarving. Proceeds from the sales of their handicrafts help fund student tuition.
Shown: Cottage throw woven on the fly-shuttle loom, knoted and fringed by hand, and signed by the weaver. Approximately $125. Ceramics range from $12-$48, Wrought Iron from $18-$220, Broomcrafts from $12-$43, and Woodcraft from $5-160; Berea College Crafts