Instructors
​Joan Beck is a fiber artist and partner in Berea’s local yarn shop, Fiber Frenzy LLC. She has been teaching fiber arts in the area for a decade, inspired to share the heritage skills for which this region is known. Winner of many awards for her stitching, Joan is also a natural problem solver, helping students learn and improve their skills.
​Will Bondurant has been making Shaker boxes as a hobby and part-time source of income for about 10 years. He has worked with wood for over 50 years and taught woodworking at the high school level for 20 years. Will’s boxes and carriers have been sold at the Kentucky Artisan Center in Berea, KY and at Completely Kentucky in Frankfort, KY. Some of Will’s...
​Donna has been a full time artist/designer since 2003. Although she works with clay, glass and corn shucks, she is best known for her painted gourds, which she markets at Honeysuckle Vine in Berea and other shops.
​Justin Dean Burton has been creating artisan brooms since 2013, and has produced over 8,000 brooms. He learned the art at Berea College under the instruction of Christopher L. Robbins. Justin believes brooms should be functional but beautiful. He is one of the youngest broom artists in the country. He placed second in the 2014 National Craft Broom competition, and fourth in 2017. Justin is a former...
​Judy Cowen has lived in Madison and Estill Counties most of her adult life. Her love of bold, vibrant colors is reflected in the designs she favors, along with stitch patterns that capture the imagination of the knitter as well as the viewer. Her choice of materials and patterns are reflections of her bright and cheerful personality. Judy is a skilled knitter, tackling...
​Neil Di Teresa, a New Yorker by birth, is a Kentuckian by choice. As Professor Emeritus of Painting and Drawing at Berea College (Seabury Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching; Phi Kappa Phi Professor). He has a Bachelor Degree from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY (Dean’s Scholarship) and a Masters in Fine Arts from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque (University Graduate Fellowship)....
​Jeff Farmer graduated from Berea College in 1983 and ran the Blacksmithing Shop of the Student Craft Program for thirty years. He regularly teaches classes in blacksmithing to students of all ages.
​Elements of earth, fire and water fuse together in an age-old process to produce items that are both beautiful and timeless. At Gastineau Studio, Ken, Sally and Guy Gastineau transform pewter, bronze and sterling silver into beautiful jewelry and household items. Their work is sold throughout the country and often features regional icons like Shaker quilts, horses and their own contemporary designs.
A multi-talented artist, Diane Gilliam is a painter, stained glass artist and photographer. Her stained glass overlays combine her love of art glass and relief sculpture. Her work is exhibited in her gallery and studio in Berea’s “Old Town” Artisan Village. Diane Gilliam Gilliam Gallery & Studio
While working on a degree at Morehead State University, I took an art class as an elective, and it sparked my love of art. After working in the field of vocational rehabilitation for several years, I returned to college to pursue my interest in art, and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in graphic design and ceramics at Eastern Kentucky University. I...
​Meghan Smith is the owner of Doodlebug Cakes in Berea, Kentucky. She began her business at age 12 and has been sharing her love of cake art ever since. Most recently she has been featured on the hit Food Network show Cake Wars and came home Champion of her episode! Meghan’s unique style has been awarded at KC Cakefest, The Kentucky Cake Show,...
​Linda has been designing and making jewelry and accessories for over thirty years. She has taught classes for over fifteen years. Linda’s jewelry can be found in several boutiques and State Parks around KY, as well as on Etsy, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Facebook under Jazzy Jewels by Linda. She has taught adult classes at EKU for several years and classes at Madison...
​Jereme Zimmerman is the author of Make Mead Like a Viking and a writer for New Pioneer, Backwoods Home, Hobby Farms and other homesteading and sustainable living mags. He is also a regular presenter at natural living conferences such as the Mother Earth News Fair and the Weston A. Price Foundation Wise Traditions Conference. He was raised and homeschooled in Northern Kentucky on...