A quiet young man unwraps a container of clay, lays out his tools, and sits down at a potter's wheel. Tourists watch him work through a picture window, marveling at what he can create. His hands work skillfully, while his mind focuses on the graduation ahead, and law school beyond that.
A vivacious young woman coordinates a foot pedal and handwork to shape dry stalks into brooms. Her art and business plans go far beyond this project.
Another student uses her hands to make careful records of this 118-year-old tradition as it's carried out today by her and her classmates.
Working with their hands is part of the proud tradition for academically minded students of a world-renowned college. Their stories are this week at FlourSackMama.com.
Labels: Appalachia, crafts, education, with our own hands