Pocosin Arts School of Fine Craft Expands Area Opportunities with the Erica D. Smith Fabrications Lab

Published 12:18 pm Thursday, September 6, 2018

From Pocosin Arts School of Fine Craft

Friday, August 24th Pocosin Arts School of Fine Craft celebrated the grand opening of Pocosin’s new Smith Lab in Columbia, NC. The addition of the Smith Digital Fabrication Laboratory will expand Pocosin Arts’ fine craft programs with the latest digital tools, equipment, facilities and innovative programs. Help us jumpstart our new STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, ART, and Math) programs and foster local innovation and entrepreneurship.

The new tools installed in the Smith Lab will include all those needed to enable students to learn, and take ideas from concept to completion.   These tools include 3-D printers, a CNC router, a laser cutter, a vinyl cutter, sewing machines, an electronics bench and computer stations with design software.

With the Smith Lab, we will help close opportunity gaps for underserved and underrepresented students in our region. Help us thank Senator Erica Smith and the State of North Carolina for this opportunity.


More than 50 folks attended the ribbon cutting for the Smith Lab, including the Senator Erica Smith.  David Clegg and Marlene True gave great remarks followed by a speech from the Senator. The Senator was clearly pleased and proud of the legislature’s investment in our new tools.  This facility sets Pocosin Arts School of Fine Craft apart from most craft schools.