Appalachian Arts Craft Center

Promoting the Appalachian artist through education and sales!

Classes

The Craft Center is always adding new classes in such areas as pottery, weaving, quilting, jewelry, and others. To get a list of current classes, email appalachianartscenter@gmail.com, call the Center at 865-494-9854, or stop by 2716 Andersonville Highway 61, one mile east of I-75 Clinton/Norris Exit 122, across from the Museum of Appalachia.

If you would like to receive occasional email updates about classes or other events at the Center, please email appalachianartscenter@gmail.com or consider becoming a member and receive our monthly newsletter with class listings and other information and $10 off class fees. See our membership page for more information.

To register for a class, stop by the Appalachian Arts Craft Center at 2716 Andersonville Highway, Norris, TN, or call 865-494-9854 or email appalachianartscenter@gmail.com. Please note that your registration is not complete until you have paid for the class (see class policies below).

CURRENT CLASSES

 

FEATURED TENNESSEE ARTIST WORKSHOP SERIES!

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CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER

SETS, with Anderson Bailey

Saturday, February 21, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, February 22, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Students will build basic forms on the wheel, and further alter and amend them off of the wheel. Combinations of different forms will be used to create sets for specific functions- salt and pepper, oil and vinegar, etc. If time remains, hand building will be utilized. Basic throwing skills is necessary. Normal studio fees apply.

This class is a part of the Featured Tennessee Artist Workshop series and is funded in part by the Tennessee Arts Commission and supported by the Arts and Culture Alliance.

Earlybird Cost: Register and pay by February 7 and the cost
is $45 for Craft Center members, $55 for nonmembers. After
February 7, Cost: $55/$65.

Registration deadline: February 14. Anderson Bailey is a native of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, where he was introduced to clay as a teenager. Since then, he has stayed enamored with the material and worked for many production and studio potters over the years. He developed an appreciation for thoughtful design through his exposure to functional objects, Scandinavian design, and lots of buildings. Anderson graduated with a BFA in Ceramics from the Appalachian Center for Craft at Tennessee Tech University. He then moved to Portland, Oregon, where he continued to work for clay and glass artists, as well as develop his own work. In 2010, he moved back south to Chattanooga, TN, where he and four other craft artists started a studio. It is there that he continues to develop his designs, and explore more building processes.

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POTTERY ON THE WHEEL, with Sandra McEntire, 6 Wednesdays, March 4, 11, 18, 25, and April 1, 15 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Bring a lunch each day. In this class you will be introduced to clay preparation, centering, opening and how to make basic forms on the wheel. Trimming and glazing will also be a part of this class. Sandra McEntire is an experienced potter who has been teaching at the Appalachian Arts Craft Center for over 10 years. Level: Beginner or reviewer! Earlybird Cost: Register and pay by February 18 and the cost is $130 for Craft Center Members, $140 for nonmembers. After February 18, Cost: $140/ $150. Studio Fees: $30 for first 25# bag of clay; $10 for tool kit if needed, payable to “Center Potters.” These fees include all other expenses including use of the studio and wheels, two kiln firings, and glazes. Registration deadline: February 25.

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PLAYING WITH FIRE! with Renee Mathies, Saturday, March 7, 10:30a.m. – 12:30 pm.

Learn how to melt glass rods to make beautiful one-of-a-kind glass beads! It’s fun and you get to play with fire! Covers glass and fuel theory, hands on glass beadmaking and safety. All materials included. Beginner Lampwork.

Earlybird Cost: Register and pay by February 21 and the cost is $55 for Craft Center Members, $65 for nonmembers. After February 21: Cost: $65/$75. Registration deadline: February 28.

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ADVANCED BEGINNER WHEEL, with Katie Cottrell Saturday, March 7, 14, 21, 28, and April 4 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Students should have had some experience with clay on the potter’s wheel. We will go over basic forms and then work on lids and combining, and altering forms, to create something more interesting. The class will be geared to the interest and ability of the students. Advanced Beginner. Earlybird Cost: Register and pay by February 25 and the cost is $100 for Craft Center Members, $110 for nonmembers. After February 25, Cost: $110/ $120. Studio fees which include glazing and firing are included in the price of the clay. Clay may be purchased on the first day of the class, price is $30 for the first bag and $40 for each bag after that. Registration deadline: March 1.

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FEATURED TENNESSEE ARTIST WORKSHOP SERIES!

MOSAIC STEPPING STONE, with Jessica Kortz, on Sunday, March 15, 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

In this afternoon workshop, students will create a reverse method mosaic stepping stone suitable for an outdoor walkway or garden. Students will learn hands-on techniques appropriate for outdoor mosaics while exploring different materials including ceramic tiles, stained glass, broken dishes and other found objects. Materials are included, but feel free to bring your own flat mosaic supplies and personal objects to add to your mosaic. Note: The stepping stones must cure after the workshop and will be available for pick-up the following weekend. This class is suitable for all levels.

This workshop is funded in part by the Tennessee Arts Commission and supported by the Arts and Culture Alliance.

Earlybird Cost: Register and pay by March 2 and the cost is $30 for Craft Center members, $40 for nonmembers.

After March 2, Cost: $40/$50.

Registration deadline: March 8.

Jessica has been creating mixed media mosaics and jewelry for 15 years. She started working with mosaics as a way to refinish furniture while she was a student at UT studying Interior Design. She creates her mosaics from a variety of materials including broken china, pottery shards, handmade ceramic, fused glass and cast resin tiles, stained glass, beads and other found objects. She is the former owner of Mighty Mud ceramic studio and is a current member of the Foothills Craft Guild, TACA, and A1 Lab Arts. She also teaches her mosaic and jewelry techniques at various workshops throughout the region.

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HANDBUILDING WITH CLAY, with Janet McCracken CHOICE OF: Mondays, March 16, 23, 30, OR May 11, 18, 25 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This class will be suitable for those who have never taken a class in clay and also for those with some experience who would like to continue to explore the many facets of working with clay. Earlybird Cost: Register and pay by 2 weeks before class start and the cost is $40 for Craft Center members, $50 for nonmembers. Within 2 weeks of class start, Cost: $50/$60. All students must also pay a $30 studio fee to the Pottery Department on the first day for clay, glaze and firing. Registration deadline: One Week Prior to Class Start.

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TENNESSEE FEATURED ARTIST WORKSHOP SERIES!

NUNO FELTED SCARF WORKSHOP, with Tone Haugen Cogburn, Saturday, March 21, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

See how silk fabric and wool roving merge to make a colorful nuno
felted scarf. Soap, water, bubblewrap and your two hands are
simple tools you will use for this wet felting technique. All levels
are welcome, though some physical stamina is needed, as you
will be on your feet most of the time. Wear comfortable shoes
and clothes that can get wet.

Earlybird Cost: Register and pay by March 7 and the cost is
$50 for Craft Center members, $60 nonmembers. After March 7,
Cost: $60/$70. Included materials are everything you need to
make a silk and wool scarf. Supplies to bring to class are:
Bubblewrap (the one with the small bubbles, about 12” – 14”
wide by 8 feet long – can be bought at Dollar Store, Walmart,
etc.), 2 towels and lunch.

Registration deadline: March 14.
This class is in the Featured Tennessee Artist Workshop Series
and is funded in part by the Tennessee Arts Commission
and supported by the Arts and Culture Alliance.

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MARKET BASKET, with Barbara Holt

Sunday, March 29, 1:00 – 7:30 pm

Make this large market basket your first. It can store a small quilt, several throws, or lots of magazines. Perfectly suited for someone who has never made a basket, the project can be completed in 4-6 hours. Dimensions: 17″l x 9″w x 20″h.
Beginning. Register early to reserve your space. This class is a part of the Featured Tennessee Artist Workshop series and is funded in part by the Tennessee Arts Commission and supported by the Arts and Culture Alliance.
Earlybird Cost: Register and pay by March 15 and the cost is $55 for Craft Center members, $65 for nonmembers. After March 15, Cost: $65/$75. Includes two required tools.
Registration Deadline: March 22.
Barbara Holt has been making baskets over 20 years, and has taught in KY, TN, MI, NC, VA, and SC. When she and her husband moved to Bris- tol 16 years ago she decided to start a basketry guild. Soon named the Tri- State Basketry Guild, it has had as many as 80 members from TN, VA and NC, as well as other states. One year after starting the guild she called a group of Tennessee basket makers together, and the TN State Basketry Convention was started. She has chaired the convention 3 times, and is currently President of the Tennessee Basketry Association. Barbara has written over 70 patterns, but rarely makes the same basket twice. Her baskets are sold in Bristol, Johnson City, and Abingdon, VA. She is a retired college educator. She is married, and has one son, a daughter-in-law, and 3 granddaughters.
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FEATURED TENNESSEE ARTIST WORKSHOP SERIES!

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In this one day class, students will learn the art of seat weaving with splint reed in a traditional herringbone pattern. Students will weave a seat on a footstool, which they will be able to take home with them. Betty Newman has been an artist and craftsperson for all of her adult life. She, with her husband Joe’s support, opened Newman Valley Studio in Kodak, TN, in 1990 to provide top quality craftsmanship through chair caning and wicker repair. This workshop is funded in part by the Tennessee Arts Commission and supported by the Arts and Culture Alliance. Beginning. Register early to reserve your space.

Earlybird Cost: Register and pay by March 21 and the cost is $55 for Craft Center members, $65 for nonmembers. After March 21: $65/$75. All materials and footstool are included.
Registration deadline March 28.

A 2 day Handcaning class is scheduled for April 25 & 26. Visit www.appalachianarts.net for more information.

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 RAKU WORKSHOP, with Bill Capshaw, Saturday, April 11 and Sunday, April 12 (rain days April 18 and 19), 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. each day.

Each student should bring six medium size (5 to 8 inches tall) bisque pots. Pots should be bisque at 08 or 06. Pots should be made with Raku clay or any clay that will withstand the raku process, such as stoneware clay cone 6 to 10. Two pots should be burnished, one pot should have Terra Sigillata applied before being bisqued. We will glaze pots the first part of the day so all pots begin to dry. All glazes and examples of the glazes will be furnished. Each student will get their pots fired in an orderly manner and will get all recipes in a handout. Ferric chloride will be used on one pot so bringing a respirator is optional. All students must have long sleeves to cover arms, long pants and something to tie long hair, and covered toe shoes. There will be no exceptions to these requirements. Students may bring: raku gloves to wear, apron, vapor mask, respirator for use with Ferric Chloride, a notebook, raku tongs, tools as needed, and a great attitude.  This class is in the Featured Tennessee Artists series and is funded in part by the Tennessee Arts Commission and is supported by the Arts and Culture AllianceEarlybird Cost: Register and pay by March 28 and the cost is $85 for Craft Center members, $95 for nonmembers. After March 28, Cost: $195/$105. Registration deadline: April 7.

Bill Capshaw is a ceramic artist and pottery instructor serving as Pottery Studio Chair of the Oak Ridge Art Center in Tennessee. He earned a BFA and MFA from East Tennessee State University, concentrating in ceramics and printing processes. He was named Artist of the Year in 1998 by the Arts Council of Greater Knoxville. He is a member of the Oak Ridge Art Center, Arts & Culture Alliance, the Foothills Craft Guild, Southern Highlands Craft Guild, Tennessee Association of Craft Artists and the Appalachian Arts

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LEARN TO SEW, PART 1, with Janet Donaldson, Sunday, April 19, 2:00 –4:30 p.m.

Don’t feel confident using a sewing machine? In this class, a sewing machine will be used to make a simple grocery bag dispenser. Simple hand sewn (hem and buttons) techniques will be taught. Bring your machine (loaners available).

Starter class. No experience necessary. Earlybird Cost: Register and pay by April 5 and the cost is $25 for Craft Center Members, $35 for nonmembers. After April 5: Cost: $35/$45. Registration deadline: April 12.

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PREPARING YOUR BOOK FOR SELF-PUBLICATION, with Kathleen Fearing, Wednesday, April 22, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Have a story or book you want to publish yourself? Curious about how to go about it? Let award-winning self-published author Kathleen E. Fearing take you through the steps toward self-publishing your book. The class includes taking a look at story continuity, self-editing, formatting, and other steps necessary to get your book ready for publication. Bring your work or laptops with you and be ready to share.

For those who take this class, one-on-one sessions with the instructor to finalize your work will be available for an additional cost of $100.00. Earlybird Cost: Register and pay by April 8 and the cost is $40 for Craft Center Members, $45 for nonmembers. After April 8, Cost: $45/$50. Registration deadline: April 15.

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HANDCANING, with Betty Newman
Saturday, April 25 and Sunday, April 26, 1-5 pm each day

In this two-day class, students will be introduced to the art of handcaning and will take home a woven footstool at the end of the class. Beginning. Register early to reserve your space.
Earlybird Cost: Register and pay by April 11 and the cost is $65 for Craft Center members, $75 for nonmembers. AfterApril 11, Cost: $75/$85. All materials and footstool are included.
Registration Deadline: April 18.
Betty Newman has been an artist and craftsperson for all of her adult life. She, with her husband Joe’s support, opened Newman Valley Studio in Kodak, TN, in 1990 to provide top quality craftsmanship through chair caning and wicker repair. This work- shop is funded in part by the Tennessee Arts Commission and supported by the Arts and Culture Alliance.
A one day splint reed class is scheduled for April 4. Visit www.appalachianarts.net for more information.

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FEATURED TENNESSEE ARTIST WORKSHOP SERIES! LET’S CREATE A DELIGHTFUL RABBIT WITH WOOL!! Sunday, May 17, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. with Nancy Shedden and Karen Bills

Needle felting, or sculpting with wool, is the art of creating 2-D or 3 -D items with wool by using a barbed needle. In this class, students will learn this fun craft by making a bunny rabbit, which students will be able to take home a charming figure. Materials $20 payable the day of class. Optional multi-needle tool for additional $10. All Levels Earlybird Cost: Register and pay by May 1 and the cost is $30 for Craft Center members, $40 for nonmembers. After May 1: $40 / $50. Registration Deadline May 10.

Nancy Shedden and Karen Bills began needle felting while their children were raising and showing sheep in the Knox County 4-H Sheep Project. Their children are grown but they are still felting. Nancy youngest daughter continues to raise prize winning Oxfords and keeps these artists with a steady supply of good needle felting wool. Nancy also hand spins wool into yarn for knitting or crocheting, and Karen wet felts wool roving into art such as birdhouses and scarves. They have taught others how to needle felt at shows and other events. Nancy is archivist for the Tennessee Valley Hand Spinners and both Nancy and Karen are members of Foothills Craft Guild.

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FEATURED TENNESSEE ARTIST WORKSHOP SERIES! MOSAIC BIRDBATH WORKSHOP, with Jessica Kortz, Saturday, May 23, 2015 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Sunday May 24, 2015, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

In this two day workshop, each student will create a fully functional mosaic birdbath suitable for an outdoor space. Students will learn hands-on techniques appropriate for outdoor mosaics while exploring different materials including ceramic tiles, stained glass and mirror, broken dishes, figurines and other found objects. Materials are included, but feel free to bring your own mosaic supplies and personal objects to add to your mosaic. This class is suitable for all levels. Earlybird Cost: Register and pay by May 9 and the cost is $55 for Craft Center members, $65 for nonmembers. After May 9, Cost: $65/$75. Registration deadline: May 16.

Jessica has been creating mixed media mosaics and jewelry for 15 years. She started working with mosaics as a way to refinish furniture while she was a student at UT studying Interior Design. She creates her mosaics from a variety of materials including broken china, pottery shards, handmade ceramic, fused glass and cast resin tiles, stained glass, beads and other found objects. She is the former owner of Mighty Mud ceramic studio and is a current member of the Foothills Craft Guild, TACA, and A1 Lab Arts. She also teaches her mosaic and jewelry techniques at various workshop throughout the region.

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KIDS’ CRAFT CAMP, June 22 -26, 10:00 a.m.– 2:00 p.m. with Sheri Burns and her assistant Kat Havercamp.

Take a grand adventure through art in the Appalachian Arts Craft Center’s week long art camp for kids ages 7 to 12! Traditional crafts such as basketmaking, weaving and hand sewing will be presented, as well as bookmaking, painting, and other crafty endeavors. Students should bring a lunch, and be prepared to get messy. Please register early to save your spot in the camp.

$95 per child (members); $105 for nonmembers.  Some scholarships may be available.  Call for more information.

Registration deadline: June 17. Check if after deadline to see if space remains.

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 ONGOING CLASSES:

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 WEAVING with Carol Pritcher

Tuesdays, 10 am to 2 pm (six classes)

For anyone interested in gaining knowledge of the loom and beginning weaving. Classes can be scheduled on an individual basis by calling Carol on Tuesdays at 494-9854.

$125 members ($135 non-members) plus a small materials fee. Beginning-Intermediate.

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HAND-SEWING DAY with the Quilting Department

Wednesdays, 10 am to 2 pm

Bring your hand-sewing project or help out with the group quilting project with a wonderful group of ladies which

meets each Wednesday to quilt, laugh, and enjoy lunch together. No need to call ahead; just bring your lunch.

No Cost.

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MAKE YOUR OWN CLASS

Got a craft you want to learn? The Craft Center has access to numerous talented craft teachers in a variety of subjects.

Gather up your friends and let’s plan your own class. Five or more students are needed. For more information or to just get ideas, call Katie Aloi, Center Director at 865-494-9854.

Price to be determined.

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BIRTHDAY PARTY

Schedule your school age child’s birthday party and choose from pottery, weaving, drop spindle, painting, basket making and more. Classes are individually designed and range in price from $200 and up. Cake and party supplies may be brought.

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HOME SCHOOL GROUPS

Call 494-9854 and schedule your art class. Choose from pottery, weaving, drop spindle, painting, basket making and more. Classes are individually designed and range in price from $200 and up.

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CLASS POLICIES:

1. Anyone signing up for a class must pay for the class to be considered registered.

2. People signing up for a class should not pay the materials fee at the time of registration (unless it is included in the fee). Materials fees are generally paid to the teacher or studio on the first day of class.

 3. Each class has a minimum and a maximum number of students. If the minimum number of students is not reached by the registration deadline, the class may be canceled and all fees refunded. If a student must cancel after paying, a refund will be given if it is two weeks (14 calendar days) or more before the class; otherwise we cannot give a refund. This is necessary due to the amount of work involved with class registration, set up, and publicity and fairness to others in the class.

 4. If classes are held over the lunch hour, students should bring a lunch with them.

 5. If Anderson County schools are closed due to bad weather, or bad weather occurs on a weekend classes MAY not be held. The decision to cancel is up to the teacher. In that case, please call the Center at 494-9854.

If you’d like to receive our monthly newsletter with updates on classes and other happenings at the Center, please consider joining. There are a lot of opportunities here for artists, crafters, or people interested in the arts. Members receive $10 off all our classes, get the monthly newsletter, have access to our studios, and are part of a wonderful group of people who support local artists in East Tennessee. It’s not expensive to become a member.

 

To join, stop by the Center at 2716 Andersonville Highway, Norris, TN, or call 865-494-9854. (Since all memberships are due January 31 of each year, if you join during a month other than January, your first payment will be prorated. Ask for more details.)