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, call the Center at 865-494-9854, or stop by the Center at 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 Or consider becoming a member and receive out monthly newsletter with class listings and other information and $10 off class fees. See our membership page.

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 Please note that your registration is not complete until you have paid for the class (see class policies below).

 CURRENT CLASSES (as of 8/27/2014)


POTTERY ON THE WHEEL, with Katie Cottrell,

Saturday, September 6, 20, 27 and October 4 and 11, 9:00 a.m. -1:00 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 August 23 and the cost is $100 for Craft Center Members, $110 for nonmembers. After August 23, Cost: $110/ $120. Studio fees include glazing and firing and are included in price of clay: First bag $30, $40 a bag thereafter.

Registration deadline: August 30.



Saturday, September 13: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

This is an intensive but fun throwing opportunity for those of you who wish you had more time to practice and throw and make more pots. We will prep our 25# bag of your favorite clay in advance and focus on throwing skills while we develop some confidence and muscle memory along the way. At the end of the day, we will have a notable array of pots to show for our efforts. Students must be able to center on the wheel, pull up a pot, and trim a bottom. Students will be given information on preparing clay before class. Non-members may incur a clay and/or studio fee.

Earlybird Cost: Register and pay by August 30 and the cost is $55 for Craft Center Members, $65 for nonmembers. After August 30, Cost: $65/$75.

Registration deadline: September 6.


MARKET BASKET,with Sheri Burns,

Tuesday, September 16, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Make a market basket with a filled bottom in this class. Choose from a variety of ways to decorate the basket handle. Bring to class: mop bucket, towel, and scissors. Beginner.

Earlybird Cost: Register and pay before September 2: $60 for craft center members, $70 for nonmembers. After September 2: $70/$80. Materials fee: $15 to be paid to instructor the day of class.

Registration deadline: September 9.



Sunday, September 21, 2 – 5 p.m. OR Thursday, September 25, 6 – 9 p.m.

Come join us for an afternoon or evening of earring making! Learn how to make earrings – for yourself or they make great holiday gifts!! All materials will be provided! Class fee includes the cost of 1 pair of earrings (can be Swarovski Christmas Tree or any other) and then you can make more earrings at a rate of 8.00/pair for non-Swarovski or 10.00/pair for Swarovski Trees. A variety of beads will be available for you to work with. Cost: $15.00 (includes 1 pair of earrings), additional non Swarovski earrings 8.00/pair, additional Swarovski Trees $10.00/pair. (when registering you must pay a minimum of $15.00, if you know you want to make more than the 1st pair you can pay more at registration, or you can wait and pay for any additional pairs the day of the event) Suitable for all levels and all materials will be provided.Registration deadline: September 17.


Wednesday, September 24, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Are you interested in getting started with a writing project, but don’t know how to begin? Have you dabbled in writing but would like a little expertise to spur you on? Would you like a published author to give you some input on your writing? This workshop is for you. Published writer and poet Kathleen Fearing will talk about writing techniques and tricks of the trade to get you motivated and to improve your writing. This will be an interactive class between the teacher and the students. Students are welcome to bring a piece of writing, but this is not necessary. Kathleen Fearing is a teacher and the author of several children’s books and books of poetry. Beginner.

Earlybird Cost: Register and pay by September10 and the cost is $20 for Craft Center Members, $25 for nonmembers. After September 10 Cost: $25/$30.

Registration deadline: September 17.


LEARN TO SEW, PART 2, with Janet Donaldson,

Sunday, September 28, 2:00 – 4:30 p.m.

Improve your sewing machine skills. Learn to cut out a pattern and complete a corded pillow or other item of your choice. Bring your machine (loaner machines available if needed), pattern and materials, thread, 11/2” pins, large and small sewing scissors. Earlybird Cost: Register and pay by September 14 and the cost is $25 for Craft Center Members, $35 for nonmembers. After September 14: Cost: $35/$45.

Registration deadline: September 21.


I’VE FINISHED MY STORY. NOW WHAT? with Kathleen Fearing,

Wednesday, October 15, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

If you have written a story and you feel you’ve taken it as far as you can and are unsure of what your next step is, award-winning author and poet Kathleen Fearing is offering a class to help you decide. Kathleen will guide you step-by-step in looking at your work objectively. You will look closely at characters, story development and consistency, and delve briefly into the world of editing. Bring whatever you are working on to class and be prepared to share. 

Earlybird Cost: Register and pay by October 3 and the cost is $25 for Craft Center Members, $30 for nonmembers. After October 3, Cost: $35/$40.

Registration deadline: October 8.



Thursday, October 16, 6:30-9:00 p.m.

During this workshop, students will learn the basics of glass fusing and make pendants using dichroic glass. Students will learn how to cut the glass, and stack and glue their pieces. Information on the process of glass fusing will be discussed. The pendants will be fired after the class and work will be mailed to the students. The materials fee includes enough glass for up to four pendants. Kathy King has been a jewelry-maker for many years and teaches several jewelry classes at the center.

Earlybird Cost: Register and pay by October 2 and the cost is $45 for Craft Center members, $55 for nonmembers. After October 2 Cost:$50 for Craft Center members; $60 for nonmembers. Students must also pay a $40 materials fee to the teacher at the class. Beginning.

Registration deadline October 9.

BEGINNER DROP SPINDLE, with Kathleen Marquardt

Saturday, October 18, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Learn how to use a drop spindle, Learn to ply your yarns together whether from two or more spindles, bobbins, or paper-roll bobbins, Learn to Navaho ply on your drop spindle. Beginner or Intermediate.

Registration deadline: October 11

Earlybird Cost: Register and pay by October 4 and the cost is $20 for Craft Center Members, $30 for nonmembers. After October 4, Cost: $30 /$40. Materials fee: $16 to be paid to instructor the day of class includes one drop spindle and 2 oz. of fiber or you may bring you own spindle and fiber ( at least 3″ inches or longer).



MIXED MEDIA MOSAIC MIRROR WORKSHOP, with Jessica Kortz, Saturday, October 25, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Sunday, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Add some pizazz to your wall with this two-day mosaic mirror workshop! Each student will design and create their own 12” x 12” mosaic wall mirror from start to finish using ceramic tiles, stones, shells, stained glass, broken dishes and other found objects. Students will learn appropriate hands-on techniques to cut and apply their tiles on Saturday and complete their work of art with grout on Sunday. Materials are provided, but feel free to bring your own personal objects to add to your mosaic. All levels. This class is a part of the Featured Tennessee Artist Workshop series and is funded in part by the Tennessee Arts Commission.

Earlybird Cost: Register and pay by October 11 and the cost is $40 for Craft Center members, $50 for nonmembers. After October 11, Cost: $50/$60.

Registration deadline: October 18.

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.


SOY CANDLES, with Victoria Nicely,

Saturday, November 15, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Spend a few hours learning to make a healthy soy candle. Buying and making soy candles supports American farmers. A kit to take home will include an info packet on how and where to find soy and other supplies. You will leave class with a healthy soy candle, and the knowledge to make your own. Materials provided but you may bring a favorite fragrance or essential oil.

Earlybird Cost: Register and pay by November 2 and the cost is $35 for Craft Center members, $45 for nonmembers. After November 2, Cost: $45/$55. Registration deadline: November 8.


LET’S BUILD A SANTA WITH WOOL, with Nancy Shedden and Karen Bills,

Sunday, December 7, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Needle felting, or sculpting with wool, is the art of creating 2-D or 3-D items with wool by using a barbed needle. Karen Bills and Nancy Shedden began needle felting while their children were raising and showing sheep in the Knox County 4-H Sheep Project.  Karen’s and Nancy’s children are college graduates now and on their own.  However, Nancy’s youngest daughter continues to raise prize winning Oxfords and keeps these artists with a steady supply of good needle-felting wool.  In this class, participants will learn this fun craft by making an adorable Santa to give as a gift or add to their Christmas décor. Earlybird Cost: Register and pay by November 18 and the cost is $30 for Craft Center members, $40 for nonmembers. After November 18: $40 / $50. Materials fee: $15 payable at the class.  NOTE:  A multi-needle tool will be available for additional $10.

Registration Deadline: November 30. All Levels.






WEAVINGwith 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.


HAND-SEWING DAYwith 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.



To be scheduled

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.


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.


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.





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.)









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