with Nancy Shedden and Karen Bills
Tuesday, February 16, 6:00 pm – 8:30 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 Sheep to give as a gift or add to their spring décor.

Earlybird Cost: $30 for Craft Center members, $40 for nonmembers. After February 4: $40/$50. Materials fee: $15 payable at the class. 

NOTE:  A multi-needle tool will be available for additional $10. Registration Deadline: February 9. All Levels.


with Katie Cottrell

Saturday, February 20, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.

Students should bring leather hard pieces, and matching clay, to put handles on, as many as they wish. There will be a demo of traditional pulled handles, and several ways to do them, with student practice. Alternative methods for making handles will be discussed and practiced, and there will be a discussion of aesthetics and function. Cost: $20 for Craft Center members, $25 nonmembers. Registration deadline: February16


Sunday, February 21

Drop by from 2:00 – 4:00 on the hour for an hour of instruction on the wheel. Adults and Kids 12 and over. No registration required. No items to take home. $10 per person.

with Sheri Burns

Wednesday, February 24, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

In this class, students will make a 6” wooden base basket. Choose from a variety of pastel reed. Expect to have a blast, and leave with your finished basket to wow your friends!
Earlybird Cost: $30 for craft center members, $35 for nonmembers. After February 12: $40/$45.Materials fee: $15 to be paid to instructor the day of class. Registration deadline: February 17. Beginner.

with Kathy King
Tuesday, March 1, 6-7:30 p.m.

In this class, students will learn how to make basic wire wrapped rings using non-tarnish plated wire (available in several colors) and single stone or crystal as the focal. Each student will make two rings in a choice of wire color and be able to choose from a variety of natural stones, pearls and Swarovski crystals. The instructor will bring plenty of tools for class use, so all you have to bring is yourself! All levels welcome; for ages 15 and up. Earlybird: $35 for members, $45 for nonmembers. After February 16: $40 members, $50 nonmembers. Prices include all materials. All levels. Registration deadline February 23.

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with Geri Forkner
Friday, Saturday, Sunday, March 4, 5, & 6, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The fabulous textures that can be created by laminating wool fibers to cloth–AKA nuno felt are all the rage these days. Now you can combine weaving and felting in a great new process in this three day class. We will begin by loom weaving a loose web of cloth, carefully remove it from the loom, add luxurious merino wool fibers and wet felt everything together. Earlybird Cost: $110 members, $120 nonmembers. After February 10, Cost: $120/$130. Supply fee: Charged for weighed fleece per student and students bring their own warp yarns. This class is in the Featured Tennessee Artist Workshop Series and is funded in part by the East Tennessee Foundation and the Tennessee Arts Commission.
Registration deadline: February 20. Geri Forkner creates felted and woven works of art from her studio in Tennessee. Geri teaches fiber arts classes regionally, nationally, and internationally to both children and adults, and is the recipient of an Artists-In-The-Schools grant. A member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild, she cherishes the old traditions and skills while using fibers in innovative ways to push the boundaries of weaving. After graduating with a BS degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, Geri continued her education with weaving and surface design classes at Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA.

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with Sarah Brobst

Saturday, March 12, 1:00 – 3:00 pm.

Whether you are just discovering your creative spirit, or you’ve been creating for years, art journaling can be an amazing tool for cultivating creativity. Join me on March 12th at 1:00pm for a guide to the joys of art journaling and how doodling can be the best form of relaxation. I will show you how to incorporate mixed media, imagery, and quotes to create inspiring journal entries. And then comes the fun of doodling which will bring life and movement to your journals! Give yourself the freedom to express yourself in a personal space where no rules exist! A journal, and all the supplies necessary to unleash your creativity is supplied.

This workshop is funded in part by the East Tennessee Foundation. Brobst showcased work in art shows during college, but took a break to travel and do work in her field of study. After moving back to Knoxville she started back into creating art—paintings, salvage jewelry, mixed media sculptures, etc. focusing on bringing new life to old, discarded objects. She works full time at a nature center in Knoxville, where she talks about the importance of recycling and repurposing to the public, and she strives to bring that lesson through in her art. Her works have been showcased as part of the Tennessee Crafts Art Fairs, LEAF Festival, Bele Chere, and just recently made her first two shows as a RAW artist in Nashville, TN and Brooklyn, New York.

Earlybird cost: Register and pay by March 2 and the cost is $25 for Craft Center members, $35 for nonmembers. After March 2, cost: $35/ $45. Registration deadline: March 5.


OPEN STUDIO with host Sheri Burns,

Sunday, March 13, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Folks can wander in and out during this open studio time. Choose from a variety of craft supplies to make as many projects as time allows. Three sample projects will be available to jump start your creativity!

Cost: $10. May register in advance or when you arrive. All ages. Bring your friends and family.


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with John Allen

Friday, March 18, Saturday, March 19 and Sunday, March 20

10:00 am – 3:00 pm.

Think that printmaking requires expensive equipment or toxic solvents? This three day course will be designed to help students learn printmaking processes they can learn–and use at home, with or without a printmaking press. Processes include photo processes, monotype, dry-point and linoleum relief printing.

Earlybird Cost: $80 for Craft Center members, $85 nonmembers. After March 4, Cost: $85/$90.

Materials Fee: $25 to pay to teacher the first day of class. Registration deadline: March 10

This class is in the Featured Tennessee Artist Workshop Series and is funded in part by the East Tennessee Foundation. Allen resides in Knoxville, TN. He received his BFA in drawing, magna cum laude from Clemson University in 2010 and a MFA from the University of South Florida in 2014. He was an Instructor of Beginning Drawing at the University of South Florida, Tampa FL from 2011-2014.


with Kathy King
Tuesday, March 29, 6:00 – 8:30 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. Earlybird: $45 for Craft Center members, $55 for nonmembers. After March 15: $50 for Craft Center members; $60 for nonmembers. Materials fee: $40 to the teacher at the class. Beginning. Registration deadline: March 22.

with Kathleen Fearing
Thursday, April 14, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

If you’ve ever thought about writing but didn’t know where to start, or if you’ve written something and it just doesn’t seem right to you, this beginner writing workshop is a chance to learn a few writing skills from a published author. The workshop will focus on the opening lines and first chapter of your story, continuity, editing, and what techniques writers can use to grab and keep the reader’s attention. Bring your story with you to class, or just bring your ideas. Earlybird Cost: $40 for members, $45 nonmembers. After April 3, Cost: $45/$50. Registration deadline: April 7.

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with Tone Haugen-Cogburn, Saturday

April 23, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

See how silk fabric and wool rowing 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: $50 for Craft Center member s, $60 nonmembers. After April 9, 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: April 16. This workshop is funded in part by the East Tennessee Foundation.

Haugen-Cogburn was born and raised in Norway, but has lived in Tennessee since 1987. She has 20 years of experience in traditional and contemporary quilt design and teaches experimental techniques nationally and internationally. Pictorial and architectural elements are her favorites. Tone has exhibited all over the world and finds lots of inspiration from her travels.


Coming soon

April: Salvage Jewelry with Sarah Brobst

May: Terrarium Building Workshop with Sarah Brobst


with Sheri Burns
Monday – Friday, June 20 – 24, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm.

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 basket making, 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.
Cost is $95 per child (members) and $105 for nonmembers.

Bring a sack lunch each day.  Some scholarships available. Registration deadline: June 10 or until filled.
Held at the Norris Community Building, 20 Chestnut Road, Norris, TN 37828.

with Katie Cottrell
Monday – Friday, July 18-22, Ages 13-17, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Introduction to clay on the potter’s wheel which will include preparing the clay, centering and basic shapes with an introduction to glazing during the last class. 

Cost: $115 for members, $125 for nonmembers. Registration deadline: July 10.


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. ********************************************************

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.


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.



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.



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.



To register for a class, stop by the Appalachian Arts Craft Center at 2716 Andersonville Highway, Clinton, TN or call 865-494-9854 to register and pay with a credit card. If you have questions or need additional information you may also email Please note that your registration is not complete until you have paid for the class (see class policies below).

  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.) 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 check our Classes page, email, 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 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.


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