Appalachian Arts Craft Center

Promoting the Appalachian artist through education and sales!


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 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.

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 9/24/2014)


Tuesday, October 21, 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 a 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 Cost: Register and pay by October 7 and the cost is $35 for members, $45 for nonmembers. After October 7 Cost: $40 members, $50 nonmembers. Prices include all materials. All levels.

Tennessee Arts CommissionRegistration deadline October 14.



MIXED MEDIA MOSAIC MIRROR WORKSHOP, with Jessica Kortz, Saturday, October 25, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Sunday, October 26, 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.



HANDCANING, with Betty NewmanTennessee Arts Commission

Saturday, November 8 and Sunday, November 9

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. Betty Newman has been an artist and craftsperson for all of her adult life. She has taught everything from decoupage to macramé, and now teaches caning and writes and speaks on the subject. 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. Register early to reserve your space. Earlybird Cost: Register and pay by October 18 and the cost is $65 for Craft Center members, $75 for nonmembers. After October 18, Cost: $75/$85. All materials and footstool are included.

Registration Deadline: November 1.


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.


SNOWMAN BEADS! with Renee Mathies, Sunday, November 16, 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm, Learn how to melt glass rods to make beautiful one-of-a-kind glass beads to place together as a snowman! 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 November 2 and the cost is $55 for Craft Center Members, $65 for nonmembers. After November 2: Cost: $65/$75.

Registration deadline: November 9.


SMOCKED CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS, with Janet Donaldson, Sunday, November 23, 2013, 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Make a smocked Christmas ornament as you learn basic smocking stiches. Supplies provided include pleated material, embroidery thread and needle, styrofoam ball, straight pins, ribbon and instructions. Bring small sewing scissors. Return on December 14 and put on the finishing touches if needed from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Beginner and up.

Earlybird Cost: Register and pay by November 9and the cost is $30 for Craft Center members, $40 for nonmembers. After November 9, Cost: $40/$50. Optional book to take home $6.00.

Registration deadline Nov. 16.


LET’S BUILD A SNOWMAN 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.




Monday, February 16, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Craft Center is excited to have back Bob Grimac. The kaleidoscope has been delighting viewers since its invention by David Brewster, a Scottish physicist, back in 1816. For the past 20 years Bob Grimac has been helping students of all ages discover the magic found in the “thousand flower tube,” as the Chinese call these timeless toys. Smiling students will leave this workshop with a sturdy, 12-inch tube, filled with real glass, real mirrors, and lots of colors, inside and out! Joy, jubilation, and success guaranteed! Bob Grimac has made kaleidoscopes with students all over East Tennessee as well as France, Canada, and Chile. This class will be held on Presidents Day, which is a holiday for most schools. The class is open to students age 10 to adult and will be a good parent or grandparent/child activity. Students should bring a lunch.

Registration deadline February 9.

$26 for members, $31 for non-members which includes all materials. Some scholarships are available, please call 865-494-9854 for more information. Beginning.


CHOICE OF: Mondays, January, 12, 19, 26 OR 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.


Tennessee Arts Commission



Sets with Anderson Bailey, Saturday, January 17, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, January 18, 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 January 3 and the cost is $45 for Craft Center members, $55 for nonmembers. After January 3, Cost: $55/$65.

Registration deadline: January 10. 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.



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.



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.)