All classes are handicap accessible.

Sign up for classes by calling the Center. The desk worker will help you sign up and pay.
(865) 494-9854





ANIMAL MASKS, with Nan Jacobsohn, Saturday and Sunday, August 19 & 20, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Throughout human history, masks have been thought to give the wearer not only anonymity but special powers. These powers were often abilities borrowed from specific animal’s perceived talents such as hunting, flying, cleverness etc. in this workshop we will create animal Images in clay adding mixed media enhancements such as fiber and found objects.This workshop is funded in part by the Tennessee Arts Commission.

Earlybird Cost: $165 members, $175 nonmembers. After August 5, Cost: $175/$185. Studio fees apply. Registration deadline August 12.

Studio fees apply. Registration deadline August 12.

Jacobsohn’s educational background includes a BA from Pasadena College in Art Education and an MLAS from Vanderbilt University. She spent the early part of her career as a high school art teacher in California, Massachusetts, and Georgia. She served as an art instructor at Cheekwood before becoming the director of education over both the art and botanical programs. In 1996 she made the decision to dedicate full time to her career as a sculptor. Her work has been successfully exhibited in galleries across the US and is in the collection of the Tennessee State Museum. She enjoys sharing her expertise through workshops at Arrowmont, Pocosin, Appalachian Craft Center and arts organizations in the US and Canada.


with Judy Brater

Two Fridays, September 8 and 22

9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 

Judy Brater will be teaching a class that shows how to alter bowls and vases by adding coils, and how to texture them using a variety of pottery stamps and tools. Bring three small to medium, and one medium to large leather hard formed bowl, or any shape you like. Also bring any texturing tools, towels, extra clay needed for coils and altering forms. This is an intermediate class and requires experience with clay. Bring lunch. If you have any questions on what shapes to bring call Lisa Barger at 719-0857.
September 22nd will be glazing day!

Earlybird Cost: $75 members, $85 nonmembers. After August 25, Cost: $85/$95.  Clay will be available for purchase for $30.00 for your first bag of clay. If a second bag is needed the cost is $40.00. An additional glaze fee of $10.00 will also apply. You will pay for the glaze day of class.

Registration deadline: September 1

Judy Brater began her chosen vocation in ceramic arts in 1972. Her formal education includes a BFA from the University of Cincinnati where she majored in ceramics and painting. Her prior art influence began at an early age on a family farm where her Grandmother, a painter and quilter, and her Mother, also a quilter guided her and provided the positive energy and art education which became a priority in her life. Judy exhibits in fine craft festivals and is represented in select fine craft galleries. Judy’s life changed in an instant when in 2009, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She feels the diagnosis provided the opportunity to focus and examine artistic priorities. Her ceramic pieces are most important to her when it gives pleasure to others. She knows the power of art and healing.


with Janet McCracken

Mondays, September 11, 18, & 25

10 am to 1 pm

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: $50 members, $60 nonmembers. After August 28, Cost: $60/$70.

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.



with Jordan Byrd

Saturday, September 16

10:00 am – 2:00 pm

By modernizing a 5,000-year-old technique of dyeing eggs using a wax resist method called Pysanky, we are able to achieve stunning works of art that look as if they are stained glass, when in fact they are simply eggshells that have been dyed. Each student will go home with a completed stained glass style Batik egg. No previous artistic skill or experience required.

This class is funded in part by the Tennessee Arts Commission.

Earlybird Cost: $40 members, $50 nonmembers. After September 2, Cost: $50/$60.

Materials Fee: $10 to be paid to teacher the first day of class.

Registration deadline: September 9.

Byrd is one of a few artists in the United States who regularly practices, sells and teaches the method of egg decorating called Pysanky. Pysanky, also known as Ukrainian Easter Eggs or Batik style eggs, originated in Ukraine and Poland close to 5,000 years ago. Jordan not only helps keep “Pysanky” alive with her traditional eggs but opens up the art to a whole new audience through her non-traditional eggs and jewelry.




with Sarah Brobst
Tuesday, September 19
6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Join us for a fun upcycling project with artist Sarah Brobst as we learn how to turn trash into treasures. We will be taking old, worn hubcaps that were found on local TN roads and turn them into painted masterpieces. We will be going through the process of priming and then painting during this class period. We will be using both spray and bottled acrylic paints for this project, so you may want to bring old clothes to paint in. Feel free to come with ideas, but you will get a lot of inspiration from the designs on the hubcaps themselves. All supplies are included. This craft project is fun for all ages!

This workshop is funded in part by the Tennessee Arts Commission.

Earlybird cost: $25 for Craft Center members, $35 for nonmembers.

After September 5, cost: $35/ $45.

Registration deadline: September 12.

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.


with Ruth Prince

Saturday, September 23

10:30 am to 4:30 pm

This class will introduce you to the exciting world of metal clay! This amazing material starts out looking like a gray lump of chewing gum, but with easily learned simple techniques and a bit of torch magic, ends up as a beautiful piece of pure silver. The instructor will furnish all tools and materials for the class. From the furnished 16 gram package of silver clay, you will go home with 4 or 5 silver pendants ready to hang on a chain and wear proudly!

Ruth Prince has been working with and teaching metal clay techniques for over 10 years. She was certified to teach through PMC Connections’ educational system. She holds a BFA from UT and teaches enameling, glass fusing and metalworking in Oak Ridge and Knoxville. This is her first class at AACC.

Earlybird Cost: $95 member s, $105 nonmembers. After September 9, Cost: $105/$110. Materials fee: $50 to be paid to instructor day of class.

Registration deadline: September 16


Coming Soon:

Hat on a Ball with Tone Haugen Cogburn November 4




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.


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.


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 need- ed. For more information or to just get ideas, call Katie Aloi, Center Director at 865-494-9854.

Price to be determined.


Schedule your birthday party. 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, classes will likely not be held. Call the office to verify If it is a weekend, the decision to cancel is up to the teacher. In that case, please call the Center at 494-9854.

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