all classes wheelchair/handicap accessible


with Sherry Smith

Thursday, January 5, 12, 19, 26

and Feb 2 & 9, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Have you ever wanted to paint a beautiful landscape, but didn’t think you could? Everyone can learn to paint! In these classes, we will explore the skills needed to create beautiful paintings. We will look at composition, value, prospective, use of color, and the effect of light on the overall painting. Each week we will complete a “paint along” canvas to define our skills and then work on a painting of your choice. Be looking for scenes you enjoy and make digital pictures for your reference photos. During this part of the class, you will work at your own pace with individual help from the instructor.

Earlybird Cost: $110 members, $120 nonmembers. After December 22: $120/$130. Supply fees payable to instructor first day of class: $30 (this includes paint and brushes used in class, and canvases) Materials list of items to bring to class available at registration.

Registration deadline: December 29


with Donna Gryder

Saturday, January 14, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Nothing says fusing like the bling of dichroic glass. Here’s your chance to experience the sparkles and colors that only dichroic glass can offer. Each participant will make their own wearable masterpieces, in the form of up to 4 glass pendants, using a variety of fusible glass. Basic glass fusing information will be discussed. Pendants will be designed, cut and pieced together during class.

The firing of the pendants will take place during the next few days, away from the Center. Silver plated and gold plated bails will be available for attachment prior to delivery or will come with the pendants along with instructions for attachment–this will be at the participant’s choice. Pendants will be available for pick up at the Center on Saturday, January 28, 2017.

Age 16 and older.
Earlybird Cost: $45 members, $55 nonmembers. After January 2: $55/$65. Materials fee: $50 paid to instructor at beginning of class.
Registration deadline: January 7


Beginner and Advancing

with Sandra McEntire

Monday, January 23, 30

and February 6, 13, 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Bring a lunch each day.

This will be a class that will concentrate on and review the four basics of wheel work: centering, opening, pulling up, and trimming. It will give the student more confidence in the throwing process. There will be four classes. Some wheel ability helpful but not required. Cost: $100 members, $110 nonmembers, plus studio fees as needed.

Registration deadline: January 16




with Judy Brater

Two Fridays, January 27 and March 3, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 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 leather hard formed bowls, any size or shape and one vase shaped vessel. Also bring any texturing tools, towels, extra clay needed for coils and altering forms. March 3 will be glazing day! Glazes included. This workshop is funded in part by the Tennessee Arts Commission and the East Tennessee Foundation.

Earlybird Cost: $60 members, $70 nonmembers. After January 13, Cost: $70/ $80. Clay will be available for purchase for those who need it. Firing fees will apply to any clay not purchased at the Center. Registration deadline January 19.

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 in art and healing.


with Tone Haugen-Cogburn

Saturday, January 28, 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: $70 for Craft Center members, $80 nonmembers. After January 14, Cost: $80/$90.

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: January 21

Haugen-Cogburn was born and raised in Norway, but has lived in Tennessee since 1987. She has over 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.


With Sandra McEntire

Wednesday, February 22, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.

This workshop is an opportunity to work on your skills and produce several pots. You will have the option with your 25 lb bag of clay of creating sets, trying some-thing new, going a little bigger, or just playing and being inspired by others. By the end of the day you will have gained not only lots of pots, but you will also advance in your abilities with a small group of likable, eager potters. Prerequisite: must be able to center and make a 3 inch cylinder. Students will be given guidelines in advance for clay preparation. Earlybird Cost: $50 members, $60 nonmembers. After February 8: $60/ $70 Studio Fees Apply. Registration deadline: February 15 

HANDBUILDING WITH CLAY, with Janet McCracken Mondays, February 20, 27 & March 6 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. Registration deadline: One Week Prior to Class Start. Earlybird Cost: Register and pay by 2 weeks before class start and the cost is $50 for Craft Center members, $60 for nonmembers. Within 2 weeks of class start, Cost: $60 for Craft Center members; $70 for nonmembers. All students must also pay a $30 studio fee to the Pottery Department on the first day for clay, glaze and firing.



with Pat K. Thomas

Saturday, March 18 and Sunday, March 19, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Shibori creates texture & pattern on cloth by resisting dye. Shibori resist methods include clamping, wrapping, sewing & scrunching (technical term!). This 2-day workshop will explore shibori on silk scarves. Workshop participants will focus on two different types of dyes — acid dyes & Procion MX dyes. Dye recipes will be learned. Several shibori methods will be presented & practiced. Participants can expect to make at least 8 silk scarves. Most supplies will be provided by the instructor. Bring kitchen gloves. Wear old clothes & shoes.

This workshop is funded in part by the East Tennessee Foundation and the Tennessee Arts Commission. Earlybird Cost: $45 for members, $55 nonmembers. After March 4 Cost: $55/$65. Extra materials cost: $50.00 payable to instructor first day of class.

Registration deadline: March 11

Pat K. Thomas of Sevierville has been demonstrating marbling and conducting workshops for many years at such venues as the Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts in Gatlinburg and the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC. She’s co- owner of the Cliff Dwellers Gallery in Gatlinburg and a member of the Foothills Craft Guild and the International Society of Marblers.



with Barbara Holt

Saturday, March 25 and/or Sunday, March 26

See each class for specifics and supply list for common items to bring to class.

Choose the basket(s) you would like to make in this one or two day basket class extravaganza! You decide. Each student will be responsible for necessary tools, which are ordinary items from the household. The Center has the tool list which should be picked up at the time of registration. Beginners with no weaving experience will be provided an additional pair of tools required for their class.

If you purchased the two required tools from a previous Large Market Basket or Rooting Pot Planter class of Barbara’s, bring them to class and you will be given a $20 refund for the repeat class.

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 Bristol 18 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 has served as the President of the Tennessee Basketry Association. Barbara has written over 80 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.


with Barbara Holt

Saturday, March 25, 9:00 am– 1:30 pm

This 6”W x 11”L x 14”H basket is perfect for a gift basket holding two wine bottles. A Josephine knot using 4 pieces of round reed is on the front of the basket. Beginner with weaving experience. Earlybird Cost: $65 members, $75 nonmembers. After March 11 Cost: $75/ $85. See supply list at registration for common items you need to bring to class. Registration Deadline: March18


with Barbara Holt

Saturday, March 25 OR Sunday, March 26, 9:00 – 3:30 pm

This is the class for someone who has never made a basket. The 9”W x 19”L x 20”H basket is large enough for a small quilt or afghan. Students choose dyed reed in several options to add 2-3” of color to the design. Two required tools are included.* Level: Beginner, no experience.

Earlybird Cost: $99 members, $109 nonmembers. After March 11, Cost: $109/$119. Includes two required tools. See supply list at registration for common items you need to bring to class. Registration Deadline: March18


with Barbara Holt

Saturday, March 25, 9:00 am– 3:30 pm

The optional pottery rooting pot shown on this 13”W x 11”L x 10”H basket can be purchased in the AACC shop. The basket holds a plant with the rooting pot on the front to put root cuttings. The basket is woven in brown and grape dyed reed, or multiple colors of dyed reed. Two required tools are included. Beginner, no experience. Earlybird Cost: $89 members, $99 nonmembers. After March 11, Cost: $99/$109. Includes two required tools. See supply list at registration for common items you need to bring to class. Registration Deadline: March18


with Barbara Holt

Sunday, March 26, 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

This 9”W x 12”L x 5”H storage basket was designed by Barbara Vaughn, a TN basket weaver, and is being taught with her permission. There are two Josephine knots, one on the front and one on the back. Shown using 3 pieces of round reed to make the knot, it can be woven with 4 (see Josephine Wine Basket). A unique lashing is woven on the rim. Beginner with weaving experience. Earlybird Cost: $62 members, $72 nonmembers. After March 11, Cost: $72/$82. See supply list at registration for common items you need to bring to class. Registration Deadline: March18 




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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