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).


Testimonial from Needle Felting Class, May 17, 2015.

I LOVE those classes all the tips and tricks I learn.  As we were leaving someone mentioned making a WITCH this fall.  Maybe we (like this “we” business) can make one before Halloween in late September or early October.   Can’t WAIT for the next class …..  THIS FALL.
Maxwell Rabbit from May 17 needle felting class




FEATURED TENNESSEE ARTIST WORKSHOP SERIES! MOSAIC BIRDBATH WORKSHOP, with Jessica Kortz, Saturday, May 23, 2015 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Sunday May 24, 2015, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

In this two day workshop, each student will create a fully functional mosaic birdbath suitable for an outdoor space. Students will learn hands-on techniques appropriate for outdoor mosaics while exploring different materials including ceramic tiles, stained glass and mirror, broken dishes, figurines and other found objects. Materials are included, but feel free to bring your own mosaic supplies and personal objects to add to your mosaic. This class is suitable for all levels. Earlybird Cost: Register and pay by May 9 and the cost is $55 for Craft Center members, $65 for nonmembers. After May 9, Cost: $65/$75. Registration deadline: May 16.

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


GLASS FUSING WORKSHOP, with Kathy King, Thursday, May 28, 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 at the center.
Earlybird Cost: Register and pay by May 14 and the cost is $45 for Craft Center members, $55 for nonmembers. After May 14, 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 May 21.


Saturday, June 13, 12:00 to 4:00 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.  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 June 5.
$26 for members, $31 for non-members which includes all materials. Some scholarships are available, please call 865-494-9854 for more information. Beginning.


EARRING EXTRAVAGANZA!!!! with Kathy King, Thursday, June 18, 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 gifts!! All materials will be provided! Class fee includes the cost of 1 pair of earrings (can be Swarovski 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. A variety of beads will be available for you to work with. Cost: $15.00 (includes 1 at pair of earrings), additional non Swarovski earrings $8.00/pair, additional Swarovski$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: June 11.


KIDS’ CRAFT CAMP, June 22 -26, 10:00 a.m.– 2:00 p.m. with Sheri Burns and her assistant Kat Havercamp.

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 basketmaking, 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.

$95 per child (members); $105 for nonmembers.  Some scholarships may be available.  Call for more information.

Registration deadline: June 17. Check if after deadline to see if space remains.


POTTERY FOR KIDS, with Nancy Adams, Monday – Friday, July 13- 17

Rising 3rd – 5th grade, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and rising 6th – 8th grade, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Explore all methods of hand building while creating functional pieces for your favorite foods, beverages and more. Introduction to the wheel with interactive demonstration. Cost: $100 for members, $110 for nonmembers. Some scholarships may be available. Registration deadline: July 3. Check if after deadline to see if space remains.


WRITING WORKSHOP,with Kathleen Fearing, Thursday, July 16, 6 p.m. to 8 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 and what techniques writers can use to grab and keep the reader’s attention. Bring your story with you to class.

Earlybird Cost: Register and pay by July 5 and the cost is $40 for Craft Center Members, $45 for nonmembers. After July 5, Cost: $45/$50.

Registration deadline: July 10.


 POTTERY FOR TEENAGERS, with Katie Cottrell, Monday – Friday, July 20-24

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. Some scholarships may be available. Registration deadline: July 10. Check if after deadline to see if space remains.


PREPARING YOUR BOOK FOR SELF-PUBLICATON, with Kathleen Fearing, Thursday, August 13, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Have a story or book you want to publish yourself? Curious about how to go about it? Let award-winning self-published author Kathleen E. Fearing take you through the steps toward self-publishing your book. The class includes taking a look at story continuity, self-editing, formatting, and other steps necessary to get your book ready for publication. Bring your work or laptops with you and be ready to share.

For those who take this class, one-on-one sessions with the instructor to finalize your work will be available for an additional cost of $100.00.

Earlybird Cost: Register and pay by July 30 and the cost is $40 for Craft Center Members, $45 for nonmembers. After July 30. Cost: $45/$50.

Registration deadline: August 6




 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.)