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).




Saturday, January 10, 24, 31 and February 7, 14, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 

Students should have had some experience with clay on the potter’s wheel. We will go over basic forms and then work on lids and combining, and altering forms, to create something more interesting. The class will be geared to the interest and ability of the students.

Advanced Beginner. Earlybird Cost: Register and pay by December 27 and the cost is $100 for Craft Center Members, $110 for nonmembers. After December 27, Cost: $110/ $120.  Studio fees which include glazing and firing are included in the price of the clay. Clay may be purchased on the first day of the class, price is $30 for the first bag and $40 for each bag after that.

Registration deadline: January 3.




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.



Saturday, February 7, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Celebrate mid-winter with a cozy afternoon of hot chocolate and other warm drinks and chocolate desserts, while learning some cool new crafts. Meet Craft Center artists and members who will be assisting participants in making several different Valentine themed crafts. This annual event is for all ages! Try all the crafts or stick with one – or just enjoy the chocolate (including a chocolate fountain!) and camaraderie at the Center – all for a cool low price – $10 per person! Registration deadline: January 31 but register early to save your spot.




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.




RAKU WORKSHOP, with Bill Capshaw, Saturday, April 11 and Sunday, April 12 (rain days April 18 and 19), 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. each day.

Each student should bring six medium size (5 to 8 inches tall) bisque pots. Pots should be bisque at 08 or 06. Pots should be made with Raku clay or any clay that will withstand the raku process, such as stoneware clay cone 6 to 10. Two pots should be burnished, one pot should have Terra Sigillata applied before being bisqued. We will glaze pots the first part of the day so all pots begin to dry. All glazes and examples of the glazes will be furnished. Each student will get their pots fired in an orderly manner and will get all recipes in a handout. Ferric chloride will be used on one pot so bringing a respirator is optional. All students must have long sleeves to cover arms, long pants and something to tie long hair, and covered toe shoes. There will be no exceptions to these requirements. Students may bring: raku gloves to wear, apron, vapor mask, respirator for use with Ferric Chloride, a notebook, raku tongs, tools as needed, and a great attitude.  This class is in the Featured Tennessee Artists series and is funded in part by the Tennessee Arts Commission and is supported by the Arts and Culture AllianceEarlybird Cost: Register and pay by March 28 and the cost is $85 for Craft Center members, $95 for nonmembers. After March 28, Cost: $195/$105. Registration deadline: April 7.

Bill Capshaw is a ceramic artist and pottery instructor serving as Pottery Studio Chair of the Oak Ridge Art Center in Tennessee. He earned a BFA and MFA from East Tennessee State University, concentrating in ceramics and printing processes. He was named Artist of the Year in 1998 by the Arts Council of Greater Knoxville. He is a member of the Oak Ridge Art Center, Arts & Culture Alliance, the Foothills Craft Guild, Southern Highlands Craft Guild, Tennessee Association of Craft Artists and the Appalachian Arts



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.)