Sign up for classes by calling the Center. The desk worker will help you sign up and pay.

All classes are handicap accessible.

Phone (865) 494-9854 



with Ken and Melody Shipley

Saturday, February 16

10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.


Sunday, February 17

10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

This wheel-throwing class is open to all levels, beginner to advanced. We will begin by demonstrating, and then work individually with students to learn and improve throwing skills to include mugs, bowls, plates, pitchers, and teapots. We will also demonstrate throwing large pieces. 

Earlybird Cost: $100 members, $110 nonmembers. After February 2, Cost: $110/$120. Bring your lunch.

Registration deadline: February 8

This project is funded under a Grant Contract with the State of Tennessee.

Ken Shipley is a Professor of Art at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN.  He has worked in ceramics for over 30 years and began his career as an apprentice to both Charles Counts in Rising Fawn, GA and Bill Ashley in Chattanooga, TN.  Ken’s work covers many aspects of ceramics, from production pottery to large one-of-a-kind pieces, both wheel thrown and hand built.  He has a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

His work can be seen in galleries in Tennessee, Florida, Alabama, Kentucky, Indiana, Louisiana, Georgia, and has been exhibited widely in the United States, Italy, Germany, Japan, France, China, and England.

Melody Shipley completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN, in 1996. She finds her strength, peace, and inspiration from the beauty of nature, and in recreating her vision of that beauty in the forms and surfaces of the pots she makes. She hand carves her pieces and applies several different layers of glaze to achieve the rich textures of her surfaces. Melody’s work has been sold and exhibited regionally, nationally, and internationally. She also conducts workshops and teaches classes through programs at John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC, Artist in the Schools and the Community School of the Arts in Clarksville, TN.  



with Aaron Head

Saturday, February 23

12:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Participants will learn the basics behind hand-stitching, as well as the stitches and patterns of Sashiko stitching. After learning the basic rules of Sashiko, participants will then be encouraged to bend those rules and develop their own stitching voice. Participants will learn the meditative and mindful properties of hand-stitching, and learn to read Sashiko patterns. Students are provided with naturally dyed fabric for stitching on, along with Sashiko thread and other naturally dyed thread for stitching with, and students will leave with at least 4 stitched swatches. Students are also encouraged to bring a textile, home good or article of clothing that could use some hand-stitched embellishment or mending. Denim clothing, linen accessories and any medium-weight home good are perfect for this. 

PROVIDED BY INSTRUCTOR: Naturally dyed fabric, naturally dyed thread, needles, thimbles, threader, snips, and all sewing materials, and rulers and marking pens.

OPTIONAL EXTRAS PROVIDED BY STUDENTS: Clothing or home good for embellishment

Earlybird Cost: $50 members, $60 nonmembers.

After February 7, Cost: $60/$70.

Registration deadline: February 15.

This project is funded under a Grant Contract with the State of Tennessee.

Aaron Sanders Head is a curator, writer, and traveling, teaching artist based in Nashville, TN. He has worked for The Arts Company as Gallery Associate, Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment as Gallery Coordinator/Curator, and the Kentuck Museum Association as Artist Liaison. His curatorial work focuses on presenting honest depictions of the complex southern cultural climate through the lens of its artists, while his personal work investigates, restores, and reinterprets historical textile practices, with a focus on natural dyes, hand-mending, and hand-stitching. 


with Geri Forkner

Saturday, March 2, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

and Sunday, March 3, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Start the day by making a small resist Nuno felted bag. Then embellish it with lights and flowers. Just for the fun of it, we’ll encase a string of battery-powered fairy lights into a felted cord for an eye-catching bag handle. Then we’ll fast felt some small flowers to be stitched on when everything dries out. Some felting experience helpful.

This project is funded under a Grant Contract with the State of Tennessee.

Students to bring: small bubble wrap 12 inches x 1 ½ yards, towel, ½ length pool noodle, stocking or elastic for ties, 3 to 4 oz merino wool roving, any favorite felting tools you own.

Supply fee: $3 for electronics and misc. supplies + cost of wool if purchased from instructor.

Earlybird Cost: $70 members, $80 nonmembers. After February 16, Cost: $80/$90.

Registration deadline: February 23.

Geri Forkner creates felted and woven works of art from her studio in Tennessee. Geri teaches fiber arts classes regionally, nationally, and internationally to both children and adults, and is the recipient of an Artists-In-The-Schools grant. A member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild, she cherishes the old traditions and skills while using fibers in innovative ways to push the boundaries of weaving. After graduating with a BS degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, Geri continued her education with weaving and surface design classes at Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA.  



with Pat K. Thomas

Sunday, March 10, 12:00 – 5:00 p.m.

and Monday, March 11, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Learn to manipulate silk fabric and scarves to create pattern, texture, and color. We will first dye silk. And then different techniques of shibori will be applied to the dyed silk to create amazing results! You should be able to complete 6 to 8 scarves during this class. Bring kitchen gloves. Wear old clothes & shoes.

This project is funded under a Grant Contract with the State of Tennessee.

Earlybird Cost: $45 for members, $55 nonmembers.

After February 23, Cost: $55/$65.

Extra materials cost: $50.00 payable to instructor first day of class.

Registration deadline: March 3

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 Karen Bills

Sunday, March 17, 1:30 – 5:00 pm. 

Delightful spring fairies by needle felting and sculpting with wool.  We’ll use a barbed needle for felting, wool wrapping for legs and arms, and curly locks for hair.  Karen Bills and assistant 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 by making an adorable fairy to give as a gift or add to their own décor.  Students need no previous experience or supplies. This project is funded under a Grant Contract with the State of Tennessee.

Earlybird Cost: $30 members, $40 nonmembers. 

After March 3: $40/$50. Materials Fee: $5 payable to the teachers at class. 

Registration Deadline: March 10All Levels.

NOTE: A multi-needle tool will be available for an additional $12. 


with Sheri Burns

Saturday, March 23

9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

This class will feature a basket made with a classic Williamsburg handle. Williamsburg baskets start square, and end with a round top, giving you lots of room to store your springtime goodies. Dyed reed in a variety of colors will be available to personalize your basket. Tools and supplies provided by the instructor. This basket is appropriate for beginners as well as more advanced weavers

Earlybird Cost: $65 members, $75 nonmembers. After March 9: $75/$85. Registration deadline: March 16


with Kelli Thompson

Saturday, March 30 (rain date 4/6)

9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Do you have a digital camera, SLR preferably, that you want to learn how to take better photographs?  Kelli Thompson will teach you basics of photography, such as how to shoot in manual mode, set your shutter speed, aperture and more.  We will also learn about how to compose better photographs, eliminate unwanted clutter and noise in your photos, and capture special moments in time.  We will take an excursion to Norris Dam State Park during the class, then discuss editing software to develop your photographs.  We will also talk about techniques to capture better photos with the digital camera available on your smartphone and apps that edit and enhance these photographs. 

Earlybird Cost: $35 members, $45 nonmembers. 

After March 16, cost: $45/$55.

Registration deadline: March 23 


with Michelle Durham

Saturday, April 13

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Design your own framed succulent “living picture” to decorate your outdoor vertical spaces.  We will use low care succulents that survive East TN winters (perennial) and are suited for vertical gardening.  Class includes a handmade Framed 5×7 vertical planter, soil and locally grown succulents to complete your customized look.  Class taught by Michelle Durham Owner of Succulents Go Vertical who has been creating these unique living art pieces for 10 years and has been selling them at local craft shows, garden centers, and farmers markets.  She will share all her experience and guide you in other vertical succulent designs you may be considering.

Earlybird cost: $50 members, $60 nonmembers. After March 30, cost: $60/ $70.

Registration deadline: April 6


with Melanie Fetterolf

Sunday, April 7

2:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

All skill levels are invited to come paint a beautiful “Dogwood” image. Melanie will guide you to complete a 16 x 20 acrylic on canvas using a variety of brushes and painting techniques.  All supplies are included. 

Earlybird Cost: $40 for Craft Center members, $50 for nonmembers. 

After March 24, cost: $50/ $60

Registration deadline: March 31 

Melanie Fetterolf is the owner of Painting Your World Studio in Seymour, TN. She has displayed at the Davis Gallerias, Smoky Mountain Arts, The Emporium, and the Center for Peace.


with Abby Shedden

Sunday, April 28, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Enhance your home’s Southern Charm with a beautiful Magnolia Wreath. These magnolia wreaths are perfect for indoor or outdoor display and can be used year round. In this class, participants will construct a 14” magnolia wreath from artificial magnolia leaves. Each leaf will be individually placed and secured so it is sure to last for years to come. In addition, participants will be able to adorn the magnolia wreaths with a variety of farmhouse inspired elements (such as cotton, lemons, flowers, and more). Finally, participants can add a bow for an eye-catching, seasonal flair.

Earlybird cost: $40 members, $50 nonmembers. After April 14, cost: $50/ $60.

Materials fee to be paid to teacher day of class: $35

Registration deadline: April 21

Exploring Indigo & Shibori

with Aaron Head

Saturday, May 4

11:00 AM -3:30 PM

Join Aaron Head, Nashville-based visual artist, for an exploration of Indigo and Shibori. Participants will learn basics of dyeing with a plant-based indigo vat, along with various approaches to Shibori dyeing. Students will learn about the components that create an indigo vat, and how to create one in their home studio. We will focus on Itajime (shape resist) and Kumo (twist resist) techniques, as well as more experimental techniques. Students will leave with dyed cotton fabric, dyed home goods or clothing, and the knowledge to continue dyeing at home.

A yard of cotton fabric along with all dye materials will be provided. Students are highly encouraged to bring small goods to dye. Cellulose fibers (cotton, linen, rayon, ramie) accept the color the best. Vintage linens, pillowcases, dishtowels, and clothing are all perfect for this. Pre-wash in hot water before the workshop.Wear old clothing and shoes that can be stained. The dye will splash.

Earlybird Cost:
 $100 members, $110 nonmembers. After April 20 Cost: $110/$120 

Registration deadline: April 27.

Saturdays May 11 – June 1

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

This class is designed to introduce students to the joy of creating paintings from start to finish. Students will learn different types of brushes, brush control, how to choose a painting subject and compose a painting. Students will walk away with a painting at the end of each class, completing a total of 4 paintings!

Classes are designed for beginners (no experience needed), fun, and lighthearted! Claudia will provide demonstrations and individual help to each student. Students will finish the class with the ability to paint at home with confidence.

All supplies are included in the cost of registration. A list of supplies will be available to students that want to purchase supplies to paint at home.

Earlybird Cost: $155 members, $165 nonmembers. 

After April 27: $165/$175. 

Registration deadline: May 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.


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 Ashley Pegram, 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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