Crafts Center hosts chili supper

NORRIS, TN – The Appalachian Arts Craft Center in Norris is hosting a Chili Supper including traditional music by the Woodpickers and a silent auction from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 19, 2017 at the Norris Community Building.

The cost is only $10.00 for homemade chili, cornbread, dessert, and drink or for $25 your meal will be served in a handcrafted pottery bowl you choose from a selection for you to keep.

Handcrafted items, services, and more will be up for bid at a silent auction and there will be door prizes. For more information, stop by the Center, located at 2716 Andersonville Hwy, Clinton, TN, call 865-494-9854, or visit

Art classes offered in Norris

Appalachian Arts Craft Center in Norris will be offering the following classes in January 2017: Landscape Painting with Sherry Smith, Dichoric Pendant with Donna Gryder, Pottery on the Wheel with Sandra McEntire, Handbuilding with Judy Brater, and Nuno Felted Scarf with Tone Haugen-Cogburn.

LANDSCAPE PAINTING, 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, students will explore the skills needed to create beautiful paintings.

DICHORIC PENDANT WORKSHOP, 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.

POTTERY ON THE WHEEL, with Sandra McEntire, Monday, January 23, 30 and February 6, 13, 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. 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.

HANDBUILDING WORKSHOP, 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.

NUNO FELTED SCARF WORKSHOP, 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 artist skill levels are welcome.

For additional information call 865-494-9854 or visit

Crafts Center joins Dogwood tour

Appalachian Arts Craft Center in Norris, Tennessee is participating in the Dogwood Art DeTour on Saturday, April 16 and Sunday, April 17 from 10 am to 5 pm each day at the Center.

The DeTour is an event where local artists welcome the public into their studio space to experience the working creative process as the artist demonstrates the making of a work of art. Several artists will be at the Center demonstrating mixed media, painting, pottery, and more. In addition, there will be craft activities for kids.

The event is free for all ages. For more information or directions, call 865-494-9854.