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Gatlinburg, Tennessee Arts & Crafts Community

The 8 mile area of Gatlinburg, Tennessee has been given the designation of being a Tennessee Heritage Arts & Crafts Trail and includes painting, sewing, woven clothing, baskets, quilts, pottery, scrimshaw and much more. Established in 1937, this community and their predecessors have created a valuable resource within Gatlinburg. With skills being handed down from generation to generation, there is much to see.

Buie Pottery is the place to go for colorful pottery, hand crafted by Buie. Included are lamps, tableware and accessories. Rocky Flats Pottery & Soap makes functional tableware. With over 40 years of experience, Red Owl Pottery brings an old-fashioned look to today’s table. One can also throw their own pots there. Smoky Mountain Pottery makes vessels and more right on site. Tea pots handcrafted by Judy Bailey can be found at Gatlinburg Ceramics.

Wearable art is the focus of Frances Fox, a fifth-generation weaver. Included in her art are hand dyed silk and wall hangings.

One can watch glass being made by Jack Hess, Glassblower. Included in his work are ornaments and personalized glass. Baxter’s Stained Glass offers over 25 years of making unique suncatchers, night lights and window panels. Artist J. Hills creates glass in the form of pendants, sculpture and marbles at Hills Creek Gallery & Glass Studio.

Otto Preske carves mantels for the fireplace and has won awards for this work. He accepts special orders as well. The Make It Magic Magic Shop features hand carved chainsaw art in the form of bears. Ownby’s Woodcrafts have been in business since the late 1800s and makes cutting boards, birdhouses and more. The Chair Shop features quality hardwood chairs and furniture made by a fourth-generation family.

One can see the artist painting at the Artist’s Attic with Linda Morrow. She works in a variety of media. The Jim Gray Gallery is located in an historic church and features paintings, prints and more.

Peggy Smith does scrimshaw and N.L. Smith makes handmade knives and jewelry at The Smith’s.

These unique hand made brooms at Ogles Broom Shop are made by third-generation artisans.

Much more can be found in Gatlinburg, a truly unique community of arts and crafts.


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