Arts & Crafts

Arts & Crafts will be one of the highlights of your trip to the Great Smoky Mountains.

Smoky Mountains Arts & Crafts Rich History takes us throughout the Smoky Mountain area from Townsend, TN, through Gatlinburg, to Western NC.

Discover art galleries & craft shops

The Smoky Mountain region is blessed to have some of the finest artisans in the Southeastern United States. First of all, you will discover a large number of art galleries and craft shops.  You will also have an opportunity to meet the artists and observe them at work. There are a number of wonderful arts and crafts shows held at various times throughout the year. Be sure to plan a trip to the Smokies when one of the shows is taking place — usually in the Spring and Fall.

arts & crafts

In Gatlinburg, you will find the Gatlinburg’s historic Great Smoky Mountain Arts & Crafts Community

This 8 mile loop road gives you an opportunity to visit more than 120 working artists and craftsmen. The gallery pictured above is the G Webb Art Gallery in the Great Smoky Mountain Arts & Crafts Community.

You will find many art galleries and craft shops interspersed throughout Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville, and Wears Valley.

The Gatlinburg Arts and Crafts Community is the nation’s largest organization of independent artisans. The community makes up the 8-mile Arts and Crafts Loop along Route 321, Buckhorn Road and Glades Road in Gatlinburg. Shop for quilts, old-fashioned straw brooms with hand carved handles, woven baskets, hand-dipped scented candles.  There are also Victorian ceramic pitchers, pottery, dulcimers, stuffed bears, leather vests, and handcrafted jewelry. Painters offer art of landscapes and mountain life. Potters and weavers work with clay and cloth.

Tennessee’s history is rich and diverse

Historic sites, trails, music, crafts and the arts paint a picture of a colorful state that has seen two centuries of statehood. To showcase that rich history, the Tennessee Heritage Trail has been developed by the State of Tennessee in order to highlight the cultural heritage of our people.  As a result, numerous Gatlinburg locations have been designated as integral stops along the Trail. The Arts & Crafts Trail pathway will show you folk art, trolls, and candles of all descriptions.  You can also find hand-made pottery, oak and willow baskets, watercolors, sculpture and lithographs. The History Trail pathway will allow you to discover the people and events that made Tennessee what it is today.

Fine Artisans are Featured

Arts & Crafts shows and festivals in the Smoky Mountains feature some of the finest artisans in the Southeastern U.S. — artists and craftspeople showcase their fine works and offer it for sale. Oftentimes, you will see an artist demonstrating their work. Arts & Crafts in the Smoky Mountain region is part of the rich culture here.  You will find that some of the finest artisans in the Southeast have shops and galleries here.

A Troll in the Park – step into your imagination and enjoy the original Arensbak Smoky Mtn.Trolls, a Danish family folklore for 40 years. Also a wonderland of unique handmade gifts by family & friends.

Alewine Pottery – It is well known that music has played a major role in the culture of the Smoky Mountains and Southern Appalachia. Clawhammer banjo, flatpicking guitar, and the doghouse bass are just some of the terms you may hear while you are in the mountains. At Alewine Pottery, Joan and Jerry Paul embody this part of the Appalachian heritage as much as the colors on the trees in Autumn. This couple has been making music together for several years, and share a great love and appreciation for the music of the area. Joan’s voice is like a cool, mountain stream its crisp clarity, while Jerry’s steady bass and sense of humor provides a compliment that makes the couple hard to resist.

Joan and Jerry Paul can be seen performing at Alewine Pottery, along with a crackling fire, cold drinks, and warm popcorn. It’s as inviting as a mountain home.

Andrea Wilson, Artist – Award-winning artist in in three mediums: watercolor, printmaking and mixed media. Specializing in botanicals wildflowers and fall leaves. Also offering traditional copperplate etchings in a variety of nature subjects flowers,
trees, swans, cats and more.

Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts – offers art classes and craft classes for everyone from the novice to the professional. For over 50 years the school has dedicated its resources to nurturing the creative talents of individuals.

Art for God – Stephen S. Sawyer – Studio/Gallery of this Internationally known Christian Artist. Prints, originals, t-shirts, jigsaw puzzles, jewelry, cards and more by Stephen S. Sawyer. Commission Oil & Pastel Portraits are available.

Buie Pottery – Colorful handcrafted pottery by Buie. Browse and watch the potter at work. Creating a variety of items ranging from oil burners, dinnerware, to bathroom accessories and more. Since 1986.

Candles by Nick & Marie – A large selection of all types of candles, fragrance oils, potpourri, soy candles. Now featuring handmade tapestries and windchimes.

Cliff Dwellers Gallery – Since 1933. Historic gallery featuring fine crafts & art. Contemporary & traditional work of handwoven items, pottery, glass, baskets, gourds, turned wood, marbling, wearable art, paintings and more. Classes, special events and demonstrations. Artists working upstairs daily.

Creekside Rustic Log Furniture – Rustic hand crafted and custom made red cedar furniture and decor. Custom Log Handrails, Log
Beds, Swings, Adirondack furniture, Tables and much more. Now featuring gems, fossils and

Dinwoodie Metal Sculptors – Copper formed into sculptures for home, cabin or business. From trees of all kinds and sizes, to
fountains, to lamps and whimsical pieces.

G. Webb Gallery – View and order prints online. Offers limited edition prints, giclees, books and gifts for online ordering.

Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community – The largest group of independent artisans in North America. This historic 8-mile loop has been designated a Tennessee Heritage Arts & Crafts Trail. Established in 1937, these artisans whittle, paint, sew, cast, weave and carve to create original collectibles such as candles, baskets, quilts, brooms, pottery, jewelry, dolls, ceramics, scrimshaw, silver smithing, leather, stained glass, wearable fashions, fine photography, frameable art, oils and watercolors, also lodging, restaurants, cafés, tea room, soda fountain and candy shops.

Jim Gray Gallery – Historic 115 year old church building features the paintings, prints and sculptures of Jim Gray; custom framing, regional crafts & pottery.

Judy Jones Pottery – Judy creates sculptural and functional stoneware pottery – all hand painted; custom dish sets, casseroles, full line. Browse & watch potter work. Batik, jewelry and baskets.

Louise Bales, Cliff Dwellers Gallery – Exquisite wildflower and bird paintings.

Lucite by Louise – Est. 1974 by Louise & Harry Maloney. The ONLY freehand reverse carving you’ll find in the area. Many usefull unique ACRYLIC creations. Specializing in Christmas, wedding & anniversary gift items. Carved & engraved by Yvonne & Harry Maloney.

Misty Mountain Soap Co. – Home made soaps, lotions and bath and body products using natural ingredients like olive oil and shea butter to give you a healthier choice in skin care.

Mountain Stitches by Susan – Fine cotton quilting fabrics, fat quarters, patterns & books. Quilts, table toppers & lap quilts are hand made by Susan in the shop. Longarm quilting services available.

Nancies Fancies – Uniquely designed and handcrafted beaded jewelry using quality gemstone, crystal, silver and pewter beads. Hand stitched hearts from antique quilts decorate quilt pin cards and matted sayings.

Paul Murray Gallery – International artist Paul Murray records the lives & spirits of Appalachian mountian people in an 1800’s home. Paintings, prints, books.

Proffitts Woodworks – Wood turners producing decorative items for the home including vases, lamps, and wall plaques.

Rose Pedaler – Scented, handformed rosebeads in jewelry made from our roses or yours! We offer a permanent yet functional way to preserve your own special roses in keepsake jewelry.

Smoky Mountain Crafts – Home of the ‘Cades Cove Ceramic Building Series’. Crafts, gifts, ceramic supplies, limited edition collectables and porcelain dolls. The Cades Cove Ceramic Building Series is a collection of hand-painted ceramic pieces capturing the beauty of pioneer life nestled in nineteenth century Cades Cove of the Great Smoky Mountains.

Smoky Mountain Dulcimers – Handcrafted Mountain Dulcimers by Mark Edelman. Featuring Master Works Hammered Dulcimers  as well as books, cds and other musical accessories.

Smoky Mountain Woodcarvers – Mountain crafts, woodcarvings and woodcarving supplies and carving classes.

Stewart Gallery, Art of the Smokies – Original palette knife oil paintings, prints & photographs of local landscapes. Florals. Cubism. Rosemaling collector plates. Hand painted calligraphy and reproduction tinware.

Terri Waters Gallery – Native landscape artist Terri Waters offers beautiful original watercolors, oils and limited edition prints inspired by the Smoky Mountains. The Gallery is located in her family home place.

The Smith Shop – Scrimshaw, Knives, and Silversmithing. Scrimshaw by Peggy Smith. Handmade knives and jewelry by N.L. Smith. Good selection of knives and Indian handcrafts.

Thomas Kinkade at the Gallery – Thomas Kinkade is best known for his studio works, highly detailed renditions of a variety of subjects including lighthouses, quaint English cottages, cozy gardens, stunning landscapes and energetic city scenes. Each is a world unto itself, often inspired by real places but always uniquely its own. The underlying constant in the artist’s work is his incredible use of light to capture a mood that transcends the place that he has painted. It is this “Kinkade glow” that sets Thomas apart from other painters.

Tim Weberding Woodworking – We provide unique, creative, and custom gifts including solid wood inspirational plaques, Christmas ornaments, seasonal pins and magnets, wall decorations, specialty wooden bowls and boxes, clocks, specialty notecards, and many more fine gifts.

Treasures in Earthen Vessels
– Handmade functional stoneware pottery by David Howard. Daily demonstrations of the unique

kitchenware safe for the microwave, oven and dishwasher.

Vern Hippensteal Gallery – Original watercolors – limited edition prints and giclees & notecards by this Gatlinburg native. Regional crafts.

William Britten Gallery – Original Smoky Mountain photography. Soothing and contemplative. Feel the beauty and take it home with you.