Explore Your Creative Side At One Of Our Area Arts & Crafts Workshops
Here in the mountains of Western North Carolina, we're known for our creative arts and crafts community. Our artisans are keeping alive many of the traditional heritage crafts such as pottery, weaving, basketmaking and quilting; as well as cooking, canning and preserving to make best use of locally grown foods.
Stores and galleries in the area offer these crafts and more for sale; and we have several festivals featuring locally made crafts as well. If you would like to learn how to create some unique crafts, the artisans on this page would like to teach you. We have a variety of classes — from 2 hours to several days or ongoing.
Nourish your creative spirit - learn something new!
Arts, Crafts & Cooking Classes
Southwestern Community College
Swain Center, 60 Almond School Rd
Bryson City, NC 28713
SCC's Nantahala School for the Arts at Swain Center focuses on heritage arts including a Master Potter certificate program, as well as outdoor leadership and business and industry training and consulting. Several classes for children are offered in the summer.
The Wild Fern
Contact: Debra Mills
19 Everett Street
Bryson City, NC 28713
A working studio/gallery of regional artists who create and sell! Debbie Mills, of Mountain Basket Works, creates traditional and contemporary baskets. Call or email for upcoming class schedules.
Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center
121 Schoolhouse Rd
Robbinsville, NC 28771
Stecoah Valley Center is home to an Artisans Gallery, a Spring Bluegrass Festival, an 11-week Summer Concert Series, a Fall Harvest Festival, the Schoolhouse Cafe (seasonal hours), and a variety of adult classes from cooking to arts and crafts as well as business and technical assistance for artists.
Toni Murphy, Stampin' Up
Contact: Toni Murphy
PO Box 1574
Bryson City, North Carolina 28713
As a demonstrator for Stampin' Up, I teach paper crafting including making and scrapbooking, and serve as a creative coach for customers of Stampin' Up. I also sell craft supplies which are manufactured and distributed by Stampin' Up, which is known for its quality products.