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

The Wild Fern

Contact: Debra Mills

Address:

19 Everett Street

Bryson City, NC 28713

Phone 828-736-1605

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.

Toni Murphy, Stampin' Up

Contact: Toni Murphy

Address:

PO Box 1574

Bryson City, North Carolina 28713

Phone 828-586-1086

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.

Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center

Address:

121 Schoolhouse Rd

Robbinsville, NC 28771

Phone 828-479-3364

Phone 828-479-4384

Fax 828-479-1434

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.

Southwestern Community College

Address:

Swain Center, 60 Almond School Rd

Bryson City, NC 28713

Phone 828-366-2000

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.