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Get Creative At One Of Our 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!

  • Dogwood Crafters, Inc.

    A craft cooperative since 1976, Dogwood Crafters showcases the handmade treasures created by regional artisans who continue the old-time Appalachian craft traditions. You'll also find some modern translations of these arts and crafts in unique gifts, jewelry, Christmas ornaments, paintings, home décor, and more as well as a full schedule of heritage arts and crafts classes.
  • Southwestern Community College

    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.
  • Swain Arts Center

    The Swain Arts Center is located on the campus of Swain County High School. Our Facility features a lovely two-story glass atrium and a 500 seat aduitorium. The Arts Center offers concerts, art exhibits, and workshops for the community and region.
  • Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center

    Stecoah Valley Center is home to an Artisans Gallery, 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.
  • Bryson City - Swain County
    Chamber of Commerce

    210 Main Street
    P.O. Box 509
    Bryson City, NC 28713

    Karen Proctor
    Executive Director

    828-488-3681

    877-472-1681

    Order a free Visitor Guide featuring Bryson City and the North Carolina Smokies

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