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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!


Keeping Heritage Arts Alive in the Smoky Mountains

Nurturing the heritage arts at Southwestern Community College’s Nantahala School for the Arts.

  • 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.
  • Nantahala School for the Arts

    Southwestern Community College's Nantahala School for the Arts at Swain Center focuses on heritage arts classes for all skill levels in pottery, ceramics, printmaking, basketry and weaving for those over 16 years of age. In the summer, those 16 and under may take classes such as woodcarving, printmaking, primitive cooking, primitive toys and games, and block printing. Visiting the area or feeling spontaneous? Book one of our "on-demand" 1 & 2-hour classes in pottery, printing, sketching, or printing by calling the School.
  • 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.
  • Bryson City - Swain County
    Chamber of Commerce

    P.O. Box 509
    Bryson City, NC 28713

    Karen Proctor
    Executive Director


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