Known for its arts and crafts culture, Gatlinburg became a force in the Arts and Crafts Revival in the 1940s, thanks to Pi Beta Phi Women’s Fraternity who established a settlement school, a school which eventually became the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. Local shops popped up throughout Gatlinburg, and now visitors come from across the United States to see these artisans at work. The following is a list of nameable establishments for the arts and crafts enthusiasts; however, a large number of excellent shops exist throughout Gatlinburg, so be sure to visit as many as you can!
The Alewine family turned their love of pottery into a staple of the Gatlinburg Arts and Crafts Community. Watch as the workers create unique, beautiful pieces of pottery before your eyes, or choose a piece on the shelf which speaks to you—and since each piece of pottery is made by hand, fired, and painted, each time you visit will be like the first.
Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts
The Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts paved the way for other shops across Gatlinburg which specialized in niche crafts or arts. The school contains an artist in residence program for budding artisans and provides classes to the public in various mediums, including pottery, painting, and jewelry design. Take a glass, or just stop by to view artist exhibits and galleries.
The Village Shops
Reminiscent of an old European village, quaint shops dot the brick streets of The Village in Gatlinburg. Inhale the scents of local eateries cooking up something special for their visitors, and step inside various shops specializing in arts and crafts ranging from handmade candles to hand thrown pottery.
Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fai
Though not a traditional brick-and-mortar shop, the Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair, occurring in both the fall and summer, includes works from artists across the United States, making it a popular attraction among enthusiasts. Peruse hundreds of booths with unique arts and crafts, watch demonstrations, or relax to the sounds of live music emanating from the Gatlinburg Convention Center’s halls. It’s the one Gatlinburg event enthusiasts shouldn’t miss.
These are but a few of the locally-owned arts and crafts shops in the Gatlinburg area. Subscribe for more recommendations of the best things to do and the best places to visit in Gatlinburg.