One of the most bizarre contrasts in the region is Cooter’s Dukes of Hazzard museum and the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, perhaps the most respected institution of its kind in East Tennessee, both of which advertise on Gatlinburg’s famous Parkway. The 1940s building on right, used by Arrowmont but not considered part of campus proper, may be removed by new development.
The Gatlinburg Space Needle, visible from Arrowmont’s campus, is one of just a few clues that you’re not in the deep woods.
In Arrowmont’s pottery studio, students of all ages watch a demonstration in the “Porcelain Pots – Form, Finish, & Fire” workshop. The shelf above the window, which holds samples of pots thrown by visiting masters, is known as the Boneyard.
Deborah Rule works on her piece in the “Large-Scale Drawings – Image & Text” workshop.
Instructor Leah Leitson demonstrates her technique to students of the “Porcelain Pots – Form, Finish, & Fire” workshop.
Instructor Marlene True teaches a jewelry-making workshop.
Rowena MacLeod strategizes with instructor Jason Watson during the “Large Scale Drawings – Image & Text” workshop.
Ashley Harwood turns a piece of wood into a bowl during her “Perfecting the Cut” workshop.
The gallery in Arrowmont’s main administration building, which also includes offices, a library, and a bookstore. Though not old enough to be one of the school’s National Register historic buildings, it was designed by well-known modernist Hubert Bebb, who won an American Institute of Architects award for its design in 1973. (Bebb was later associated with another building several miles to the northwest called the Sunsphere.)
Arrowmont’s gallery, which is open to the public, exhibits current work. Its shows are often reviewed by arts publications. In the center is Jason Hess’ “Teapot with Cups.”
A sample scarf from the “Five Hand-felted Scarves” workshop.
Alabama-raised Bill May, a stained-glass artisan, became executive director of Arrowmont during a crisis concerning its future in Gatlinburg.
Originally from Indiana, Director of Programs Bill Griffith first attended classes at Arrowmont 30 years ago.