Appalachian Arts Craft Center in Norris, TN is offering the following classes in July: Salvage Jewelry with Sarah Brobst, Felted Rug with Becky Walker, Pottery for Teenagers with Katie Cottrell, and Pottery on the Wheel with Sandra McEntire. Visit the Center or call 865-494-9854 to register.

SALVAGE JEWELRY, with Sarah Brobst, Thursday, July 14, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Do you have that drawer—one that is filled with single earrings (the other one lost), broken necklaces, old watches, stuff you just don’t wear anymore?? I am sure you do… and this class is for you. In this class, you will learn how to dismantle, demolish, reconstruct, reattach, and rearrange old and worn pieces of jewelry to make some truly one-of-a-kind masterpieces. All ages. All tools, enamels, old jewelry pieces, and epoxies are supplied… feel free to bring your old worn pieces that you would like to transform into new accessories. This workshop is funded in part by the Tennessee Arts Commission and the East Tennessee Foundation.

Earlybird cost: 25 for Craft Center members, $35 for nonmembers. After July 2, cost: $35/ $45.
Registration deadline: July 7.

Brobst showcased work in art shows during college, but took a break to travel and do work in her field of study. After moving back to Knoxville she started back into creating art—paintings, salvage jewelry, mixed media sculptures, etc. focusing on bringing new life to old, discarded objects. She works full time at a nature center in Knoxville, where she talks about the importance of recycling and repurposing to the public, and she strives to bring that lesson through in her art. Her works have been showcased as part of the Tennessee Crafts Art Fairs, LEAF Festival, Bele Chere, and just recently made her first two shows as a RAW artist in Nashville, TN and Brooklyn, New York.

FELTED RUG, with Becky Walker, Saturday, July 16, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm and Sunday, July 17, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Becky Walker, fiber artist/teacher from SC will help you design and create your own work of art that will treat your toes and please your eyes! By combining wool, hot water, soap and considerable “elbow grease”, we’ll produce small rugs that are especially suitable for use in bath or bedroom or at the foot of your favorite chair. No previous felt making experience is necessary. Earlybird cost: $65 members, $75 nonmembers. After July 2: $75/ $85. Materials Fee for all needed materials, equipment, and supplies: $30 payable to teacher day of class.

Registration deadline: July 8.

POTTERY FOR TEENAGERS, with Katie Cottrell, Monday – Friday, July 18-22, Ages 13-17, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Introduction to clay on the potter’s wheel which will include preparing the clay, centering and basic shapes with an introduction to glazing during the last class. Cost: $115 for members, $125 for nonmembers.

Registration deadline: July 10.

POTTERY ON THE WHEEL, with Sandra McEntire, Mondays, July 25 and August 1, 8, 15 & 29
10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Bring a lunch each day. This will be a beginners’ class that will concentrate on the four basics of wheel work: centering, opening, pulling up, and trimming. It will give the student the initial skills to discover whether wheel thrown pottery is something worth pursuing further. There will be four classes, a break of a week to allow for drying and initial firing, and a final class for glazing pieces.
Cost: $115 members, $125 nonmembers. Supply fees: $30 for bag of clay which includes use of the studio and wheels, two kiln firings, and glazes plus bring a pre-purchased tool kit (from Jerry’s for about $10) to first day of class. Registration deadline: July 18