Vacation Along the Gatlinburg Crafts Trail
Ridgecrest Log Cabin and Chalet Rentals has cabins located in the Glades, better known as the Great Smoky Mountain Art & Craft Community. If you love Appalachian crafts and gifted artisans, you’ll love vacationing right where they live. A stay at Chipmunk Haven will have you well rested and relaxed and looking forward to an entertaining collecting and shopping experience!
If you are a lover or collector of pottery and clay pieces, hop on a trolley near your mountain rental and spend the day visiting some of Tennessee’s most popular potteries right here in Gatlinburg. Even if you’re not, you probably will be by the time you visit the seven pottery members of the crafts community. They will be delighted to have to stop by:
Robert Alewine began his career in pottery when making his first pot in a college art class. He and his family made Gatlinburg their home in 1983 and have been throwing clay ever since. Alewine makes hand-thrown pottery probably best recognized by its leaf motif. The workshop and store are open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 10 a.m.-5p.m. on Sunday. Stop in to see pottery in the making!
Brandy opened her first Gatlinburg pottery shop 10 years ago, perfecting her skills to bring this family-owned business to where it is today. Each piece of pottery created in the Brandywine studio is a functional, original work of art. You’ll find pieces to use everyday in the kitchen or at the table, but also beautiful art pieces that you’ll want for a Smoky Mountain vacation souvenir to treasure for years. You’ll love the dogwood motifs! The studio is located on Buckhorn Road and open Monday – Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday from Noon-3 p.m.
Buie has been creating decorative and functional hand-made pottery since 1982, ever since she first began having fun “slinging mud” at the age of 17. Buie stoneware pieces are extremely durable— dishwasher, microwave and oven safe – and designed to be enjoyed everyday. The pottery is open Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., and is located in Buie’s Landing Shopping Center at the entrance to the Arts & Crafts Community at the intersection of HWY 321 and Glades Road.
Before we share FOUR more Gatlinburg potteries, we should probably recommend that you stop to refuel with a bite to eat and a nice cold drink… surrounded by pottery! Consider visiting Uncommon Grounds located at the Covered Bridge on Glades Road. This eatery is a great place for a little bite of muffins, donuts or soft pretzels and a cold fountain drink or delicious cup of coffee. While you’re there, check out the serving plates and table vases made by local potters. If you need something a little more hearty, there are several eateries along the Arts & Crafts trolley route to choose from.
Winnie J. Utterback, Cliff Dwellers Gallery
Winnie creates high-fired stoneware and pottery pieces thrown from a porcelain wheel, and they are on display and for sale at the Cliffdwellers Gallery on Glades Road. Winnie’s second art form is Botany, and her plants and seedpods often accompany her pots for sale at Cliff Dwellers. You’ll want to leave your cabin and visit the upstairs workshop because on most days, you’ll find several artists creating items that will grace the Gallery downstairs when completed. What a wonderful treat to see art in action!
If you are looking for unique pottery pieces, you’ve got to stop in Greenbrier Pottery and have a visit with Jeff. His ceramic, stoneware, and woodfired pottery creations include masks, slab work and cookware. In addition, he has recently created a new line of Greenbrier Pottery Raku Vases embellished with arrowheads, glass beads, and copper wire. Absolutely stunning! In addition to Jeff’s work, he has surrounded himself with crafters of metalwork, fiber art, pine needle baskets, watercolors and more to offer an amazing artistic experience all in one place at Glades Village. If you’re going to take home a vacation souvenir, why not make it a piece of art?
Judy Jones Pottery & Gift Gallery
Judy Jones established her first pottery studio in 1979, but made the Gatlinburg crafts community her home in 2001. Since then, she has been creating sculptural and functional stoneware pottery that is well known for original designs like Dogwood and Chickadees, Iris, and Moon over the Smokies. Every piece hand formed, hand painted, kiln fired and hand glazed. Each is also lead free and oven, dishwasher and microwave safe. Though you’ll find Judy at work nearly every day, permanent hours for April through December are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday. Visit Judy’s gallery on Buckhorn Road to browse and shop, and watch this gifted potter at work!
Smoky Mountain Pottery
Gay Ann and Dennis McAvoy are the owners of Smoky Mountain Pottery and offer a beautiful line of American handmade crafts including their own stoneware pottery on Powdermill Road. Choose from functional pottery for the entire kitchen and dining table or custom made works of art for your home and gift giving. In addition to McAvoy creations, you’ll also find Flambeaux Art Pottery by Bill Campbell, Kathy Veverka Pottery, Frank Stoffan Pottery with wood ash glazes, and Hank Gooman Pottery platters and vessels. The shop is just filled to the brim with gorgeous art; be sure you give yourself enough time to take it all in. Smoky Mountain Pottery has a second location at the Covered Bridge on Glades Road.
Aren’t you itching to take a tour of all of these Gatlinburg pottery shops now? We know you’ll have a great time and find some vacation souvenirs to treasure if do. Give us a call at (800) 332-3895 or request a reservation online to book your stay at Chipmunk Haven Log Cabin.