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Just like our unique Gatlinburg restaurant, the local craft community is off the beaten path and one of the area’s hidden gems away from the hustle and bustle of the Parkway. The 8-mile loop showcases a wide range of local artisans and craftsmen, many of whom provide free demonstrations as well as classes, workshops, and special events. From candles and soaps to quilts and art of all shapes and sizes, the Gatlinburg Arts and Crafts Community is a highlight of any trip to the Smoky Mountains. Keep reading to explore some of the top shops that have a dedicated following for their one-of-a-kind products:


judy jones pottery Alewine Pottery: a third-generation tradition that combines function and beauty to create beautiful pieces. They are probably most well known for their signature leaf collection. 

Judy Jones Pottery: not only are Judy’s pottery pieces hand-thrown without using molds, decals, or stencils, but she also hand-paints the most intricate designs. 

Fowler’s Clay Works: another fixture in pottery, this studio produces unique pieces designed for everyday use. They also offer a “Make Your Own Mug” pottery experience, suitable for adults and kids 8 years old and up.


Terri Waters Gallery: one of the most iconic art galleries in the Smoky Mountains, Terri captures the breathtaking beauty of wildlife and nature through her paintings. 

Cliff Dwellers Gallery: a shop featuring multiple local artisans where many work on-site honing their craft. You can find baskets, watercolors, marbling, woodturning, jewelry, stained glass, and much more. 

Glass Blowing

Hills Creek Gallery & Glass Studio: you can browse glass-blown art, kaleidoscopes, marbles, bronzes, jewelry, paperweights, and more. In addition, you’ll find a beautiful gallery of M&D Hills Photography there.

Sparky’s Glass Blowing: their collection features small figurines, ornaments, oil lamps, and even larger pieces like their original fall leaves or apple “trees” and a gorgeous American flag!


morning mist village sign in smoky mountain arts and crafts communityWire Wonders: located in the Morning Mist Village, this jewelry shop makes the most unique wire-wrapped pendants, earrings, and bracelets you’ll ever see. 

Love Life Live Life: specializes in fused glass jewelry as well as wall and window art. The artist’s floral and funky designs set her apart from others in the area. 

Leather Goods

East Tennessee Leather Co.: makes sturdy leather products meant to last, as well as personalization options such as adding your initials, name, or even custom designs to make the item truly one-of-a-kind.

The Leather Works: open since 1979, this shop makes anything and everything leather, from belts to wallets and holsters. They also have hats, shoes, and other accessories. 


The Wood Whittlers: opened in the 1940s in a one-room log cabin! This wood shop has been a part of the Gatlinburg Arts and Crafts Community from the very beginning; in fact, they have the oldest business license in Gatlinburg!

Jake & Angie’s Woodart: a husband and wife team that makes unique wildlife sculptures, custom signs, and furniture pieces. They use chainsaws and other carving tools that make each piece different, ensuring you get a custom-made item.  

These are just a few of the amazing places to visit along the Gatlinburg Arts and Crafts Community Loop! After a fun day of exploring and browsing the shops, you’ll be ready for some great food and drinks. Browse the Greenbrier menu and start planning what you want to order when you’re in town! From premium steak to fresh seafood, pasta, and vegetarian options, there’s no better place for elevated dining in the Smokies. We hope to see you soon!

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