Around 1937 the craftsman decided to move from downtown Gatlinburg to the Glade to be nearer their homes, tools and supplies. Opening workshops, galleries and studios alongside their homes or even inside them. Now there is over 120 craftsmen on a 8-mile loop.
In Gatlinburg turn at light #3 onto East Parkway/Hwy 321, the 2nd light on the right hand side starts the artisan shops. Turn on the Glades Road for the rest of the shops.
Pick up a map at one of the shops or the visitor center, it will list each shop, if they give demonstrations and what they make and sell. Or check out the website www.gatlinburgcrafts.com
I visited at least half of the 120 shops, below I have listed a few that had buildings I liked. There are very talented craftsmen in the Glade Arts & Crafts Community
Lorelei Candles – watch candles being handcrafted, established 1979. Next door is Bearfoot Art Gallery – demonstrations of painting waterfalls and mountains.
Alewine Pottery – established over 30 years ago, this is a family business.
Jim Gray Gallery – in a 100 year- old church. The gallery has watercolor, oil, pencil and sculpture of renowned American artist Jim Gray, the gallery also has his signed limited edition giclee and lithograph prints and reproductions.
Paul Murray Gallery – In paint and pencil he records the lives of Southern Appalachian people. One of his pieces hangs on the back of his barn that faces the road.
Webb Gallery – he creates beautiful watercolor scenes. His daughter also has her artwork displayed in the gallery. The gallery is in a restored 1910 homestead.
Highland Craft Gallery in Hemlock Village – Traditional and contemporary crafts of metal, fiber, glass, clay, wood and leather, handmade by regional artisans.
Turtle Hollow Gallery – bronze and stone sculptures made by Ross Markley. The gallery has jewelry, wind chimes, ceramics and wood.
Brandywine Pottery – Brandy has been in pottery for 23 years. The forests of the Smokies is her inspiration.
Cliff Dwellers Gallery – artists working daily – fine crafts, art, baskets, hand weaving, jewelry and pottery. Building 1933