In 2020, Arrowmont celebrates 75 years as a school of arts and crafts. ARROWMONT: 75 YEARS OF CRAFT EDUCATION presents archival images and articles to recognize this milestone. Add your memories to the collection  – click here to send us your pictures and stories!


In the winter of 1974, the first Community Classes were offered. 42 local community members signed up for 10 weeks of textile techniques including batik, tie-dye, printing, stitchery, quilting, looping, twining, and more.

“Instructors for the course are two young graduate students in the Department of Crafts and Interior Design, College of Home Economics, at the University of Tennessee – Wayne Deveney and Ed Cook. Among the students are the Arrowmont Administrator, the ex-Administrator, three Arrowmont office girls, and Faye Cook and Vicki Ownby from the Arrowcraft Shop.

Craft workshops expanded in 1974 with the addition of glaze calculation instruction and the construction of a ceramic salt kiln.

Arrangements were made for [a salt kiln] to be built during the Tennessee Craft Workshop which the Tennessee Arts Commission held on the Arrowmont campus” in March, 1974. “Lewis D. Snyder, Director of Crafts for the Commission, and William F. Rummel, Crafts Training Coordinator, built it with their students. It proved to be an exceedingly popular addition. The entire student body watched with excitement whenever it was to be opened after a firing.

Additional equipment acquired included two looms, a Shimpo electric potters wheel, a spinning wheel, and two re-conditioned typewriters. A second kiln was put to use that had been built in a 1973 kiln-building workshop, and some primitive kilns were built behind the Red Barn by Hal Riegger’s ceramics class.

The total number of students topped 1000 for the first time. A total number of 1043 students from 40 states attended an a workshop. Marian Heard, Arrowmont Director, describes here ‘Dream’ of Arrowmont:

I think of Arrowmont and its influence which reaches out across our country – to the big cities – to the small towns – to the remote villages. Arrowmont, holding out its arms in welcome – not just to the accomplished craftsman but even to the rank beginner…

Arrowmont, reaching out and seeking to be of service to all…to the teachers who work with all ages, from the very young to the young in spirit…to those involved in rehabilitation, be it mental or physical…to those seeking leisure involvement, whether scheduled or enforced…to those searching for a way of life as a craftsman…

Arrowmont, shouldering the burden of one week sessions for those who can not afford to invest more time or money…transmitting the spacious, beautiful magic of its great craft complex to all…

Arrowmont, ever widening its reputation as an excellent, structured craft school which provides superior instruction by well known, established experts who not only know how to teach but also like to teach – to share with others their creative spirit, their technical knowledge, their standards, their individual philosophies…

I have the satisfaction of knowing that the famous craftsmen I plan to contact and invite to join our staff next year will be well aware of the reputation we have established. And I can remember with pleasure all of the former instructors (many of whom return to us year after year) who have opened up for hundreds of students a new door, leading to the happiness of a creative life.



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