Appalachian Craft Center


When Alice Brevard opened this shop in 1978, it was more for altruistic reasons than business ones. She had a deep appreciation for the functional pottery produced by local folk potters, and she worried that one day they might give up the craft because they could no longer find places to sell their goods. The Appalachian Craft Center was to be a guaranteed outlet for as long as its doors remained open. Jackie and Andrew Craig, who bought the shop 1989, have stayed true to its founder's mission. They display and sell the handmade works of some 125 local potters and artisans, many of whom are the 4th or 5th generation of their family to practice a certain craft. Pottery remains the store's focal point. Colorfully glazed ceramic vases, pitchers, bowls, casserole dishes, pie plates, and apple bakers fill much of the space. Buck-toothed, bug-eyed "face jugs" grin crazily from a cabinet near the door. (These jugs trace back to African-American slaves who made them in order to ward off evil spirits.) Other offerings include looper rugs, quilts, cloth dolls, paintings, etchings, handcrafted brooms, rustic furniture, wooden bowls, and carved wooden toys. The Appalachian Craft Center is located on Spruce Street near downtown Asheville's Pack Square. For more information, visit


10 N Spruce St
Asheville, NC 28801


35.59638600, -82.55031600
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(828) 253-8499

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