Honors Program

University Honors

Date of Award


Thesis Professor(s)

Donald Davis

Thesis Professor Department

Art and Design

Thesis Reader(s)

Michael Cody, Charles Olson


Gatlinburg, Tennessee is a tourist town. I was born and raised in this area, and am currently employed at a ceramics shop in the historic Arts and Crafts Community. Due to this job, I have decided to research the importance of the town and crafts area. In this paper, I will present an overview of the history of the town and its art community, and also present an inside look at life and business in a tourist town. Although the Arts and Crafts Community has grown to be a tourist attraction, its roots still lie in the traditional handmade trades, and its artisans attempt to balance the integrity of their crafts with modern demand and economic realities.

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Honors Thesis - Open Access

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