Sally Walker Davies 2017-01-11 03:56:38
Wilson Lee demonstrating crafts at Nashville International Airport Draper James, Nashville Looking for something uniquely Tennessee? The state is full of talented people who make their mark with handmade wares. Nashville native Reese Witherspoon has returned to her hometown to raise her family—and to bring her sense of Southern style to us all, by opening Draper James, which houses her made-in-the-States clothing and accessories. While in Music City, check out the casual clothing from Denim & Spirits and the contemporary yet timeless White’s Mercantile, which is filled with chic must-haves. Handcrafted pottery from Melissa Bridgman of Bridgman Pottery in Memphis (her city-street-map dishes sell like hot cakes!) And Popcorn Studio Pottery in Murfreesboro are two brands to start collecting. Letterpress is alive and well, and Striped Light in Knoxville not only designs and creates everything from concert posters to wedding initiations, it offers classes so you can learn the art of letter press, too. In the Broad Avenue Arts District of Memphis, intricate glass works from local artisans amaze at T. Clifton Art Gallery, and the Five in One Social Club offers the best of handmade Memphis, plus workshops in everything from Mardi Gras masks to stained glass. Keep an eye out for handmade pieces by Memphian Amy Wells, who designs jewelry from natural elements. Over on Chattanooga’s north shore, Blue Skies is full of artisan delights and unique gift ideas.
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