Beginning Pottery with Tara Belk - Fall 2019

ram pottery bowl
Creative exploration of textures and sculptural additions will be encouraged through frequent demonstrations and individualized instruction. Your personality will be evident in your pots as you learn to alter basic forms with methods such as stretching, faceting, carving, cutting, and embellishing with hand-made stamps and sculptural elements. All skill levels are welcome. No experience is necessary.
The course fee includes 25 pounds of clay, glazes, and Cone 6 oxidation firings.  A variety of clays are available, and clay used in the class must be purchased from the Craft Enrichment Program.
The Craft Enrichment studio is a teaching studio designed for the development and enhancement of skills. It is not for volume production of items or for production of items for commercial sale.  However, the Craft Enrichment Program does encourage participation in the December and May student sales and the Empty Bowls event.

Instructor: Tara Belk
Enrollment: 12
Dates:  Tuesdays, Sept. 10 - Oct. 29   (8 weeks)
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Cost: $195
Location: Katherine Harper Hall Room 55

Recommended tools for this class include a starter tool kit, which can be purchased locally at Art Mart, Cheap Joe's Art Stuff, Michaels or online resources. 

REGISTRATION:  Registration begins at noon on the dates below, and remains open until the class fills or until 1 week before the class begins, whichever comes first. If a date below falls on a weekend or a holiday, registration will open on the first working day after this date:

  • FALL SESSION 2019:  August 12 at noon
  • SPRING SESSION 2020:  December 2 at noon
  • SUMMER SESSION 2020:  May 1 at noon

 Click here to register
PLEASE NOTE: You may cancel a craft class up to two weeks before the class begins, with a $30 cancellation fee assessed. No refunds are allowed within two weeks of the start date, nor after the class begins.

Tara J Belk is a local artist who loves teaching and encouraging creativity in others. She holds a Bachelor of Creative Arts degree with a concentration in painting and clay sculpture, and she has maintained a pottery studio in Tennessee since 2003. Her work can be seen online at, at Hands Gallery in Boone, NC; Ashe County Arts Council in West Jefferson, NC; and Johnson County Arts Center in Mountain City, TN.

PLEASE NOTE: Most classes meet over multiple weeks. Registration for each class is open until the class fills or until 1 week before the class begins, whichever comes first. If you miss the registration for this semester we hope you will consider taking this class the next time it is offered. Please contact Jack Chambers at to be added to the mailing list if you would like to be notified when new classes are offered.

Director: Dacia Trethewey,

Director Emeritus: Eric Reichard,

If you experience problems completing the registration, contact Jack Chambers at 828-262-2933 or email Jack Chambers at

If you need accommodations due to a disability, contact the Office of Disability Services at least two weeks prior to the beginning of your Craft Enrichment class. (828) 262-3056.

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