Beginning Pottery with Becki Henderson Gow - Not Offered Fall 2019

Throwing potters wheel

Registration for FALL classes begins at noon on August 12.  (*Registration must start on a week day.) 

Novice potters will gain hands-on experience in throwing on the potter's wheel, hand-building, decorating, and glazing handmade pots. There will be technical demonstrations, slide shows and plenty of time for individual assistance.  All levels welcome.

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:  Becki Henderson-Gow
Enrollment: 12
Dates:    (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 three working days 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.

Becki Henderson-Gow:  Becki taught art in the public schools for over twenty-five years. The last twelve years of her teaching career focused on instructing high school students the joys and fundamental techniques of pottery and photography. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Iowa from Dordt College and her Masters of Art Education degree in 1999 from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC. She deepened her pottery studies at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts and Shakerag. She lived and worked in the midwest before moving to North Carolina in 1987. Her present studio, Red Salamander Pottery, is located in the Creston community of Ashe County in the Blue Ridge Mountains of the southern Appalachians. Her work consists of functional wheel thrown stoneware pottery, that is food safe and can withstand the rigors of the dishwasher. One of the distinguishing factors of her pottery is her unique use of colored slips to create original hand painted designs. Her work can be found in a number of galleries throughout northwestern North Carolina.

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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