Beginning Pottery: Focus on Fundamentals - Spring 2019

Throwing potters wheel

Registration for SPRING classes begins at noon on December 3rd.*  (*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. Cone 10 firing and additional clay are available for a fee. 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:  Wednesdays,  February 20 -- April 10   (8 weeks)
Time:  6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Cost:  $195
Location: Katherine Harper Hall Room 55

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:

  • SPRING SESSION 2019:  December 3 at noon
  • SUMMER SESSION 2019:  May 1 at noon
  • FALL SESSION 2019:  August 12 at noon

 Click here to register

ALL Pottery CLASSES ARE FULL ... and POTTERY REGISTRATION IS SUSPENDED AT THIS TIME. We hope you can consider another class for spring semester. The waitlist for this pottery class will reopen next week.

Pottery registration is a two-step process. 
Please select your preferred pottery class. You may also select a second, third, and fourth choice. Select any that fit your schedule and skill level. If it is possible to select more than one class, there is a greater chance of getting in a class this semester. 
Wait. You will be notified as soon as possible regarding your class placement.
Class selections are time stamped. Anyone that does not get placed in a class will be placed on the wait-list, and will be contacted if a space becomes available.  

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 three working days 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 Teri Reddick 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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