Beginning Pottery: Focus on Fundamentals -- Fall, 2018

Throwing potters wheel

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:  Dottie Baker
Enrollment: 12
Dates:  Wednesdays,  Sept. 12 -- Oct. 31   (8 weeks)
Time:  6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Cost:  $195
Location: Katherine Harper Hall Room 55 

Registration will begin on the following dates and will remain open until the class fills or  three working  days before the class starts, whichever comes first:

  • FALL SESSION: August 10 at noon
  • SPRING SESSION: December 1 at noon
  • SUMMER SESSION: May 1 at noon

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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.

Dottie Baker has made handmade pots since 1968, and taught pottery at various colleges and universities from 1986 to 2009. After retiring from teaching ceramics at Central Piedmont Community College, she moved to the High Country, where she owns and operates High Meadows Pottery. Her work was recently accepted into the national exhibit titled On the Rocks: An Exhibition of Vessels For and Related to Drinking, juried by Pete Pinnell and held at the historic Pewabic Pottery in Detroit, MI. Her work can also been seen locally at The Museum of Ashe County History, and The Red Chair, in West Jefferson. She has been a member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild since 2014, and is a founding member of Potters of the Blue Ridge. Dottie holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ceramics from Eastern Michigan University and a Master of Fine Arts in Ceramics from The Ohio State University.

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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