Create with Clay
Cowee Pottery School is a nonprofit organization located in the historic Cowee School Arts and Heritage Center in the mountains of beautiful Franklin, North Carolina. We are run by a group of dedicated volunteers who specialize in teaching people of all ages the enriching art of pottery.
We offer affordable month long classes, perfect for the beginner or the pro. To see our current class list, click the button below. We keep the pottery studio open frequently throughout the week. Anyone enrolled in one of our classes can join us to practice and perfect their pottery skills during open studio at no extra charge. Day and times of open studio are listed
Extruded sculpture creative workshop
Handbuilding Platters, Plates and Serving Pieces – Using clay slabs, learn how to make and decorate pieces for your table using hand building techniques, slabs and the extruder.
Your New Masterpiece
Independent Study is a great time for self-directed, intermediate and advanced students to use the studio during open studio hours. The school will fire the kiln, while you make and decorate your pots
Creature sculptural art that is function and beautiful
If you’re tired of working at home without improving, try your hand at this beginner class. Create animals, angels and fanciful art.
Independent Study is a great time for self-directed, intermediate and advanced students to use the studio during open studio hours. The school will fire the kiln, while you make and decorate your pots. See all the Open Studio times below.
Independent Study is $120 per month, including one 25 pound bag of clay.
SPECIAL EVENTS, CHILDREN'S CLASSES AND CLASSES DESIGNED FOR GROUPS
Cowee Pottery School has a variety of special events thorughout the year including children's program and seasonal events. We can design a class for a team building for your work group or fun night out with friends.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTONS
No experience is necessary. Most of our classes are very beginner friendly.
We sell basic tool kits at Cowee Pottery School. We'll go over other helpful tools you might want during class. Your tool box can always grow and expand.
One of the best parts of pottery is getting muddy and messy. We recommend wearing comfortable, old clothing. You may also want to keep your nails short.
All of Cowee Pottery School's classes are taught by experienced potters, all of whom are volunteering their time. We have two Master Potters, Doug Hubbs and Hank Shuler, who teach many of the classes.
We get background checks of anyone who will be working with kids. Our pottery classes for kids are all taught by former educators.
This is not the ceramic green ware pottery you might be familiar with. Hand building pottery involves rolling slabs of clay and sculpting the clay into pieces you are creating. It is making a unique piece of pottery from scratch.
Cowee Pottery School is here to serve those who have always wanted to get their hands muddy and create pottery, to play in clay. Which is why we're excited to host a range of pottery classes for the community. Difficulty level ranges from introductory to experienced, however most all classes will have a beginner aspect to them. And of course, all classes cater to the curious.
Students will purchase their clay from the Pottery School for $25 for 25 pounds. The cost of clay includes glazes and two firings in the kiln. In addition, basic tools are available for sale.
Cowee Pottery School provides regular open studio time to get additional studio time on student projects and to make up missed classroom time.
WHAT WE ENVISION
Bringing Artists Together
At Cowee Pottery School, our mission is to create a safe, communal space for all kinds of artists - beginners to professionals - to come together and express their creative sides. We believe in unlocking the creative within each and every one of us, and offer a wide range of classes for all students. Whether you’re a professional looking for new inspiration, a brand new student hoping to learn a thing or two about art, or if you’re simply interested in picking up a new hobby, Cowee Pottery School is here to welcome you into the fold.