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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.

Pottery Wheel


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


Take home some art

Wheel Basics Learn the basics of creating beautiful thrown pots and vessels using an electric potter’s wheel. All levels of experience are welcome.

Wheel Throwing


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.

Wokring on a Pottery Wheel


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. 

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