Community Learning

January 2022 – March 2022: Traditional Cherokee Pottery for Beginners Workshop with Tara McCoy

Join potter Tara McCoy and other instructors from the EBCI community for a three-month, seven-course series of pottery classes. Beginners will learn a variety of old-style techniques and leave the class with skills to independently create pottery from start to finish. Topics students may learn about include but are not limited to: design meanings, effigies, making handles and feet, and kiln and pit firing. All workshops will be held at the Museum of the Cherokee Indian (589 Tsali Blvd., Cherokee, NC).

Created to increase and improve pottery making in the community, this free series is offered to enrolled citizens of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians aged 16 and up. Participants must be able to commit to all workshops. All materials will be provided.

Workshop dates:

Thursday, January 20 – Saturday, January 22, 9am-5pm
Friday, February 18 – Saturday, February 19, 9am-5pm
Friday, March, 11 – Saturday, March 12, 9am-5pm

To ensure the safety of all students, mask-wearing, social distancing, and hand sanitizing are required. 

Space is limited. To register, email Tara McCoy at or call (828) 506-4556. 

Pottery paddles and shining rocks provided courtesy Sequoyah Fund.
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