is located just East of downtown Kansas City Missouri and accessible by I-35 and I-70 on the West and I-435 and 24 Highway on the East. Back Door Pottery was started in 1979 and opened at the present location 3922 St John Avenue in April of 1986. The studio is in the Scarritt Renaissance Neighborhood just blocks from the historic Kansas City Museum, Corinthian Hall.
Originally built in the 1920’s it has served as a auto repair shop, machine shop, hardware store and Laundromat before serving the community as a neighborhood pottery shop. 3922 St John is where all creative work is produced, with a show room in the front. Weekly pottery classes are held in the evenings and are open to beginners, as well as advanced recreational potters ages 16 to adult.
Children's workshops and individual group sessions are held on an appointment basis.
The studio has 9 potter’s wheels including electric and kick, slab roller, extruder, 4 electric kilns, wood and propane Raku kilns and a 40 cubic foot gas downdraft kiln for students use. Kilns space can be rented out for firing one piece or full loads, low or high fire bisque and glaze. See firing services for pricing.
The majority of Rebecca A. Koop's work is functional-kitchenware in Stoneware, Porcelain, and Terra Cotta earthenware. A love for Japanese Koi Fish has turned her focus to playful, colorful fish forms. Tile, mosaics and Egyptian paste faience are specialty items and she offers classes in those forms. She has been teaching professionally since 1980.
Her work may be found in specialty shops and galleries around Kansas City as well as the studio.
Because of a busy schedule the Pottery is open by chance and by appointment.