Back Door Pottery 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. 


Rebecca Koop is offering on site guest workshops. Supplies and materials are brought to your church, school or institution for instruction if a variety of clay and fiber classes.

Workshops titles include:

  • Egyptian Paste Beads
  • Hand Building in Clay
  • Mosaic Pot
  • Spinning Fiber into Yarn
  • Papermaking Out of Recycled Materials
Visit the Classes Page to read more about Workshops on Location


Two Saturdays weekend workshop $30
April 6th, 2019 9 am - 5 pm. Workshop to take down RAKU Kiln and pour a concrete footing.
April 13th, 2019 9 am - 5 pm. Workshop to rebuild RAKU Kiln under the shed for a firing on April 20th

Rebecca's Pottery Featured in New Music Video/Film
Click HERE to watch 'Broken', a musical film by Chris Crabtree, which features pottery by Rebecca Koop and a Mosaic by Beth Smith. You can also view the film on the Tiles and Mosaic page.   Click HERE to watch 'WOOD FIRED RAKU', The Glazing and Firing Process

April 6th, 2019
Kiln Rebuild Workshop (more info)
April 12th, 2019
ARTY PARTY at the EGG (Entrepreneural Growth Gallery)
April 20th, 27th, 2019
Raku Firing Workshop (more info)
April 22nd, 2019
Open House at Back Door Pottery (more info)
May 17th, 2019
Summer Dusk Free Concert Series (more info)
May 18th - 19th, 2019
Chalk Walk at the Councourse Fountain
June 15th, 2019
Art INN the Garden
June 21st, 2019
Summer Dusk Free Concert Series (more info)
July 12, 2019
ARTY PARTY at the EGG (Entrepreneural Growth Gallery)
September 21st - 22nd, 2019
UN Plaza Art Show (more info)
October 11th, 2019
ARTY PARTY at the EGG (Entrepreneural Growth Gallery)

Regular pottery classes

Tuesdays and Thursdays are regular pottery classes, 7-9 pm. Presently, the class is fully open to beginning or intermediate recreational potters. Occasional special classes are held for Egyptian Paste Beads and Papermaking.

$20 per class, Beginners welcome. Additional fees for clay and firing. Students can start at any time by calling the studio or e-mailing Rebecca Koop @
beckykoop@aol.com (816) 483-6964

Mosaic Workshops (more info)
Wednesday evenings, 6-9 pm. This is an opportunity for the community to visit the studio and help with a large mosaic project on my building. 

Workshop is free and I offer instruction on how to cut tile, follow a grided cartoon, glue the tile to a
12. x12 inch mesh and then install those 12 x 12's to the building and lastly grout.  
I invite the community  to "Make Your Mark"  at 3922 St John Ave. the studio. Contact me by phone or
e-mail (816) 483-6964



We accept personal and Cashiers Checks.  Prices do not include shipping and handling.  Delivery times vary. 
Please allow at least 3 weeks to instock pieces, and 8 weeks for custom orders.  Contact us for shipping costs to your zip code.  Prices subject to change.

All pottery, copywrite by Rebecca Koop    
Most Assorted Stoneware and Majolica Photos by Janet Ryan.