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


Click HERE to listen to a KCUR interview, discussing the Mosaic Mural project


Peaceworks KC Local Art Fair (formerly UN-Plaza) 2022

September 24th, 2022. 10 am - 6 pm
September 25th, 2022. 10 am - 6 pm


Located at Theis Park along Oak St., south of Cleaver Blvd. Parking at UMKC Cherry St Garage at Oak near 50th st PeaceWorksKC.org/unplaza

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

March 18th and 25th, 2023
Wood Fired Raku workshop, Spring - Section 1 (more info)
April 1st and 8th, 2023
Wood Fired Raku workshop, Spring - Section 2 (more info)
October 21st and 28th, 2023
Wood Fired Raku workshop, Fall - Section 1 (more info)
November 4th and 11th, 2023
Wood Fired Raku workshop, Fall - Section 2 (more info)
November 17th and 18th, 2023
Creative Hand Sale (more info)

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.

$25 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, calling (816) 483-6964, or texting (816) 808-2789

Sorry there are no "ONE TIME" or "Walk IN" classes offered.
To qualify for the $25 per session you must sign up for a minimum of 4 consecutive classes to hold a spot in the class.
"Regular" students reserve on a monthly basis until they choose to move on.

One time, Group or Team Building classes
A two hour class where you can make a pot (or two) on the potters wheel.
I will see that the pots made are trimmed, bisque fired, glazed and glaze fired.
Pick up finished work 6-8 weeks later. This includes the clay, glazes, instruction and firing.
One day or evening either on some Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays. Appointments necessary by e-mailing me.
No more than 8 people @ $45 per person.
Minimum for booking 6 people or $270 for the special session.


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.