Rebecca Koop, Potter
Back Door Pottery
3922 St. John
Kansas City, MO 64123
E-mail beckykoop@aol.com

I have had 29 years of operating a successful potter studio and sole proprietor business.  I have taught, designed, produced and sold art and functional pottery over that period.  I have taught at the college level for 18 years.  I have been involved in motivating and recruiting volunteers, developing programs, raising funds, overseeing committees, organizing events, drafting budgets and brochures, meeting deadlines, delegating tasks, in addition to representing and leading several non-profit groups.


2003 - present Rebecca teaches periodic workshops, both independently and through Communiversity, in the year 2003 contracted with the Municipal Correctional Institute to teach bead-making classes to female inmates.

1979 - Present

Owner, Sole Proprietor, Back Door Pottery.  My current position includes:  Designer and producer of pottery products, functional and decorative.  Instructor of recreational pottery classes at my business location from 1986.  Professional Artist exhibiting in galleries, art shows, and fairs.  Over twenty years of retail and wholesale product sales.  Seventeen years as a shop owner/merchant at the Kansas City Renaissance Festival.

1999 - Present

Executive Director, NORTHEAST KANSAS CITY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE.  Hold a part time position in charge of managing memberships, yearly membership directory, invoicing, mailings, newsletters, notices, correspondence, organizing monthly luncheons, speakers, and programs

1980 - 1999

Adjunct Professor of Art, William Jewel College, Liberty, MO.  Eight credit hours per year contracted to teach CERAMICS 103 both Fall and Spring semesters.  Contracted to teach SCULPTURE and WEAVING classes on an as-needed basis.

1978 - 1983

History Interpreter, Kansas City Parks and Recreation, at Hodge Park.  Acted as tour guide and crafts demonstrator for a 1850's Missouri village.  Designed, built, and coordinated 8 demonstration firings of a 70 c. ft. traditional wood fired kiln for the KC Parks and Rec.
Also known to cook for the Confederate army.

1993 Feb, March

Workshop Presenter, Hallmark Cards, CREATIVE WORKSHOP CLAY STUDIO.  Demonstrated and instructed Hallmark artists in Majolica decorating techniques. 

Fast Track Planning Graduate, May 2001
Fast Track I Graduate, April 1996
Bach. of Fine Arts, Kansas City Art Institute, Ceramics 1979
Assoc. Degree, Penn Valley Junior College, 1976

Book, American Art Collector Editor: Tom Palmer
     copyright 2007 Alcove Books: Volume 3 book 4

Book, Greater Kansas City Unlimited Possibilities, A Photographic Portrait
     Riverbend Books, a division of Bookhouse Group, Inc.
     copyright 2007, ISBN: 978-1-883987-32-9

Book, American Art Collector, Juror: Jan Christensen Heller, Editor: Tom Palmer
     copyright January 2007, Volume 3, Book 2 of Central States
     Alcove Books ISSN # 1556-6781

book, Art Exposed: The Guide to Open Studios, Kansas City Artists Show All
     copyright 2002 Kansas City Artists Coalition, Inc.
     Published by the KC Artists Coalition, IBSN 0-9722657-0-8

Book, Show and Tell: A celebration of contemporary art, An expression of word
     copyright 2000, Potpourri Publications, ISBN: 1-884754-30-9

Book, Ceramic Extruding, Inspiration and Technique by Tom Latka and Jean Latka, Krause Publications, 2001, Artwork featured..Carpochino Cups and Saucers (page 43)
Book, Hand Built Tableware by Kathy Triplett, 2001, Artwork featured (page 22 & 123) 
Book, Making Molds by Pierce Clayton, 1998, Artwork featured, inside and back cover (page 112 & back cover)
Book, Hand Built Ceramics by Kathy Triplett, 1997, Artwork featured (page 54)
Mag, Ceramics Monthly Magazine, Jan 1995, Artwork featured, "International Cone Box Show"
Newspaper, Kansas City Star, "Getting Started" by Kate Hunter, Feb 1985, featuring Back Door Pottery

KC CLAY GUILD, a 501(c)3 organization, 200 W. 74th, KCMO
...founding member of the Clay Guild, 1988
...held the first Board Vice-Chair position, 1988-1992
...served as program chair, organizing monthly programs for the membership, 1988-92 and 1995-97.
...served as Chairman, 1992-1995
...worked with the Center For Management Assistance, to formulate a mission statement and goals, 1992.
...worked with the Center For Management Assistance, to develop a needs assessment survey, 1994-1995.
...coordinated with the Clay Guild's volunteers and demonstration booth at the KC Spirit Festival Children's tent, 1995, 96.
...assisted and fired tiles for the Children's Conservation Wall at the Kansas City Zoo with other guild members, Oct/Nov 95.
...motivated the board and assisted in writing the NDTF grant for an advertising poster of the Holiday Tour in 1997.

HISTORIC NORTHEAST CULTURAL ARTS COMMISSION,  a 501(c)3 organization, PO Box 17626,   3922 St John, KCMO 64123
...Elected President, January 2002, for a 3 year term Re Elected for second term 2005.

   Acting treasurer 2007 and 2008.
...Board member and Art Exhibit Chair for Culture Without Borders, traveling art exhibit, 1997-2008.
...responsible for developing and mananging a professional exhibit featuring Northeast as a host for the visual arts.
...responsible for NDTF grant writing for this project and the Free Concert Series.
...responsible for acquiring in-kind donations and award money for the winning artists.
...responsible for all other fundraising activities for this project and payment of any invoices.

…Committee member, Grant administrator & treasurer for Urban Writers Conference March 2007

…Committee member for the Chalk Walk in the Historic Northeast at the Concourse Fountain,
April 26 & 27 2008

...Member Services committee Chair, and Co-Chair
...Independence Blvd 100 year celebration parade booster
...Northeast Fall Festival Chairman, and Co-Chair
...member of NEAT, 1992, until it's formation into the present day Chamber
...Continue to improve my computer skills in Windows 98, MicroSoft Word, Excel, Quicken and QuickBooks.

…Director of the NECC as a contractor 1999 to 2006. Employed as Part Time Director 2006 to present 2008.

…Supervisor for Americorps VISTA and program writer for NECC. Partner with KCSourceLinc This is a 3 year program 2006-2008.  Duties include overseeing the work of the VISTA Member and the MER project. Minority, Ethnic and Refugee Business Program.

...Logo designs for Northeast KC Chamber of Commerce, Historic Northeast Cultural Arts Commission, and Cultures Without Borders.

...A booster since it's start in 1996, and still actively involved with production. Served on the Fall Festival Committee through 2007.  Functioned as a contracted Vendor and Entertainment coordinator the last 3 years.

...assisted in collecting approximately 1,000 petition signatures for it's renovation.  Coordinated community meetings with KC Parks and Rec.
...succeeded in getting community support and approval of a renovation design by the Parks Dept.  Fall 2001 renovation of fountain began with secured PIAC funding. This project was started in 1998.   Renovation was completed in the summer of 2002.
...The fountain at Concourse Park has been a picturesque backdrop for the Historic Northeast Fall Festival since it's renovation and through 2007.
   The Fountain continues to host Bike Races, Small events and in April of 2008 the first La Strada Dell’Arte event titled Chalk Walk in the Historic Northeast, an Historic Northeast Cultural Arts Commission / Mosaic Brain community sponsored event.

ST JOHN GARDENS,  A community garden in Northeast.
…Sponsor/land owner of the St John Gardens property. The lot was purchased from Land Trust by Rebecca and is located at 3916-3920 next to the POTTERY at 3922 St John.
The garden is open to the neighborhood by becoming a member of the garden group and building raised beds and plots. The garden planning and planting started April of 2006 with the help of neighbors, friends and area businesses dedicated to community.   Go to Community Garden for more information on this web site or www.northeastartskc.org. Northeast Arts Commission has adopted the garden for ongoing ART GARDENS and various features, sculptures, landscaping and on going murals by area artists.

…Invited Business Exhibitor at the Association for Enterprise Opportunity (AEO) 17th Annual Conference at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center from May 15-18, 2007.  Rebecca was the recipient of a micro enterprise grant managed by the First Step Fund.

…Conducted pottery workshops with YWCA Arts and Skill building Camp. 7 sessions June & July 2003. Kansas City Kansas.

…World Art in Kansas City: an Invitational Group Exhibition curate by Rebecca Koop.
October 17-December 2, 2005 Campanella Art Gallery , The Library in the Mabee Underground, Park University Campus Parkville Mo. 8700 NW River Park Drive Parkville Mo 64152


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.