Ozark Folk Center State ParkMountain View, AR, United States

Learn Pottery Hand Building

By Ozark Folk Center State Park (other events)

2 Dates Through Mar 17, 2023

Total Cost of Class: $253.00  Registration Fee $43.00
Class Fee, Due Directly to the Instructor at the Beginning of Class: $200.00  Materials: $10.00

Taught By Judi Munn

This class is for anyone who would like to learn methods for working with clay at home without a potter’s wheel.  We will use tools that students can make themselves.  Students will choose their own projects such as making vases, cups, boxes, or a sculpture of an animal.  No experience necessary.

The hand-building class students use the methods of pinch, coil, and slab building to create their work.  There is a lot of room for creativity and trying a variety of projects.  The class focuses on tools and methods that can be done at home.

This is a two-day class during the March session of Ozark Folk School. The registration deadline is two weeks before the beginning of class. This class is for students ages 16 and up. Call the park at 870-269-3854 for more information
Registration Fee Due When Signing Up: $43.00
Class Fee, Due Directly to the Instructor at the Beginning of Class: $200.00
Materials: $10.00

Total Cost of Class: $253.00


Create your own class:  You pick the date!

If the classes we offer don’t fit your schedule, you can create a specialized class at a mutually agreeable date!   We need a groups of 3- 4 people.  The prices are the same as for the regular classes.  The cost is on a per day basis: each day is $100 + materials ($5 per day) plus the $20 Ozark Folk Center deposit

To sign up call Jeanette Larson, Ozark Folk Center State Park Craft Director at (870) 269-3854


Meet Your Instructor

Judi Munn – Hand Built Pottey

"As a teacher, I hope to get students excited about working with clay and teach them skills needed to make their own creations. I have had the opportunity to learn from some great teachers, I want to pass on what I have learned."

"When I was 5, I watched the pottery demonstrator at a craft village to transform a ball of clay into a cup.  I remember thinking, “That is what I want to do!”  For most of my youth, I truly believed that everyone wanted to be a potter.  At every chance, I made animals out of clay; I lined the clay dig on the creek by my uncle’s farm with animal sculptures; for book reports, I picked books such as Animal Farm that lent themselves to clay figures in a diorama; in art class, I sculpted animal pencil holders. 

Although I did not take a ceramic class in high school, I joined Wheel Club and learned to make small vessels.  I loved it and did well with it. However, I did not believe that I could support myself making pottery, and I pursued degrees in environmental science and education.   I did not start taking pottery classes until I had finished my Master’s degree in Education at the University of Memphis in the fall of 1990.  My declared plan was to add art as an area of certification, but secretly, I still wanted to be a potter.  I studied pottery and art for four semesters with faculty members Niles Wallace and Nancy White, as well as visiting artist Louis Katz.  Louis recognized my passion for clay and became my guide and inspiration.  He would say over and over, “Do what you love and the money will come”.  This helped me to believe in myself and believe that there was a way to make a livelihood with the medium.  He encouraged me to continue my interest and education."

Judi is an active member of the Arkansas Craft Guild and the Memphis Potter's Guild.  Her work is in the collections of Hillary Rodham Clinton and Senator Dale Bumper’s wife, Betty.  She has published articles in three major ceramics Magazines: Ceramics Monthly, Pottery Making Illustrated, and Clay Times.  Her work has won a variety of awards and honors.  One of her pitchers is included in the book 500 Pitchers by Lark books.  She was recently nominated for the 2022 Arkansas Living Treasure Award.


This class is for students 16 and up.