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Children's Pottery Class

The Cageless Birds are excited to offer a pottery class for boys and girls ages 8-11! In this course, students will learn the basics of pottery, hand building, and wheel throwing techniques in a fun and safe environment.

Throughout the 11-week class, students will be taught to reflect on the presence of God while they learn. We believe that God wants to redeem the learning process for everyone we minister to and we're excited to create a space where young girls and boys can encounter the presence of God while they learn this tangible and sacred art form. 

Duration: Classes will be held once a week on Wednesdays, and this course covers 12 classes in total. Classes begin Wednesday, January 11th and run until Wednesday, March 29th. 

Time: 4-5pm

Where: A Place for the Heart, 4228 Beckerdite Rd., Sophia, NC 27350

Classes are led by our resident pottery teachers, Emily Pell, Erica Allen, Olivia Huffman and Ryan Mead, and are held on our property in Sophia, NC in our studio!

Erica Allen studied two years of ceramics at Columbus State University in Georgia. She has been on staff for 5 years. Erica is passionate about imparting hope as people connect with Jesus’ heart for them and the beauty of their own humanity. 

Emily Pell is a self taught potter who pioneered the ceramics department at A Place for the Heart in 2016. She has been on staff for 9 years. Emily is passionate about teaching students the process of clay and how it parallels the process of becoming a healthy and whole person in Christ.

Olivia Huffman and her husband have been serving A Place for the Heart since their internship in March 2021. Olivia is passionate about seeing people meet the Holy Spirit in everyday life and is committed to cultivating this in her own life.

Ryan Mead is an intern in the pottery studio at A Place for the Heart. He has been practicing pottery under the Cageless Birds potters Emily and Erica for one year. Ryan is passionate about helping people find the heart of Jesus in the craft of pottery and learning to hear His voice clearly through the process of working with clay.   

$ 115.00

Children's Pottery Class

$ 115.00

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We are constantly dreaming into new products and merchandise for our online store. All of our handmade goods are released in small batches. If you see something you love, we encourage you to act quickly as many of our new releases sell out very fast!  Generally, our handmade items such as leather goods and pottery will be restocked, but styles and colors may vary.  Please note that because these items are hand-crafted with care and excellence, times for restocking may also vary. Items such as CDs and books will be restocked regularly. If you have questions about a specific product that is out of stock, please email us and we’ll let you know if we are expecting to restock it in the future. 



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We source our clay locally from two different suppliers, one in Star, NC and the other in Asheville, NC. Our red clay is mined and processed from the red clay locally in our region. To learn more visit here.

Maker Coffee

In order to know exactly where our coffee comes from, we only buy single-origin coffee from farms and co-operatives that we can trace all the way back to the source.To learn more visit here.

Leather Goods

Our department is committed to partnering with companies that value sustainability and ethical work standards.  Most of the companies we source from we’ve had relationships with for several years.To learn more visit here.

About us


We are a small business that is quickly growing, and we have been blown away by all of the support and orders that have come through our online store! All of our Cageless Birds Store orders are personally processed, packaged, and shipped out by our Cageless Birds staff.

Mission & Investment

We exist to raise up wholehearted disciples of Jesus and are dedicated to creativity, discipleship, and community living year-round. We work on our 52-acre campus in Sophia, NC where we offer schools, camps, and retreats, known as the 18 Inch Journey.

Every purchase enables us to continue leading schools and discipling hearts.

Our Collective

Our Collective consists of over 30 artisans with work ranging from songwriting, art, pottery, leathercraft, construction, writing, coffee roasting, videography, and more.

We created our Online Shop to share the overflow of our creative pursuits and financially support our non-profit ministry and missional staff.