Who We Are

Brenda Bradshaw, PhD Owner/Manager
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Dr. B has a bachelor's degree in elementary education, a master's degree in special reading K-12 and a PhD in Education and Urban Leadership & Policy Studies in Education, all from UMKC. She was an elementary teacher and reading specialist, assistant professor of elementary education and founded and directed Infinity Academy, a private school in Springfield, Missouri for middle and high school students with special needs, and remains Chairman of the Board. She was also the founder of Goldminds Publishing, LLC. and was the lead publisher for over 20 years. Brenda "BK Bradshaw" is also an award-winning author and playwright. Her publications include The Alien Logs of Super Jewels and The Alien Logs of Super Jewels: A New Musical, the Crystal Brave Series, Foxies & the Mysterious Floating Object, and Sometimes In the Sky. After retiring from Infinity Academy in 2021, her ambition became to open an inclusive art studio to serve and employ individuals with special needs. 

Jennifer Fletchall
Assistant Manager/Education Coordinator

Jennifer has a degree in Child and Family Development, 15 years of early education teaching experience, and 2 years as an Instructional Coach. She is passionate about opportunities for children to develop creative thinking through art and literacy. Her role at The Potter’s Cottage will be to assist with hiring and managing employees, training, and managing inventory. She will also plan, organize and teach classes. 

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Christine Braden-Koch
Event Coordinator

Christine has vast experiences in the arts and retail customer service. She has worked in restaurant service, medical jewelry design and production, novelty screen printing, and had her own faux finishing business. She loves art, creating & creative environments. Art is her passion, happy place and therapy, and she enjoys sharing that inspiration with others. She loves planning events and parties and making others feel special. 

Our Story

From the owner ~ "My daughter, Jaqi, was the inspiration for opening The Potter's Cottage. She had always wanted a career in the arts and to work at a paint-your-own pottery (PYOP) business. After retiring from the field of education, I decided to open our very own PYOP in the Kansas City Northland. We are so happy to offer this place of joy, inspiration and sharing with our community!"