Pottery classes and programs

The City of Guelph has been offering classes, workshops and open studio for more than 20 years. The Guelph Community Pottery Centre studio, located at 14 Edinburgh Road South, is equipped with 10 electric pottery wheels, two kilns, and all the essentials for creating pottery.

Children, youth and family programs

Pottery Family Night

Get creative with your family and have fun together in our Pottery Studio! Learn some basic techniques in hand-building forms and try the wheel together. All family members will have the chance to participate and create projects. One adult must register with child(ren) up to age 12.

Ages: 4+ years
Fee:$30.00 per adult, $15.00 per child

  • Friday September 28, 6 to 8 p.m. (program code 214751)
  • Friday February 1, 6 to 8 p.m. (program code 217341)

Clay Creations (parent and child)

No matter your level of experience,these two classes will be fun for both parent and child. This not meant for parents to help their child create something. Rather, it is a time to be together, each learning how to create in clay. We will make creations using hand building techniques including pinch pots, slab and coil building.Expect to bring home lots of treasures times two!

Age: 4 to 12 years
Fee:
$50

  • Sunday November 4, 9:30 to 11 a.m. (program code 214727)
  • Saturday November 10, 9:30 to 11 a.m. (program code 214726)
  • Sunday February 10, 9:30 to 11 a.m. (program code 217177)
  • Sunday February 16, 9:30 to 11 a.m. (program code 217176)

Kids ‘N’ Clay Adventures

In this action packed class, your adventurous young potter will construct coil pots, build pinch pots, and conquer the potter’s wheel. Participants will conclude their adventures with a final day of glazing, and return to claim their project after it has been fired.

Age: 7 to 12 years
Cost: $103.86
Number of classes: 6

  • Thursday September 20, 5:30pm to 7 p.m. (program code 214743)
  • Saturday September 29, 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. (program code 214744)
  • Thursday November 8, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. (program code 217354)
  • Saturday November 24, 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. (program code 217355)

Teen Pottery

Learn to throw on a potter’s wheel and have fun with exciting handbuilding techniques. Use these techniques to create mugs, bowls and a wide variety of objects. Exercise your imagination and practice your new skills to create meaningful objects and master the potter’s wheel.

Age: 13 to 18 years
Cost: $103.86
Number of classes: 6

  • Wednesdays starting September 12, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. (program code 214767)

Halloween Pottery Workshop

Get into the Halloween spirit as you build witches, goblins, and other spooky keepsakes. This is a spooktacular chance to dig in and get your hands dirty inthis frightfully fun workshop.

Age: 6 to 12 years
Cost: $30.00
Number of classes: 1

  • Friday October 5, 5:30 to 7 p.m. (program code 217684)

Holiday Ornament Making

Get in the holiday spirit as you work together to create memories and holiday keepsake ornaments. Items will be fired and ready for pickup before theholidays—and they make the perfect gift for someone special!

Age: 6 to 12 years
Cost: $30.00
Number of classes: 1

  • Friday November 14, 5:30 to 7 p.m. (program code 214777)

How to register

Register online at regexpress.guelph.ca or call 519-837-5699.

For more information

Contact Tonie Sacchetti at 519-822-1260 extension 3530 or tonie.sacchetti@guelph.ca.

Adult and seniors’ programs and workshops

Pottery on the Wheel for Beginners

Learn to manipulate clay as you master the basics of wheel work, hand building, and glazing. Let your creativity flow with simple projects as you discover the potential of clay.

Age: 18+ years
Cost: $117.42
Number of classes: 6

  • Tuesday October 2, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. (program code 217691)
  • Tuesday November 27, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. (program code 217801)

Pottery on the Wheel

Concentrate solely on throwing on the potter’s wheel! Learn the fundamentals of wheel thrown pottery including trimming and assembling pieces. There will be glaze classes throughout the session which will be dedicated to glazing, decorating and finishing your pieces.

Age: 18+ years
Cost: $195.70
Number of classes: 10

  • Mondays starting September 10, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. (program code 214756)
  • Wednesdays starting September 10, 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. (program code 214758)
  • Fridays starting September 28, 9:30 to 11:30 p.m. (program code 214759)
  • Tuesdays starting October 16, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. (program code 214757)
  • Wednesdays starting December 5, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. (program code 217344)
  • Fridays starting January 4, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. (program code 214758)
  • Mondays starting January 7, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. (program code 2147343)
  • Tuesdays starting January 22, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. (program code 217289)

Pottery Wheel and Handbuilding

Learn to work with clay, pottery tools and equipment through various handbuilding and wheel thrown projects.Participants will work at their own pace with instruction and guidance to help create decorative and useful objects. This class is for all levels of ability.

Age: 18+ years
Cost: $195.70
Number of classes: 10

  • Thursdays starting October 4, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. (program code 214752)
  • Fridays, starting October 5, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. (program code 214754)
  • Thursdays starting November 15, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. (program code 214753)
  • Thursdays starting January 10, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. (program code 217286)
  • Fridays, starting January 11, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. (program code 217288)
  • Thursdays starting February 21, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. (program code 217287)

Pottery Workshop for Seniors

Get yourself familiar with clay, the potter’s wheel and glazing through various handbuilding and wheel thrown projects. You will work at your own pace with instruction and guidance to help create decorative and useful objects. This class is for all levels and ability.

Age: 55+ years
Fee:$195.70
Number of classes: 10 (class cancelled May 21)

  • Mondays starting September 17, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. (program code 214755)
  • Mondays starting January 7, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. (program code 217342)

How to register

Register online at regexpress.guelph.ca or call 519-837-5699.

For more information

Contact Tonie Sacchetti at 519-822-1260 extension 3530 or tonie.sacchetti@guelph.ca.

Open Studio / Guild

Wheels, handbuilding tables and a great selection of glazes are offered during Open Studio. City of Guelph pottery staff are available to assist participants in studio procedures but will not provide instruction. No registration necessary. Only 12 spaces available each week, so come early! For experienced potters only. Additional fees for materials. Buy a 10 hour pass at a discounted rate.

Age: 18+ years
Fee: $6 per hour or $50 for for a 10 hour pass, plus clay and firing fees.

Open Studio is cancelled on all long weekends.

Participants are expected to follow studio procedures.

12 spots available at a time. First come, first serve

  • Tuesdays starting September 4, 2018 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Saturdays starting September 8, 2018 from 1 to 3:30 p.m.

Annual Pottery Exhibit and Sale

Saturday December 1, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Victoria Road Recreation Centre

Choose from a variety of beautifully hand crafted and functional potterymade by local students and instructors. Watch live demonstrations. Learn more about the pottery centre and class options.

Cash, cheque, debit and credit cards will be accepted.

For more information

Please call 519-822-1260 extension 3530.