To Teach, To Learn, To Share

Meet Your Instructors

Karina BatesPhoto of Karina and some of her pottery

Karina has been working with clay regularly, since about 2004 and became a member Guild shortly after that.  Studying under Darlene Malcolm-Moran, George Stewart and Scott Walker, amongst others, Karina partipated in the 2016 Creative Directions Mentorship, travelled to Korea for three weeks of intensive study under pottery masters in 2018 and was one of the members selected for the KPG Juried Show held at the Peterborough Art Gallery in the fall of 2018.   You can find examples of Karina’s work on Facebook at Horus Eye Pottery.

Carolyn CiscoCarolyn Cisco

Carolyn started throwing in first year university and found it calming and challenging. After 30 years of teaching dance and phys-ed she is now retired from teaching high school and looking forward to sharing her love of clay with others.  

Check out Carolyn’s Guild Member page and see a selection of her work.



David Feairspicture of David at the wheel

David is the most recent addition to our teaching staff.  He currently generally teaches beginners in private classes on the wheel. Additionally, David has been teaching hand building classes for nearly two years now. David is very personable and works well with students who are new to pottery.

Recently David has been creating carved pottery and working with marbled clay. His next projects will feature stained clay and intricate designs.

In addition to his time spent at the studio, David is an avid woodworker, creating carvings and walking sticks.
David is musically inclined. He also spends much of his time outdoors in nature.

June GoodwinJune demonstrating on the wheel

June has spent most of her life involved in working, teaching and selling in a variety of media. After attending Luton School of Art in the UK, she moved with her husband to Canada and became immersed in the craft community.

June now works solely in clay, teaching children and adults and exhibiting and selling her work.

Visit June’s Guild Member page too see a selection of her work.

Janine Gwendoline-Smith

Janine is a Renaissance Artist, (Polymath), whose passion for Life fuels her boundlessPortrait of Janine
creativity. She pursues excellence in her disciplines of singing, songwriting, art, design,
clay work, poetry, writing, knitting, and T’ai Chi. Janine finds endless inspiration in her love for the Animal Kingdom, wonder of Nature, delight in colour, desire for the
exaltation of Woman, and the exploration of our true spiritual nature. She began training in T’ai Chi in 1974, teaching in 1980. Since relocating from Toronto, Janine now teaches at the Peterborough Sports and Wellness Centre.  As a professional public speaker, Janine has addressed a variety of audiences on the subjects of Spirituality and Fulfilment of Human Potential. She has a background in writing: blogs, articles, ghost writing, children’s stories, as a story contributor to various projects, and as a published poet.  Janine has been writing songs and recording her music since 1979.  Click to hear her current online catalogue.

Janine has extensive professional resumes in acting/performing (stage/film/television/radio recording/commercials/children’s and corporate entertainment), as well as a commissioned and exhibiting artist (recently Janine was one of five local artists to have her work awarded a 5 year exhibit residency at Peterborough Municipal Offices).

Janine finds clay work to be the most organic and serene of all her endeavours; connecting to ancient roots, yet opening to the infinite realm of possibility. As an instructor she relishes sharing this vast exploration with others.

Priya HardingPriya Harding

Priya has worked in both pottery and education since the 1980s. Her home studio, “Windring”, specializes in mid-range porcelain functional ware, and she has given workshops and classes in pottery to young people from 6 to 14.

With 24 years of experience teaching a wide range of subjects in both English and French, Priya continues to enjoy sharing her love of clay and learning.

Priya is teaching our after school sessions.

For more information and to see a selection of her pottery, visit Windring Pottery.

Ann Hobday

Ann taught Secondary School Visual Arts and ceramics for two decades. Since retirement she has switched to hand building in stoneware. She has subsequently volunteered with community non profits to share hand building techniques with adults. Hiking and cycling keeps her grounded and in tune with the earth’s rhythms.  She always looks for ways to incorporate nature themes and motifs in functional slab plates, bowls, bird and toad houses, landscape plaques and jewelry. Currently, she is experimenting with sculptural forms for wind chimes and garden poles. Ceramics and teaching is keeping her excited about life. 


Darlene Malcolm-MoranImage of Darlene Malcolm-Moran at her wheel

Since graduating from Sheridan College School of Design in 1976, Darlene has pursued many aspects of Ceramics and enjoys sharing this knowledge instructing the Intermediate/ Advanced classes at the Kawartha Potters Guild. 

She creates beautiful, finely crafted, functional pottery with marbled and textured surfaces. Darlene likes to use many colours of stoneware, combining them with her bright clay slips and food safe glazes.



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