We’re Hiring!

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Kawartha Potters Guild is a non-profit organization whose mandate is to promote interest in and practice of the potters’ craft, provide facilities for education and instruction in pottery, and advance knowledge and appreciation of this craft. We run a summer day camp for children aged 7 to 12, offered over five five-day weeks, plus a four day August throwing camp for teens.

Depending on the position, the hourly wage is $14.00 to $14.50 working a 37.5 or 40 hour week.

  • Qualified applicants for the camp counselor or camp manager position must:
    * be a minimum of 16 to maximum of 30 years of age
    * be available for work from June 29 to August 28, from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm weekdays
    * have an interest in the arts, particularly ceramic arts
    * have experience in working with and caring for children
    * have facility with crafts and games
  • This position includes the following duties:
    * implement the day camp program Mon.-Fri. Daily activities include: pottery, outdoor activities, games, and drama.
    * preparation of projects
    * studio set-up, organization, clean-up

The Counselor will work closely with the Camp Manager, with direct supervision and support from the camp supervisors. Staff will be trained in basic pottery skills for children, and safety procedures within the pottery studio, prior to camp. Applicants should come with ideas and some experience working with kids and be able to offer age-appropriate activities.

Interested candidates are invited to submit their resume to the KPG Administrator, Donna O’Brien, via email to  by June 5th, 2020. Please include 3 references with contact information.

NOTE: Due to COVID-19 regulations, the number of counselors and children attending each week, as well as the actual camp dates, will be determined by the rules and regulations as set out by Ontario Government and Peterborough Public Health. We are committed to providing a safe and accommodating camp ensuring all protocols regarding campers and counselors health and safety are met. Physical distancing, hand sanitizing and full cleaning protocols will be in practice.

Gift Certificates for Mother’s Day!

Of course, due to Covid19, we are not currently open.  However, we do have Gift Certificates available which helps support your local potters and the Kawartha Potters Guild.  For Mothers Day, Fathers Day, Birthdays, Weddings, Just Because.  Our Gift Certificates have no expiry date and can be used for any item or service we sell; from wonderful handmade items from our local potters, classes (including private classes for birthdays, weddings or other events), materials and memberships.  Anyone wishing to purchase a gift certificate can send an email to our Administrator, Donna,  with details and she will arrange payment options and delivery of your Gift Certificate.  We hope that we can return to what we love as soon as possible, and we look forward to seeing you then.  Stay safe.

Support KPG with Gift Certificates!

The KPG is a not-for-profit organization run mainly by volunteers.  With the onset of Covid19, like many other small businesses, we have had to close our doors to not only our customers, but our students, staff, teachers and members.  Our over head costs, while being negotiated in these uncertain times, are still pending, while income has stopped.  For many of our member potters with work in our Store, they too have lost much of their income or ability to produce their art.  

Therefore, we would like to remind all our supporters that we have gift certificates.  We can fill these to any amount with no expiry date.  Our gift certificates apply to everything from purchases at our beautifully curated Pottery Shop, to classes, camps, workshops, mentorships and memberships.  Purchase of these gift certificates can be arranged by contacting our Administrator, Donna.  She can arrange for over the phone or etransfer payments, and will arrange to have these certificates delivered to you.  We offer these now with the hopes that we will soon be open again, meeting with all of you and playing with clay.   

KPG Covid19 Closure – Update April 6, 2020

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We hope everyone is staying home and staying safe.  The Guild has unfortunately, been shut down since mid-March due to Covid19.  We remind all staff, members, teachers, studio-members, that there is to be no access or use of the facility during this time, in order to comply with Provincial and Federal regulations.  We have also decided to suspend all classes until the end of June, so all online registrations have been closed at this time.

We realize, for those who’s classes were interrupted, or were hoping for a special upcoming workshop, that this is a great disappointment.  Pottery is, ironically, an excellent method of relaxing, and in these trying times, we are also very sad that we are not able to offer that balm to our members and students.  

We are a not-for-profit organization who relies on our volunteers, our classes, our patrons and grants to function.  This time will be a challenge for our organization and we ask for your patience as we work our way through this and as things begin to return to whatever our new normal will be.  Should you have questions regarding future classes, refunds, exchanges, etc, please contact our Administrator, Donna.

Covid19 – Update March 24

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Further to Premier Fords announcement this afternoon, please be advised the KPG will be closed to ALL visitors, members, Studio Members, Teachers and staff, effective 5:00pm today, Tuesday March 24th.  It is very important that all members abide by this, as we could face stiff fees for appearing open.  This breaks all our hearts as a not-for-profit is only as successful as the participation by it’s members, and for us, our classes, shop and community events.  We do not know how long this will last, and will update you more as we can.

For those of you in the midst of classes, or have private classes booked and paid for, we ask for your patience during this time.  If you have questions regarding classes, please contact our Administrator, Donna.

We thank all of you in advance for your understanding and we hope that all of you stay safe and healthy during these unusual times.

KPG Covid19 Closure – March 16

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To all Guild Members, Students, Teachers & Customers

We have made the very difficult decision to close the Guild at this time. This includes the Pottery Shop and all classes.

For those taking classes with us, we normally have a 2 week break in between sessions.  We are taking advantage of this to suspend all of our classes  (including any private classes) as of now, for the next 2 weeks, while we wait for this very fluid situation to progress.  Again, should this affect your ability to attend the classes on the revised dates, we will do our best to accommodate you on future dates in your registered or other classes to make up the missed time. 

We will be updating this decision as recommended by our Public Health and Government regulations and requirements. 

As a not-for-profit organization, we ask for your patience and understanding in this matter. 

Should you have any questions, concerns or suggestions in this regard, please do not hesitate to contact our Administrator, Donna at 705-742-4979 or by email.

KPG Covid19 Class Policy

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As of March 15, 2020, all currently booked classes at KPG will be running as per the regular schedule.  Our priority is the health and safety of our Members and our Guests / Students. We have posted Symptoms and Guidance notices throughout the Guild as a reminder of proper hygiene protocols, for your information.  Please do your part to wipe down areas you are working in and on; a little due diligence will go a long way! 

Please note, if you have been out of the country, please do not come to class.  The Canadian Government recommends self isolation for 14 days.  After that period, you are welcome back.  If you feel unwell for any reason, please do not come to class.  KPG will make the utmost efforts to credit you the classes missed, as soon as this situation is resolved.  Please keep an eye on our website for any further updates or class cancellations.  We will attempt to contact you, in this event, via email as well.  Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact our Administrator, Donna either via phone at 705-742-4979 or via email

Teresa Dunlop Demonstration Workshop

Teresa Dunlop posing with one of her pieces

We are very pleased to welcome Teresa Dunlop to the KPG on Sunday, May 24th for a demonstration workshop.  Teresa may be best known for her very colourful functional work, but she also enjoys manipulating thrown work and wood firing the results.  This will be a fun day full of useful information and inspiration for participants to take back to their own studios.  Teresa will demonstrate throwing, manipulation of thrown work and how to put multiple pieces together.  The workshop runs from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. with a break for lunch, and is open to 15 participants.  Registration is available here.  Please visit Teresa’s website for more information about her and her work.  

Wood fired thrown and manipulated basket - Teresa DunlopWood fired bowl with applied decoration - Teresa Dunlop







Bright, multi-coloured lidded jar - Teresa Dunlop