To Teach, To Learn, To Share

Covid Update – December 23, 2020

To All Guild Members, Studio Members, Teachers, Students & Customers:

We are again in the unfortunate position of having to close our Guild and Pottery Shop and postpone all classes (including private) until after January 23rd at the earliest.  We are following our Public Health and Provincial Government recommendations and requirements, for a Provincial lock down to be in effect from Dec 26th to January 23 (for Southern Ontario).  We will update our website as new information / dates are made available and ask you to keep checking in on the website. 

Please refrain from coming into the Guild for any reason during this time – it is not open for drop off / pick up / studio use etc.

On the bright side, we can offer curbside pick up for Pottery Shop items, clay, online store, etc..  Simply send me an email outlining what you want and I’ll reply with cost (e-transfers will be all methods of payment) and times available for parking lot pick up.   This email address will continue to be checked by me, so don’t hesitate to email any questions, concerns, etc..

I would like to extend my wishes to you and your Family for a safe and happy Christmas, whatever it is going to look like this year.
Please stay safe and well.

Donna O’Brien

Online Store Update

We’ve added quite a number of new items to our online store and will continue to do so right up until the Holidays.  Please note that the Guild itself will be closed from December 24 – January 3, 2020 so you may experience a delay being able to pick up or have your piece delivered or shipped.  If you have any questions, please contact our Administrator Donna

Introducing our Online Store!

We are so excited to be able to announce that our pottery is now available for purchase online, right from this website.  We are very thankful to our volunteers, the City of Peterborough for a grant to help us get this up and running and to Brendan Quigley, local Shopify Freelancer who has been of great assistance helping us get online.  

Purchases can be shipped or you can arrange for curb-side pick up.  We are still working to upload more of our stock, so check back often!  You can visit the store here.

Remembrance Day

cadets standing behind planted Trilliums

The photo is from the installation of the trilliums our members and local community members made in honour of the 100th anniversary of Vimy Ridge.  We would just like to take a moment to stop, remember, and thank those men and women who died, were injured or are still in active service for our country.

Holiday Sale – Save the Dates!

poster showing dates of 2020 Holiday sale

Our annual and well loved Holiday Sale is on for this year!  It will be a bit different this year in order to keep everyone safe.  It will run for 12 days at our Talwood location, from Friday December 11th, 2020 to Wednesday December 23rd, 2020. 

Stay tuned on how you’ll be able to sign up for a personal shopping experience!  More information to come!

Board Members Wanted!

picture showing current distancing protocols in place in camp area

 The Board is looking for new Board members.  Board members do not need to be a potter, or a Guild member.  If you are interested, or know someone who would be willing to be nominated, please contact our Board Chair, Ann Hobday.  

Members, please consider attending, via Zoom, our Annual General Meeting, scheduled for 6:30 p.m., Monday, September 28, 2020.  There are many decisions that need Guild member approval, including the above voting in of new Board members.  More details are available on the Members side of the website.


Support our Guild – Buy a Trillium!

two hand built plates in the shape of white trilliums with green leaves

Expanding on the Kawartha Potters Guild successful tribute to the Vimy Ridge Trillium project, the Guild is delighted to announce a Fundraising Campaign featuring our Ontario Trillium. These beautifully crafted bowls and plates, by local potters, are available for sale at $29.00 each. These Trilliums are functional and food safe dinner ware, making wonderful gifts: for housewarmings, visitors, showers or just a keepsake for yourself.   

The fundraising efforts will assist the Guild to continue offering classes to the public, allow our members to grow as artists, and the Pottery Shop to offer locally made gifts.  Shop Local, Support Local during this difficult time in our history.

To order, please contact our Administrator and make sure to include TRILLIUM in the subject line.  Please indicate whether you wish a plate or a bowl (and how many).  You will be contacted via email when items are ready for pick up and you will have the opportunity to choose the perfect one (s) for you.  Pay via Visa/MC or cash/cheque once you choose your own individual Trilliums.  

Hand built plate in the shape of a white Trillium with green leaves


Hand built bowl in the shape of a white Trillium with green leaves

Our Pottery Shop is Re-Opening!

Mug wall showing examples of all mugs we have in stock

Covid-19 Re-Opening Update – June 17, 2020

As of  Thursday June 18th, 2020, the KPG Pottery Shop will reopen to the public!  We still have a great selection of items for Father’s Day, birthdays, new additions to the family, thank you gifts or any other cause to celebrate.  All our items are hand made by local artisans.  

NEW STORE HOURS: Thursday to Saturday 1pm to 5:30pm.

Private Shopping available by appointment: Please mail our Administrator to arrange.  

Please note the following:

  • Physical distancing measures are in effect.
  • There is a 2 person limit in store.
  • Hand sanitizer is available.
  • Full cleaning protocol s in practice.

We’re Hiring!

picture of 2018 summer campers and counselors


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.

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