To Teach, To Learn, To Share

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

KPG Throwing & Trimming Skills Improvement Week!

Blue & yellow painted plate - Darlene Malcolm-Moran

We are very pleased to be offering another workshop with Darlene Malcolm-Moran.  This workshop will take place the week of July 27 – 31, 2020, and is open to all potters who can centre and throw a 6 inch bowl, cylinder and plate.  The goals for this week are to improve your throwing skills to create well-balanced consistent pottery and learn to finish your pottery with good design, function, and craftsmanship.  Maximum : 8 students, $340.00 plus H.S.T. 

For further information, or to register, please visit here.

3 mugs in blue & brown and gold & brown - Darlene Malcolm-MoranCeledon green covered jar with applied leaves - Darlene Malcolm-Moran

Thomas Aitken visits KPG

3 pitchers in varying sizes by Thomas Aitken

Our February Guild meeting will feature celebrated local potter, Thomas Aitken.  

Thomas collaborates with wife Kate Hyde in their Warsaw studio. They create functional, hand produced porcelain pieces that “delight the eye and please the touch.”He is a highly skilled professional potter who holds a Masters in Ceramics. Thomas is accomplished in so many areas we have asked him to demonstrate/discuss several, diverse topics.  You can visit Thomas and Kate’s website here.

*Handles (that don’t crack)
*Lids & knobs
*Nesting bowls, (precision throwing)
*His wonderful glazes
*Healthy throwing practices

His previous visits have been well received, so we know this is going to be another great meeting.

Colourful painted birds by Kate Hyde on a plate thrown by Thomas AitkenBlue & white nesting mixing bowls - Thomas Aitken

New Mentorship Program

picture of Darlene

Wow!  The mentorship program is now full.  If you missed this opportunity to work with Darlene this way, or wish extra class time with her, please note that she does teach the Tuesday afternoon Int/Adv classes (12:30-3pm) and beginning with the Nearly Spring Session – starting Feb 18, she will also be teaching the evening Int/Adv class (6:30-9pm).  Registration is available from our calendar or classes page.

We are very pleased to be able to offer our members a Mentorship Program with Darlene Malcolm-Moran.  Darlene has been a long-standing member of the KPG and is a graduate of Sheridan College School of Design in Ceramics (1976).  She has taught both youth and adults at our Guild in regular classes as well as single, multi-part and week-long workshops.  This Mentorship consists of 5 meetings beginning March 8, 2020 and culminating in a public exhibit of finished work at the Guild during November of 2020.  To register, click here.  Only current members in good standing will be accepted to participate.  

 

Black & white vase
Darlene’s Vase chosen for 2018 Inspired Mud juried show

Throwing demonstration with Darlene

Happy Holidays from KPG!

Peacock raku ornament by Heathyr Francis

We are now closed for the holidays and would like to take this opportunity to thank our customers and students for making us more successful than we could have hoped for when we first moved in to Talwood in 2012.  We would also like to thank our staff who keep the guild working, and our volunteers who really are the back bone of any guild – from those who wash floors and windows to those who spend hours on the board of directors.  We will be open again on Tuesday January 7, 2020 and our classes for the remainder of the 8 week session, will begin that week as well.  Should you need to reach us over the holidays you can email Donna, our Administrator, or leave a phone message at 705-742-4979.  We will get back to you as soon as we are able.  

We hope that you have a wonderful holiday, however you celebrate.

Our Xmas tree decorated with hand made ornaments

Last Day for Shopping at KPG!

Our Xmas tree decorated with hand made ornaments

The Guild Pottery Shop is open today 11 – 5 p.m. for your last minute gift shopping!  We have many great gift items from mugs for your coffee & tea drinkers to wine goblets, platters, teapots, coffee filter holders, tablet and phone stands, tree ornaments, vases, jewelry, gift cards (made by our members) and much more.  We still carry items from the other members of the Artisans’ Centre; the Kawartha Woodturners Guild, the Gourd Society and the Spinners and Weavers Guild.  If you can’t decide, we have gift certificates that don’t expire and are good for any product or service we offer.  Our knowledgeable volunteers can help you with your decisions. 

Our gift cards made by members and a selection of potteryMug wall showing examples of all mugs we have in stock

 

 

 

Display of colourful woven scarves and pots

 

 

 

 

Welcome to Donna O’Brien

We would like to take this opportunity to introduce our new Administrator, Donna O’Brien.  Donna and Clara are working together this week to get Donna up to speed.  So if you are looking for an answer regarding classes or from the admin office, please allow some extra time during this transition.  You can reach Donna through all the regular channels at the Guild.  

We would also like to thank Clara for all the work she has done in her time as admin, including the extra hours and work outside of her job description; everything that helps keep our Guild moving.  She was given small tokens of our appreciation at our regular Christmas social that happened this past Monday.  Clara will be returning to university in the new year and we wish the best of luck in her studies.

Clara receiving a gift from board member Lina Laplante

Holiday Profile – Dorothy Meddows-Taylor

Promo rack card for Dorothy Meddows-Taylor

Dorothy Meddows-Taylor specializes in wheel thrown & hand painted animal mugs. Her inspiration comes from wildlife local to Ontario. During our Spring sales she paints young animals with their parents, and adult animals in Fall/Winter scenes for our Holiday sales.

Dorothy is a graduate of the Haliburtion School of Fine Arts Ceramic program, and a studio member at the Kawartha Potters Guild. This Holiday sale is her second, and we’re excited to see what animal mugs she brings to the sale.

Come see Dorothy’s and almost 30 other member potters’ work this weekend, Nov 29 – Dec. 1.  Check our news section or main page for details.

Tall white mug with painting of a chickadee - Dorothy Meddows-Taylor
Dorothy Meddows-Taylor
Mug with deer by Dorothy Meddows-Taylor
Dorothy Meddows-Taylor