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Summer Camp News!

Kids participating in KPG Summer Camp 2017

By popular demand, we have added a second Teen week to our popular camp program.  We accept teens from 12-17 into this short week of intensive clay building and creative expression.  See our camp page for details.

Also, we are pleased to introduce our two counsellors for this year, Mackenzie Barker and Katie Brazeau.  They are both potters and members of the Guild, and Mackenzie is an experienced teacher.  We know your kids will learn a lot and have a great time with these two heading up the camp weeks.

photo of Mackenzie washing up in her studio
Mackenzie Barker
photo of Katie holding one of her mugs
Katie Brazeau

Summer Clay & Play Camp!

We are filling up fast for our popular Summer Clay & Play Camp.  Our facility is air conditioned and open, giving your children comfort and a safe place to breathe in these smokey and hot summer days.  If your child is interested in the arts, our week long day camp is for them.  Ages 7-12 (we do have a Teen week in August for those 13-17), running from 9 a.m to 4 p.m Monday-Friday, we spend most of the week playing with clay.  Please visit our Camp page for more details or don’t hesitate to contact us via email or phone: 705-742-4979. 

One of our week 1 campers building her castle shaped candle holder
One of our first week campers making a castle shaped candle holder.

Teen working on finishing a hand built mug

Campers displaying finished projects for parents
Campers displaying finished projects

Covid Update – February 4, 2021

Kawartha Potters' Guild logo

Due to the extended lockdown, the Guild has opted to delay the beginning of regular classes until the week of March 22nd.  Please see our classes page for details or to register.  

If we are allowed to open in February, we will be running wheel flex clay classes to tide folks over until the regular classes begin.  These will be on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons and evenings.  Registration is via email to our Administrator with payment via e-transfer.  Further details are also on our classes page (link above).   

Please note that the suspension of regular classes does not apply to the Tuesday and Friday Intermediate/Advanced classes.  These will begin the week we are allowed to open.  If you haven’t registered for this and wish to do so, registration is available on our classes page.  There are spaces available in the Tuesday evening and Friday afternoon classes.

We are also hoping to run our popular Summer Camp again this summer.  Currently it is being planned with the same smaller ratios that we offered last summer to maintain distancing and safety for our campers and our staff.  The weeks we will be offering are: July 5, 12, 19, August 9 & 16th.  We plan to offer a Teen Week the week of August 3, which may include the wheel if we feel it is safe to do so.  Registration and more details will be available on our camp page soon. 

As a reminder, non-medical masks, or face coverings are required to be worn at all times while inside the Guild facility.  Acceptable styles fit securely to the head with ties or ear loops, be made of at least two layers of tightly woven material (such as cotton or linen), best if a filter can be added, and be large enough to completely cover the nose and mouth without gaping.  Masks with any type of valve are not acceptable.


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.

Kawartha Potters' Guild