It was a crowded and fun day at the Kawartha Potters Guild on February 18th this year. We had 23 people signed up to come to our class to make creatures, and what a lovely bunch of creatures they made! It is a good time to stress that you must PreRegister for a class ahead of time to avoid disappointment. We will not hold any spaces for people who have not registered and paid ahead of time.
What a busy few months the Kawartha Potters Guild has had. We have moved an entire shop (George Stewart’s Jackson Creek Pottery) to our new location. Set it up again with fabulous studio space and gallery. Had two Family Clay Days and numerous other classes. Held our annual Christmas Show and Sale and just had our Meet and Greet Open House to introduce ourselves to the neighbourhood.
It was a fun and busy few hours and we thank everyone who came out. If you are looking for a last minute gift for the special someone who loves hand made gifts made not only in Canada, but in the Peterborough and Kawartha areas, come to our gallery and look around.
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Our guild is still getting the place ready for our first art classes (see our line up of classes here) setting up the studio spaces and getting the gallery set up. In fact, we don’t really have too many of our members’ work in the gallery yet, only a small selection to make it look good. Yet, we have sold our first piece of work from the gallery already!
A few of our members were in the studio yesterday when a couple wandered in to see if they could buy a wedding present. They ended up being our first sale! They bought an $85 bowl by Anne Young and were happy to let us take their picture.
We got a mention in the Monday October edition of Joanne Culley’s Otonabee column. And George got his picture in the paper too! To see the article, click here, but the text is below.
Potters guild Establishes Permanent Space
The Kawartha Potters Guild is in the process of settling into the main floor of the building at 993 Talwood Drive, formerly the Kingswood Recreation Centre.
” After 17 years of not having a permanent home, we are leasing this facility so that we have a place where we can teach pottery, display work in a retail gallery and offer studio space for rent to potters who do not have their own studios,” says Lillian Forester, program chair.
Potter George Stewart, formerly of Park Street Pottery, has joined the guild in their new home and is their first “potter in residence,” she says.
The guild has approximately 30 members and is welcoming new members at a cost of $45 per year. The group meets on the second Monday of each month, except for July and August. members are encouraged to attend the monthly meetings, can attend all workshops, participate in the Christmas sale, sell in the gallery space, enjoy access to studio space, clay and glazes, attend the pit-fire or Raku day during the summer, as well as teach classes. The next monthly meeting is tonight, October 1, because of Thanksgiving. Classes are being offered in early October.
“We are offering a Family Clay Day on Saturday October 20 where participants will make their own pottery pumpkin tea light, just in time for Halloween,” says Forester. “We will be having a grand opening later this month, and would like to acknowledge the contribution that the Grade 10 construction students from Kenner Collegiate have made in helping us prepare our new space. What those kids did for us was absolutely amazing!”
We have our first meeting at 993 Talwood Drive on October 1st, and we are seeing progress being made on the interior. We had a painting session and now the walls are going up and recently Carolyn Cisco was sewing material to cover them. It is so exciting to see the mess we started out with, slowly but gradually becoming a studio and gallery and a space for meetings. A big thank you to Kenner’s grade ten construction class (and their teacher Mr. Chislett) for the quick and professional building of our dividers.
So much work is being done by so many people. It is heartening to see everyone pulling together for this.
We will have our phone connected by the end of today (Tuesday, September 25th) and the number is 705-742-4979. This was the number that George Stewart used for his Park Street Pottery shop. Please leave a message if you don’t get an answer, there should be someone there most days, and every day once we are up and running.
Classes are being advertised and we are accepting email registrations already, and hopefully will have online registrations in the near future. You can call and find out who is in and drop off a cheque or pay cash for any course you wish to take.
Enjoy the photos of the process.
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