Fort Saskatchewan Pottery Guild – A Member of Your Community
The Fort Saskatchewan Pottery Guild has been an active member of the Fort region since 1965, when it opened its doors on 101st street in the basement of the old community hall. Since then, the Guild has participated in numerous community events and opened its doors to people of all ages to learn and practice the art of working with clay. Our guild members, who largely live and work in the Fort, study all aspects of the art of pottery. They also volunteer their time and expertise to offer classes and workshops that stimulate the creative juices and encourage future potters to “get muddy with us.”
Our community programs range from special events such as birthday parties to ongoing, regularly scheduled sessions developed in conjunction with various associations. Some of the programs are as follows.
Saturday Kids ‘n Clay – For children 8 years of age and older, focussing on handbuilding techniques.
Teen Throwing – an after school program offered to teens ages 12 and older.
Early-Out Program – We offer a class for children between 8 and 14yrs of age, one Wednesday each month when the schools dismiss at 2 p.m..
PALSS – Our Parent Advocates Linking Specials Services program offers children and adults with special needs the ability to create pieces of art in clay.
Community Linking – We also offer a daytime class for adults needing special support.
Home Schooling Association – We have provided an arts component to students being home schooled.
Special Events – We offer fun-filled one- time sessions to small groups of teens, children and adults for birthday celebrations, wrap-up parties or other get-togethers. In these sessions, we teach some of the basics of pottery. Participants create masterpieces of their own, which they can take home as soon as they have gone through the glazing and firing process—usually around one month later. If you are interested in booking an event with us you can find the form under FORMS, Special Event Request.
As a guild, we take part in various events including the Empty Bowls Event in support of the Fort Saskatchewan Food Bank, and hold two semi-annual sales. We also open our doors to the public most Saturdays between noon and 4 pm for shopping and information. Over the years, the City of Fort Saskatchewan has commissioned the guild to make mugs as part of its centennial celebrations as well as commemorative vessels for the military during a ‘Freedom of the City’ ceremony. We were also commissioned to facilitate the formation and installation of student tiles for the walls of the Dow Centennial Centre, prior to its opening and then more tiles later as needed around the water fountains.
As you can see we’ve been busy all these years, and look forward to being part of the Fort Saskatchewan Community for many years to come.