The Kawartha Potters’ Guild was kind enough to give me tour of their new space recently and I was mighty impressed. A beautiful 4000 sq. ft. area with enormous ceilings and tons of light, it once housed a swimming pool. George Stewart, formerly of Park Street Pottery, has teamed up with the Guild to create a collective space for studios, workshops, shared facilities, a gallery and meeting area at 933 Tallwood Drive.
It’s a functional, beautiful space that has been converted lovingly by its members with clarity, breathing room and a touch of Japanese aesthetic. The gallery is open to the public with a variety of members’ work for sale. Items from the Peterborough Handweavers’ and Spinners’ Guild and the Kawartha Wood Turners Guild will also be on display in the near future.
In addition the Guild offers beginner and advanced classes and workshops for adults and kids. There are several individual studios available for rent with some shared tools and workspace within the facility. Memberships to the Guild are very reasonable.
But the really big dream that members June Goodwin and Lillian Forester described to me is to eventually find a more permanent and inclusive home for the Potters’ Guild, the Peterborough Handspinners and Weavers and the Kawartha Woodturners Guild combined – something Peterborough could really use! This is a truly exciting endeavour.
Do some local holiday shopping at their 17th Annual Christmas Sale which will be held at The Lions Centre on Burnham Street:
- Friday, November 30th from 3-9 pm
- Saturday, December 1st from 10 am to 5 pm
- Sunday, December 2nd from 10 am to 4 pm
Musical entertainment will be provided by Hurly Burly on Friday evening. Saturday and Sunday will feature wheel demonstrations by members of the guild. A wide variety of work will be available, including functional as well as decorative pieces. Admission is free and everyone is eligible to enter for a Door Prize.
The Kawartha Potters’ Guild will also be hosting an Open House on December 14th from 4pm – 8pm at the new facility. There will be a clay table for the kids, demos on the wheel and you can check out the studios and gallery.
There is nothing that empowers a child or an adult like making something with your own hands. When I was a child my mother used to visit an elderly couple. She was a painter and he was a potter. They lived in a yellow house with a formidable garden that included a small pond with real goldfish living in it. In the back of the house was a shed where Luman Kelsey had a pottery wheel. Once he let me try it … and I will never forget it.