Philosophers have pondered for centuries, the age old question of
"What is the meaning of life?" However, we're too passionate about pottery to focus on that! If you are as interested as us, check out the rest of the site,
including our members' Gallery.
North Bay Potters' Guild "We've Been Framed!"
Visit us for our annual Fall Sale at Michelle's Frame Maker & Gallery, Downtown North Bay, 68 Main Street West
Tuesday to Friday 9:30 am to 5:30 pm and Saturdays 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
Opening Reception at the Downtown Gallery Hop, Friday November 15, 7 pm to 9 pm
Sale runs from November 15 to December 28.
Also stop by to say hello during the Downtown Christmas Walk, November 29th.
POTTERY SHOPPE OPEN EVERY SATURDAY
**Fall Hours: 9:00 am - 1 pm **
128 Oak Street East, North Bay Located Across from the Farmer's Market on Oak Street
Come see the beautiful work of more of our members!
Purchase beautiful ceramic art and pottery for a gift or for your own home, all made by members of the North Bay & Area Potters’ Guild.
For information on Upcoming Classes and Workshops see Classes page or email email@example.com
*Open Studio for students now 10:00 am - 1:00 pm, *
Members, there will be one firing mid-month and one near the end of the month. Please have your work on the shelves. If there is not enough work for a firing it may be another 2 weeks. We aim to load, but cannot always accommodate pieces in the order that they arrived on the shelves.===
If you are interested in developing your ceramic art practice or
simply want to try your hand at creating pottery for the first time,
check out our Courses in Clay.===
Click here to find out more about Potters Guild members, their work and how they came to love clay and ceramic art.
Find out more about how to join our group and where our gallery
and studio is located in beautiful downtown North Bay, Ontario.
The Ontario Arts Council
NECO Community Futures Development
Northern Ontario Heritage Fund
Ontario Seniors Secretariat
After it became clear that the ceramics course at Canadore College was terminating, a large group of local potters convened. The potters were enthusiastic to have a guild established. From that point forward a seven person board was created. Meetings were held, grants were written and locations were investigated. With the support of equipment and materials from Canadore College, donations from local potters and fund raisers supported by the community at large, the North Bay and Area Potters’ Guild was created. It took two years and much expertise from dedicated potters and community members to move this forward.
In 2014 a studio location was secured at 128 Oak Street East and a Grand Opening was celebrated in May 2015. The guild continues to provide the community with exceptional instruction and an open studio for members.
REGISTER ONLINE ASAP FOR UPCOMING CLASSES and WORKSHOPS
Clay Holiday Ornaments with Michael Ivany
Workshop Cost: Non-members: $60 Members: $45 All materials and tools included
Dates: Two Parts: Sunday, November 17th, from 6:00-8:00 pm and Sunday, November 24th from 6:00-9:00 pm
Ages: All ages from 7 yr up to adults. Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult participant who is also registered in the workshop (maximum 2 kids per adult)
Part 1 (Nov 17th): Shape and add texture to ornaments you make. You will learn some basic hand building techniques to make a dozen holiday ornaments. Make some to attach to gifts or as stocking stuffers. Make your ornaments in any shape you like, you can bring your own unique cookie cutters, or individualize the ornaments with the names of family members. Bring inspirational forms like a nice texture or the handprint of a child if you wish. A variety of colours will be available with which to colour your ornaments.
Part 2 (Nov. 24): Glaze Ornaments. You will learn how to dip-glaze or brush your bisque piece to prepare for glaze firing. You will see the kiln being loaded with your pieces ready for firing. You can pick you ornaments up on Friday, November 29th during the Downtown Christmas Walk, or after the walk, on Saturdays between 10am and 2pm during the Pottery Shoppe Hours.
Whether you are a beginner or have previous experience, don’t miss this festive and fun popular 2 day workshop.
Hand Building Workshop with Mary and Betty
Workshop Cost: $85 (non-members) $65 (members) Includes clay
Dates: January or February
January: Saturday, Jan. 11th, 11 am - 2 pm and Saturday, Jan. 25th, 11 am - 2 pm OR
February: Saturday, Feb. 8th, 11 am - 2 pm and Saturday, Feb. 22nd, 11 am - 2 pm
This fun and casual 2-part workshop covers essential hand building techniques for creating both decorative and functional pieces. You will learn how to use slabs, molds, coils, handles, decorative effects and more to create bowls, cups, platters or decorative objects. This is meant to be a casual workshop where we like people to come prepared for an afternoon of lighthearted fun! This is a project based hand class where you will complete approximately 2 pieces, your end result can be a platter, canoe, mug, bowl, it doesn't matter! Come play and create with Betty and Mary!
Part 1: Create pieces using hand building techniques. Saturday, January 11th, 11 am - 2 pm OR Saturday, February 8th, 11 am - 2 pm
** Finished work will be fired to bisque and ready to be glazed. **
Part 2: Students will glaze their pieces using supplied glazes. Saturday, January 25th, 11 am - 2 pm or Saturday, February 22nd, 11 am - 2 pm
** Work will be fired and ready for pick up in 2 weeks. **
Beginners Wheel Throwing Sundays with Zoe Caverly ***Classes Completed***
Class Fee: Non-members: $225
Clay $40 (non-member) Tool Kit $17
New SUNDAY Dates and Times: Sundays September 8 - Oct 27 (4:00 pm - 7:00 pm)
Students will learn to centre and throw the basic ceramic forms, trim and glaze their work while learning good studio practices. The class is capped at 8 participants and all students must be 16 years of age or older.
Beginners Wheel Throwing Thursdays with Zoe Caverly **Classes Completed **
Class Fee: Non-members: $225
Clay $40 (non-member) Tool Kit $17
Dates and Times: Thursdays Sept 19 - Nov 7 ; (6:00 pm - 9:00 pm)
This beginner's wheel throwing class will provide you with the fundamentals of working with clay and throwing on the wheel. The class is capped at 8 participants and all students must be 16 years of age or older.
At our new location at 128 Oak Street in downtown North Bay, we opened a fully-equipped ceramic studio and small shop. Below is a list of the services and equipment we offer our members and workshop participants.
KILNS - Our brand new KILN is one of the largest in the region. It is energy efficient, easy to load and very reliable. The kiln is available full-time to our Full-time members.
Pottery Wheels - We have a total of nine pottery wheels at the North Bay and Area Potters Guild studio site.
Storage Cubicles - Each member has a storage cubicle.===