About The Brantford Potters Guild History

History of the Guild

The Brantford Potters Guild was formed in 1975 and incorporated as a not for profit organization in 1978. Membership has grown from the initial 15 to the current membership level of 75.

In September 2014 we open “ClayWorks Studio”, a Teaching Pottery Studio with year round classes and Workshops for Adults and Children.

When the studio is not in use for classes, “Studio Members” will have access to the facilities to work on their projects.

The Mandate of the Guild

  • To bring together people who have a common interest in pursuing the craft of pottery,
  • To stimulate and maintain interest in the craft,
  • To encourage high standards of craftsmanship by providing learning opportunities to improve the skill and artistry of the potters.
  • To foster a community awareness of the ceramic arts by encouragement and support of individuals organizations and
  • To operate ClayWorks Learning Studio for Ceramic Arts and Pottery for teaching classes for adult’s, children and youth and providing studio access time for Guild Members use.

The Blind Sensory Garden Project

In September 2000, to celebrate our guilds 25th anniversary, and acknowledge the presence of The Ross Macdonald School in our community, 46 guild members contributed to installing a wall of relief tiles in  the schools sensory garden.  . The initial project was so well received by the students that in and  2016 the guild was asked to continue and cover the back side of the wall with “Tactile Tiles”.  44 members pledged approximately 150 tiles needed to fill the back wall. Pictures here are of the 2000 and 2016  Installations showing work in progress and the final finished wall, bot sides. Special thanks to the staff of the school and to guild members, Louise Garnet, Marion Skitch And Sue Welsby for leading us in both 2000 and 2016 installations.