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 over 90.

In September 2014  ClayWorks Studio was opened with year round classes and workshops for adults and children.

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

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
  • To operate ClayWorks  Studio for Ceramic Arts and Pottery  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 guild’s 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 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, both sides. Special thanks to the staff of the school and to guild members, Louise Garnett, Marion Skitch And Susan Welsby for leading us in both 2000 and 2016 installations.

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