The Gloucester Pottery School was founded in 1991. We are an incorporated not-for-profit organization with a volunteer Board of Directors.
We have grown from a very small entity operating out of a basement studio in the Cyrville Community Centre. Over the years we expanded into the whole of CCC’s basement. In June of 2009 we were able to expand still further when we moved to the new Shenkman Arts Centre.
Our fully equipped teaching studio has 22 electric potters wheels, 4 electric kilns, a Bailey Gas Kiln, a pugmill, slab roller, wall extruder, spray booth, and state-of-the-art cleaning facilities. The studio is also available for practice on a membership basis.
We offer over 80 pottery courses a year (some in French) for adults and teens from Level 1 through to Level 2/3 throwing including (off wheel) Handbuilding classes. Our courses run on a semester basis starting each September, February, April and July and are taught by experienced instructors.
Children’s classes for 7 – 13 year olds are given on Saturdays and Sundays and we offer After School classes most days of the week. In addition, we have Parent and Me for 4 – 10 year olds.
Summer Camp programs are geared especially for children and teens. They provide an opportunity for young people to experience a five day introduction to pottery. Some will do handbuilding, and be able to build their own special projects. Others will learn the first steps needed for working on the wheel. It is recommended that only students 12 years and older sign up for the wheel camps.
We offer professional pottery workshops by visiting artists and we give workshops for numerous groups including at present: Children’s Birthday Parties, Brownies, Sparks, Pathfinders, Scouts, Corporate Team Building groups, School classes and for Special Occasions as well as Special Needs groups. Private lessons are also available.
We operate the Dust Evans Gallery which showcases six professional artists each year. Most of these artists give workshops in our studio.