The Burlington Potters’ Guild was founded in 1969 and currently counts 100 members ranging in skill level from novice to professional. The guild was created to allow ceramic artists to convene and share resources in a cooperative environment conducive to the advancement of ceramic art.
Guild members have at their disposal one of the best ceramic studios in Canada. Located in the Art Gallery of Burlington, this large facility boasts 12 pottery wheels, 6 electric kilns, a new gas kiln in addition to a fully equipped raku and smoke firing shed. Benefits of membership include use of fully equipped studio, monthly demonstrations, library resources, glazes, newsletter, sale opportunities, and discounts.
The guild is a not-for-profit organization financially sustained through its membership fees, fundraisers, grants and the generosity and support of various foundations and private donations. An Executive Committee, elected by the membership, is responsible for the operation, management, and planning of the Guild. Through the participation, enthusiasm and contributions of its members, the guild has continued to thrive for over 40 years.
The main objectives of the Guild are:
- to bring together people of similar interest in order to encourage mutual stimulation and to exchange ideas,
- to maintain a Guild headquarters in order to provide studio facilities for members and for instructional classes,
- to encourage and stimulate members through organized demonstrations, workshops, guest artists, and other activities,
- to provide members with facilities for exhibiting and selling of their work,
- to stimulate among the general public, a greater interest in and appreciation of pottery.
A current Art Gallery of Burlington membership is required before joining the Burlington Potters’ Guild. The Guild’s annual membership fee is due annually on January 1st and is valid until December 31st. A late penalty charge applies to renewal memberships after January 31st. Fees are $40.00 for a single membership and $50.00 for a family membership. Members must be a minimum of 18 years of age.
- 5% discount at Pottery Supply House
- monthly meetings and presentations by guest artists
- participation in workshops arranged by the Guild
- participation in exhibitions, sales and activities sponsored by the Guild
- use of the Pottery Studio and equipment according to the rules in the Pottery Studio Guidelines
- a copy of the Guild Handbook
- Guild newsletters (10 issues per year)
- use of the Guild display cases for exhibiting work
- membership advantages of the AGB (reciprocal agreements with other art galleries and museums, etc.)
- the opportunity to voice opinions and be influential through different committees and volunteer groups
- advance notice of classes, whenever possible, sponsored by the AGB
- access to locker or shelf for storage
- group firings
The studio may be used when the Art Gallery is open and there are no classes. Guild members may use the Pottery Studio during regular AGB hours in accordance with the calendar of events supplied in the BPG monthly newsletter. Guild Day is every Tuesday.
Members are entitled to use the equipment in the studio with proper training and adherence to safety:
- Pottery Wheels
- Electric Kiln
- Raku Kiln/Raku Glazes
- Gas Kiln
The Library is available to all guild members. We have a wide selection of books and videos that may be loaned for up to one month.
There are two display cases in the hallway opposite the Clay Studio. These give artists the opportunity to show their work.
All Members are required to:
- Volunteer 20 hours per year for guild activities (ie: sales, studio clean up, organization of juried guild show, member of the Guild Executive, fulfilling non-executive positions, etc.)
- Volunteer 10 hours per year for Art Gallery of Burlington activities and events (ie: Art Auction, docents, Soup Bowl Event, etc.)
- Promote the Guild through sales, guild activities, AGB Open House and other events held by the AGB
Find us also at www.burlingtonpottersguild.com
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