Celebrating 50 years as guild!
The Norfolk Potters' Guild & Studio operates a co-operative studio in facilities at 97 Pond Street in Simcoe, Norfolk County, Ontario. We offer eight electric wheels, three state-of-the-art computerized kilns, a slab roller and two clay extruders. Adult classes are offered to the public and members enjoy a variety of workshops. There is a small library of books, magazines and DVDs on site which members may sign out on meeting days.
Experienced potters may join by demonstrating or providing evidence of proficiency. Students may register to become studio members after completing at least one level 1 class. Studio members have 24/7 access to the Studio to come in and work as they please. Clay must be purchased from the Studio and members may use any of our selection of over 20 different shop glazes. We encourage members to participate on one of the committees if they are interested in learning more about firings and glaze mixing.
The Norfolk Potters' Guild & Studio also has monthly meetings to discuss Studio business and may showcase a visiting artist or feature videos. September through June, General meetings are held on the first Tuesday of every month at 7:00 pm. By 8 o'clock, members are enjoying home-baked goodies and settling in for the evening's presentation. There are no meetings in July and August.
Guild memberships are also available for professional potters in the area. A Guild membership allows individuals to take part in monthly meetings, sign up for workshops, vote and participate in our twice-yearly sales. It does not permit access to the Studio.
The Norfolk Potters Guild and Studio appreciates the amazing support for fifty plus years of Norfolk County residents. A number of years ago it was wholeheartedly agreed by our membership to donate a percentage of our spring and fall sales to local charities and social agencies. Beneficiaries of our donations in past years have included the Simcoe and District Humane Society, Norfolk Pregnancy & Family Resource Centre, in 2017 we are supporting Touch of Haven, Horses Healing Humans.
Norfolk Potters Guild and Studio support SoupART as a community partner, the annual March fundraising event for the Norfolk Arts Centre. Our members donate approximately 300 plus handmade bowls for this spring event, this being our 9th year of participation. In addition to SoupART many members donate their pottery to a variety of other fundraising events in and around the county.
In 2010 Norfolk Potters Guild created the The April Maxwell Visual Arts Bursary for a graduating Visual Arts student who will be studying in a Visual Art program at a post secondary school following graduation. The successful candidate must be an enrolled pupil in good standing of a Norfolk County secondary school. The award is presented to the successful applicant at their high school graduation. The bursary amount for 2017 is $1000.00 and interested students may contact their secondary school guidance counselor for application details.