Fort McMurray Potters' Guild

FMPG

The Fort McMurray Pottery Guild is a non-profit organization founded in 1983 for the purpose of promoting clay arts. The pottery studio is a place for our members and students to share ideas and techniques and to explore the craft of pottery.  Our skills range from the beginner to the expert level.  




Remember that you are responsible for attending one cleaning per 4 month period or you will forfeit your deposit for that period. Cleaning dates will be sent to your email.

The guild is always looking for members who are willing to learn new skills for pugging, loading and firing kilns, mixing glazes etc. We also have a brand new gas kiln and will be setting up training for this soon. If you are interested in learning and helping with any of these tasks, please email fmpottersguild@gmail.com

Workshops (for members only)
Check back for information about upcoming workshops



May  2019 Newsletter: What’s Going On At The Guild? 


Pottery classes are still happening on Tuesdays.  The kids class ends on May 21st and the adult class will end on May 28th. Please remember that the guild is closed to general membership during class times.

There will be a 1-day (plus pickup day) pottery workshop for youth (ages 8-16) in July and August this year.  Dates and more information for the workshops and sign-up event will be communicated via this newsletter, email, the FMPG website and social media accounts. 

There are new sign-in sheets at the guild on the desk.  The new sheets include the time of day.  Please remember that all members & their guests are required to sign-in when attending the guild for any reason.  Please fill out the sign-in sheets when you visit the guild.

The Spring Pottery Sale is this Friday May 3rd (6-9pm) and Saturday May 4th (10am-2pm).  The sign up sheets to volunteer at the sale and/or sell your pieces are on the sign in table at the guild.  All members can sell their pottery if they’d like to. Please remember that at the 2018 AGM, the percentage that the guild keeps from pottery sales is now 12%. 

Parking for the Sale may be difficult to come by.  There will be a fair/midway happening at the Casman Center in the big parking lot from May 2nd – 5th.   While we hope that this means extra foot traffic at our sale, it may also mean that we cannot park directly outside the guild. 
Thank you to the Sales Committee for all the work that you do behind the scenes to make the twice yearly pottery sale a success!

The Lease Agreement for the space we lease from the Northern Alberta Athletic Association (NAAA) has been agreed upon and signed.  This lease is in effect from June 1, 2019 until May 31, 2024.  A Big Thank You! to Julie Bugg for your help and guidance in this process.

Despite the snow yesterday, the building season is here!  Terry Connors of the Casman Center has advised that Eymundson Road will have a bus transfer station built on it.  More specifically, the hill between the Casman Centre and Eymundson Road will be cut into and the bus transfer station built in that space. It is likely that during construction we may be asked to park in the big Casman Centre parking lot at times.

Thank You for using the drying rack name tag system. The drying rack name tag colour for May is MEDIUM BLUE.  This system is really working!  In April, members at the guild cleaning pulled January work from the drying racks and there were only 5 pieces to be claimed!  Awesome!

The May guild cleaning will be on Thursday, May 2nd at 6:30pm.  This coincides with the sale setup.

Please note that when you come to a guild cleaning, the cleaning is scheduled for 2 hours.  Please plan to stay and work until the guild member leading the cleaning announces that the cleaning is complete. 

Family Day for May is Saturday May 11th as the spring pottery sale is on the first weekend of this month.

Workshops in May are as follows
- Throwing nights with a focus on making Empty Bowls – Monday May 6th at 6:30pm and Thursday May 23rd at 6:30pm with Michelle Major and/or Brenda Simcoe.  Come on out and do your own thing if you haven’t signed up to make Empty Bowls.  Just a note though….throwing Empty Bowls is a fabulous way to get throwing practice using guild provided clay!
- External workshops, where the guild brings in a professional potter to teach new skills and techniques was discussed at the April Executive Committee meeting,  It was voted on and agreed by all that for all future external workshops the workshop fee must be paid at the time of sign-up and that there will be a 48-hour cancellation policy for reimbursement of the workshop fee.

The deadline for finishing your Empty Bowls commitment is July 31st. 

The Executive Committee voted on and agreed to donate the clay to the Fort McMurray Food Bank for the 2019 Empty Bowls event.  This is due in part to the Food Bank’s advertised need for increased support.
The Empty Bowls committment poster board is hanging above the clay storage area.  Please update the poster board with your commitment or completed bowl count. 
Bowls can be thrown or hand built.  Please use 1.5lbs of clay (no heavier) for each bowl.  Please use pugged clay or clay from boxes marked “empty bowls”. 
Please consider glaze firing your empty bowls in the gas kiln.  To do this, please put your glazed empty bowls on the rack directly in front of the gas kiln door. 
A shelf in the kiln room has been identified for storing completed empty bowls.  If your completed empty bowls end up back on your shelf in the kiln room, please move them to the spot for completed empty bowls (across from the tool chest) so that they can be boxed up and delivered to the Fort McMurray Food Bank.  Thank You!!