It’s been a few months since their move, but the Potters Guild have settled right in to their new location at the old Ponoka Elementary School — the pink building.
They’re enjoying the new location so much, since moving in last October, that a fun show and sale has been set for Saturday, May 7, says guild president Shelley MacGregor. The guild is located in two classrooms upstairs of the pink building with the entrance located on the south side.
The sale comes at a big time for the guild, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary, said MacGregor proudly.
She added with this new location, the guild can really settle in and host classes for both new and experienced potters. And they already have. Most recently, youths from the Ponoka Youth Centre have taken part in classes.
“We have the capacity to grow, which we’re already doing by leaps and bounds,” said MacGregor.
Using the electric kiln in the classroom, guild members are busy preparing their creations for the big day. The show and sale is an exciting event for the guild that hasn’t seen a permanent location since the Ponoka Culture and Recreation Complex went through major renovations.
During that time, the guild was housed at Don Laing Trailers until a more permanent location could be found.
One thing the guild prides itself on is being able to host beginner and advanced classes a few times a year for members as well as specialty classes when available. MacGregor says she is working on setting up a location outside for their raku kiln, which brings a different type of process to the kiln firing.
For the big sale day, the first 100 visitors will receive a gift of a brown sugar softener, a small fired piece of clay that can help unclump brown sugar.
For more information on the guild visit http://ponokapottery.weebly.com/.