Pottery Program

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Our fall pottery classes were a great success! Thank you Judy for a glimpse into this amazingly artistic media. We think we’ve found something our community loves to do.


We are currently working hard on creating a much improved pottery studio, which will includes the installation of our own kiln. Winter classes are currently underway. If you missed out and wish to be put on a waiting list, please use the contact form in the menu to express interest. Be sure to tick off the bubble to indicate that you are inquiring about pottery, so that your input is directed to the proper person.

Our winter classes filled quickly:

Adult Introductory Pottery – Experience the magic of clay using the pottery wheel and learn basic hand-building techniques. This course is designed for beginners. When completed you will have learned the basic techniques, tools and process of pottery making. Clay and all the tools you need to get started will be supplied.

Each class is 2 ½ hours once/week for six weeks (no classes week of March Break).

Class size is limited to the first 6 who register and complete payment.

Session A.: Tuesday Morning, March 2nd – April 6th 2021, 9:30 am – 12:00 | Class is Full

Session B: Wednesday Evening March 3rd – April 7th 2021 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm Class is Full

Pottery 101 Basic pottery skills required.
Improve your hand building skills and develop your wheel technique as we focus on centering and throwing. Learn to plan a project piece from start to finish from clay management to glazing techniques.

Your first bag of clay and all the tools you need will be supplied.

Each class is 2 ½ hours once/week for six weeks (no classes week of March Break). Additional clay can be purchased.

Class size is limited to the first 6 who register and complete payment.

Session C: Tuesday Evening March 2nd – April 6th 2021 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm | $175.00 Class is Full

Session D: Wednesday Afternoon March 3rd – April 7th 2021 1:00 pm – 3:30pm |Class is Full

These two ladies are spearheading our pottery program. Judy Gerber, our incredibly gifted instructor who spearheaded this program, has been working round the clock to organize every aspect of things. On her right is GBAC board member Kelli Phillips, who has been invaluable every step of the way – even to the point of painting the walls of the studio! This program quite simply would not be possible without these two.

We are very excited to see our newly renovated pottery studio taking shape!

To help celebrate 25 years of Paint Ontario, the Pottery Program of the Grand Bend Youth Art Centre is constructing a pottery Spring Tulip Garden. The colourful exhibition of hand painted tulips will be on display at the Lambton County Museum during Paint Ontario beginning May 7th 2021.

Thank you to our schools Huron Central PS, Stephen Central PS, Grand Bend PS, Kinwood PS, Bosanquet Central PS, North Lambton Secondary School, community members and groups for participating. Special thanks to Mayor Bill and Ginger Weber for your support.

Currently the tulips are being created in preparation for firing and glazing. Project leader and potter extraordinaire Judy Gerber has an instructional video posted on YouTube and has been driving kilometers dropping off kits to participants.

Above: Providing respite while creating tulips! Below: Students at North Lambton SS are so artistic!

(Please note that some of these pictures were taken at ‘pre-classes’ which were dry runs to check out the set up at the centre and took place in February before the pandemic, therefore people are not wearing masks. ALL SAFETY PROTOCOLS ARE CURRENTLY IN PLACE AND STRICTLY ENFORCED!)

6 Responses

  1. Anne Taylor

    Oh, so excited! I was enrolled for classes this past April which Covid spoiled!

  2. Jane Minielly

    Judy, I am interested in sessions A or B. I think that Teresa said that there may be one spot left.

  3. Grand Bend Art Centre

    Comments left here do not go to Judy. Please use the contact form for questions or registration (link in the post above and in the menu at the top of the page. Thanks!

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