November 25th, 2020

Guild members show creativity in pottery


By Submitted Article on November 6, 2020.

Annual Christmas sale will run

Nov. 12-15

Teresa Heyburn

ORPG EDUCATION COMMITTEE MEMBER

From humble beginnings of meeting in members’ homes in 1956, to a 2,400-square-foot studio with 450 square feet devoted to a store, at 2, 4416 1 Ave. S., the Oldman River Potters Guild (ORPG) has been inspiring, creating and leading the way in the Lethbridge pottery/ceramics community for 64 years.

This community-based guild was founded in 1956, and now has 42 active members. Education and the promotion of ceramics/pottery are the main focus of the Oldman River Potters Guild. ORPG organizes workshops, teaches wheel classes, handbuilding classes and other learning opportunities for members and the community. Numerous talented clay artists have shared skills and ideas via the guild.

When you walk into the studio, you are awestruck by the variety of pottery offered regularly in the store. As you continue to walk forward, you experience the potters working in the studio on your left, smell the clay, hear the chatter as potters share ideas, discuss the different clays, talk about favourite glazes and, most impressively, hear their laughter as they work on the shared passion of an amazing art form – pottery/ceramics.

The ORPG’s 42 members are all unique potters. Each potter brings their personal style to establish a creative environment where all ideas and ceramics techniques are welcomed and shared.The remarkable fact is the ORPG members are your friends, family and acquaintances from the community. The lady working at the paint store, the college/university instructor, the school teacher are all members of the guild. Pottery is for everyone. It is a beautiful outlet of self-expression and since everyone sees the world slightly differently, all creations are unique and breathtaking.

The guild sale days are every Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and twice a year ORPG hosts two huge pottery sales, for the Lethbridge community to purchase and appreciate the unique art of ceramics/pottery. Educational opportunities for the community are available on an ongoing basis.

The Oldman River Potters Guild Christmas Sale will be held at 2, 4416 1 Ave. S., Nov. 12 and 13 from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Nov. 14-15 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

For more information on sales, classes or becoming a member of the Oldman River Potters Guild, please go to http://www.oldmanriverpottersguild.com.

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