The Edmonton Potters’ Guild (EPG) is a volunteer organization that relies on all of its members to help in keeping our Guild a safe, educational and, most importantly, an enjoyable environment in which to work. As a member, you are an essential part of our organization and we thank you for joining the EPG.
The Edmonton Potters’ Guild (EPG) is a place where the art of pottery is learned, preserved and promoted in a supportive environment .
The Guild is a non-profit, cooperative organization that continues to operate only through the dedication, enthusiasm and participation of the individual members. An Executive Committee, elected by the membership, is responsible for the decision making regarding all aspects of the operation and management of the Guild.
The day-to-day operations of the Guild are funded through three primary sources:
Collection of Class/Studio Fees
Project and Operating Grants from Alberta Culture, Alberta Foundation for the Arts and The Edmonton Arts Council
Proceeds from The EPG Annual Pottery Sale
The EPG Annual Pottery Sale is the only fundraising event conducted by the membership, and is a significant source of revenue.
Victoria School – throughout its’ years of operation, the Guild has worked with the Victoria School for the Arts on numerous occasions to foster the ongoing education of the Edmonton community in the arts and, particularly in the area of ceramics. EPG had provided an annual one-term scholarship for a recent Victoria School ceramic arts high school graduate to attend an intermediate/studio level instructed session that would give the student an opportunity to build their portfolio for future education.
Alberta Foundation for the Arts – for the past several years, the AFA has supported the Edmonton Potters’ Guild by the award of annual operating grants. This funding has enabled the Guild to maintain its facilities and equipment, as well as increase its promotional efforts within the local community.
Alberta Culture and Tourism (2020) - the Community Facility Enhancement Program provided EPG with a matching grant in support of the purchase of our new natural gas kiln to provide the firing capabilities within our new space.
Edmonton Arts Council – EAC provides support for the EPL through the award of an annual operating grant. This funding allows the Guild to operate with modest increases in our membership fees, etc. In 2020, EAC offered a one-time project grant to assist arts-based organizations with financial costs related to a project defined by the organization. EPG was fortunate to receive this grant to help EPG with professional/human resources in connection with moving the EPG studio.
Stanley A. Milner Library - Edmonton Public Libraries - with the focus of this library being on arts and culture and being situated in the Downtown Arts District, the EPL had provided us with gallery/display space each year in the Fall, within the Milner Gallery on the main floor, as well as elsewhere throughout the library. During their recent renovations, they have been unable to offer this opportunity to us, however, now the Library has re-opened and we are anticipating the exhibits will continue.
Wellspring Edmonton - is a community-based Canadian charitable organization with four core values: Community, Compassion, Empowerment and Respect. Its mission is to create and deliver the best programs to meet the psychological, emotional and educational needs of individuals and families living with cancer. EPG provides supplies and studio services for two of its members to provide instruction at the Wellspring Centre, for cancer patients and survivors to create a hand built bowl that represents their own journey to wellness. These sessions are offered in the Fall and Spring and are very popular with the attendees. Due to COVID19, Wellspring has been closed to the public, but we anticipate resuming the "Journey Bowl" experience when the facility is functioning again.
External charitable organizations – each year, many EPG members generously donate their time and/or their wares to the fundraising efforts of various charitable organizations within the local community.
Our Location & Hours of Operation
The Edmonton Potters’ Guild has been fortunate to reside within the most recognized school for fine arts in Edmonton for 68 years. Sadly, due to the increasing challenges of residing in a K-12 school and recently with the COVID19 pandemic, we made the emotional decision to vacate our long-time home. All of our studio furniture, equipment, tools, clay, glazes, etc., has been placed into storage until we have found a new home. Our goal is to be operational again in early 2021.
With access no longer being restricted by typical school hours and holidays, we will have the ability to review our programming and hours of operation. New scheduling will be available when the EPG has moved and we have rebuilt our studio.