We hold a minimum of two Pottery Market events each year, usually in May and November. It is a unique salon style event where established and beginning potters show their work side by side. The commission raised from the markets fund our workshops and lectures, helps us purchase equipment for the NMPAC Ceramics Studio and maintains a scholarship fund for students at NMPAC. To participate in the Pottery Market one must be a member in good standing of the MPPG, learn more.
Thanks to the generous support of Alberta Culture Community Initiatives Program Funds Matching Project Grants, we have raised funds to upgrade equipment in the Ceramics Studio at North Mount Pleasant Arts Centre, the home studio of our guild members.
Proceeds from our fundraising markets allows us to offer evening seminars and annual weekend workshops that expose ceramics enthusiasts to international, national and local ceramic artists. The events are open to MPPG members and non-members including ACAD students and the general public. The inspiration and motivation we get from the generous sharing of techniques and knowledge by these guest artists is visible in the increased enthusiasm, skills and participation in clay. Exposure to the calibre of artists we are able to bring in is out of reach for most potters due to the usual high registration and travel costs for most workshops.
Thanks to our fundraising efforts and an Alberta Culture CIP Funds Matching Project Grant we were able to replace both the wood kiln and salt kilns at NMPAC. In the summer of 2013, we engaged Aaron Nelson to lead a group of people in a Kiln Building workshop during which our wood kiln was rebuilt. Using the knowledge gained at that workshop, the salt kiln was rebuilt during the summer of 2014. See this video to learn how it was done.
In 2016 with member donations and a second Alberta Culture CIP Funds Matching Project Grant, we purchased six new Shimpo Whisper Wheels, adjustable potter’s stools and bats as equipment upgrades for the NMPAC Ceramics Studio. The six old wheels were moved from the studio to a new clay room to help furnish a new clay room allowing additional NMPAC pottery classes.
Every year we provide a scholarship for students to attend summer camp at North Mount Pleasant Arts Centre.