began in the spring of 1969. A group of forty established and would-be
potters met to discuss the idea of starting a potters’ guild.
The enthusiasm was infectious. A steering committee was formed.
By-laws were drafted and a one-acre parcel with an unused aluminum
pole shed was acquired. Work parties prepared the building for use
and by late summer the Guild occupied its new quarters. A gas kiln
was built, classes were started to help other potters develop skills,
and the Greater Lansing Potters’ Guild was underway.
building was destroyed by fire in 1975. Members worked diligently
to salvage as much as possible and to design and build a new facility….one
that is currently in use today.
Guild facility is a working studio. Spacious work areas are equipped
with electric potters’ wheels, slab roller, extruder, pug
mill, and electric, soda, raku, low-fire and salt and reduction
kilns to provide a full range of creative possibilities. A meeting
room houses an extensive library of books and videos and provides
space for audio-visual presentations and committee and member gatherings.
There is no sales gallery on site, but a display area features members'
pottery and ceramic creations of other artists, organized by themes.
The building is a working studio, and not designed for visits from
the public, but we invite you to tour our on-line photo
gallery of recent displays.
How we do it
pottery pieces from raw clay is a process requiring many tedious
steps over an extended period of time. From start to finish it often
takes a month or more. If new techniques, intricate designs and
complicated or new glazes are involved it takes even longer. To
learn more about the process of making pottery please watch this
information, features and photos of the Guild's
studio click here.
of the Greater Lansing Potters’ Guild are accomplished potters.
Membership ranges from thirty to thirty-five, and is by invitation.
In addition to artistic endeavors, members collectively assume full
responsibility for the management and operation of the facility
and organization. Continued training and inspiration are made available
through workshops presented by nationally
more about GLPG members and their ceramic art, please visit the
GLPG Member Profiles page.
Community outreach activities
Guild members work throughout the year to support special events
and causes that benefit the greater Lansing community. Members make
and donate pots to the annual Empty Bowls benefit for the Greater
Lansing Food Bank and the WKAR Auction in support of our local public
radio station. Members also provide demonstrations at the East Lansing
Art Fair and other local events. Annual Enhancement Grants are made
to local school art departments to support education in the art
and craft of ceramics. For more information about these events and
activities please visit our community outreach
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