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In the beginning

It all 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.

The original 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.

The facility

The Guild's Current FacilityThe 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

Making 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 YouTube video.

For more information, features and photos of the Guild's studio click here.

The members

Members 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 recognized potters.

To learn more about GLPG members and their ceramic art, please visit the GLPG Member Profiles page.

Community outreach activities

Potters’ 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 page.

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