The Allied Arts Pottery Guild in Fort Macleod is now up and running and welcoming new members.
Dianne Litle is teaching a beginner’s class on Tuesday nights at the Fort Macleod Arts Building on Main Street.
The five weeks of instruction on pinch pots, coil pots and slab pots have opened the door to students’ imagination to create even bigger and better creations. Dianne has taught students to hand-build their own slabs and coils so that they can continue on their own to make pottery.
Dianne’s knowledge of pottery comes from various workshops offered through Alberta Culture during the 1970s and ’80s in Edmonton and throughout northern Alberta on topics such as raku, kiln building, wheel-throwing and form and design.
A Fine Arts diploma from Grande Prairie College rounded out Dianne’s background in fine arts.
The pottery studio in the back of the Fort Macleod Arts Building now boasts the use of a Brent slab roller and an extruder which everyone can enjoy. It can roll out pieces of clay evenly in seconds, which enhances the time factor of slab-making and sculpture construction.
Renilda Kemp attended the session last Tuesday to demonstrate the sab roller technique to the class.
Renilda will be teaching a series of wheel-throwing, which includes tea pots, handles and lids for jars.
Renilda has 40 years of pottery experience which started in 1971 at the Summer School of The Arts in Fort Qu’Appelle, Sask.
In 1973 she went back to take a wheel-throwing and glaze class taught by Fulmer Hanson and David Ross.
In 1978 Renilda took a class in throwing large pots by Mel Bolen of North Star Pottery in Humboldt, Sask. The final adventure was a month spent in Tuscarora, Nevada learning how to fire outdoor kilns with wood, used oil and water.
All pottery information and books from Renilda’s library are being donated to the new Allied Arts Pottery Guild.
Look for classes at the Fort Macleod Arts Building soon to be advertised in The Macleod Gazette.
Both Dianne and Renilda had their own successful pottery studios before moving to Fort Macleod, and both are ecstatic that the Allied Arts chose to support and establish a modern, roomy pottery facility on Main Street where it is so accessible winter and summer to everyone interested in the arts.
With a $10 membership in the Allied Arts and $30 yearly anyone can join the Allied Arts Pottery Guild.
Drop in on Tuesday nights at 7 p.m., or for further information call Renilda Kemp at 403-553-3343.