Canberra Potters'

Society Inc.






















Watson Arts Centre is an ACT Government facility managed by Canberra Potters' Society Inc. CPS is supported by the ACT Government


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The CPS library

CPS Constitution

Clay discount

Firing costs

Kiln hire


Annual membership fees from 1/6/16 (including GST) are:
Single    $70.00
Family  $100.00
Concession or full-time student  $55.00
Seniors (single)  $55.00
Seniors (family)  $70.00

Family memberships: all people who are part of a family membership, including children under the age of 18, must be listed on the membership application with dates of birth provided for anyone under the age of 18 years. Only the people listed may access the workshop facilities as members - see requirements below. Children must be supervised at all times in the workshops and must not cause a nuisance to other members.

Workshop access for CPS members

Please contact the admin/enrolment office on 6241 1670 or by email for full details of access requirements, times, costs, etc.

To use the CPS workshop facilities as a member, the satisfactory completion of a Workshop Health & Safety (WH&S) orientation is mandatory, as are annual refreshers for continued access. No satisfactory orientation or refresher - no access.

The only exception to this is the Thursday morning ‘drop-in’ session in the main workshop – this session is open to CPS members but does not require the completion of a WH&S orientation or refresher as it is a semi-supervised session. Members attending this session are expected to abide by CPS workshop health and safety procedures and any health and safety directives given by staff or other authorized personnel, either verbally or via workshop or other notices. A Workshop Manager will from time to time present to attendees at these sessions the same health & safety orientation that is given to class students. (This exception does not apply to other advertised drop-in sessions, which are not supervised and therefore fall under the ‘casual access’ procedures.)

After holding continuous membership for 6 months members may apply for a workshop key giving access out of hours but before a key can be issued an orientation session, or refresher, has to be satisfactorily completed if one has not been done in the last 12 months. The applicant will also have to demonstrate a sound level of equipment competency and WH&S procedures. There is a $50 deposit payable before a key can be issued; this will be refunded when the key is returned. The number of keys that can be issued is limited so if there are no keys currently available then you can be added to a waiting list. A workshop key may be withdrawn from a member found to be not complying with health and safety procedures. A member must keep their membership current whilst a keyholder and undertakes to return their key if they no longer have a need for it.

Free Health & Safety Orientation sessions are run once a month (generally the first Sunday of the month - not January - at 2.30pm) for members wanting to use the facilities, or by appointment but with a fee. Contact the admin/enrolment office on 6241 7800 or by email for details.


Thursday morning drop-in session

The Thursday morning drop-in sessions for members runs from 9.30am to 12.30pm during the CPS 9-week terms and the week preceding the start of time (with the exception of the start of the winter term when there will be no session the week before term if there is a Winter School of workshops running).

Clay discount for members:

CPS members receive a 5% discount on the price of clay on presentation of their current membership card

Firing costs for members & CPS students:

Individual pieces - $6/kg (bisque + glaze); bisque or glaze only - $4.50/kg

Items decorated with transfers - $7.10/kg (bisque + glaze); bisque only - $5.60/kg

CPS MEMBERS RECEIVE A 10% DISCOUNT ON THESE PRICES on presentation of their current membership card

Kiln hire for members:

Electric kilns - $10 to $30 depending on the kiln hired plus the cost of electricity used

Gas kilns - $5 to $15 depending on the kiln hired plus the cost of gas used

Raku kiln - $5 plus the cost of gas used

Sawdust kiln - fixed charge of $5 - supply your own sawdust

To hire a kiln you must have a CPS kiln licence or pay for loading.


Contact the workshop manager (6241 7800) to book a kiln or check availability.


Members' events are held at regular intervals during the year and are publicised in the newsletter and on the notice boards in the Wing. Visitors are always welcome.

An exhibition of members' work is held annually.

Two pottery fairs are held each year in the gallery - view/download the pottery fair handbook. (NB if printing, best printed as a booklet using your printer's 'booklet' function.)

The Annual General Meeting is generally held in March or April.

Read the CPS Constitution.

Click here for a membership application form, which can be printed and

mailed to Canberra Potters' Society Inc., PO Box 7021, Watson, ACT 2602 or

presented in person at Watson Arts Centre

(shop hours Thursday to Sunday 10am-4pm; workshop office hours Tuesday to Thursday 9.30am-12.30pm

All prices include GST and are subject to change

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This information last updated 03/05/17