Canberra Potters’ Society (CPS)
The premises include a large teaching workshop, smaller teaching workshop, members-only workshop, spacious gallery, retail shop for the work of a selected group of members, library, administration areas, kiln room, glazing room and clay storage. There are four studios for rent to ceramic artists plus a further studio and accommodation for an artist-in-residence program.
Membership of the society is open to anyone with an interest in pottery. Benefits include a monthly e-newsletter, use of wheels and equipment at drop-in sessions and in the members-only workshop, a firing service, kiln hire, discounts on classes and discounts at some pottery supply retail outlets. There is an extensive library for the use of members.
CPS membership encompasses a wide range of abilities, ages and interests with members ranging from raw beginners to full-time professional potters.
The society is managed by a volunteer Board, a Director, a Technical Manager and Assistant, an Education Manager assisted by an Enrolments Officer, and the Gallery and Visitor Services Manager. A strong team of experienced teachers are supported in the workshop by learning support assistants, particularly in the children’s holiday program. Other society activities, such as editing the monthly newsletter, organising members’ events and workshops, are handled by volunteers from the membership.
A selected exhibition of members’ work is held annually.