Semiahmoo Potters was started in 1994 by a group of eleven local potters who had taken pottery classes provided by the Community Arts Council of White Rock. The organization's goal was to provide studio space for experienced potters wanting to develop their craft, share ideas and work together.
That goal continues to this day; run as a cooperative, our members commit to helping manage kiln firings, glaze mixing, sales organization and such. In addition, workshops and monthly meetings are aspects of club membership. Our club continues to grow over the years, indicating a strong and continued community need, and we currently have thirty seven active members.
Originally the Semiahmoo Potters shared a space at White Rock Elementary School. When the school district reclaimed this room, the club relocated to a number of temporary facilities. In our search for an adequate studio space we have become even more involved in community, belonging to and participating in events with both Surrey and Semiahmoo District Arts Councils. Many of our members also belong to the Fraser Valley Potters Guild. For the past years Don Hutchinson, a well known BC potter, provided us studio space on his property where we could work and meet. Today, we can be found at the pottery studio in the South Surrey Recreation Center. Assisting in the set-up of the studio and developing the program for pottery classes in the Leisure Guide, we connect with our local community.
As we continue to evolve we are looking for new opportunities to expand. We became a registered non-profit society in March 2006 and were then eligible to apply for grants. A City of Surrey Cultural Grant enabled us to work with local Brownie groups and two Surrey School District Learning Centers to share the love of clay with local youth.
Our two annual pottery sales held in May and November, provide opportunity to show and sell our work. The sales commissions augment our membership fees, which cover the society's rent and other operating costs.
Semiahmoo Potters' vision is to continue to expand as a community resource offering a variety of ceramic techniques, firing processes, workshops and shows.
Our Mission and Values
The mission of the Semiahmoo Potters is to:
- Foster, encourage and develop the art of pottery in the South Surrey and White Rock Communities
- Provide members with a pottery facility, equipment and services
- Offer a forum for the interchange of knowledge and skills among members
We share these values:
- Integrity and honesty
- Education and sharing
- Team work and participation
- Fun and camaraderie
- Personal safety and environmental stewardship
For further information about the Semiahmoo Potters or an active membership, don't hesitate to contact us.
For all those who would like to support community arts and ceramics, there is a way to become a Friend of Semiahmoo Potters.
Find more information and the application forms on our contact page.
As active members in both the Surrey and Community Arts Council of White Rock and District our sales and information updates are advertised in both council websites and you can also find us on Facebook.