Visiting Potter Program

The Visiting Potters’ program is an opportunity for novice potters to participate in the experience of working in a cooperative clay studio. Visiting Potters accepted into the program have unlimited access to the Guild and work independently to improve their skills, both technical and aesthetic.
 
Visiting Potters also contribute to all aspects of running the Guild: assisting in the loading and firing kilns, the making of clay and glazes, and, helping maintain the building, equipment, and grounds. Work participation in the semi-annual Guild sales is required, usually about 10-12 hours per sale. Selling of ware at these sales is voluntary.

Each Visiting Potter is assigned a specific mentor to guide them and provide feedback when warranted or desired. Other valuable resources include other Guild members, an extensive on-site library, and, occasional clay workshops or field trips.

If selected, a person may be a Visiting Potter for a maximum of two terms. The first term is for 11 months, from March 1–January 31, with an annual fee of $300 plus a $50 key deposit.

The second term is for 13 months, from March 1–March 31, of the following year. The annual fee for the second term  is $355 plus the same key deposit.

Each term requires a separate application, display,  interview, and fee.

Depending on space and the discretion of the Guild membership committee,  we accept anywhere from 1 to 4 Visiting Potters a year.
For further information email: member2@glpg.org

Visiting Potter Term

If selected, a person may be a Visiting Potter for a maximum of two terms. The first term is for eleven months from March 1 through January 31. A second term for thirteen months from March 1 through March 31 of the following year may be possible upon reapplication and acceptance.


Application Requirements

  • Advanced potting skills typically requiring 8-10 terms of pottery study or equivalent experience

  • Submission of a completed application form to be received by the membership chairperson no later than January 15, 2020

  • A display at the Guild to be set up on a date TBA that illustrates proficiency in forming and glazing techniques and artistic and creative understanding. Guidelines for the display include…

    • Approximately 12 to 15 pieces of varied shapes and sizes made during the past two years

    • Functional pots with lids and handles or hand-built pieces with attachments

    • A body of work demonstrating the development of an idea

  • An interview with the Guild membership committee


Application Form:

For a printer-friendly pdf application form click here.


Selection Criteria

VP selection criteria include technical competence and artistic expression with clay, potential for growth, time availability, ability to handle financial obligations, and ability to function as part of an artist cooperative. Artistic and technical competencies of those seeking a second VP term are expected to show improvement. The number of VPs selected may vary, depending on space availability and the discretion of the membership committee.

Current Second-Year VPs

Maureen Nelson
Samantha Smith

Current First-Year VPs

Kevin Fitzgerald
Yuping Tang
Mike Hamm
Sunny Wilkinson

Greater Lansing Potters' Guild

8099 Coleman Road, Haslett, Michigan 48840

Mail to: PO Box 965, East Lansing MI 48823

Phone (517) 339-8978

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