As a member of the Ventura County Potters' Guild you will have access to an amazing array of opportunities. This extensive list is possible because of the commitment of time and expertise generously shared by our diversely talented community. Benefits with an asterisk require a Plus Tier membership.
Using Zoom for most of our meetings we are able to extend the reach of our presenters to include experts from across the US and as far away as New Zealand. Programs have included notable artists such as Cristins Cordova and Jason Big Barnett from Islay Transfers, Julia Feld, Patrica Griffin, Elaine PInkernell; presenters from Amaco and Orton and a personal tour of the New Zealand Ceramics Association's Diamond Jubilee Exhibition. Artist Sharon Mann spoke with us on how to develop your business as a ceramic artist and Joan Wilking shared with us her journey of pushing her own creative spirit in clay.
Members’ Clay & Supplies Order*
The Guild's clay and supply orders from Aardvark and Laguna are one of our greatest Plus Tier member benefits! The opportunity to order clay and other materials occurs three (3) times each year. (Jan, May & Sept). By ordering as a group, we get favorable shipping and excellent quantity discounts on clay. Besides clay, you can order anything from their catalogs, such as glazes, tools, kiln shelves/furniture, and bulk raw materials.
Shows & Sales*
The Guild offers several opportunities for members to exhibit and sell their work:
Ojai Pottery Market
Ventura Pottery Market
Ventura Pottery Online
Ventura Pottery Gallery
Connect to other members of the guild via forums and email exchange. Topics include general clay interest, technical help and items wanted or for sale.
Members and guest artists conduct workshops available at a discount to current members.
Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts Exhibit
The internationally recognized Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts invites our Guild to create an annual juried exhibition of our members' works. All Guild members may participate. Exhibited work is offered for sale.
The Guild offers the opportunity for members to have their work juried. This process allows members to receive constructive feedback on their work which may include suggestions on ways that the work could be improved. Those members desiring to sell their work at Guild sales venues must receive a positive score/pass during the jury process.
Take professional photos of your work with the Guild’s photo box. Available by appointment for easy use at the Ventura Harbor Gallery. Online instructional video for its use is available on the Guild's YouTube Channel.
Showcase your work on the Guild's website. Create a professional profile and portfolio of your work and link it to your social media accounts.