Thompson Valley Potters’ Guild is a non-profit community arts group dedicated to fostering excellence in pottery in the Kamloops area of BC.
We celebrate the unique works of local artisans, promoting craftsmanship in the exploration of functional and sculptural clay works.
Thompson Valley Potters’ Guild was created in October 1969 with only seven members. For many years the group met in each other’s homes, sharing techniques, talking about how to improve the standards of ceramics, and working to raise awareness of ceramics in the Kamloops area.
Now, 48 years later, there are 33 members who meet monthly to talk about many aspects of pottery. Members use a variety of clay – stoneware, porcelain, and earthenware to produce functional and one-of-a-kind pieces. We also use many different firing techniques – electric, gas, raku, and pitfire.
President – Mark Hemmingson
Mark Hemmingson lives in Sorrento and runs Sorrento Stoneware with his partner Sheryl Willson. Mark does website and the monthly newsletter. He works in stoneware, and loves to throw on the wheel. He also enjoys web design.
Vice-President – Sheryl Willson
Sheryl Willson is a longstanding guild member. She lives in Sorrento and runs Sorrento Stoneware. As Vice-President Sheryl’s provides a positive learning environment in the presentation meetings. She also integrates the activities in the presentation meetings with this years exhibition in 2017.
Treasurer – Karen Clark
Karen Clark has been a guild member for five years. She lives in Rayleigh and runs KlayCentric Studio. Karen will continue to bring energy to the guild and is serving as Treasurer for a second term. Karen has recently moved into a bigger studio space which has opened new opportunities for her as a ceramic artist.
Librarian – Jeanne Hungar
Jeanne Hungar lives in Logan Lake. Jeanne will oversee the library this year, which is available in the meeting room at our monthly meetings. She has served in various positions in the guild for over fifteen years, including secretary, sales committee, Empty Bowls, and numerous hands on projects. She teaches from her home studio, and runs a full time pottery called Meadow Creek Pottery.
Secretary – Joanne Graham
Joanne lives in Kamloops and has been with the guild since 2015, as well as a stint in 2006-7. She has taken courses at Heritage House, and co-ordinates the fall sale with Jan Alexandre.