Friday September 3, 2010

Arts Community

Arts Centre A Hub For Local Potters 

Clay fans learn to throw in new state-of-the-art facility




hen Sue Schellenberg first put her hands on a piece of clay, she knew it was love at first touch. The journey from that moment on has meant living her dream as a professional potter, opening Schellenberg Pottery, instructing for the Chilliwack Community Arts Council, and now, overseeing the new Cultural Centre’s Clay Studio. Life seems to have come “full circle” as Schellenberg initially pursued her interest in ceramics by taking classes from local potter, Vijaya Morrison where she flourished under his guidance and instruction, quickly becoming passionate for the one of the oldest art forms on Earth.

Schellenberg’s business specializes in functional ware, such as dishwasher-safe bowls, plates, mugs, and more. She prides herself in being a sustainable retailer by creating her own glazes to avoid detrimental substances like lead. When asked where one could find Schellenberg most days, she replies “my studio”, which highlights the current demand for quality ceramics. This is not just a local experience either, with the American Hobby Industry Association stating that the craft industry grew by almost $10 million between 2000 and 2004 and in 2008, was a $31 billion dollar industry [source:]. With staggering statistics and the opening of a world-class cultural centre, Schellenberg can barely contain her excitement, “Chilliwack has needed a clay studio for so long. This will be a place for ceramic artists to congregate, learn from one another and introduce the art form to more in our community. I am thrilled to work in a studio equipped with the best wheels and tools, and to be in a centre that I’m sure is the best in the province!”

Rod Hudson, Executive Director of the Chilliwack Community Arts Council comments, “After working with Sue at the Arts Centre for many years we are pleased that we can provide a state-of-the-art clay studio from which she can pass on her enthusiasm and skills to deserving students of all levels.”

The Chilliwack Cultural Centre’s Clay Studio opens October 2010 and will be equipped with ten electric potter wheels, a damp room, dry room, glazing/kiln room, and exterior double doors for crates of clay to be easily transported into the studio. Classes will be offered for both children and adults with various levels presented. For children, 7-12 years old, hand-building will be taught in depth, covering the use of grog, attaching clay pieces, the coil method, building with slabs, as well as glazing and firing. Adults are invited to participate in a beginner’s class on wheel throwing basics or a separate class that explores hand built clay functional and non-functional objects. An advance class is also offered to increase student’s confidence at the wheel while making vessels with handles, knobs, lids and alterations. Students for all classes can expect to complete their course with four to ten pieces of their own.

“Pottery is a fantastic escape from one’s busy life—it is a chance to be someone else, someone creative, to put your hands in clay and forget about everything else in your life. I find it so relaxing,” says Schellenberg.

Chilliwack Community Arts Council Fall 2010 Ceramic Classes:

Wednesdays, Oct 6 - Nov 17 6:30-9 pm (7 weeks) - Adult class

Wheel/Throwing 1

Tuesdays Oct 5 - Nov 16 6:30 – 9 pm (7weeks) - Adult class

Wheel/Throwing 2

Wednesdays Oct 20 - Nov 24 9:30 am – 11:30 am (6 weeks) - Adult class

Hand Building 1

Saturday Oct 16, Wednesday Oct 20, Saturday October 30, Saturday Nov 13, Wednesday November 17, Saturday November 27 10 am-12 pm or 12 pm-1 pm

Santa’s Workshops

Wednesday Oct 6 - 27 4:30-6 pm (4 weeks)

Kids Ceramics

Registration for classes start August 23rd.

Contact the Chilliwack Community Arts Council in person, by phone at 604.792.2069 or online at

To request a copy of the Fall-Winter 2010/11 Classes brochure, please contact the Chilliwack Community Arts Council at 604-792-2069.

Schellenberg Pottery

4450 No 3 Rd Chilliwack, BC V2R 5E8

P: 604.823.4490

Hours: Thurs - Sat 11 am – 5 pm




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