In 1987, a small group of potters were taking summer classes at the Strasburg Museum, in Strasburg, VA.
They felt a need to continue their clay connection during the "off season."
Thus, the Strasburg Potters Guild was born.
From the beginning, the Guild benefited from the historical significance of pottery to the Strasburg area and surrounding Shenandoah Valley. This provided a supporting environment in which the Guild could flourish, both in membership and community support.
After a few years, the Guild had grown from a handful of local potters to over 40 members, drawn from throughout the northern Shenandoah Valley region, from as far south as Mt. Jackson, Virginia to our northernmost members in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.
Early in 1994, in recognition of this broader perspective, the Guild became the Shenandoah Potters Guild.
The objectives of the Shenandoah Potters Guild are:
• To promote the pottery heritage of the Shenandoah Valley
• To promote pottery as an art form
• To promote and develop the technical, artistic and professional skills of it's members
We address these objectives through programs, workshops, exhibits, and sales, some of which are open to non-members and the general public. Some of our annual activities include the Strasburg Mayfest, participation in various fairs and festivals, an Empty Bowl Soup Supper and a large Holiday Sale in Winchester.
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First meeting of 2013: Monday, February 11 at 6:00 PM
Location: Shenandoah Arts Council
Clay, templates and instructions for the Mayfest pots will be available.
Dues are $30 and can be paid at the meeting.