Pottery in motion as guild sets up sale

Group's 50th anniversary also offers demonstrations

Pottery by Dick Howell will be included in the May Potters Guild Show and Sale at First Plymouth Congregational Church. Courtesy photo

The Colorado Potters Guild, at 50 years old, is the oldest artists' cooperative in Colorado. With a studio located in an old creamery at 1541 S. Pearl St. in Denver, members work long hours on site and at home, creating functional and decorative ceramic works that they sell at two annual shows at First Plymouth Congregational Church.

They also have held workshops and contributed to nonprofit events through the years.

A new project is collaboration with Denver's South High School ceramics department in an ongoing partnership.

The guild will give the school two potter's wheels (there are four at present for 100 students). They will also hold firing workshops — gas, vapor and raku — and teach students how to make chemical glazes they can take back to the school and apply to their work.

Some pieces of student work will be included in the Spring Show and Sale on May 1, 2 and 3 at First Plymouth, and a portion of show proceeds plus a donation from the Potters Guild will help pay for the donation.

Additional 50th anniversary activities include clay building and wheel demonstrations at the Cherry Creek Arts Festival Children's Tent and donation of silent auction items to the annual KUVO Jazz public radio's summer celebration in July. A surprise giant coffee mug giveaway will take place at this summer's Pearl Street Farmers Market, held on weekends through the summer.

More information about the guild and its activities is available online: coloradopotters.org.

If you go

The Colorado Potters Guild 50th Anniversary Sale will be on May 1, 2 and 3 at First Plymouth Congregational Church, South Colorado Boulevard and East Hampden Avenue in Cherry Hills Village.