Watson Arts Centre,
Aspinall Street, Watson,ACT 2602
Class enrolments & enquiries
(02) 6241 7800
General enquiries/Shop/Arts Centre
(02) 6241 1670
SHOP & GALLERY OPEN
Thursday to Sunday 10am-4pm
Wheels in the members-only 24hr workshop purchased with the assistance of
The society, a not-for-profit community organisation, was established in Canberra in 1975. Its objectives are to promote excellence and innovation in ceramics, foster appreciation of handcrafted ceramics in the broader community and encourage the professional development of its members. The Society is an ACT Government Key Arts Organisation. As such it receives some funding from the ACT Government and manages Watson Arts Centre, an ACT Government arts facility, located in Aspinall Street, Watson, only 5kms from the Canberra CBD.
The premises include a large teaching workshop, smaller teaching workshop, members-only workshop, spacious gallery, retail shop for the work of a selected group of members, library, administration areas, kiln room, glazing room and clay storage. There are five individual studios for rent to ceramic artists plus a further studio and accommodation for an artist-in-residence program.
Membership of the society is open to anyone with an interest in pottery. Benefits include a monthly newsletter, use of wheels and equipment at drop-in sessions and in the members-only workshop, a firing service, kiln hire, discounts on classes and discounts at some pottery supply retail outlets. There is an extensive library for the use of members.
CPS membership encompasses a wide range of abilities, ages and interests with members ranging from raw beginners to full-time professional potters.
Workshops conducted by professional potters are held throughout the year, as are regular members' events. An extensive program of day and evening classes is run for adults, and after-school, Saturday and school holiday classes for children. Special interest classes, e.g. glazes, kiln firing, sculpture, are also offered.
The society is managed by a volunteer Board, a Director, two Workshop Managers assisted by an enrolments officer, and the WAC Program Manager. A strong team of experienced teachers are supported in the workshop by learning support assistants, particularly in the children’s holiday program. Other society activities, such as editing the monthly newsletter, organising members’ events and workshops, are handled by volunteers from the membership.
A selected exhibition of members' work is held annually.
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Sunday 29 May 10.30am
Workshop Orientations for members
2.30pm 1st Sunday of the month except January - free but bookings are essential!
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE WORKSHOP OFFICE IS NOT OPEN FOR ENROLMENTS, SALES, ETC ON MONDAYS
Class enrolments may be done in person Tuesday to Thursday between 9.30am and 12.30pm, or by phone (02 6241 7800) or email
2015 Members' Exhibition
Impact: an exhibition from Canberra & the region presented by CPS at Verge: 11th National Ceramics Conference 2006
The Society's shop stocks a great range of quality ceramics hand-made by members, many of whom are well-known, highly-respected local potters. The range includes both functional and decorative pottery.
Eftpos facilities available
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Web site updated 25/05/16