The Yellowknife Guild of Arts and Crafts maintains studio space dedicated to both pottery and mixed media. The pottery studio is fully equipped with pottery wheels, a slab roller, large tables and other tools and equipment for both throwing and handbuilding. The mixed media studio is a bright space with large tables and counters and a variety of tools and equipment.
Studio access requires current adult full membership; studio access is not available to casual or child members. Refer to the Studio Policy - Studio Access and Fees and the summaries below for details on the types of access available, associated fees, and eligibility for participation.
POTTERY SCHEDULED OPEN STUDIO SESSIONS
Scheduled pottery open studio sessions operate on Thursday evenings from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm and on Saturday and Sunday afternoons from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Each session is hosted by an experienced studio potter who is available to answer questions, ensure that equipment is used safely, and supervise studio chores. Participants are expected to contribute approximately 15 minutes of volunteer time to cleaning and other studio chores during each visit to the studio.
Scheduled open studio sessions are intended for potters with sufficient skill and experience to work independently with a minimum of assistance. This skill and experience is usually gained through completion of a wheel or handbuilding class at the Guild. Potters who have not taken a Guild class but have previous experience must contact the pottery representative for assessment of their qualifications and approval to attend a studio orientation session.
The fee for scheduled open studio access is $40 per month payable online. Students enrolled in a pottery class may attend Thursday and Sunday scheduled open studio sessions for free until completion of the class. Scheduled open studio sessions may be cancelled during holiday periods and do not run during the summer months.
MIXED MEDIA SCHEDULED OPEN STUDIO SESSIONS
Scheduled mixed media open studio sessions operate on a drop-in basis on Thursday evenings from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. All disciplines are welcome during these sessions.
Scheduled fibre open studio sessions operate on a drop-in basis on Fridays and rotates between mornings from 9:00 am to 11:00 am and evenings between 7:00 pm and 9:00 pm. These sessions are restricted to clean and quiet disciplines such as knitting, basketry, and weaving. Advance online sign-up is required and sessions may be cancelled or rescheduled on short notice.
Each mixed media open studio is hosted by member with experience in one or more mixed media disciplines. Participants are expected to be able to work independently on their own projects as the host may not have the skills necessary to assist with all disciplines.
The drop-in fee is $5 per session payable online. Scheduled open studio sessions may be cancelled during holiday periods and do not run during the summer months.
POTTERY AND/OR MIXED MEDIA FULL STUDIO ACCESS
Members holding full studio access privileges can use Guild studio space whenever the space is not in use for classes, workshops or other Guild events. The fee for full studio access is $60 per month payable online.
Participants are expected to devote approximately 15 minutes of volunteer time to cleaning and other studio chores during each visit to the studio. Full studio potters are also expected to contribute at least 3 hours per month to volunteer tasks necessary to support operation of the studio, such as hosting scheduled open studio, recycling clay and making glazes.
Full access privileges must be approved by the pottery rep and/or mixed media rep to ensure that members using studio space independently possess the skills necessary to use available equipment and tools without supervision. Attendance at a pottery studio orientation session is required prior to exercising access as a full studio potter.
POTTERY STUDIO DROP-IN (GUESTS OF STUDIO POTTERS)
The Guild recognizes that studio potters may occasionally wish to bring guests to the studio to experience the fun of working with clay. Payment of a drop-in fee of $10 therefore permits access to the pottery studio by an adult visitor, when accompanied by a studio potter exercising his or her level of studio access, for a single session not exceeding 3 hours in duration.
POTTERY STUDIO DROP-IN (NON-RESIDENT FORMER STUDIO POTTERS)
The Guild recognizes that recognizes that former studio potters who no longer live in Yellowknife may occasionally return to visit and wish to use the studio while in town. Flexible arrangements are therefore available to permit Guild members, not currently resident in Yellowknife, to access the pottery studio when visiting Yellowknife.
Requests for such arrangements require approval by the Board of Directors and are considered on case by case basis. Approval requires current Guild membership at the full adult level and skill and qualification sufficient to work independently in the pottery studio. A drop-in fee of $10 applies for each session of up to 3 hours in duration.
CHILD ACCESS TO POTTERY STUDIO (APPROVED CHILD MEMBERS)
The Guild recognizes that child members who have completed a Guild children's pottery class may wish to continue working in clay. Limited supervised access to the pottery studio by a child member may be permitted at the discretion of the Board of Directors in accordance with the Studio Policy - Access by Child Members.
Payment of a drop-in fee of $5 permits access to the pottery studio by an approved child member, when accompanied by a parent/guardian holding full studio potter privileges, for a single session not exceeding 2 hours in duration.