Claycrafters Pottery Studio
Stewart Hall, Pointe Claire
In 1952, Pointe-Claire resident Mada Bolton and five other women founded a group devoted to exploring the potential of working with clay. Membership grew quickly and within a year, the group rented space and held its first exhibition and sale. By the time Stewart Hall Cultural Center was established in 1961, the group was at least 100 strong. In 1961 Claycrafters took up residence in Stewart Hall. A permanent studio was created with throwing wheels, kilns and other equipment.
Today Claycrafters members support and finance their own activities including maintaining a fully equipped studio, annual artisan sales and showroom. During Stewart Hall’s Cultural Rendez-vous and Journées de la Culture Open House, the Claycrafters studio is opened to the public to give demonstrations and children's workshops. Adult beginner classes in wheel throwing and hand-building are offered through Stewart Hall (514-630-1220). At Claycrafters, we are proud to be part of the Cultural Heritage of the West Island of Montreal.
What We Do
Claycrafters provides an opportunity for club members to explore the creative possibilities of clay, to exchange ideas and improve our skills and knowledge of throwing, hand building and glaze techniques. Members enjoy access to a spacious well-equipped studio (wheels, kilns, slab roller, extruder, library) where they can work on their own, as well as participate in classes and workshops.
We have a fully equipped studio with 9 wheels, 5 electric kilns, 2 extruders, large worktables, and a lending library with books, magazines and videos. Members have access to the studio during Stewart Hall opening hours.
Applicants are expected to have a basic knowledge of the methods of working clay to create pieces of art whether pottery or sculpture with the use of the wheel or hand-building techniques. They must submit a minimum of 3 finished pieces to be juried by the executive committee. As a new member the membership fee is made up of an initiation fee, a prorated membership fee, a library fee, a shelf and key fee and a compulsory hands-on introductory course on the use of the studio equipment.
If you are interested in joining our Club, please contact us on our Contact Us page.
Please note that applications are accepted during the first two months of each year.