In 1973 amateur potters banded together to form Craft Potters Nelson Inc., (CPN) with the primary aim of fostering the art of pottery. The premises on Ranzau Road, Hope, were built in 1984. The centre is open at all times to full members, who may use all the facilities (tuition is needed first on using the equipment); members have the opportunity to sell their work in the Gallery once it has passed quality control.
The club relies on the energy and input of its members for its continuing success. All members are expected to be responsible for some part of the work required to keep Craft Potters alive. How you become involved depends upon your time, talents, passion and preferences. Involvement could range from organising a workshop to washing the tea towels, or building new shelves. If you wish to join but have no wish for further involvement, you may find your needs better served to attend casually on Wednesday morning.
These classes are held throughout the year for approximately 32 weeks with experienced tutors. Presently we run classes February through to November with no regular classes scheduled during school holidays, but a Boredom Busters program for children then. New members are expected to attend class for one term, which also helps to become familiar with the way the club functions, but many members continue with classes.
Weekend schools and workshops are presented periodically, and incur a modest expense. Club members can participate in groups firing wood, gas, and electric kilns and Raku firings, enter pottery shows and attend social activities.
The facilities include a variety of kilns, wheels, a slab roller and plaster moulds. Instruction and supervision is given in classes and by talking to experienced members. Certification can be obtained to allow you to use the kilns and some equipment independently. Club glazes are at present available free to members but you are encouraged to learn how to make your own glazes. Club glaze materials are available to make up 100g sample batches. An excellent library is run by a member. A superb collection of pottery books and magazines are available to sign out/in. A well-appointed kitchen is available for those who require refreshments while assisting or working at Craft Potters.