Below is a list of ceramics/pottery associations from around the world although I’m sure there are many missing so, if you know of one that should be added it would be great if you could let me know so I can share it here. Thanks 🙂
AMERICAN ART POTTERY ASSOCIATION (USA)
Since its establishment in 1983, the American Art Pottery Association has continued to bring people together to share their knowledge and interest in art pottery. Operating as a not for profit 501(c), the AAPA and its membership enjoy various activities each year such as: annual convention; show, sale, and auction of Art Pottery; and the quarterly publication of the Journal of American Art Pottery Association.
ANGLIAN POTTERS (UK)
We are a group of potters, collectors of studio pottery, ceramics sculptors. Anglian Potters is a lively and thriving organisation that aims to provide the opportunity for members to meet and share their experience and enthusiasm. Anglian Potters was originally founded as the East Anglian Potters
Association (EAPA) in 1983. The association has grown over the past 30 years to over 400 active members. We welcome anyone with an interest in clay, makers or non-makers, students or advanced, pottery groups and related institutions
ART BY FIRE (Sacremento Potters Group) (USA)
Art By Fire has about 88 members now (in 2019) and those members make their art using fire. So, that includes clay, glass and metal artists. If you make your art using fire, you are welcome to join our group. Artists using commercial slip-cast made ceramics or embellished commercially made items are not eligible for membership. We have 2 shows/sales each year in Shepard Garden and Arts Center in McKinley Park. Members are all invited to participate in those 2 shows. In January we have a members only Seconds Sale where we sell our less than perfect artwork. We also hold a before the end of year holidays sale. In December we hold a fun potluck dinner and gift exchange at the home of a member.
ASPARAGUS VALLEY POTTERS GUILD (Western Massachusetts) (USA)
AUSTRALIAN CERAMICS ASSOCIATION (Australia)
The Australian Ceramics Association works within a generous grass-roots ceramics community, drawing our membership from all states and territories. Foremost to our Strategic Plan are our members, our aim being to provide services for the benefit of their ceramics practice and to create connections between them and the broader arts community.
BAIE-D’URFE POTTER’S GUILD (Canada)
The guild has more than 30 members, including beginners and experienced potters. Even though most of our members have their own workshops, the guild offers a well-appointed studio, workshops and a library of over 200 books and various journals.
BUCKS. POTTERY & SCULPTURE GROUP (UK)
The Society was formed in 1963, and exists to support and encourage artists who work in 3D.
We hold regular monthly talks, slide shows and demonstrations by a wide range of artists. These are a great opportunity to meet and talk with other local artists over a cup of tea or coffee.
BURLINGTON POTTERS GUILD (Canada)
Currently, the guild has approximately 70-80 members. Monthly general meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 7:30 pm (no meetings in July & August). Meetings provide an opportunity for both experienced and novice potters to share ideas and information. Invited guest presenters share their expertise at general meetings. Additional Workshops given by professional artists are arranged by our Programs Coordinator.
CAPE COD POTTERS INC. (USA)
We are a non-profit organization of artists with a common aim: to better understand the medium of clay by the sharing of knowledge. We operate as an educational, charitable organization through the dissemination of knowledge and experience. We seek to maintain high standards and professional growth within the membership and to generally stimulate the education in appreciation of the making of pottery and allied arts.
The organization holds lectures and workshops consisting of diverse topics relevant to various aspects of ceramic production. Throughout the year, potters individually and collectively hold exhibits, demonstrations and artistic activities for the general public, camps and schools.
CERAMIC ARTS ASSOCIATION OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA (Australia)
Established in 1993, the Ceramic Arts Association of WA (CAAWA) is a not for profit organisation run by members supporting the ceramics community in Western Australia. We aim to connect and promote all aspects of hand made pottery and ceramic sculpture.
CERAMIC ARTS NETWORK (USA/International)
CeramicArtsNetwork.org is an online community serving active potters and ceramic artists worldwide, as well as those who are interested in finding out more about this craft. CeramicArtsNetwork.org provides a wide array of tools for learning about and improving skills in the ceramic arts, and a place for artists to share ideas and perspectives about how their art and life interact to shape each other.
CERAMIC ARTS QUEENSLAND (Australia)
Ceramic Arts Queensland is a not-for-profit organisation that was formed in Brisbane in 1968. We foster an inclusive and unified ceramic art community in Queensland and Northern New South Wales. Our mission is to elevate, celebrate and stimulate the ceramic arts in all sectors of society.
CRAFT POTTERS ASSOCIATION (UK)
The Craft Potters Association was formed in 1958 to promote the work of its members and to increase public awareness of contemporary studio pottery, opening their first small shop in Soho, in London’s West End. As the membership grew, the Craftsman Potter’s Shop and Gallery moved around the corner to a larger premises in Marshall Street.
Ceramic Review Magazine was launched, becoming a respected international journal, and always reflecting the diversifying scene in contemporary pottery and ceramics. In 2010. the CPA opened the Contemporary Ceramic Centre in Bloomsbury, opposite the British Museum, bringing the shop, the offices of the association and the magazine under one roof for the first time, and with room to create a dedicated gallery space for a changing programme of shows of the very best artist potters and ceramic artists.
Recently becoming a member of the International Academy of Ceramics, the CPA today has a membership of over three hundred Selected and Fellow members and over seven hundred associates, and through its businesses, events and activities continues to be a standard bearer for excellence in British studio ceramics.
DACORUM & CHILTERN POTTERS GUILD (UK)
Whether you are a collector of pots, a professional potter, a student, or just interested in studio pottery, you’ll find a warm welcome. We have regular, monthly meetings, at which well-known potters come along to show slides, demonstrate their skills and talk about what they do. The atmosphere is informal and there is an opportunity to talk to other members during the evening.
DURHAM POTTERS GUILD (Canada)
The Durham Potters’ Guild was founded over 30 years ago for potters in the Durham Region of Ontario, Canada. It was created to provide members with an opportunity to participate in workshops, to share their ideas and knowledge, to promote the craft of pottery and also as a social meeting place to become acquainted with other local potters.
EAST DORSET POTTERS (UK)
East Dorset Potters, founded 20 years ago as a branch of the Bridport-based Dorset Pottery Group, was established for potters in the Poole, Bournemouth and Christchurch area. A number of the members exhibit regularly together. The group is an interesting mix of full-time and part-time potters, some of whom teach or have retired from teaching and some who are simply interested in ceramics.
We meet once a month in our homes, studios or other venues. Sometimes we have practical workshops on a theme, led by one of the group or an invited guest. Other months we may visit a local potter or simply meet socially. We also collectively exhibit our work at several local venues.
FUSION – THE ONTARIO CLAY AND GLASS ASSOCIATION (Canada)
The mission of the association shall be to encourage and promote excellence and quality in clay and glass, provide opportunities for fellowship and a sense of community involvement, provide continuing education resources for members and people interested in clay and glass and to reach out, demonstrating tolerance, caring, and acceptance for the diverse aspects of expression in clay and glass.
GOSHEN CLAY ARTISTS GUILD (USA)
The Goshen Clay Artists Guild was formed in 1998, when a group of local artists with varying degrees of expertise decided to join together and share studio space, ideas, and techniques. We’ve been growing steadily ever since. In 2004 we had a building constructed solely for our art, located at 212 W. Washington St. in Goshen, Indiana.
HAMILTON POTTERS GUILD (Canada)
Established 1971 in Hamilton, Ontario by thirty two enthusiastic potters, the Guild’s membership has grown to close to four hundred. The Potters’ Guild of Hamilton and Region is a non-profit organization. We are a friendly, diverse and very active group with a common interest, namely “CLAY”. Our members range from students, to full-time professional potters.
HILL POTTERS GUILD (Canada)
The Hill Potters’ Guild (HPG) is a non-profit, cooperative organization run in cooperation with the Town of Richmond Hill.
ICELANDIC ASSOCIATION OF CERAMIC ARTISTS (Iceland)
The association serves as an unifying body for all ceramic artists regardless of whether they are involved in art or craft work. Its objective is to support and strengthen the respect and importance of ceramic art in Iceland.
INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OF CERAMICS
The goal of the IAC is to stimulate friendship and communication between professionals in the field of ceramics in all countries. The IAC develops and encourages all forms of international cooperation to promote ceramics and to encourage and maintain production at the highest level of quality in all ceramic cultures.
KAWARTHA POTTERS GUILD (Canada)
The Kawartha Potters’ Guild is a not-for-profit, founded in 1993 to promote the art and craft of ceramics in the community and to provide a forum for local potters to share their experiences and knowledge of clay.
KENT POTTERS (UK)
The Kent Potters Association was formed in 1974, and includes professionals, amateurs, teachers and students. Our aim is to promote good craftsmanship and to exchange ideas and experiences in tackling pottery problems. Membership is open to all with an interest in pottery.
KINGSTON POTTERS GUILD (Canada)
The Kingston Potters’ Guild, one of the oldest pottery guilds in the province of Ontario, is a not-for-profit organization serving the Kingston community. Our diverse membership represents a wide range of backgrounds and ages. We are a cooperative organization: our vision is to support a high level of professionalism and the artistic development of members and students in the art and craft of ceramics.
LONDON POTTERS (UK)
London Potters is a voluntary organisation formed in 1986 to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and experiences of all those involved with or interested in ceramics. It is the only London-based society offering membership to both professional and non-professional ceramicists; all its members are united by the appreciation of ceramic art and a desire to further their knowledge and communicate with fellow ceramic artists and collectors.
LONDON POTTERS GUILD (Canada)
Our mission is to be the leader in the education and promotion of the clay arts in Southwestern Ontario. We provide high-quality programming, nurture the development of professional clay artists,
collaborate with other community organizations and encourage fellowship in an inclusive and accessible facility.
MICHIGAN CERAMIC ART ASSOCIATION (USA)
Established in 1958 in southeastern Michigan as the Michigan Potters’ Association and in 2003 renamed Michigan Ceramic Art Association. We have grown to a statewide organization of over 300 members. Our membership includes studio artists, art educators, galleries, art organizations, potters guilds, students and collectors.
MIDLANDS POTTERS (UK)
The Midlands Potters Association is a non-profit making organisation and is run by a volunteer committee. Founded in 1980, the membership has grown from 35 to over 120. The membership spans 10 counties in the Midlands area and also has members in Wales, Scotland and overseas. Membership is open to everyone interested in ceramics whether you are a professional, student, complete beginner, hobbyist, workshop group, collector, gallery or supplier.
THE MISSISSAUGA POTTERS GUILD (Canada)
The Mississauga Potters’ Guild, founded in 1978, is a non-profit, community-based volunteer organization. Our passion is the art and craft of pottery. We run a well-equipped studio with 20 wheels, three distinct working spaces for members and students, four kilns, a glaze kitchen and dedicated studio spaces for our resident artists. Potters of all skill levels–hobby, amateur, emerging and professional–work together to develop our craft. We encourage skill development for all those interested.
NORTH BAY POTTERS GUILD (Canada)
The present North Bay Potters’ Guild was established in 2014 by a group of avid pottery enthusiasts. Their intention was to fill the void left when Canadore College closed its pottery program two years earlier. A studio space was found opposite the North Bay Museum and soon they were able to equip it with the generous support of Canadore and gifts from local potters. Their enthusiastic landlords helped create a functional and welcoming space for potters and student potters. The official opening was held in May of 2015.
NORTHERN POTTERS (UK)
The aim of the NPA is to encourage and support artists in the production of sculptural, functional, fine art and decorative studio pottery in all its forms throughout the North of England.
Membership is open to anyone and everyone with an interest in ceramics. We currently have about 500 members, mostly in the North of England.
NORTH WALES POTTERS (UK)
North Wales Potters is a member’s organisation open to anyone interested in ceramics in the widest sense. Our membership includes professional potters, enthusiastic hobby potters, complete beginners and those with a fascination with ceramics. We aim to encourage the exchange of ideas and techniques through practical demonstrations by master potters and hands-on practical sessions. Lectures cover many aspects of ceramics including technical, historical and artistic topics. Leading ceramic artists are invited to discuss their work, its development and inspiration. These events are held at various venues throughout North and Mid Wales, often in a member’s studio or home.
OREGON POTTERS ASSOCIATION (USA)
We are a diverse family of ceramic artists, makers, teachers and students. Together, we celebrate ceramic arts through all levels of education, sales, exhibitions, public outreach programs and friendship. By sharing our knowledge, making connections, giving encouragement, and inspiring each other, we strive to help each member grow throughout their ceramic journey.
OTTAWA GUILD OF POTTERS (Canada)
We welcome you to join our community of clay enthusiasts!
- Encourage the growth and development of pottery and maintain a high standard of artistic expression and craftsmanship;
- Act as a medium for the exchange of ideas and technical information;
- Organize and promote pottery exhibitions, demonstrations and workshops;
- Promote awareness and appreciation of the ceramic arts to the general public;
- Educate the public and its membership about the artistry, technology and history of the clay arts.
PINE TREE POTTERS GUILD AURORA ONTARIO (Canada)
Pine Tree Potters’ Guild is a non-profit organization founded in 1979. Dedicated to the preservation and advancement of ceramic arts, the guild has a complete working studio supporting members from Aurora and the surrounding areas.
POTTERS GUILD OF BRITISH COLUMBIA (Canada)
Established in 1955, the Potters Guild of British Columbia (PGBC) is our province’s largest and oldest organization for professional ceramicists. PGBC is a non-profit society that serves the needs of the BC Ceramic arts community.
SCOTTISH POTTERS (UK)
The Scottish Potters Association promotes awareness of pottery in Scotland and aims to raise standards in the craft. We are a members’ organisation and we work to support our members. The SPA is open to any individual or organisation with an interest in ceramics. Professionals, amateurs, collectors or those with a commercial interest in ceramics are all welcome to join.
SOUTHEAST ASIAN CERAMIC SOCIETY (China)
The Southeast Asian Ceramic Society was founded in 1969 in Singapore to widen appreciation and acquire knowledge of the ceramic art of China and countries adjacent to China, especially those of Southeast Asia. To pursue this aim, members meet for periodic discussions, to hear talks by both local and international experts, and to study and compare ‘pots’.
SOUTHERN CERAMIC GROUP (UK)
The Southern Ceramic Group was started in 1975, by a small group of enthusiastic potters. Their aim was to enable potters and sculptors normally working alone to meet other like-minded people and share ideas and techniques. The idea worked so well that the Southern Ceramic Group now has around 120 members from Hampshire and the surrounding counties. Our members are potters, sculptors, professional and amateurs, teachers and students, collectors and enthusiasts.
SOUTH WALES POTTERS (UK)
South Wales Potters is one of the largest groups of professional and hobby potters and ceramicists in the UK. We have more than 100 members, based in South, Mid and West Wales, over the water in the South West and the Heart of England and even some working abroad. Members include full-time potters, sculptors and students.
We organise a full programme of events for members including demonstrations, ‘skill-share’ sessions and wood-kiln firings from our brick kiln. We have a busy exhibitions programme, giving members an opportunity to showcase and sell their work. We welcome everyone interested in ceramics, whether you are a maker or not.
THUNDER BAY POTTERS GUILD (Canada)
Since its inception in 1976, the Thunder Bay Potters’ Guild has been a consistently active group within the community. With the Guild’s commitment to education and promoting the craft, the Guild has, through its work, encouraged and instilled a knowledge base not only to hundreds of members but the community at large.
TORONTO POTTERS (canada)
We are a Toronto based non-profit organization with educational programs, biennial juried exhibitions and annual sales events.
WASHINGTON CLAY ARTS ASSOCIATION (USA)
We connect clay artists across Washington state through educational, professional, and social events organized by an all-volunteer board.
We offer exclusive opportunities for members, and feature their work on the WCA website, newsletter, and social media.
WEST COUNTRY POTTERS (UK)
The Association was established in 1993, and has been flourishing ever since, with nearly 300 members distributed throughout the South West of England. We welcome everyone, professional and amateur, who shares an interest in handmade pottery and ceramic sculpture. Our aims are to increase public enthusiasm for the qualities of handmade pottery by an active programme of interesting and informative events, and to provide the opportunity for the enjoyable and stimulating exchange of ideas with fellow potters at social gatherings.
WEST FOREST POTTERS (UK)
Founded in 1983, West Forest Potters is a guild of potters of all kinds, professionals, amateurs, throwers, handbuilders and sculptors. We promote greater skill and knowledge of all things ceramic through regular meetings with talks and demonstrations given by a wide range of well-known potters. Our friendly and thriving group welcomes members from Berkshire and surrounding counties.
WEY CERAMICS (UK)
The Wey Ceramics Society is a group of individuals who meet regularly for workshops (including pit firing) and demonstration days with leading potters, which foster discussion and the exchange of ideas and techniques.
We create and exhibit a wide variety of work, including raku, clay sculptures and large-scale work and garden pots, domestic ware and one-off stoneware and porcelain studio pieces.
The group stages regular exhibitions to display and market our work. We have also undertaken community projects.
WISCONSIN POTTERY ASSOCIATION (USA)
The Wisconsin Pottery Association (WPA) is a group of pottery collectors who have been coming together to promote knowledge and appreciation of art pottery for over 20 years.