The guild was formed to promote and develop the art of ceramics. Our core, common interest is to bring handmade items to everyday life. We share a thriving studio and are committed to supporting artists as we bridge the gap between our guild and the wider community. Years of practice, determination and insight culminate in our skilled pieces coming out of the studio.
VPG activities stimulate further community participation, awareness and appreciation of ceramics as an art form. We sponsor demonstrations, workshops, exhibitions and instruction for personal and cultural enhancement of the participants and the public.
You may have seen the mural on the right at the Plymouth Township offices on Haggerty Road. VPG collaborated with Pewabic Pottery and Plymouth Community Arts Council to make and install this ceramic tribute to our Township.
The Village Potters Guild was founded in 1995. The members first met in a house and later moved to the current location, albeit a smaller version. The early members of the guild started out by bringing equipment from home and even making do using buckets for stools. They built shelves, added tables and gradually added equipment. There have been two expansions to the original space. The latest one added an upstairs storage area.
We are located at 326 N. Main Street, Plymouth MI 48170 in a one-story building off the street and behind the multi-story American Community Building (the former Plymouth Crossings restaurant).
The Village Potters Guild has an active Community Outreach Program, continually searching for ways to integrate our organization and our craft into public life and community organizations. Current projects:
Team Building for Student Advocacy Center, Open Bowls, and New Morning School. See details on our Community Outreach page.
Member Events and Activities
We organize group visits to other potters' studios, special exhibits, and the like for our members.
Most recent: Greeting the New Year 2024 with a potters' pot luck and building binge – leading up to another event that will be a sweet surprise for potential potters!
Earlier activities included a field trip to NCECA in March, 2023 and The Cracked Pot Studio Tour (crackedpotstudiotour.com) in Lansing, September 2022.
We also participate in local events, like the Plymouth Art In The Park, Plymouth Scarecrows In The Park, and the like. We also recently created an exhibit for the Plymouth Public Library. And sometimes, we just get together for fun – like our recent post-holiday party!
Located in the historic factory district of Plymouth's Old Village area, the guild's studio is over 2000 square feet.
The kiln room includes electric kilns for bisque and oxidation glaze firing. A gas kiln is devoted to reduction firing. Raku kilns are housed behind the building.
We have a throwing area with nine electric wheels, plenty of open space with tables for slab and sculpture building along with extruders, a slab roller, and wedging tables. Separate areas are provided for glaze mixing and for glazing our work.