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Registration Dates

  • Fall:
    August 14, 2023 (Ceramics)
  • Winter:
    November 27, 2023 (Ceramics – Handbuilding)
    November 28, 2023 (Ceramics – Throwing)
  • Spring:
    March 4, 2024 (Ceramics)
  • Summer (Adults):
    May 27, 2024 (Ceramics)


Director, Ceramics Department: Shenice Lafortune

The VAC started as a clay guild over 75 years ago and our ceramics tradition continues to thrive. The department offers a unique learning experience in our large studio, equipped with thirteen wheels, five electric kilns, a laboratory for the preparation of glazes, and our skilled technicians. Teaching focuses on technical expertise—mastering the wheel, use of glazes, etc.—but also encourages students to explore the expanding boundaries of contemporary ceramic art. The additional fee for materials covers: one bag of clay, glazes, stains, and engobes, as well as firings. Students are expected to bring their own tools. Open studios are available outside of class hours for students to come and practice and are included in the material fee.

Fall 2023 Open Studio in Ceramics 

Mon. 1:30 – 4:30 pm
Tues. 1:30 – 4:30 pm
Wed. 1:30 – 4:30 pm
Fri. 1:00 – 4:00 pm and 5:00 – 8:00 pm
Sat. 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Students are required to register over the phone to reserve their time slot (3h). A maximum of 15 students is allowed in the space.

N.B. The last open studio in the fall session will be on December 9th.

Leisure – Artists in Residency Ceramic Studio Summer 2022

The VAC is thrilled to welcome the collective Leisure as the 2022 Visual Arts Centre Ceramic Studio Artists in Residence. Working together under the name Leisure since 2004, Meredith Carruthers and Susannah Wesley engage with cultural historical narratives through research, conversation, published texts, curatorial projects and art production. As part of their residency, the artists will be working with Quebec blue clay, the material that first inspired original Potters Club founder Eileen Reid more than 75 years ago.

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