The Champaign-Urbana Potters’ Club has been active since 1969. We are a cooperative of greater than 40 amateurs producing pottery and ceramic sculpture.
Membership in the Potters’ Club allows access 24 hour to the ceramics studio with keypad access. Members have open access to two types of stoneware clay and a wide range of glazes, slips, underglazes, and overglazes. The club owns ~7 electric potters’ wheels, a slab roller, an extruder, a pug mill, and an electric (oxidation) kiln. We also hold at least one outdoor, “raku”-style firing with a propane-fired kiln each year. We have sales in December at Lincoln Square and are a participant in the Boneyard Arts Festival, hosting a sale in our studio.
A class for people 18 or over is offered in the fall and spring. People taking the class can then join the studio. For more information and to be put on the waiting list, please contact chapman.bette [at] gmail [dot] com
Joining the Club
Prospective members need to have enough experience to work in the studio independently and be willing to put in 8 hours of service per session. Contact Bette Chapman (chapman.bette [at] gmail [dot] com) the membership chair, if you wish to join the C-U Potters’ Club. Please include your home phone number and your experience in ceramics. The cost is $145/four month session.
The studio is located at 900 S. Race St., Urbana, IL and includes:
- Brent electric wheels
- cone 6 electric kiln, raku kiln
- pug mill
- slab roller
- many varied glazes
- white and red stoneware clay, raku clay
- clay working tools
- 24 hour access
Membership benefits include studio access, use of club materials and equipment, and interaction with other potters. Fees are kept to a minimum through the use of members’ labor to maintain the studio and through annual sales. The club participates in Christmas Saturday sales at Lincoln Square, the Boneyard Arts Festival and an occasional other sale. These are the club’s primary fund-raising events and money raised from the sale is used to purchase and maintain club equipment and supplies.