REPORTING · 16th July 2010
For some youth in Terrace playing with friends or driving their parents crazy during the summer months just isn't enough to keep them occupied. For some kids in Terrace, clay art has become something to enjoy.
The Clay Artists of Terrace Society have been holding morning and afternoon pottery classes for kids for the month of July and will be holding more all of August.
This is the fourth year for the Kids Summer Pottery Program. The society formed in 2003 and 2 years later moved into its current location on Greig ave. in 2005 after gutting the house and turning it into a studio.
The society survives on contributions made by the Terrace and District Arts Council, and income from lessons and membership fees.
CATS currently has 18 membres, some of which are teacher of the summer program for kids.
Vadie Bond and Louise Behnke are teachers for the hand building class while Bonnie Greer and Sherry Zuchotzki teach wheel throwing.
"The kids absolutely love it," said Pat Irving, President of the society, while Bond added that it brings out a creative side in the kids."
Greer noted that she enjoys having the kids around during the summer and that it is very rewarding work.
Registration is still open for August classes.
For more info on dates and cost of the program call 250.635.7195 or email terracepottery,,,hotmail.com
Holly and Janice perfecting their craft
Pat Irving (left) Vadie Bond (middle) Bonnie Greer (right)
Comment by Contributing writer on 19th July 2010
Mention of TDAC's contribution has been added to the article.
Comment by Vadie Bond on 19th July 2010
Thank you Kim for bringing TDAC's contributions to CATS Pottery House to the public's attention. We in no way meant any slight to anyone that has made a donation to the survival of The Pottery House in this tough economic situation. At the time of the interview only the kid's program was talked about and the statement made that we worked hard to keep the doors open through lessons and membership. We gratefully acknowledge TDAC's contribution to the running of our Community Studio.
Comment by Kim Woodd on 18th July 2010
I am sure it was an oversight by the society members when it was not mentioned that this organization, as well as many other arts groups in Terrace, receives funding from the Terrace & District Arts Council. Over the past several years they have received annual operating grants of between $1000 - $1500; a grant to bring up a workshop clinician from the lower mainland; capital funding to purchase a new wheel; and monetary assistance in purchasing and upgrading safety equipment for the studio.
This group and many others do good work in bringing a variety of arts related activities to children and adults in Terrace. The Arts Council works hard to support all these groups and needs to be acknowledged for their efforts.