The Salt Spring Island Potters Guild (SSICA Ceramic Awards) in British Columbia, Canada (a ferry ride from Vancouver or Victoria) is one of the oldest Pottery Guilds in Canada and the first to host a Canadian Biennial Ceramic Awards. Renowned as one of North America's top artistic communities - Salt Spring Island is home to more than 50 studio potters, ranging from internationally renowned ceramic artists to enthusiastic beginners.  Scroll down for Upcoming Events. You can support our local guild by putting your Country Grocer receipts in our Community Box #99 or use a Smile card at Thrifty Foods. Contact us if you would like a smile card.
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Upcoming Events and Workshops

Salt Spring Potters Guild
Annual Exhibit 
Saturday September 21, 2019   5-7 pm
Exhibition continues to October 2, 2019
Salt Spring Gallery of Fine Art 
135 McPhillips Avenue
Open Daily 11 - 5

Potters Guild at the Fall Fair

September 14 & 15, 2019
Thanks to everyone who joined us at the Fall Fair at the Salt Spring Island Farmer's Institute ~ 351 Rainbow Road. Fair goers viewed our member's work, watched pottery throwing demonstrations. And kids enjoyed the super fun children's table.  Look for us next year in front of the Annex Building (Weavers and Basketmakers are inside).

Joan with Kids

Pottery in the Park
Raffle and Silent Auction
Sunday August 26, 2019
10:00 to 3:00 pm
Centennial Park 


Sarah Pike Workshop - cancelled
February 23 & 24, 2019
 sarah pike workshop poster Sarah Pike has had to cancel her February 23-24 workshop due to a herniated disc in her lower back. Thanks for your interest and enthusiasm. Sarah was very sad to have to make the decision and hopes to reschedule at some point in the future.


Salt Spring Ceramic Awards 

October 4-14, 2018
Mahon Hall ~ 166 Lower Ganges Road 

The 2018 juried Exhibition and Awards are meant to encourage artistic and technical excellence in the ceramic practice of ceramic artists/potters living and working in the Province of British Columbia.  The intent is also to strengthen the Salt Spring Potters Guild by raising its profile in the ceramic community and with the general public. Come join us for the activities!

  • Oct 04, 2018

    • Exhibition Opening of Finalist Works.

  • Oct 04 - Oct 14, 2018

    • Exhibition open daily.

  • Oct 13, 2018

    • Awards Gala (7pm) Saturday Evening

    • Prize winners announced Saturday Evening

  • Oct 14, 2018

    • Panel Discussion (10am-Noon) Sunday Morning

Harvest Show

October 4 - 16, 2018
Salt Spring Gallery
135 McPhillips Ave
Opening Reception October 4, 2018
Show is open daily 11 to 4 pm

The Salt Spring Potters Guild members will have work on display and for sale. This exhibition shows the exquisite variety of work our members create.

Potters Guild at the Fall Fair

September 15 & 16, 2018
Join us at the Fall Fair at the Salt Spring Island Farmer's Institute ~ 351 Rainbow Road. View our members work, watch pottery throwing and hand building demonstrations. We have a super fun children's table for the wee ones as well.  Look for at the Annex Building with the Weavers and Basketmakers.


Potters Guild Annual General Meeting 

September 6, 2018  ~ 5:00 pm
Sharon Wilson's House ~ 521 Beddis Road
Pot Luck Dinner and Meeting 


September 22 - October 10, 2017
Salt Spring Gallery (During the Salt Spring National
Art Prize Show at Mahon Hall)
Opening Reception September 22, 2017
Show is open daily 11 to 4 pm

Potters Guild at the Fall Fair

September 16 & 17, 2017
Join us at the Fall Fair and watch pottery throwing and hand building demonstrations. We have a super fun children's table for the wee ones as well.  Look for at the Annex Building with the Weavers and Basketmakers


Potters Guild Annual General Meeting 

September 7, 2017
5:30 pm
Edith Stevenson's
129 Brookwood Place

Popup Show at the Park 

August 27, 2017
10am to 4pm
Centennial Park


Salt Spring Island Potters Guild
Annual Library Display 

During the month of August our members will have work in the display case of the our Island library foyer.  We hope you enjoy the variety of work our members have created.
On August 17th one of our members Tracy Harrison will give an Artist's Talk on the 2012 Story Dragon she created for the our new library.  It was designed in the year of the Dragon and installed in 2013. The dragon can be seen in the Children/Youth area. It is reading a book with the list of Dragon stories students Tracy engaged in the painting process chose for subjects. The students painted the belly and tail tiles of the dragon. Tracy will share the entire process in the library program room at 129  McPhillips Street at 7 pm.  FREE

Adam Field

Salt Spring Island Potters Guild
Annual February Workshop with
Adam Field 

February 18 & 19, 2017
10am to 4pm
ArtSpring ~ Main Gallery
100 Jackson Ave,  Salt Spring Island
Fee: $100.00 per participant 

Adam practices full time in his studio in Helena, Montana. He will be demonstrating throwing and Korean Pottery making techniques.

'In this two-day workshop Adam Field will demonstrate his methods for carving intricate pattern on a variety of wheel-thrown porcelain forms.  He will also demonstrate traditional Korean Onggi coil and paddle pottery techniques.



Sonja Barnard ~ Harvest Offerings Show

Harvest Offerings:
Salt Spring Island Potters Guild
Membership Show

October 6 – 18 - 11 am – 5 pm
Free admission - Open to public
Salt Spring Gallery
135 McPhillips Ave,  Salt Spring Island

A collection of work from our membership for viewing and sale -in celebration of SSICA

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SSICA Established Artist First Prize
Sandy Harquail, Nanamio "Spring Basket"


Salt Spring Ceramic Awards Gala 

October 16, 2016 1-3 pm
Mahon Hall - Open to the Public

Find out who won the People's Choice Award, First Prize in Emerging and Professional Artist and who received an Honorable Mention.  Pick up the work  you purchased or buy a piece in the last hour of the show!


Engaging Pots -Master Workshop with Bruce Cochrane

October 14 and 15, 2016  Mahon Hall  10 - 4pm
Cost:  $150+GST  |  Early Bird Price $125+GST 
This two-day demonstration workshop is an intensive session where Bruce shall demonstrate throwing/trimming, throwing and altering, handles, lids, surface techniques and press molding with thrown elements. Dialogue is encouraged throughout the process. A visual history of Bruce’s work and influences will be presented to support and contextualize the objects that are made in the workshop.

Experience with ceramics arts is helpful, although not necessary.


Bruce Cochrane Workshop


Panel: The Power of Clay and the Creative Process

Saturday, October 15, 2016, Mahon Hall  7pm
Free Admission
Panelists: Bruce Cochrane (Potter and Teacher), Laura Carey (B.C. Gallery of Ceramics), David Lloyd (Potter and Teacher), and Moderator:  Julie MacKinnon

Discussion points: The tactile nature of clay as a material challenges us artistically, emotionally and intellectually as makers and collectors. The processes employed in working with clay can contribute to the meaning of the work and share our experience of making: do we have an obligation to teach good craftsmanship? What is the value of using handmade objects in our daily life?


Joy of Texture: Creating a Hand-Built Mug

October 7, 2016  Mahon Hall 12 - 3 pm
Cost: $55
Children’s Workshop with Instructor LeeAnn Norgard for Ages 7 – 10 yrs. old (10 students max)Children’s Workshop with Instructor LeeAnn Norgard for Ages 7 – 10 yrs. old (10 students max) This workshop is centered around the process of playing with clay, and exploration. In this workshop, students will be given a large, rolled slab of clay and various texture tools with which to explore.  Emphasis will be given to the process, and to the joy of creating. With some basic building and joining skills, the students will piece together their creations into a functional mug. Students will select the glaze of their choice, and the pottery will be fired and ready in 2 weeks for them to pick up.

 Annual Fall Fair

September 17 & 18, 2016
Farmers Institute Fair Ground, Salt Spring Island
Pottery display, demonstrations and the always joyful and fun Children's Table will be happening again this year!

Fall Fair

SSI Library Display

The Month of August 2016
Salt Spring  Island Public Library
Lobby Display Case











Salt Spring Island Chamber of Commerce