Pinecroft is a potter’s dream come true. Stroll across the pond to the studio and watch the potters at work and begin to understand the quote “Our pots are made from what we potters are.” Selma and Jimmie’s dream of a place where creativity flowed and the arts would flourish to nourish the soul has come to pass. Enjoy the simplicity of clay and return home with a permanent reminder of the tranquility and peace of Pinecroft…a handmade pot to renew your spirit. Visitors are welcomed daily. The workshop studio makes its home in a bent of the old Horton St. Market from St. Thomas moved to this site over 80 years ago. Renovated and expanded to include both the production studio and teaching facilities, it is a beehive of activity throughout the year producing all the pottery sold in the gift shop and gallery. Made to be used and enjoyed, Pinecroft pottery is ovenproof, dishwasher safe and may be used in a microwave.
The Teaching Studio…Pinecroft’s School of Pottery
Jimmie and Selma Clennell in their first studio at Pinecroft 1948
Teaching pottery and presenting the joy of working with clay and encouraging the appreciation of the arts has been a goal of Pinecroft since its beginnings. In the early 1950?s Selma and Jimmie Clennell began to teach and throughout their careers continued to encourage hundreds of people to embrace the love of clay and the pots that were made from it. Today classes are offered in pottery focusing on both table/slab work and throwing on the wheel. Classes are held in the teaching studio on site and both evening and daytime sessions are offered. Studio space is available for competent students who wish to continue on their own. For registration information and available course dates please click on the links below. Classes are held in the spring and fall with occasional winter sessions.
2013 will see the launch of the New “Pinecroft Centre for the Arts”. Joined by second generation potter Tony Clennell and his wife Sheila, we will be developing a location where the arts will be prevalent. Our goal is to start with pottery and move on to music and visual arts in many mediums. Our Vision is to capitalize on the potential assets of Pinecroft and realize its potential as the educational and creative centre for ceramics in Ontario.
We have a mandate to become a leader in ceramic professional development by offering a range of professional and emerging artists intensive creative work experiences in a conducive natural environment. We want to provide affordable and accessible professional development to a wide range of clay practitioners from amateur to professional by exposing them to high caliber teaching/demonstrations through
- Projects and residencies : involve partnerships with local guilds, schools and arts organizations
- Special firings program : offer opportunities for groups to participate in Gas and Wood Firings
- Summer residency mentorship program
- Self directed winter residencies : time, space and facilities to create in our studio Artist exhibitions