Clayworkers' Guild of Illinois A dedicated group of ceramic clay artists and artisans.



All calendar events are posted below for you to view on this site.

These are Pdf. block calendar form and Pdf. written explanation that you may also print.




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We are working closely with MCC on a gallery showing of some of the pieces they have purchased from the artists we have had Workshops with throughout the years.  We are compiling a list of the artists whom they have purchased from and also whom they may not have pieces from.  If they do not have one of the artists pieces we would like to display for this event we may be contacting our Members to see who has purchased a piece from one of our Workshop Artists.  We will contact you when and if we need to use some pottery from you. 

We will also be hosting with MCC an Opening or possibly a Closing ceremony reception this is all dependent on when our event will run.

We will keep you posted when all the plans have been finalized. 


Events that are over are in RED:

FEBRUARY – 22, 23, 24 

EMPTY BOWLS –Throwing days 22nd and 23rd with Trimming on the 24th

All three days --10am to 2pm the time may be extended

So come throw as many bowls as you can or come and Trim the bowls on Sat or Sun.

If you can’t make these dates and want to still make some bowls on your own in your own studio that would be great too. You can make them after this date too all the way up to Sept 15th. Simply make sure that the clay you are throwing with is Cone 10 compatible if you want MCC to glaze and fire them for you –you certainly can fire and glaze them yourself and donate them.

 If you do --mark the bottom of your bowls with “MTB--CWG” ---they should hold 12-16oz and be the size of at least 7” x 3” when glaze fired --no coiled bowls allowed but you can hand build using slabs.


For those who do not know what Empty Bowls is all about here is an explanation:  Empty Bowls” is an international project to fight hunger, personalized by artists and art organizations on a community level. Participating artists and groups create and donate bowls, then serve a simple meal.  Guests choose a bowl to use that day and to keep as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. In exchange for the meal, and the bowl, guests contribute a suggested minimum donation. One hundred percent of each meal's proceeds are devoted to local hunger-fighting organizations, such as food banks or soup kitchens, or to national or international charitable groups. 


The Guild has been a part of this fight by throwing bowls and donating them for over 27 yrs. Some of the places we have donated to are: WI, Oakton Community College,  Harvard High School, and Last year MCC.

Last year we donated our bowls to McHenry County College they are going to run an Empty Bowl Project in conjunction with their culinary dept. again this year with hopes of starting a Food Bank at the college.  We ended up last year as the only group who provided bowls for this event everyone else backed out on them we made 240ish bowls.  Thank you everyone who helped out with this event last year I was very proud of our Guild Members  .Lets make it another good year.


MARCH-  27th, 6:00pm BUSINESS MEETING –Room adjacent to MCC Pottery Studio

  Deanne Ferguson, Saturday the 10th  Time 12-4 and Cost  Free  Lunch not included
This will be hosted by both the Guild and the MCC Clay Club  Deanne is one of our own guild members She will lead a ½ day Spring Workshop to demonstrate some of her techniques in particular the iron/wax resist technique with her repeat pattern surface designs.  This will be hands on workshop for you to try out the techniques. We will send further information out when we get closer to the event.


APRIL- Our RAKU FIRING/Pizza Party—April 27th with a Rain Date on the 28th  9:30 start time to ???? Once again Tim Pfiffner has offered to host a Raku Firing at his house in Marengo (address: 916 Beaver Pond first subdivision coming into Marengo from the East on the right hand side on Rt 176(Rt 176  is called Telegraph in Marengo) goggle it)   plus he as a wood fired Pizza Oven--- when we get finished Raku firing the pots we all make ourselves pizzas Tim provides the dough and sauce and Cooks them in the Wood Fired Kiln he built. You bring your own toppings to build your pizza with and Tim will cook them in his wood fired Pizza Oven {they are the best}(if this weekend is rained out then another date will be chosen).  More details about this will be sent out when we get closer and all is confirmed. 


BUT you should be making your pieces now so they will be ready for the Raku firing!  If you are Rakuing your pieces Tim suggests using  “MCL331 Smooth Raku “ clay which you can get from Great Lakes Clay he indicated there would be less breakage but if you are putting on Horse Hair you can still use the Raku Porcelain clay they have available there and that will work too.  Or if you have your own Raku Clay you can use that also.



You should be able to put in at least 4 pieces each depending on how many members attend.

As far as glazing is concerned:  Try and have your pieces already glazed if you do not have glazes there will be some available to use left over from MCC but you need to come at the 9:30 time slot in order to glaze the pieces and have them dried enough before they can be fired.  There will be another kiln available for horse hair firing in.  You should bring your own horse hair, feathers, etc.. to use on your pots.


What you are bringing: your pots to Raku/Horse hair, your own pizza toppings, BYOB (obviously alcoholic drinking only after you fire your pots), nonalcoholic drinks, and Bring your own lawn chairs if it is hot maybe an umbrella for coverage


MAY- May 22nd, 6:00pm BUSINESS MEETING – MCC


June - Guild Picnic ---Janet Buchanan will be hosting this year

Saturday the 8th or the rain date will be the 15th and Time starting at 10am

As in the past years the host will provide the meat with the members bringing dishes to pass for everyone.  Bring your own booze and other drinks  Bring your own lawn chairs.  We may also be doing plaster casting during the picnic so think about what you want to have cast and bring only about 2 things for that

JULY -  

JULY 13th  from 10am—2pm   


  • Tom Vician will be taking professional photos for each member’s pottery. There will be 4 time slots for you to sign up for 10-11,  11-12,  12-1,  1-2 .  Four people per hour, but if we have more members then we will extend the time frame.  You must sign up to save a spot.  Tom will take digital photos of about 4 pieces per member you need to bring an USB Flash Drive so he can download the photos onto it when he is done. You can use these photos to submit to shows and galleries or on your business cards.

  • AUGUST- 
  • August 19th through October 4th, 2019
  • Please save the date and attend this Anniversary Show
    Reception at MCC Thurs. the 22nd at 5pm to 7pm.  More details to be sent out when we get closer.

Carol Long is our guest artist Sept 27th & 28th

One of the perks of being in the Guild is we have a meet and greet Potluck with the guest artist on that Thursday
night Sep.t 26th

Even if you are not attending the workshop you can attend this event to meet her. Josie Rochelle, once again, has kindly offered to host at her home. 

This year’s fee for the workshop will be higher priced since
Carol charges more for her workshops so the price will be $75 per person, including lunch, both days, of course.    Lunch will be possibly Lou Malnati’s one day and another vendor the other day.  TBD.   We also bring treats to share on both days of the workshop and anyone attending is welcome to share something.


Annual CWG Members Show 
Oct 2nd– Nov 9th

Drop off dates Sun, Sept 29th& Mon, Sept 30th

Time TBA for the take down of the show and where you pick up your work.  It  will be Sat., Nov. 9th / 5pm to 7:30pm and if
necessary Sunday,  Nov 10th / 1-4 pm.

Location at the Old Courthouse Arts Center in Woodstock: Still Looking for someone to coordinate the show this year.
We still need one to three members to volunteer to coordinate (Jill Munger has volunteered to help with the show this year Thank you Jill).   If anyone wants to be the Chairperson for the show just let me know and I can explain your duties.
This year’s judge will be Erik Blome (our show didn’t coordinate with our workshop this year so we needed to find another judge and Erik kindly accepted.)

We have already spoken to John Heng at the Court House Arts Center Gallery and the Terms for this year’s show
will be an up front cost of a $15 entry fee plus $5 CWG members fee added on so the fee will be $20 fee this will be
paid to the Guild (this $5 additional fee will help subsidize the monetary awards given out this year) --you can put in
up to 6 pieces with a 20% commission taken from the gallery per piece when it is sold.

This year we will be giving out  monetary awards and new awards:

PEER CHOICE award will receive a free Membership for the next year.

The other 5 awards will receive new awards other than ribbons AND you will want these awards too. 

We would love to see every single member put in one piece to have a full showing of our Guild members show! If  you are planning on putting pieces in to the show please notify me as soon as possible, please.

There will be an opening reception on Monday, Sept 7th.
/ 6:30 pm to 8pm with awards given out to our members for:

Please note: the Old Courthouse Arts Center will also have an additional reception on Sat, . Oct 12th.  Please do not be
confused by their advertising but you may want to attend both receptions that would be great.

NOVEMBER- 6th at 6 pm

BUSINESS MEETING –Room adjacent to MCC Pottery Studio.  This will be a review of the workshops we have had throughout the year.


Nov 20th through Jan 4th

There are no longer spaces available for selling this year as we have reached our quota. Congratulations to all those
who will be selling this year you will be notified shortly with more information.    But as a Guild member, please
support the other members in this sale by promoting the sale when the advertising comes out.

This sale runs from the middle of the month of November and all of December with the inclusion of one week at the
beginning of Jan.  It is held at the Old Courthouse Arts Center in the North Gallery Space called “Welles Gallery” 
We have included the other gallery space named “Gould Gallery”. If you were in the sale or saw the sale last year it is a two room sale.

This sale is not funded by the Guild but we use the Guild name to promote it.   Only pottery pieces made by each member can be included for sale in this event.  No items other than ceramic items may be sold at this sale.

Members pay for their space and are required to work a certain amount of days (this has been about 3 to 6 days in the past few years) determined by how many members are in the sale and also by how many hours we are open. This is a great opportunity for members to sell their pieces of pottery. There are a few built in shelving units at the gallery if you do not have a shelving unit, you can also use tables in some cases, and/or borrow from someone who does have a shelving unit.  The spaces are not all equal in size because of the space we have. So if you need to see what I am talking about please contact me ASAP. 

Guild Members and significant others X-Mas Party
Date Sat., Dec 7th— Time 6pm to ????----Potluck event
Bring your own booze, bring a dish to pass, possible gift exchange event as we have done in the past years.

More information TBA

Location: Michelle Cook’s hosting this year she lives in Woodstock.

Michelle indicated if anyone else wanted to host and hadnt let me know let me know, yet, she is okay to let someone else  host who has not hosted before.

Holiday Guild Members Sale Continues—*see explanation above