Registration for all Fall Classes will begin Tuesday, September 4. Programs are filled on a first-pay, first-served basis, preregistration by the published deadline is required. Payment can be made by credit or debit card by phone or by check or cash in person. Online Registration also available.  All classes are subject to 6.5% sales tax. Please call the Aberdeen Recreation and Cultural Center for more information at 626-7081.


Absolute Beginners will gain knowledge and skills to throw pots on a potter’s wheel, while those with experience can learn ways to improve skills. Ages 16 and up.
Activity #311105
Dates: Thursdays, September 27 - November 1
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Instructor: Jerome Wild
Fee: $60.00 plus $25.00 clay fee
Preregister by: September 24
Min/Max Enrollment: 4/6


We will discover and explore pottery techniques that pique our interest. The class will be facilitated by an instructor but cross sharing will be encouraged. Experience is not necessary by helpful. Ages 16 and up.
Activity #311120
Dates: Tuesdays, October 2 - November 6
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Instructor: Michelle Bacon
Fee: $78.00 plus $30.00 clay fee
Preregister by: September 28
Min/Max Enrollment: 3/8


The pottery studio will be open for use during off-class times for practice with hand building, wheel throwing and other projects involving stoneware, chads bod, or earthenware clay. Clay fees include clay, glaze, and one each of bisque and glaze firings (excluding alternative firings). Open Pottery projects are fired with scheduled classroom kiln firings. Specialized firing will incur an additional fee. General Studio hours are: Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.; Fridays from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to Noon. The Pottery studio will be closed to participants when ARCC classes are scheduled; during Empty Bowls building sessions and on the following dates: September 29, October 27, November 10 & 22, and December 24 & 25. Ages 16 and up. Open pottery studio participants must schedule an appointment for initial orientation prior to working in the studio.
Dates: September 10 – December 28
Fees: $50.00 for 25 lbs. of Stoneware
           $50.00 for 25 lbs. of Chads bod
           $40.00 for 25 lbs. of Earthenware


This is the 10th Anniversary for Empty Bowls, which is a community project, cosponsored by the Aberdeen Area Arts Council, the Aberdeen Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department and the Yelduz Shrine Center that combines the creative arts and education to work on a social problem -- hunger. Bowls are created by local community people, students and artists who then host a simple meal of soup and bread. Guests attending the meal make a suggested donation of $20 for adults, and $5 for students, and choose a bowl to have soup in, then take the bowl home as a reminder of the event and of the fact that hunger exists, even here in Aberdeen. All funds support area programs, including the Salvation Army, Safe Harbor, and other food banks and local organizations that address hunger issues through direct service and education/awareness programs.

Dates: Session A: October 20
            Session B: November 3
            Session C: December 8
Time: 10:00 a.m. – Noon
Fee: No Charge but registration is required for each session (Call the ARCC at 626-7081 to Register)

The Empty Bowls Dinner is scheduled for Saturday, March 23 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Yelduz Shrine Center, 802 S. Main. For more details, including bowl building dates, visit Empty Bowls Aberdeen on Facebook or phone Michelle Bacon at 229-6878.
  1. Aberdeen Recreation & Cultural Center

    Physical Address
    225 3rd Avenue SE
    Aberdeen, SD 57401

    Phone: 605-626-7081
    Fax: 605-626-7989

How to Register:

  • In Person: ARCC       225 3rd Ave SE
  • Over the Phone: (605)626-7081