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Registration for all Fall Classes begins the Tuesday after Labor Day. 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% sales tax.  Please call the Aberdeen Recreation and Cultural Center for more information at 626-7081.

 Wheel Thrown Pottery Class
Discover the exciting process of raku pottery!
Students will build pieces by hand or on the
wheel out of low fire raku clay, and finish pieces
in a reduction firing known as raku. Firing will
take place Saturday, November 1. Ages 16 and up.
Activity #311572
Dates: Wednesdays, September 24 – October 29
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Instructor: Jerome Wild
Fee: $63.00 plus $30.00 supply fee
Preregister by: September 19
Min/Max Enrollment: 4/10

A whole month of hand-building fun, functional
or decorative objects! Learn old and new handbuilding
techniques and surface decoration
techniques with templates, coils, and self-made
tools. Ages 14 and up.
Activity #311304
Dates: Tuesdays, October 7-28
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Fee: $40.00 plus $25.00 clay supply fee.
Instructor: Michelle Bacon
Min/Max Enrollment: 3/10
Preregister by: October 2

The pottery studio will be open for use during offclass
times for practice with hand building, wheel
throwing and other projects involving stoneware or
earthenware clay. Clay fees include clay, glaze, and
one each of bisque and glaze firings.
General Studio hours are:
Monday - Thursday, 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.;
Fridays, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Saturdays, 10 a.m. - Noon.
The Pottery studio will be closed to participants
when ARCC classes are scheduled; during Empty
Bowls building sessions and on the following
dates: October 25; November 28; December
24 and 25. Ages 16 and up. Open pottery
studio participants must schedule an
appointment for orientation prior to
working in the studio.
Dates: September 8– December 31
Fees: $50.00 for 25# Stoneware
$40.00 for 25# Earthenware

 Empty Bowls glazed and ready for use

Empty Bowls 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 $15 donation, 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.
The Empty Bowls Dinner is scheduled for Saturday, March 28th from 10AM to 2PM at the Yelduz Shrine Center, 802 S. Main.

For more details, including bowl building dates, visit or phone Ardell Melland at 290-3214.

Scheduled Fall Building dates are as follows: Saturdays, October 18; November 1; November 15 and December 6.
Although there is no fee to participate, please call 626-7081 to reserve your spot in the activity.

Contact Us
If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact the Aberdeen Recreation and Cultural Center at (605)626-7081.

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