Registration Begins Tuesday, September 6 at 8:00 a.m.

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.

Get ready for some smoke and fire! Raku is an exciting, yet unpredictable way to fire pottery. This form of pottery is a process where ceramic ware is removed from a kiln while it is red hot and placed into easily combustible materials greatly reducing the amount of oxygen around the pot. This gives glazed pots a fantastic variety of colors. Spend 4 day over 2 weeks making pottery creations, 2 days over 1 week to glaze, then poof! – fire in an outdoor kiln on Saturday, October 15, to get extraordinary pieces unobtainable from a regular kiln firing. Please note: Due to surface characteristics from the firing processes, Raku ware is for decorative purposes only, causing it to be unsafe for use with food items. 
Ages 18 and up.
Activity #311572
Building Dates: Tuesdays & Thursdays, September 20 - 29
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Glazing Dates: Tuesday & Thursday, October 4 - 6
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Firing Date: Saturday, October 15
Time: 10:00 - 3:00 p.m. (or until done)
Fee: $98.00 plus $30.00 clay fee
Preregister by: September 15
Instructor: Jerome Wild
Min/Max Enrollment: 4/10

Learn basic use of the extruder to build a variety of shapes for containers and sculptures. Ages 14 and up.
Activity #311525
Dates: Wednesdays, October 5 - 26
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Instructor: Lois Beckner
Fee: $56.00 plus $25.00 clay fee
Preregister by: September 29
Min/Max Enrollment: 1/9

In this class, learn the basics of working with clay in slab building. Learn to make salt & pepper shakers, napkin holders, mugs, platters, spoon rests and so much more! The first 2 weeks will be used for handbuilding, the second two weeks will be used for glazing. Ages 14 and up.
Activity #311381
Dates: Wednesdays, November 2 - 30 (No Class November 23)
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Instructor: Cassandra Mraz
Fee: $56.00 plus $25.00 clay fee
Preregister by: October 27
Min/Max Enrollment: 4/15

Learn about caring for your space, your pieces, and yourself. 1st Day: will cover studio maintenance, care of pieces, and sharing space safely in a community setting. 2nd Day: will include refining your posture and counter acting physical stress to protect your muscles and joints (2nd Day: wear clothing to move & stretch). Bring your questions or simply curiosity as we discuss making ceramics a lifelong endeavor. Ages 14 and up.
Activity #311010
Session A: Wednesday & Thursday, September 14 & 15
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Session B: Friday & Saturday, September 16 & 17
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Instructor: Kristin Boeshans
Fee: $28.00 plus $15.00 clay fee
Preregister by: 3 days before session begins
Min/Max Enrollment: 1/9

Spend two Wednesday nights with Tonya, as she demonstrates how to make whimsical, funny, or perhaps charming face mugs. Glazing will be done on participants own time.
Ages 25 and up.
Activity #311391
Dates: Wednesdays, September 21 - 28
Time: 5:30 - 7:30p.m.
Instructor: Tonya Holter
Fee: $28.00 plus $15.00 clay fee
Preregister by: September 15
Min/Max Enrollment: 4/12

Whether this is your first time on a potter’s wheel or your twentieth, you’ll be able to add some more chunks of knowledge fodder to any growing skillset. Learn how to throw pots, vessels & containers, how to trim items made on a potter’s wheel. Then spend the last week glazing. Ages 13 - 17.
Activity #311202
Dates: Mondays, September 19 - October 17 (No Class October 10)
Time: 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.
Instructor: Caleb Crosby
Fee: $42.00 plus $15.00 clay fee
Preregister by: September 14
Min/Max Enrollment: 4/8

Learn basic tips, tricks, and techniques to throw on a potter’s wheel, while those with experience can learn ways to improve skills. Ages 16 and up.
Activity #311105
Dates: Tuesdays, October 18 - November 22
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Instructor: Caleb Crosby
Fee: $84.00 plus $20.00 clay fee
Preregister by: October 13
Min/Max Enrollment: 4/8

Learn the steps on how to make a basic pillow form, and then transform that knowledge into making beautiful whimsical leaves. Glazing will be done on participants own time.
Ages 25 and up.
Activity #311395
Dates: Wednesdays, December 7 - 14
Time: 5:30 - 7:30p.m.
Instructor: Tonya Holter
Fee: $28.00 plus $15.00 clay fee
Preregister by: December 1
Min/Max Enrollment: 4/12

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 during programming. The Pottery studio will be closed to open pottery participants when ARCC classes are scheduled, and on the following dates: October 10, November 11 & 24-26. Ages 16 and up.
Open pottery studio participants must schedule an appointment for initial orientation prior to working in the studio.
Dates: September 19 - December 19
Fees: $50.00 for 25 lbs Stoneware
$55.00 for 25 lbs Chads Bod
$60.00 for 25 lbs ^6 Porcelain
$40.00 for 25 lbs Earthenware

  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