Registration for all Winter/Spring Classes will begin Monday, January 6, 2020. 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.


Tips, Techniques, and Projects inspired by the popular ceramics magazine, “Pottery Illustrated.”
Ages 18 and up.
Activity #111306
Dates: Tuesdays, January 21 – February 25
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Instructor: Michelle Bacon
Fee: $78.00 plus $30.00 clay fee
Preregister by: January 16
Min/Max Enrollment: 3/6


Spend 4 spectacular weeks making pouring vessels. Each week you will receive a different tutorial on a surprise, but practically useful, vessel related to pouring. Glazing will be done on participants own. Pitchers, teapots, and gravy boats; Oh My! It’s all gravy baby! Ages 18 and up.
Activity #111310
Dates: Tuesdays, March 3 – 24
Time: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Instructor: Breanne Anderson Mueller
Fee: $52.00 plus $30.00 clay fee
Preregister by: February 27
Min/Max Enrollment: 4/10

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 weeks making creations, one week to glaze, then poof! – fire in an outdoor kiln on the final week to get extraordinary pieces unobtainable from a regular kiln firing. Please note: Due to surface characteristic 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 #111572
Dates: Thursdays, March 12 – April 16
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Instructor: Jerome Wild
Fee: $78.00 plus $30.00 clay fee
Preregister by: March 9
Min/Max Enrollment: 4/10


This is the 11th 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 members, 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, $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.

The Empty Bowls Dinner is scheduled for Saturday, March 28, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Yelduz Shrine Center, 802 S. Main Street. For more details, visit Empty Bowls Aberdeen on Facebook.

Building Dates:
Session A: Saturday, January 25
Session B: Saturday, February 8
Session C: Saturday, February 22
Time: 10:00 a.m. - Noon
Fee: No Charge but registration is required for each session (Call the ARCC at 626-7081 to Register) Due to limited space available, special groups must schedule a special building date.
SPACE IS LIMITED: please call 626-7081 to reserve your spot in the activity. Due to the amount of space available, special groups must schedule a special building date.


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 alterative firings). Open Pottery projects are fired with scheduled classroom kiln firings. Specialized firing will incur an additional fee.

General Studio hours are:
Monday through Thursdays: 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.;
Fridays: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.,
Saturday and Holiday hours will vary, pending programming.
Studio will be closed to participants when ARCC classes are scheduled; during Empty Bowls building sessions.

Ages: high school students through adult. Open pottery studio participants must schedule an appointment for orientation prior to working in the studio.
Dates: January 6 - April 24
Fees: $50.00 for 25 lbs Stoneware;
           $50.00 for 25 lbs Chads Bod;
           $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