Hawai’i Potters’ Guild (HPG) is a non-profit organization committed to the support and development of ceramic arts and crafts.
HPG was founded in 1967 by several potters desiring to form an active center to “experience clay” for the community. Since then, it has grown into a thriving studio with many of its potters being active in the local arts scene.
Hawaii Potters’ Guild began in 1967 with a group of potters, who with much faith and hope and lots of hard labor and with help from friends, organizations and institutions, transformed a church’s backyard and a caretaker’s shack into a Ceramics Center.
The first classes began in 1967 and in January 1968, Hawaii Potters’ Guild welcomed its charter members: Lucille Anderson, May Chee, Edith Carlsmith, Eleanor Cooper, Ellen Nishi, Sara Preble, Philip Wulff, Louise Wulff, Alberta Yamada, Virgina Oudufaly, Ayako and Masawo Tanaka.
The studio was established at its current location through an agreement with the Church of the Crossroads, whose mission also includes promoting community service and educational programs. The University of Hawai’i and the State Foundation for Culture and the Arts also provided support towards the founding of Hawaii Potters’ Guild.
In 2004, the studio underwent major renovations to improve the facility. In addition to providing a better working space, HPG also increased the number of classes and increased studio hours.
You can read a more detailed history of Hawaii Potters’ Guild first year here.