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Friday’s a Big Day! Summer Youth Registration & New Exhibit Opens; Saggar Firing; We’re Hiring

Guilford Art Center Summer Youth Program

Have you registered yet?
Class and workshops for adults and teens begin the week of March 28.


Like spring, the creative process has always been about fresh ideas, perspectives and energy. Is there a creative endeavor you’ve always dreamed about…painting, pottery, photography, blacksmithing, or metalsmithing perhaps…but never had the courage to try? Embrace all that spring represents and try a new class or workshop at GAC. You’ll find it is a warm and welcoming place of learning and connection.

Summer Youth Program Registration Opens this Friday


We’re excited to announce our new youth summer program for 2022 which opens for registration this Friday! We are back with a full summer of weekly sessions for kids ages 5-12, plus workshops for tweens and teens. Classes will take place in the morning and afternoons, or if you’re looking for a full-day kids can stay all day with our bridge program.

GAC Student Exhibition Opens Friday

New art work by adult students at Guilford Art Center will be featured in the GAC Student Exhibition in the Center’s gallery, March 18 – May 1, 2022. The show will highlight recent work in all media by adult students who have taken classes or workshops at Guilford Art Center in the past two years.  

“This exhibition is an opportunity for Guilford Art Center to showcase the works our students have created in our classes that took place during an unprecedented time in our community,” says Executive Director Maureen Belden. “Our students told us that staying involved in the creative experience was an important factor in staying hopeful and positive during the pandemic. We believe the community will be inspired by the work created by our students across multiple disciplines. And perhaps even come join us for a class in the spring to create work of their own!”

The exhibition will include work across mediums, including paintings and drawings, ceramics, weaving, blacksmithing, jewelry and glass. Entry is free and open to the community, 7 days a week.

Spring Break Workshops for Youth

Clay Explorations Workshop
Instructor: Claudia Mathison
Monday, April 18. 9:30am-12:30pm

Open to ages 8+. Learn a variety of hand building clay techniques to mold a coil pot, pinch animals and slab construct a nature house. Clay creations will be embellished with feathers, beads, googly eyes and sequins. Register here.

Potholder Weaving for Kid’s Workshop
Instructor: Claudia Mathison
Tuesday, April 19. 9:30am-12:30pm

Open to ages 8+. Learn the basics of weaving while designing beautiful and functional pot holders and hot pads. Get creative with crazy patterns, colors and designs. Register here.


Have you been watching The Great Pottery Throwdown on Netflix? (Some of our staff are obsessed!) If so, you’ll have some appreciation for the challenges of firing the clay to produce beautiful and interesting color and patterns.

We have ceramic work from Mystic Clay Art that is the result of the “Saggar Firing” process. They start with white stoneware clay, which gets multiple coats of Terra Sigillata clay slip and burnished to a high gloss. It’s fired in an electric kiln, then wrapped with an aluminum foil saggar (a protective fireclay box) with combustibles and salt, then fired in an outdoor gas kiln. The pots have fume patterns from the chemical wash, black from the combustibles and white from the salt. Each piece is completely unique.

The Shop is open 7 days a week. All GAC members receive 10% off all purchases year-round. Open Monday – Saturday, 10am-4pm, Sunday 12-4pm.

Final Workshops in the Winter Semester

Saturday, March 19, 10:00am-5:00pm
Instructor: Joy Raskin

Learn about different alloys of gold, the different colors available and how to solder. We will do some keumboo on patterned silver sheet, make a gold bezel on a silver back, work with 18kt over sterling bi-metal, and gold filled wire and sheet.

Sunday, March 20, 10:00am-4:00pm
Instructor: Joy Raskin
Forging is an ancient art of hammering metal to transform the shape and width of wire. Using different hammers, steel blocks and anvil, we will forge copper wire and make jewelry or utensils or sculpture.

Saturday-Monday, March 26-28, 10:00am-5:00pm
Instructor: Mace Vitale

Students will forge, grind and heat treat a blade … design and fit a handle with a steel ferrule. From chopping herbs to the zombie apocalypse, this is the knife you want by your side!


The Finance & Operations Manager is responsible for the financial management of the organization, as well as Human Resources Administration and Operations oversight, in order to ensure a strong infrastructure in support of the Center’s mission. Reporting to the Executive Director (ED), the Finance & Operations Manager will support the ED to ensure the Center’s financial stability, operational sustainability, and organizational longevity, and be present at all Finance Committee meetings. For full description and for information on how to apply, please click here.

If you know of someone who would be interested, please encourage them to check out the position description on our website and submit their information to