Membership in the Ventura County Potters’ Guild is open to all. Our annual dues, payable by December 31st for the following year, are $30/single, $40/couple and $20/student.
Monthly Programs – VCPG-sponsored programs at members’ meetings.
Shows & Sales – Opportunities for members to exhibit and sell their work:
• Ventura Pottery Gallery
• VCPG Online Store
• Ventura Potters’ Guild Ojai Sale – (annual sale)
• Annual Guild members exhibit at Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts
Directory – VCPG Members’ Directory of current members, published annually.
Sponsored Workshops – Members and guest artists conduct workshops available at a discount to current members.
Photo Box – Take professional photos of your work with the Guild’s photo box.
Clay and supplies – Order clay and supplies as a group from Laguna and Aardvark for discounted pricing and delivery to Ventura.
Online Portfolio – Create a profile and portfolio of your work at our website.
Member Connect – Connect to other members of the guild via an email information exchange.
VCPG Library – Access to books and DVDs contained in the VCPG library. View a list of available media and refer to Members Area below for check out procedures.
How to Join
To join, download this form and mail it to the address in the form.
The Jurying Process
The goal of the jurying process, as outlined in our Bylaws, is to assure that all work sold or shown at a VCPG event is held to the same standard of craftsmanship and aesthetic merit established by our founders. For a member to become eligible to sell, show or exhibit at a VCPG event, he or she must successfully complete the two-part jurying process. Juries are held twice a year in the Spring and Fall.
The goal of the Pre-Jury Workshop is to meet one-on-one with two master potters, who will carefully review how Craftsmanship, Aesthetics and Personal Identity apply to your work. Jurors will comment on the things you are doing well and make suggestions for improvement. Your work will be scored based upon the three criteria. Pre-Jury Workshops are held in February and September and the location and time are announced in the Newsletter. To participate in the Pre-Jury Workshop, you must submit an application for the Pre-Jury Workshop in August or January.
The final jurying takes place in April and November. The jurors will examine your pieces and score your work again, based upon the same three criteria: Craftsmanship, Aesthetics and Personal Identity.
Use the link to the guidelines and application to fully understand the process or contact the Jury Chairperson via the contact form for more information or questions.
A valuable member benefit is the ability to create a professional artist profile and/or portfolio of your work. Artist profiles are published on the Members page. From an artist’s profile you can click through to view their portfolio, but for a more visual experience and better idea of the work represented by our varied membership, go straight to the Portfolio page.
The Photo Box
The Guild photo box is available for members to use by appointment at the Gallery. Use the contact form to request an appointment. When in person Guild meetings resume, the photo box will be set up at meetings for you to capture stunning images on your cell phone or camera.
The following areas are for VCPG members only. When you are logged in with your username, you will be able to access member-only content, and accordingly, board members will see board content and gallery members will see gallery content.