We are professional and recreational potters and ceramists; instructors from local high schools and colleges; as well as people simply interested in ceramics in and around the Ventura County area.
General Inquiries for VCPG
President: Wyn Matthews
Vice President: OPEN
Secretary: Stacy Rowe
Treasurer: Roe Estep
Sales/ Shows: OPEN
Workshops: Genie Thomsen
Communications: Ruty Levy
Instagram/Pinterest: Troy Schmidt
Membership: Brenda Burgess
Publicity: Rebecca Catterall
Jury Chair: Crystal Davis
Marketing: Ellen Wohlstadter
Hospitality: Victoria Mullins
Gallery Chair: Drew Lurie
Finance Chair: Wanda Ferrin
Our Good Deeds
The VCPG provides outreach to the community and participates in many educational ventures. Read all about our good deeds here.
VCPG Photo Archives
Troy Schmidt has organized and put online all of the Guild’s historical photos and press clippings. It’s a fascinating resource, and can be found here:
VCPG was founded in 1957 by students at the Ventura Community College and interested potters.
Our founding members were Louis Anderson, Paula Follette, Helen Fowler, Doris Kahn, Walter Knecht, Frank Noyes, Isadora Parsons, Jessica Prescott, Connie Tviet, William Winterbourne.
In 1959 they had a pottery exhibit and served tea wearing white gloves at the Ojai Music Festival for the first time. VCPG has exhibited at the Music Festival ever since.
We continue to have monthly membership meetings with the exceptions of June-August and December. Each meeting includes an artist presentation. The general public is welcome to attend. We also sponsor workshops to broaden the artist’s skills. Opportunities for juried members to sell their work include the Ojai Music Festival and the Ventura Pottery Gallery at the Ventura Harbor Village.
Since its creation over 60 years ago, the VCPG has become a non-profit organization, promoting interest in all facets of pottery making and appreciation of the ceramic arts. The Guild has grown from the original 10 to more than 150 members and has expanded beyond Ventura to represent much of southern and central California.