Registration for Winter/Spring Brochure Classes will begin Tuesday, January 3rd. 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.


A continuation of the ORIGINAL Twisted Clay class. Learn new techniques and ways to assemble your wheel thrown and hand built pieces into fun and useful items. This class will have an emphasis on making teapots for any who are interested. Ages 16 and up.
Activity #111304
Dates: Tuesdays, January 31 – March 28
(No Class February 7)
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Instructor: Michelle Bacon
Fee: $80.00 plus $30.00 clay fee
Preregister by: January 26
Min/Max Enrollment: 3/7


An introduction to the new toy in the studio, the clay extruder, play dough factory for clay. We will explore a variety of shapes that will become boxes, mugs, vases, dishes, sculptures, decanters, teapots and more. Open to all levels of experience.
Activity #111525
Dates: Thursdays, February 16 – March 23
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Fee: $60.00 plus $25.00 clay fee
Instructor: Michelle Bacon
Preregister by: February 10
Min/Max Enrollment: 3/9


Empty Bowls 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 people, students and artists who then host a simple meal of soup and bread. Guests attending the meal make a suggested $20 donation, 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 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 25, from 10a.m. – 2p.m. at the Yelduz Shrine Center, 802 S. Main Street. For more details, including bowl building dates, Empty Bowls Aberdeen on Facebook or call Ardell Melland at 290-3214.
Bowl Building Dates:
Session A: Saturday, January 28
Session B: Saturday, February 11
Session C: Saturday, February 25
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 or earthenware clay. Clay fees include clay, glaze, and one each of bisque and glaze firings. Open Pottery projects are fired with scheduled classroom kiln firings. Specialized firing will incur an additional fee.
General Studio hours are:
Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Fridays, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturdays, 10 a.m. – Noon.
The Pottery studio will be closed to participants when ARCC classes are scheduled; during Empty Bowls building sessions and on the following dates: February 20 and April 15. Ages 16 and up.
Open pottery studio participants must schedule an appointment for initial orientation prior to working in the studio.
Dates: January 9 - April 28
Fees: $50.00 for 25# Stoneware;
           $40.00 for 25# 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