Registration for all Winter/Spring Classes will begin Monday, January 7, 2019. 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.


We will discover and explore pottery techniques that pique our interest. The class will be facilitated by an instructor but cross sharing will be encouraged. Experience is not necessary but helpful. Ages 16 and up.
Activity #111120
Dates: Tuesdays, January 22 – February 26
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Instructor: Michelle Bacon
Fee: $78.00 plus $30.00 clay fee
Preregister by: January 17
Min/Max Enrollment: 3/8


Create object d’art for your home that are both functional and decorative – clocks, lamps, vases, or wall hangings. This class will involve hand building, wheel throwing and the extruder. Ages 16 and up.
Activity #111107
Dates: Wednesdays, January 23 – February 27
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Instructor: Michelle Bacon
Fee: $78.00 plus $30.00 clay fee
Preregister by: January 18
Min/Max Enrollment: 3/8


Gain knowledge and skills to throw dinnerware on a potter’s wheel. Previous wheel throwing experience is preferred, but not necessary. Ages 16 and up.
Activity #111108
Dates: Thursdays, January 24 - February 28
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Instructor: Jerome Wild
Fee: $78.00 plus $30.00 clay fee
Preregister by: January 21
Min/Max Enrollment: 4/6


Have you been searching for the perfect opportunity to reenact a scene from ghost? Well this isn’t that time, but you will be able have a wonderful experience with a friend or significant other in this one day workshop. Novices and experienced potters are welcome. All materials are included. Students can expect to make 2-4 pieces to make any potter blush with envy and decorate them with colored slips or textures. The fee includes hors d’oeuvres, instruction, and materials for two adults. The clay masterpieces will be fired and ready to pick up about two-three weeks later. Ages 16 and up.
Activity #111008
Date: Saturday, February 9
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Instructor: Breanne Anderson-Mueller
Fee: $100.00 per pair
Preregister by: February 1
Min/Max Enrollment: 2/6 pairs


Absolute Beginners will gain knowledge and skills to throw pots on a potter’s wheel, while those with experience can learn ways to improve skills. Ages 13 and up.
Activity #111202
Dates: Mondays, March 18 – April 8
Time: 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Instructor: Andrea Nell
Fee: $30.00 plus $10.00 clay fee
Preregister by: March 13
Min/Max Enrollment: 4/6


Get ready for some smoke and fire! Raku is an exciting, yet unpredictable way to fire pottery. Spend 4 weeks making creations, one week to glaze, then poof! – fire in an outdoor kiln on the final week to get pieces unobtainable from a regular kiln firing. Ages 16 and up.
Activity #111572
Dates: Thursdays, March 21 - April 25
Time: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Instructor: Jerome Wild
Fee: $78.00 plus $30.00 clay fee
Preregister by: March 18
Min/Max Enrollment: 4/10


The pottery studio will be open for use during off-class times for practice with hand building, wheel throwing and other projects involving Stoneware, Chads Bod, or Earthenware clay. Clay fees include clay, glaze, and one each of bisque and glaze firings (excluding alternative firings). Open Pottery projects are fired with scheduled classroom kiln firings. Specialized firing will incur an additional fee.
General Studio hours are:  Monday through Thursdays: 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.;  Fridays: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  and Saturdays: 10:00 a.m. - Noon.
Studio will be closed to participants when ARCC classes are scheduled; during Empty Bowls building sessions and the following dates: January 21, February 18, and April 20. Ages: high school students through adult. Open pottery studio participants must schedule an appointment for orientation prior to working in the studio.
Dates: January 14 - April 17
Fees: $50.00 for 25 lbs Stoneware;
           $50.00 for 25 lbs Chads Bod;
           $40.00 for 25 lbs Earthenware


This is the 10th Anniversary for Empty Bowls, which 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 members, students, and artists who then host a simple meal of soup and bread. Guests attending the meal make a suggested donation of $20 for adults, $5 for students, and 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, Safe Harbor, 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 23, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Yelduz Shrine Center, 802 S. Main Street. For more details, visit Empty Bowls Aberdeen on Facebook.

Building Dates:
Session A: Saturday, January 19
Session B: Saturday, February 2
Session C: Saturday, February 23
Session D: Saturday, March 2
Fee: No Charge but registration is required for each session (Call the ARCC at 626-7081 to Register) Due to limited space available, special groups must schedule a special building date. 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.
  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