Registration for all Fall Classes will begin Tuesday, September 8. 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.


Get ready for some smoke and fire! Raku is an exciting, yet unpredictable way to fire pottery. This form of pottery is a process where ceramic ware is removed from a kiln while it is red hot, and placed into easily combustible materials greatly reducing the amount of oxygen around the pot. This gives glazed pots a fantastic variety of colors. Spend 3 weeks making creations, one week to glaze, then poof! – fire in an outdoor kiln on Saturday, October 17, to get extraordinary pieces unobtainable from a regular kiln firing. Please note: Due to surface characteristic from the firing processes, Raku ware is for decorative purposes only, causing it to be unsafe for use with food items. Ages 18 and up.
Activity #311572
Dates: Thursdays, Sept 17 – Oct 8
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Instructor: Jerome Wild
Firing: Saturday, October 17
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (or until done)
Fee: $80.00 plus $30.00 clay fee
Preregister by: September 14
Min/Max Enrollment: 4/10


A surface decoration workshop where participants will explore different surface treatments, application and modifying of decals, designing underglaze transfers, and other visually aesthetic techniques. Participants are encouraged to bring 3 - 4, previously ‘boring’ ceramic pieces of their own that need a little something extra. The ceramic ware can be Leather Hard, Bone Dry, Bisqued, or Glazed. There also will be a limited number ceramic pieces to purchase for the class, for a separate supply fee, prior to the start of the workshop. Ages 18 and up.
Activity #311305
Session A: Saturday, Oct 17
Session B: Saturday, Nov 7
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Instructor: Breanne Anderson-Mueller
Fee: $15.00 Plus $10.00 supply fee
Preregister by: 3 days before session start
Min/Max: 4/10


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 #311202
Dates: Tuesdays, November 3 - 24
Time: 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Instructor: Caleb Crosby
Fee: $30.00 Plus $10.00 supply fee
Preregister by: 3 days before session start
Min/Max: 4/10


Spend the first week hand building platters and plates and the second week will focus on glazing. Make beautiful platters and plates suitable for any occasions. Ages 13 and up.
Activity #311502
Dates: Saturdays, November 14 - 21
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Instructor: Cassandra Mraz
Fee: $52.00 plus $20.00 clay fee
Preregister by: November 11
Min/Max Enrollment: 4/10


A community project, co-sponsored by the Aberdeen Area Arts Council, and the Aberdeen Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department that combines the creative arts and education to work on a social problem - Hunger. Ceramic bowls are created by local community members, consisting of students, families, teachers and artists. Guests attending the event make a donation and choose a bowl 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. Unfortunately, due to Covid-19, Empty Bowls was prevented from having an annual event last spring. Watch for announcements in the near future for the opportunity to get a bowl this fall and support local hunger projects. For more details, visit Empty Bowls Aberdeen on Facebook @EmptyBowlsAberdeen


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 Thursday from 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.; Fridays from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Saturday and Holiday hours will vary, pending programming. The pottery studio will be closed to open pottery participants when ARCC classes are scheduled, and on the following dates: October 12, November 11, November 26, November 27, and November 28. Ages 16 and up. Open pottery studio participants must schedule an appointment for orientation prior to working in the studio.
Dates: September 28 – December 18
Fees: $50.00 for 25 lbs Stoneware;
$50.00 for 25 lbs Chads Bod;
$40.00 for 25 lbs 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