Registration for all Fall Classes has begun. 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.


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 18 and up.
Activity #311105
Dates: Thursdays, September 28 - November 2
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Instructor: Jerome Wild
Fee: $60.00 plus $25.00 clay fee
Preregister by: September 25
Min/Max Enrollment: 4/8


Create using clay! Develop skills whether beginning or advanced. The class will be customized to the participant’s level. Projects are presented that demonstrate a wide variety of technique. Ages 16 and up.
Activity #311305
Tuesdays, October 3 - November 7
Time: 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Instructor: Michelle Bacon
Fee: $78.00 plus $30.00 clay fee
Preregister by: September 28
Min/Max Enrollment: 3/8


Agateware, otherwise known as marbled clay or Neriage, is an ancient technique of layering, cutting and recombining different colors of clay, creating an intricately patterned loaf that is sliced and applied to the clay body. Students in this class will create marbled clay and use it with various hand-building techniques. Ages 16 and up.
Activity #311308
Dates: Wednesdays, October 11 - November 1
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Instructor: Anne Jensen
Fee: $45.00 plus $20.00 clay fee
Preregister by: October 6
Min/Max Enrollment: 3/8


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, Safe Harbor, and other food banks and local organizations that address hunger issues through direct service and education/awareness programs.
Dates: Session A: Saturday, October 14
           Session B: Saturday, November 4
           Session C: Saturday, December 2
Fee: No Charge but registration is required for each session (Call the ARCC at 626-7081 to Register)

The Empty Bowls Dinner is scheduled for Saturday, March 24 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Yelduz Shrine Center, 802 S. Main. For more details, including bowl building dates, visit Empty Bowls Aberdeen on Facebook or phone Michelle Bacon at 229-6878.


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 through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Fridays from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to Noon.
The Pottery studio will be closed to participants when ARCC classes are scheduled; during Empty Bowls building sessions and on the following dates: October 14, October 28, November 4, November 10 & 11, December 2 and December 25. Ages 16 and up.
Open pottery studio participants must schedule an appointment for initial orientation prior to working in the studio.
Dates: September 11 – December 29
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