Registration for all Winter/Spring 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.


Because knowledge not used turns to dust, this class will be facilitated with staff who will share new techniques and ideas with the participants and vice versa. We will watch videos, try new things, experiment, discover your style, ask questions and hopefully answer a few. Ages 16 and up.
Activity #111115
Dates: Tuesdays, January 9 – February 13
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Fee: $60.00 (Provide your own Stoneware or Earthenware Clay from the ARCC)
Instructor: Michelle Bacon
Preregister by: January 4
Min/Max Enrollment: 2/10


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 18 and up.
Activity #111105
Dates: Thursdays, January 18 – February 22
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Instructor: Jerome Wild
Fee: $60.00 plus $25.00 clay fee
Preregister by: January 15
Min/Max Enrollment: 4/8


This will be a staff facilitated studio time to use all the studio has to offer every Tuesday night. Some clay experience is required. Ages 16 and up.
Activity #111125
Dates: Tuesdays, February 20 – March 27
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Fee: $60.00 (Provide your own Stoneware or Earthenware Clay from the ARCC)
Preregister by: February 15
Min/Max Enrollment: 2/10


Get ready for some smoke and fire! Raku is an exciting, yet unpredictable way to fire pottery. Spend 3 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, April 5 – May 3
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Instructor: Jerome Wild
Fee: $60.00 plus $30.00 supply fee
Preregister by: April 2
Min/Max Enrollment: 4/10


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, January 20
            Session B: Saturday, February 10
            Session C: Saturday, February 24
            Session D: Saturday, March 3
Time: 10:00 a.m. – Noon
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 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: January 20, February 10, 19 & 24 and March 3 & 31. Ages 16 and up.
Open pottery studio participants must schedule an appointment for initial orientation prior to working in the studio.
Dates: January 8 - 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