Registration for all Fall Classes will begin Tuesday, September 3. 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.


Come and join Jerome for an exciting Saturday afternoon of raku firing discussions, and demonstrations. Jerome will discuss glaze application techniques, suggested glaze combinations, surface treatments, alternative firing processes, and raku firing safety instructions. Raku 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.
Date: Saturday, September 14
Time: 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.


Learn basic tips, tricks and techniques to throw on a potter’s wheel, while those with experience can learn ways to improve skills. Ages 16 and up.
Activity #311105
Dates: Thursdays, Sept 19 - Oct 31 (No Class Oct 3)
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Instructor: Jerome Wild
Fee: $78.00 plus $30.00 clay fee
Preregister by: September 16
Min/Max Enrollment: 4/6


Jerome Wild will be offering a one day raku workshop where he will discuss surface treatments, and raku firing safety instructions. Participants will be able to take part in alternative firing processes; such as obvara, naked raku, saggar, as well as raku firings. Participants will need to have 3 - 4 hand built or wheel thrown bisque ware pieces, made out of Raku Clay. Ceramic ware will need to be glazed prior to the start of the workshop. There will be a limited number of ready to glaze bisque pieces to purchase, for a separate supply fee, prior to the start of the workshop. 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
Date: Saturday, October 5
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Instructor: Jerome Wild
Fee: $40.00 Alternative Firing Fee: $20.00
Preregister by: October 2
Min/Max Enrollment: 4/10


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 by helpful. Ages 16 and up.
Activity #311120
Dates: Tuesdays, October 29 - December 3
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Instructor: Michelle Bacon
Fee: $78.00 plus $30.00 clay fee
Preregister by: October 24
Min/Max Enrollment: 3/8


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: Mondays, November 4 - 25
Time: 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.
Instructor: Caleb Crosby
Fee: $30.00 plus $10.00 clay fee
Preregister by: October 30
Min/Max Enrollment: 4/6


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. and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. – Noon. The Pottery studio will be closed to open pottery participants when ARCC classes are scheduled, during Empty Bowls building sessions, and on the following dates: October 12, October 14, October 26, November 11, November 28, and November 30. Ages 16 and up. Open pottery studio participants must schedule an appointment for initial orientation prior to working in the studio.
Dates: September 9 – December 21
Fees:  $50.00 for 25 lbs Stoneware;
           $50.00 for 25 lbs Chads Bod;
           $40.00 for 25 lbs Earthenware


This is the 11th Anniversary for Empty Bowls, which is a community project, cosponsored by the Aberdeen Area Arts Council, the Aberdeen Recreation and Cultural Center, 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 donation of $20 for adults, and $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 28, 2020 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.

Dates: Session A: October 19
            Session B: November 2
            Session C: November 16
            Session D: December 7
Time: 10:00 a.m. – Noon
Fee: No Charge but registration is required for each session (Call the ARCC at 626-7081 to Register)

  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