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Thursday, November 1, 2007

Potters' wheel keep turnin'?

T.C. Demaresq browses for business news

Posted By on Thu, Nov 1, 2007 at 2:53 PM

After seven years in their current home at 2207 Gottingen, the Turnstile Pottery Co-operative and their kiln will soon be on the move. They're just not sure where they're going yet. The co-operative, currently 10 members strong, received notice early last week that they have to vacate their current digs by the end of November. The potters have their eyes on a few possible new homes, but nothing concrete's been decided yet. They're certain about one thing, though. "We're really trying our best to stay in the north end community," says Turnstile board president Wendy Shirran. "We are very much a community-based co-op." The news about the forced move has hit the collective hard. But, says Shirran, "All the members are really pulling together for this. Because we know we have a really great thing going." Turnstile lets potters who become co-operative members share the cost of running a studio and gives them a venue to display and sell their work. For the last four years, the co-operative's also been running pottery classes for the community and holding drop-in nights, so that budding clay artists can make like Demi Moore in Ghost and take the potter's wheel for a test drive. For now though, the classes and drop-in nights have been put on hold (last drop-in night: November 6), as members try to fire all the wet works currently in progress, before they have to dismantle their kiln at the end of the month. But what happens if the collective can't find a new home by the end of November? "We're trying to make that not even an option," says Shirran. "We're a pretty determined bunch." In the meantime, pottery enthusiasts can stop by Turnstile's current home every

Friday from 2 to 5pm, to purchase some of the fruits of the collective's labours, and check out Turnstile's special "holiday and relocation fundraiser sale" on November 10 and 11. Learn more at www.turnstilepottery.com.

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