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A short film about the tenacity of members of The London Potters Guild in building London Clay Art Centre, 664 Dundas Street in London, Ontario. Our 13-year journey culminated in a state-of-the-art, 7,000 square foot facility in the heart of London's Old East Village. To our knowledge, LCAC is the only guildowned and operated clay art facility in Canada.

Welcome to your online tour of the London Clay Arts Centre. We'll document the progress of the renovations and use of our home at 664 Dundas Street in London's historic Old East Village. Each chapter will show the emergence of the London Clay Art Centre from this formerly abandoned buliding.

Renovations will take place in two phases. Phase one is complete, and we moved into our glorious new building in September 2009. Phase two includes the renovation of the second floor and the restoration of our facade. We welcome all donations, large and small, as we work to make the London Clay Art Centre accessible and welcome to all.

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longview April 2013 - We're nearly done with the second floor restoration, and it is amazing. The walls are done and painted, the washrooms are complete, and the floors have been refinished. It is a beautiful space that will be home to many beautiful clay artists and art.
February 2013 - Over the last several months, work has been progressing on the second floor, and we are excited to watch our new work and meeting space develop.
Summer 2012 - The facade is complete. We've replaced the slate, returned the windows to their original configuration on the second floor, replaced the windows on the first floor, making them taller as in the original facade. There is new mill work, and beautiful mahogany wood trim.
May 20, 2012 - The upper story of the facade is revealed and the new slate, windows and trim are beautiful. Now work begins on the storefront, where we add new windows, lighting, doors, and signage.
April 2012 - Our restored facade was begun in March and will be complete by May, when we host the 2012 FUSION conference. Thank you to Western Fair District's Community Enhancement Fund for a grant of $75,000, which allowed us to begin our long awaited restoration. We are also grateful to the Community Capital Fund, Enabling Accessibility Fund, and to the Jack and Barbara Hay Foundation.

September 2011 - A grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation's Community Capital Fund will allow us to finish the entire London Clay Art Centre restoration and renovation by December 2012!

March, 2011 - Thanks to a dedicated team from Pathways Skill Development, our second floor is nearly ready for renovations. A Pathways team spent over 2 weeks tearing out the crumbling walls and ceiling of the second floor. Our lift is als complete.

In addition, the London Potters Guild was recognized as a Featured Organization at the Monday, February 7 City Council meeting.

What a great couple of months!

January 2011 - The addition and lift are progressing to the second floor. We continue our work to raise funds to restore the facade and to renovate the second floor. Demolition work to the second floor is anticipated to begin in February.
November 26-28, 2010 - We had another successful sale at the London Clay Art Centre, with over 35 artists displaying their wares.
November, 2010 - Following a ground breaking celebration in September 2010, the London Potters Guild broke ground on a small addition that will house a new lift. This project begins phase two of our renovation, as we move toward a barrier free building and renovations to the second floor.
August, 2010 - We prepare for groundbreaking on an addition that will house a lift to the second floor. We've had great success during our first year at the London Clay Art Centre. Read more about it!
March, 2010 - The London Clay Art Centre has had a very busy winter, full of classes, workshops and March Break Camp. We continue to seek funding to complete our facade and the second floor.
November, 2009 - The London Clay Art Centre opened its doors to a huge public gathering during the November 27-29 weekend. Our Fall Show and Sale was held in the new centre, with over 40 artists participating.
October 7, 2009 - Each day more of our space is finished completely. The hard wood floors are done and we have 2 new electric kilns. Our beautifully restored lighting is complete.
September 28, 2009 - We've moved in and classes began today! With the effort of dozens of London Potters Guild members and a few moving trucks, we moved into our new home in mid-September. Unpacking was finished in time for our first class on Sept 28.
September 9, 2009 - We're moving in a week! The building is nearly ready to be occupied by an enthusiastic London Potters Guild membership. We've been packing for most of August, and everyone is ready to get into the new building and get back into the clay. We held our fall meeting at the new building and people were amazed and thrilled with the progress.
August 8, 2009 - The bathrooms and kiln room are now framed. Our level concrete floor is cured and ready. We've revealed a beautiful stained glass window, hidden for years behind a wall.
July 2009 - What a month for transformation. Things have really changed, and we begin to see the London Clay Art Centre emerging.
June 2009 - The London Potters Guild has been honoured with the Urban League of London's Green Brick Award. We have a building permit for our interior work and plumbing works has begun. Drilling continues for our geo-thermal system. In the meantime, we continue raising funds.
May 2009 - Drilling begins! After months of planning and considering options, the London Potters Guild becomes the first commercial geothermal installation in the City of London! Final drawings are sent to the City for approval, and interior work begins in June.
January 2009 - It has been awhile since we've had an online update, but the work has not stopped at 664 Dundas! Geothermal and HVAC investigations continue. We are also finalizing details on electrical, plumbing and structural design so construction can begin. And we have heat!
September 2008 - We held our opening members' meeting at the new building, and all members were able to see the new space. New President Marilyn Barbe had a harrowing experience with the water heater in the basement.
August 21, 2008 - The London Potters Guild announces a $113,500 grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation and celebrates with a party in the new building.
August 9, 2008 - More demolition, dust and uncovering of surprises. We are inches away from a final design plan for the floor and the facade, as we prepare for a major funding announcement and celebration.
July 19, 2008 - Demolition and salvage are in full swing. We are pulling down the walls and ceilings, cleaning and sweeping. Salvage and restoration work are important elements of the work too.

June, 2008 - The building gets a new roof, gas kiln plans are considered, and work continues to plan the renovation.

May, 2008 - Lights are on, design work begins, heritage features are discussed and a heritage application to the City is made.

April, 2008 - We receive massive support from the City and a private donor. We choose our design/build company and begin assessing the work. And our first clean-up begins!
March, 2008 - The London Potters Guild purchases 664 Dundas Street. Take a tour of our new building as it appeared when we purchased it.

 

 

 


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