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Membership Benefits

Potters Council is Dedicated to Meeting YOUR Needs as an Artist

The Potters Council was formed to create a community of potters and ceramic artists from around the world. By being an active member you’ll be showing your commitment to studio artists like you who understand the touch and feel of clay and the continued joy (and challenges) it brings. This is an organization committed to the education and promotion of the ceramic arts.  


Potters Council Member Benefits: The Focus is on YOU

As a member of Potters Council, you’re part of the potter’s world. We have members from around the world, a great asset in expanding your creative horizon. And there are other benefits to belonging to Potters Council:  


  • Member Directory: Make connections with members-only access to the online membership directory; search for colleagues and friends as well as make new contacts in the ceramics community. This important networking tool allows you to make contact with more than 2,500 ceramic artists and allows them to contact you.
  • Membership Newsletter: Potters’ Pages membership newsletter, now published six times per year! Keep abreast of what is happening in the ceramic community.
  • Annual Members Only Juried Show: Each year members are encouraged to enter the annual members only juried show that is held in conjunction with NCECA. To find out more details for our past shows, click on the following links: 2010 FILL-adelphia and 2011 The Shoulders We Stand On.
  • Annual Members Only Calendars: Each year members are encouraged to submit entries for the yearly calendar. The calendars are available to the public for purchase. Go here to see the 2012 calendars. Read more…
  • Mentoring Program: Take advantage of experienced members or impart your knowledge. Recently launched, this program provides members with one-on-one help. Learn more about the Mentoring Program.
  • Ceramic Arts Daily Newsletter: Receive a free subscription to the Ceramic Arts Daily newsletter, which features tips, techniques and videos designed to help every artist expand their skill set and widen their artistic horizons.
  • Free Ad: Members can request an ad or submit information to be published in the Potters’ Pages.
  • Artist Portfolios: Online artists portfolios promoting members’ work to the public. Tap into the world-wide exposure Potters Council members receive with their expanded artists portfolios that are visited by thousands. Each member has an exclusive web link to their artist portfolio that includes up to three photos of work, contact information and brief description of themselves and their work. Browse Artists and Request a Listing.
  • Studio/Member Listing: Online directory of member Studios. Listing includes contact information, ceramic class opportunities, and links to your website.
  • Conferences and Workshops: Potters Council provides some of the premier conferences with nationally and internationally recognized artists. These conferences bring ceramic artists together for knowledge exchange on a wide-range of topics.
  • Discount on Ceramics Monthly subscription: Receive a 20% discount on your Ceramics Monthly subscription – the definitive resource for ceramic arts and information. Read more…
  • Discount on Pottery Making Illustrated subscription: Receive a 20% discount on your Pottery Making Illustrated subscription – the leading ceramic arts techniques magazine for all skill levels. Read more…
  • Discount on Ceramic Art Books and DVDs: Receive a 20% discount on ceramic art booksa growing collection that includes more than 90 titles. Read more…
  • Online Classified Ad: Potters Council Members receive one FREE online ad (25 word limit) per year, and are entitled to a 20% member discount on all subsequent print and online classified ads in Ceramics Monthly and Pottery Making Illustrated. You must enter your member number in order to receive your free online ad and/or your discount.



Potters Council Health Plan: Enroll Today! 866-425-3335 or www.potterscouncilhealthplans.com. With TeleExpress member enrollment, you can build your health plan, and enroll right now over the phone in as little as 15 minutes. (Available for US Members Only)   New Health Insurance programs now available to help provide members, their employees, and families with comprehensive major medical insurance coverage. The program is brought to you by JLBG Health, the nations largest provider of Association Health Plans.   In addition to substantial premium savings that may be available to physicians, the program also provides:

  • A wide variety of choices for coverage from HSAs to PPOs for members or family
  • A new shrinking deductible – a 20% deductible credit card each year you do not meet your deductible
  • 10% healthy member discount and preferred rates
  • Optional free Health Savings Account
  • Optional PPO or traditional health plan with extensive networks, over 1 million
  • Plans with a $20, $25, $30 or $40 co-pay for doctor visits
  • Wellness benefits and Prescription Drug Car
  • World-wide coverage, 24-hours a day
  • Unlimited and enhanced wellness benefits based on PPACA Guidelines effective September 23, 2010


Guaranteed acceptance plans now available – no medical questions asked

Note: Features are subject to state availability and may not apply to all members.



To learn more about the options available to lower your health insurance costs and maintain comprehensive coverage, visit www.potterscouncilhealthplans.com or contact JBLG Health at 866-425-3335 for more details, member rates and a 15-minute phone application.


HEALTH INSURANCE FOR ARTISTS Get a rate in less than 15 seconds and enroll in less than 15 minutes. Get YOUR affordable flash quote here. (upper right hand corner)


Janice Hofmann on Health Benefits

Owner of All Fired Up! Ceramic Art Center

“I had given up on getting my own health insurance which meant I had to keep my day job or take the gamble of being uninsured. My business, All Fired Up! Ceramic Art Center in Chico, California was doing well, but combining it with a job was too much! Twice before my husband and I were declined coverage after submitting applications to Blue Cross and Blue Sheild. This was shocking to me because we are in excellent health, height/weight proportionate, non-smokers. BUT my husband had on his medical records that he had some diagnostic tests and now we were considered uninsurable. When I saw the ad on the website that the Potters Council had an opportunity for health insurance I was very skeptical but initiated contact. After a brief and friendly conversation with Mike, we applied and I am happy to say, have a great policy AND the premium is $200 less a month than the policies we were denied. I am VERY happy and I get to focus on my business and my art 100%.”


  • LTL Shipping Discounts: If you would like to enroll in the Potters Council Shipping Program or would just like some more information please call 1-800-MEMBERS (636-2377) or visit www.1800members.com/ACerS. If you would like a quote on a pending shipment please email all pertinent information to saveonfreight@1800members.com and a dedicated freight representative will follow up with you within the day. Potters Council members can save at least 70% on qualifying less-than-truckload (LTL) shipments. Read more…
  • FedEx® Shipping Discounts: Potters Council members can now save up to 29% on select FedEx® shipping services. For more information or to enroll in this program, please go here or call 1-800-MEMBERS (1.800.636.2377, 8 a.m.–6 p.m. EST, M-F). Read more…
  • Credit Card Processing: check out the credit card processing program available to all Members. Note: only $3.50 monthly fee. Are you glazed over by the cost of payment processing? Potters Council members benefit from: No monthly minimum; Competitive Mastcard and Visa credit and debit rates; No application or enrollment fees. If you have questions about your account please contact Jennifer Estrada at 214-849-3308. Read more…
  • Car Rental Discounts: available to members with AVIS and ALAMO. Read more…
  • Select Health Advantage Rx: Save 10% to 65% on both brand and generic medications. Unlimited access — save on walk-in, mail-order and OTC meds, diabetic supplies and more. All member of the household may use the card. Plan includes Walgreens, CVS, WalMart, Kroger, K-Mart and many others. Read more…
  • Select Hearing Plan: Members can save 50-65% off manufacturer’s suggested retail pricing on major brands of hearing aids including Seimens, GNResound, Sonic Innovations, Starkey, Phonak, Rexton, Oticon, Widex and others. Read more…

Gregg Lindsley on the rewards of membership
Here’s what charter member, Gregg Lindsley, has to say about the credit card benefit provided by Potters Council:

“I’ve been using the credit card service for my pottery business for 7 years now. It is through Paymentech Services, and is easy to use. The charges for Master Card and Visa processing are lower than normal, and there is a $3.50 per month carrying charge. I use the phone system, where I call the credit card number into the company over the phone, and the money goes into my checking account. It takes six days from the time I call to the time it shows up in my account. I use my cell phone, and I know right away if it is a good card or not. Often I wait until after a show or at the end of the day at the gallery to call in that day’s sales. I would recommend signing up for this service using the special form for Potters Council members. Their staff is easy to work with and I have found them most helpful fixing the few problems I have encountered.”


  • Long Term Care Insurance allows you to remain independent of government assistance and from relying on loved ones to provide your care. Read more…
  • Accidental Death & Dismemberment. An accident protection insurance plan can help protect you from the unforeseen expenses caused by a covered accidental death or injury. Read more…
  • Term Life 5 Year. This term life insurance plan provides the protection you need, at affordable group rates, to help ensure your family’s financial security even in the face of adversity. Read more…
  • Term Life 10 Year. Carefully chosen life insurance coverage can help ease financial strain and provide money your spouse and dependents need for a secure future. Read more…
  • Dental. This plan can help you to reduce your out-of-pocket costs while adding valuable, comprehensive dental protection for you and your family at economical costs. Read more…
  • Cancer Protection Insurance is designed to help protect members and their families against potential financial losses associated with the treatment of cancer. Read more…
  • Disability Income Insurance can help protect you and your family. Read more…
  • Hospital Indemnity. The benefits payable under this plan can help ease the financial difficulties of a hospital stay so you or your loved ones may focus on getting well. Read more…
  • Medicare Supplement Insurance helps to fill in the gaps in your Medicare coverage. Read more…