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Mudflat is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Donations to Mudflat are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

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Mudflat's 2018 Summer Appeal: Studio Equipment Upgrades!

In 2018 Mudflat is committed to upgrading our equipment and adding new equipment. Your support helps us accomplish this goal!

 

Last November we announced our new Equipment Fund. Specifically, we have these goals in mind:

SOLAR PANELS – Mudflat uses a lot of electricity for our lights, pottery wheels, electric kilns and other equipment. An investment in 150 solar panels means that we can reduce our electricity use by  40% and support green energy initiatives. We have a contract in place; installation is scheduled for this summer.

GOAL: To raise $50,000 to cover 1/3 of the cost of installing these solar panels. We anticipate that savings in the first year of operation will be $15,000.

 

ELECTRIC KILN – We received a donation of a very good used electric kiln. Adding this 5th kiln to our line up expands our capacity to better meet the firing needs of our students and studio artists. This kiln was installed in January 2018.

ALREADY FUNDED! Installation for this kiln plus vent work cost $4225.

 

SODA KILN – Our facility plans always included adding a 4th gas kiln; we just were not sure what it should be. Adding a soda kiln gives us a specialized firing alternative while increasing kiln capacity. We have ordered a 20 cubic foot kiln from Bailey Ceramic Supply; delivery is expected in August.

ALREADY FUNDED! We received a donation from the Boger Family Foundation in 2017 to kick off this kiln campaign and we raised $30,000 to cover the cost of the kiln and installation.

 

SPRAY BOOTH – Our current spray booth was moved from our old building and has served us well for many years. A new improved spray booth would work more efficiently and provide a more healthful work environment for students and studio artists.

GOAL: To raise $3000 to purchase a new spray booth, with vent fans, filters, freight charges and installation.

 

POTTERY WHEELS – The 36 pottery wheels in our classrooms get constant use, 7 days a week, year-round. These workhorses are well-built, but after many years of use, they get cranky. Our plan includes replacement of 5 wheels each year, to ensure that we always have equipment in good condition for our students.

GOAL: New pottery wheels cost $1200 each, times 5 wheels = $6000 per year

           

Please make a tax-deductible contribution to Mudflat today to support our efforts to maintain and expand equipment that is critical to our programming, or to support our other funds listed below. Mudflat is grateful for your continued support! Thank you!

 

Mudflat Equipment Fund - NEW!!

We kicked off a new Mudflat Equipment Fund to maintain and expand the pottery wheels, electric and gas kiln, and other equipment and facility issues that are critical to our programming.

Thank you!

           Donate now to Mudflat's Equipment Fund

 

Mudflat General Fund

Our vision for Mudflat’s growth includes a breadth and depth of high quality programs that develop the creative and technical skills of potters and sculptors of all ages and abilities. We work to provide opportunities for expanded programming that includes more visiting artists, adjunct classes and community outreach. We offer studio arrangements that encourage interaction and collaborations among professional ceramic artists. As a community we participate in events that benefit people beyond our doors through our annual Empty Bowls fundraiser. All of these support Mudflat’s mission to promote excellence and participation in the ceramic arts.

Thank you!

           Donate now to Mudflat's General Fund

     

 

Mudflat Scholarship Funds

Mudflat's four scholarship funds are supported by the generous contributions from individuals and by revenues from our Open Studio Pottery Raffles. Since 1998, Mudflat has awarded $85,292 in financial aid to 471 individuals.

A limited number of partial scholarships for any adult class are available each semester to adult students needing financial assistance through the John McCooey Fund, established in 1998 in memory of a long-time Mudflat student.

In 2004 Mudflat established a scholarship fund to benefit children and their families. The Elee Koplow Scholarship Fund, in memory of this long-time Mudflat artist and teacher, provides financial assistance for children, teen, and parent & child classes.

A scholarship fund in memory of Mudflat founder Ellen Schorr was established in 2015 with support from Ellen's family and friends. Scholarships will be awarded to adult students who are seriously pursuing education in the ceramic arts.

Our newest scholarship fund was established in 2016 by family members to honor Judith Fuchel-Mahler. Scholarships will be awarded to adult students who are studying handbuilding and sculpture in the ceramic arts.

Thank you!

Donate now to Mudflat’s Scholarship Funds

 

Mudflat Community Outreach Program Fund

As a complement to our core program of classes and workshops for adults, children and teens, Mudflat offers opportunities for school and youth groups to visit our facility for a hands-on experience working with clay. These field trip visits are led by Mudflat faculty and incorporate age-appropriate clay working techniques in handbuilding and wheelthrowing skills. Participants create works in clay that they make and decorate; all work is fired in Mudflat kilns to produce a finished product.

Contributions to Mudflat's Community Outreach Program Fund will support visits to Mudflat by groups with limited financial resources and provide a valuable artistic experience for all children and teens hoping to explore their creativity in clay. New outreach programming in 2017 included participants at the Mystic Learning Center, the Welcome Project, and the HomeBase program for veterans and their families.

Thank you!

Donate now to the Community Outreach Program Fund

 

Mudflat Building Fund

Our new building at 81 Broadway in Somerville opened in August 2011. Mudflat's $3.8 million renovation of the old Broadway Theatre into a premier clay school and studio is stunning, full of light, air, space and happy ceramic artists. This new home for Mudflat is an exciting place, with larger classrooms, improved equipment, additional artist studios, and a new space for expanded programs and community events.

Your donations, large and small, to Mudflat's Building Fund, are much appreciated and will guarantee the success of the project as well as Mudflat's future health as a thriving cultural organization.

Thank you!

Donate now to the Mudflat Building Fund
         

 

 

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