Please support Mudflat and our programs!

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


MARCH 20, 2020

I know we are all struggling with the uncertainties of our new daily lives. The Mudflat board and staff are looking out for your best interests while trying to keep our organization strong until we can reopen. Like many small businesses and nonprofits, a large percentage of our income comes from classes and workshops. And even though we are currently closed, we have ongoing expenses for our facility and staff. We hope you will consider a donation to Mudflat to support your pottery studio at this critical time. Thank you for your support! Lynn


You can designate your donation to any of these Mudflat Funds:

  • Mudflat/Haystack Endowed Scholarship Fund

  • Mudflat Artist Residency (AIR) Fund

  • Mudflat Equipment Fund

  • Mudflat General Fund

  • Mudflat Scholarship Funds (McCooey, Schorr, Fuchel, Koplow)

  • Mudflat Community Outreach Program Fund

  • Mudflat Building Fund

Thank you for your generous support!



Mudflat/Haystack Endowed Scholarship Fund

Back the Haystack Fund! Mudflat and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle Maine are collaborating to establish an endowed scholarship fund that will provide a fully funded opportunity for a Mudflat community member to attend any 2 week workshop at Haystack every summer. Vast knowledge, creative people and uninterrupted time in the studio are just a few benefits Mudflat community members will receive by attending Haystack through this scholarship. Thank you for your support! 

              Donate now to Mudflat's Haystack Scholarship Fund


Mudflat Artist Residency (AIR) Fund

Mudflat’s Board of Directors has designated this year, 2019, as a time to focus our fundraising efforts on our artist residency program. Our goals are to raise money to expand the benefits of this program, to increase visibility to future applicants about the program, and to celebrate the 22 artists who have been our Artists-in-Residence, from 1996 to today.

We have planned a series of events to highlight our AIR program - exhibitions, presentations, and visiting artist workshops - throughout the year. Hope you can join us to see what these amazing artists have accomplished since their residency at Mudflat. Thank you!

           Donate now to Mudflat's AIR Fund


Mudflat Equipment Fund

The Mudflat Equipment Fund seeks to maintain and expand our pottery wheels, electric and gas kilns, and other equipment and facility issues that are critical to our programming. In 2018, we purchased a new gas fired soda kiln, installed 134 solar panels, and added a 5th electric kiln. In 2019, we purchased 5 new pottery wheels; and before the end of the year we will be replacing the floor tiles in both upstairs classrooms and improving the acoustics in our multipurpose room. Next up - upgrade our glaze spray booth and add new lighting in our main hallway. 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 $95,767 in financial aid to 517 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 to Mudflat's Building Fund, provide funds to maintain our facility, make additional payments to our commercial loan, add new physical amenities and green technologies, and will guarantee Mudflat's future health as a thriving cultural organization. Thank you!

Donate now to the Mudflat Building Fund



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