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


November 2020

Dear Mudflat Friends,

In all of Mudflat’s 49 years as a nonprofit arts organization, we have never had a year like 2020, and I’m sure you haven’t either! But one thing that has been very clear to us through all this – our community of students, artists, faculty, and staff is what makes Mudflat the vibrant and creative place that it is every day.

The loss of our entire Spring/Summer semester was not only a significant financial hit to our budget – a $300,000 loss of tuition income alone – but it was also a blow to what Mudflat is for all of our community. We found ways to stay connected via newsletters and memos, virtual workshops, social Zooms, weekly staff meetings, frequent board meetings, and wellness calls and emails to our studio artists and faculty members. We were able to begin reopening in August but even now, in November, we are running at 40% of our capacity to comply with state and city rules and to maintain an environment that is safe for all users. We are so grateful for the cash reserve we had available as well as a PPP loan/grant, grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and Somerville Arts Council/City of Somerville, and many generous donations from foundations and individuals – all of this together is making it possible for us to get through this year.

We want to be here for you in the future, but to remain a viable arts organization we need your help! For the first time ever, we are forecasting a $250,000 budget shortfall for FY21. This is a significant amount of our typical $1.2 million annual budget – money that we would have earned from classes and workshops which we cannot offer during these pandemic times.

Thanks to donors like you, Mudflat works to fulfill our mission of creativity and commitment in a thriving environment focused on education in the ceramic arts. This year, more than ever, we need your support to guarantee that Mudflat will be a strong and successful organization for another 50 years! Please make a tax-deductible contribution today. Mudflat is grateful for your continued support!


Lynn Gervens, Executive Director                 



You can designate your donation to any of these Mudflat Funds (details below):

  • Mudflat General Fund

  • Mudflat/Haystack Endowed Scholarship Fund

  • Mudflat Artist Residency (AIR) Fund

  • Mudflat Equipment Fund

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

  • Mudflat Community Outreach Program Fund

  • Mudflat Building Fund

Thank you for your generous support!


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 and community outreach programming. 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/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 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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