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Brookfield Craft Center receives grant to repair kilns

May 1, 2017

BROOKFIELD — As part of an ongoing effort to improve its pottery studio, the Brookfield Craft Center received a grant to repair its kilns.

The Ellen Knowles Harcourt Foundation awarded the center $7,500 for the project. The upgraded kilns will allow the center to expand its ceramics curriculum and offer new creative opportunities for students.

Howard Lasser, executive director of the Craft Center, said he was thrilled about the grant.

“We couldn’t be happier to have the Harcourt Foundation as the lead contributor to our campaign to repair the kilns,” he said in a statement. “Their dedication to the arts and desire to support our mission to provide creative opportunities for all sets an amazing example for others to follow.”

The money will fund two-thirds of the full repair for the large gas kiln. The remainder of the project includes the restoration of a smaller kiln that will be dedicated to salt firing techniques, making the center one of the only schools in the area to offer salt firing as an option.

The center is encouraging businesses, groups and community members to donate to raise the remaining $7,500 needed to complete the work.

Donations can be mailed to Brookfield Craft Center Attn: Kiln Repair PO Box 122,. Brookfield, CT 06804 or made online at http://www.brookfieldcraft.org