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Brookfield Craft Center and Western Connecticut State University collaborate on art exhibition:

Redefining Identity

Students of Western Connecticut State University are working with the Brookfield Craft Center on a new exhibition.  The students are curating the exhibition Redefining Identity. Under the supervision of Melissa Ralston-Jones, curator and instructor at the college, the class learns about curation techniques through the development of an exhibition theme, research on various artists, the selection of the artwork, and the arranging and installation of the exhibition.

Redefining Identity will feature five artists, exploring the unique ways they interpret the human form, revealing their own self-identity and how they perceive and express the identities of others. Artwork will include a selection of paintings, bronze and clay objects. Participating artists are; Colette Aimee of Brattleboro , VT, David Boyajian of New Fairfield CT, Shelby Head of Madison, CT, Bruce Horan of Norwalk CT, and Jennifer McCandless of Burlington, VT.

The exhibition opens April 7th with a reception open to the public starting 5:00pm to 8:00pm, in the Lynn Tendler Bignell Gallery in the Brookfield Craft Center.  The show will run until April 29th.  Gallery hours are Tuesday – Friday noon – 5:00 pm, Saturday 11:00 – 5:00pm, Sunday noon – 4:00pm. For more information visit the Brookfield Craft Center web site: or call (203) 775-4526,

Youth Art Show Call Description:

The Brookfield Craft Center is pleased to announce their Call for Artists for the 3rd Annual Juried Student Exhibition - Artists on the Rise. This juried youth art show is open to all high school student artists in the Greater Danbury area who design and create their own work in any of the following categories: Clay/Ceramic, Photography, Fiber, Glass, Jewelry, Mixed Media (2D), Mixed Media (3D), Painting, Drawing, Metal, Wood, Video. The deadline for entries is February 4th and the exhibition will run from March 10th - 31st.


Clay/Ceramic, Photography, Fiber, Glass, Jewelry, Mixed Media (2D), Mixed Media (3D), Painting, Drawing, Metal, Wood, Video.

Entry Instructions:

All student submissions must be entered through our online entry form through the link below below. Each entrant must create a username and password in order to complete their submission. If an entrant created a username and login last year, they may utilize their existing login. Each applicant may submit up to two pieces of work to be included in the jury process. Note: dependent on the number of entries, only one piece of work may be selected for the exhibition. Each applicant must submit an artist statement and each submission needs a description of work. Final size of Framed 2D Artwork may be no larger than 24 x 16 inches. Framing or matting preferred but no student will be excluded from entry due to inability to frame artwork. 3D Artwork may be no bigger than 3 feet in height.

Image Submissions File Format:

Standard JPEG or PDF File Size: no larger than 2 MB

Please note: Artists will be notified by February 20th. All work must be delivered to the Craft Center by March 2nd.

Entry Form:

Brookfield Craft Center’s 42nd Annual Holiday Sale features an extraordinary collection of contemporary American craft for the holidays: handmade works by more than 150 selected artists in jewelry, wearable fiber, ceramics, toys, glass, wood, paper and steel. All purchases benefit the Craft Center’s education programs, and provide support for independent artists.

This special annual sale runs
November 11 to December 31, 2017

Come to the Opening Reception Friday November 10 from 5-8pm.

Meet the Artists

Shop Tax Free!!

Refreshments are served.

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Take part the treasured tradition of giving handmade in the United States gifts for the holidays.

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Ceramics Demonstration PhotoBrookfield Craft Center, one of the nation’s premier fine craft education institutions, will host a community open house Saturday, October 14 from noon to 5 p.m. on their campus located at 286 Whisconier Rd in Brookfield, Connecticut. This creative event is free, open to the public and will feature demonstrations conducted by talented faculty artists working in the areas of blacksmithing, bladesmithing, jewelry making, glass arts, ceramics, weaving, fiber arts, woodturning and more.

All six teaching studios on BCC’s beautiful 2.5 acre campus will be open for view, with several hands-on activities available for visitors to try. Participants will also be able to sign up for classes, as well as register to win an education gift certificate that day. In the gallery store, visitors will be able to view and purchase hand-crafted items made by the over 100 fine craft artisans who are represented in the shop.

If you have ever wondered what goes on in those historical buildings by the river, or want to see talented craftsman and artists at work, this is a great event for all ages to enjoy.

The Brookfield Craft Center is proud to host A Tradition of Excellence: Works by the Brookfield Craft Center Faculty from August 12 through September 9. This unique exhibition opened in the Lynn Tendler Bignell Gallery with a well-received reception on Saturday, August 12.

Brookfield Craft Center is delighted to bring A Tradition of Excellence: Faculty Show, to our Lynn Tendler Bignell Gallery. The exhibit began with an opening reception on Saturday, August 12 from 5-8 PM and will run through Saturday, September 10.
According to Executive Director, Howard Lasser, “This exhibition, now in its sixth year, is always remarkable.The show is a great opportunity for the community to view the exceptional work of our faculty members who are creating pieces in a variety of media.”

Work from over 25 of Brookfield Craft Center’s talented faculty representing all seven teaching studios will be displayed. This includes work in Wood, Glass, Fiber, Ceramic, Metal as well as Paintings.

The regular Gallery and Gallery Shop hours are Tuesday – Friday 12 – 5 PM, Saturday 11am – 5 PM, Sunday 12 – 4 PM, or by appointment.



About the artist:

Marilyn B. Cisek (Chonko) received her formal education in the Arts with a BA from UCONN and post graduate studies in Fine Arts at USC and Old Dominion.  After college she studied abroad with artists in Japan and North Africa. In the sixties she designed knitwear and needlework kits for Knit Wit of Southern California and taught extensively in the Southeast and on the Gulf Coast. She received on the job training with the best and brightest at Creative Arts Workshop, Farmington Valley Art Center, Brookfield Craft Center, and Guilford Handcrafts Center in Connecticut. Her award-winning work has been exhibited in such venues as the Cheeseborough Pond Gallery in Connecticut, the Williamsburg Gallery in Virginia, On the Hill in Yorktown, Studio 21, twentieth Century Gallery and P. Kanes in Iwakuni, Japan.

Marilyn was a vibrant part of the Brookfield Craft Center Community for a number of years and held the institution close to her heart. While her own creative endeavors and life led her out of Connecticut, she often spoke fondly of the time that she spent on BCC’s historic campus. In accordance with her wishes, her husband, William has made a significant gift to the Craft Center in her memory.

Learn more about Marilyn, her life and work –>

Buster Shaw Woodturning Scholarship

Buster Shaw, former instructor, board member and long time friend of the Brookfield Craft Center has endowed a scholarship in Woodturning with the center.

Members of the community are welcomed to make donations in lieu of flowers and to honor Buster’s commitment to sharing his love of the art of Woodturning with others. A notice of your donation will be sent to the family and all contributions to the scholarship fund are fully tax deductible.

The Brookfield Craft Center is proud to facilitate this opportunity to honor Buster’s memory and offer students the chance to learn new skills and gain an appreciation for the creative process specific to wood turning. Each year the Brookfield Craft Center will award three scholarships, one in each of the 2nd, 3rd and 4th quarters of the calendar year. The scholarship will cover all tuition and materials fees. If you are interested in applying for the scholarship download the application with instructions here. Deadlines to apply are the first day of March, June and September.

Donations to the fund may be made by clicking the button below.

Hilda at workHilda Kraus, a well-known designer, artist, jeweler, enamellist and metal work designer, was born in New York City in 1915. She had a B.A. from Hunter College 1935 and completed her post graduate studies at International Academy of Art, Salzburg, Austria, in 1967, 72, 77. Ms. Kraus served as an apprentice to a Danish silversmith for 3 years. and studied traditional enameling methods in the great centers of Europe (France, Italy, Germany). She at one time had shops in N.Y.C, Connecticut and Maine. When she moved to Westport in the 1950’s she maintained her studio in her home. Hilda spent many hours teaching and taking classes at the Brookfield Craft Center, as well as being a part of both solo and joint exhibitions there. Hilda was a lifetime member of the Silvermine Guild of Artists and a Master Craftsman as awarded by the Society for Connecticut Craftsman. During her lifetime, Hilda was the recipient of many awards and prizes for her work both here and in Europe, especially for her work in cloisonné enamels. Her work is in the collections of the Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse; the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, New York; and the Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington.

In 1946, her work was featured in an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art called Modern Handmade Jewelry, one of the earliest and most influential jewelry exhibitions in the postwar period. She was also awarded a purchase prize in the seminal exhibition Enamels ’70 organized by the Craft Alliance of St. Louis.

Understanding the vision and importance of the Brookfield Craft Center as an institution of fine craft and catalyst for creativity, Ms. Kraus left a legacy gift to the BCC upon her death in 2014. Through the generosity of her long-time friend and Brookfield Craft Center supporter, Nell Mullen, a retrospective exhibition of her life’s work was featured in the Lynn Tendler Bignell gallery at the Craft Center in April of 2017.

Sun Flower's Garden Brookfield Craft Center is proud to present a unique exhibit by Artist and Thread Painter Missy Stevens. An opening event and reception, with the artist will be held on Saturday, July 8, from 5:00 to 8 pm. The exhibit will continue showing from opening till July 29.

Missy Stevens is a visual builder, infusing fabric with technique and sensibilities from painting. The thread paintings are loop pile embroidery, where even her color choice gain in extra dimensional and magnetic quality, as color is represented by pronounced thread. The result is an experience at once visual, yet bound by a tactile sensation from the thread. Steven’s approach evolved at a turning point for the artist, where she answered the question of what her passion is with the combination of art and fabric. In her works, inspired by nature and a spiritual exploration, are evocative images of a refined ability to combine, where all things stand up and reach out in the experience we have with them, Stevens leads the audience with a familiar perspective and passageways to the unrevealed life of her subject, in tandem. Stevens’ craft came at an early age, making styles for her troll dolls as a child, and then later for herself, emphasizing that, “they were not the same!” Textiles as a medium have always been important to her, as the progress of her work illustrates the monument to her origins bridging to thread sculpture, three dimensional objects almost clothed, or in part made of clothing, as seen in the piece Moon Crown. Her career would find a fulcrum while attending New England College in NH, where, she became influenced by the contemporary art scene in Manhattan, and then would go on to study and graduate from Boston University’s, Program In Artisanry.

The veteran of many shows, including several at Brookfield Craft Center, Stevens’ work has been decorated with several awards like the Craftsman’s Choice Award, from the Smithsonian Craft Show in Washington, DC., and her work added to the collection of the Museum of Art And Design, in New York City. Stevens’ work is well traveled, included in shows and exhibits reaching from across the United States to around the globe. Stevens currently resides in Washington, CT.

All are welcome to attend and meet the artist at the opening reception on June 8, from 5:00 – 8 pm at the Lynn Tender Bignell Gallery, located at 286 Whisconier Road in Brookfield, CT. The event is free and donations are encouraged. Refreshments will be served.

Home and Away: The Photography of Colin Harrison at Brookfield Craft Center

10 June – 2 July 2017 in the Lynn Tender Bignell GalleryArtboard 1colinharrison

About the Show: Colin and his wife Lynn have lived in Brookfield since October 1982 and have put down roots here. They also have a long and deep affection for Switzerland, where they lived at the time of their wedding, where they still have many close friends, and where they maintain a tiny home in the alpine village of Lauterbrunnen, some 10 miles south of Interlaken. This exhibition compares and contrasts these two homes ‐ the intimate scale and colonial history of New England and the magnificence of the ancient glacial valleys and mountains of Lauterbrunnen. It is their hope that viewers enjoy these scenes from their lives at home and away.

An opening reception will be held Saturday, June 10 from 5-8 pm in the Lynn Tender Bignell Gallery at 286 Whisconier Rd. Brookfield, CT.  The event is free and open to the public, donations are welcome. For more information email or call 203.775.4526.

ceramics 2The Brookfield Craft Center is offering an exciting opportunity for our communities’ youth, ages 11 to 14, to explore their creative energies in this summer youth program.

Kid’s can discover their inner artisan with 8 Sessions that will be held in July and August. Half-day programs in Ceramics, Fiber Arts, Glass, Woodturning, Blacksmithing, and more. Students have the opportunity, working with our faculty, to create their own works of art. There will be multiple projects in each class.

Every class has an experienced teacher and assistant. Small class sizes allow your child to receive a lot of attention. Space is limited and classes fill quickly.  Early sign up is encouraged. Scholarships are available, interested parties should complete the online scholarship form.

Classes will run the weeks of: July 10 – 14, July 24 – 28, August 7-11 and August 21 – 25 (Each week has morning and afternoon sessions) Each Morning session is from 9:00 – 12:00. Afternoon sessions are from 1:00 – 4:00. A lunch session is available for children staying on campus between programs.

Classes will include: Lampwork (glass), Fused Glass, Clay and Pottery, Fiber Arts, Blacksmithing, Woodturning, Drawing and Jewelry. Online registration is available here.

For additional information, please contact the Brookfield Craft Center at or call 203-775-4526.

In support of an ongoing initiative to upgrade our pottery studio, Brookfield Craft Center has received a $7,500 grant from the Ellen Knowles Harcourt Foundation to begin repair work on several kilns located on our historic campus. The renewed kilns will allow us to expand the BCC ceramics curriculum and offer new creative opportunities for students, ranging in age from 3 to 103. The foundation’s contribution comes at a critical time of need and will fund two-thirds of the full repair for our large gas kiln.

The remainder of the project includes raising the final funds for the large kiln and the restoration of a smaller kiln which will be dedicated to salt firing techniques. This action will make BCC one of the only schools in the area to offer salt firing as an option. The full cost to repair both kilns is $15,000.


Brookfield Craft Center is encouraging businesses, groups and members of the community to make contributions in order to raise the remaining $7,500 needed to complete the work.


“We couldn’t be happier to have the Ellen Knowles Harcourt Foundation as the lead contributor to our campaign to repair the kilns,” said Howard Lasser, Executive Director of Brookfield Craft Center. “Their dedication to the arts and desire to support our mission to provide creative opportunities for everyone sets an amazing example for others to follow.”


Over the next few years, BCC has plans to fully restore and upgrade the interior of our ceramics studio, housed in a historic carriage barn on the banks of the Still River. The studio offers youth afterschool and summer programs, as well as workshops, classes and open studio time to potters and ceramicists of all levels.


Click the button below to donate online or mail your check made out to
Brookfield Craft Center to:

 Brookfield Craft Center Attn: Kiln Repair
PO Box 122, Whisconier Rd. Brookfield, CT 06804