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.Not a member? Join today.
Take part the treasured tradition of giving handmade in the United States gifts for the holidays.
Route 25 at 202, Brookfield, CT
Brookfield 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.
“MY ART IS ABOUT THE JOURNEY, THE PROCESS FIRST, THE PRODUCT OF LITTLE CONSEQUENCE EXCEPT AS IT ENRICHES LIFE. I CHOOSE MY OWN PATH, MY OWN DESTINATION. ART IS NOT MY LIFE, BUT, ALL MY LIFE ENDEAVORS TO BE ART.”
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.
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 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.
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.
10 June – 2 July 2017 in the Lynn Tender Bignell Gallery
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 email@example.com or call 203.775.4526.
The 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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Brookfield Craft Center Attn: Kiln Repair
PO Box 122, Whisconier Rd. Brookfield, CT 06804
Brookfield, CT – The Windgate Foundation, longtime partner of the Brookfield Craft Center and supporter of a variety of arts and fine craft initiatives around the nation, has awarded BCC $150,000 to renovate the interior of its ceramics studio. The award provides the majority of the funding for the project, which also includes the repair of several kilns, partially funded by the Ellen Knowles Harcourt Foundation. Donations and volunteer support to sustain the studio continue to be welcome from the community.
The pottery studio serves the full range of aspiring and professional artisans of all ages with its classes, workshops and open studio time. Populations served include youth, home-schooled students, individuals with special needs, adults, professionals and senior citizens. Located in a historic carriage barn built in the 1800’s, the space currently provides an intimate and rustic environment for students to learn in, however, the aging building is in need of renovation. The project will upgrade the interior and allow the Craft Center to purchase much-needed equipment, while maintaining the historic character that students know and love. Space on the upper floors of the building will house the Center for Modern Craftsmanship designed to integrate traditional craft making techniques with and digital tools.
Teachers, students and administration at Brookfield Craft Center are extremely excited about the grant.
“I have been teaching ceramics at the Craft Center for a number of years.” said Clare Lewis, BCC faculty member and professional potter, “So many people have blossomed in this program. This upgrade will allow us to expand our curriculum and offer additional experiences to our students.”
Howard Lasser, Brookfield Craft Center’s Executive Director was thrilled when asked to comment on the award. “As we celebrate our 65th Anniversary, we are very pleased to continue our relationship with the Windgate Foundation and extremely encouraged by their confidence in our organization as we move ahead with updates to our facilities and enhancements to programs.”
The award for the Ceramics Studio Upgrade Project comes shortly after the completion of the expansion Brookfield Craft Center’s Good Forge, which will be dedicated as part of their Open House event on May 20th. The Forge expansion was also made possible by the generosity of the Windgate Foundation.