Harcourt Foundation Grants $7,500 – Additional Donations Needed to Repair Kilns at BCC

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 to:

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