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asking for advice on a pottery classroom

updated thu 31 jul 97


Marilee Schumann on fri 11 jul 97

I'm writing from Chestertown, on the Eastern shore of Maryland. This is a
rural place, somewhat isolated from the Baltimore-Washington urban area. It's
beautiful here, but not economically advantaged. A group of people, local
business people and philanthropists, are putting together a Crafts and Art
School, sort an art-eco-heritage tourism thing, trying to help of economy
without jeopardizing the fragile and unique watershed area we live in. It's a
cool idea.

If we raised $15,000 for a pottery class facility, how would some of you us
that much money?

I, for one, would like to host a kiln building workshop and build a kiln to
start off with.

I know there are anumber of kiln experts on Clayart. Is any one interestin in
teaching this project? How much do you think this kiln - you know, a modest
gas kiln made out of bricks - would cost? Wouldn't a few people like to take
a workshop like that?

I'll be working on these questions about the crafts (especially pottery)
curriculum. I'd be so grateful for any advice you might send.

Or if you want to know more about our project, I'd be glad to give you, on or
off-line, more information.

Marilee Schumann
Chestertown, Maryland

Sandra Dwiggins on mon 14 jul 97

Take a little trip down to Easton, Maryland and see what they've done
turning an old school house into a major art center. They have a major
exhibition space---really beautiful---on the first floor, and the classes are
taught in classrooms in the basement and on the second floor. The
money was raised by businesses in the community, which is small and
based on families that have lived in that picturesque area for quite a

I'm sure it took quite a bit more than $15,000 to do the renovation, but it is
one of the nicest I've seen. It might give you some ideas....