Giving Back to the Community Workshops (November 2016)

Until the Ceramic Art & Culture Institute renovates its new ceramic studio and starts hosting workshops and offering community classes, our Executive Director is going on site volunteering her time to extend the gift of clay to others.  Our first stop was the Opportunity House.  The Opportunity House "has been helping the homeless population of our area (Reading) since November 1984 and has expanded profoundly since then. In addition to offering an emergency shelter that served nearly 500 people and 96,547 meals last year, we offer a 24/7 childcare and learning center, services from the Children's Alliance Center, assistance for veterans, and reuse and recycle services that reinvest funds back into our agency in order to further support our mission and services." 

The student workshops included ready made ceramic ornaments for age group 5-8 to decorate, and a two part workshop for 8-13 year olds to learn how to make and decorate pinch pots from scratch.  The work was then transported back to our facilities and fired in our kiln and returned to the students just in time for Christmas!  

A special thank you to our Ceramic Art & Culture Institute volunteer, Claire Killefer, who helped teach this workshop!