Ceramic Industry

Support Needed for Children's Ceramic Program

March 27, 2008

We recently received a letter from the National Ceramic Museum and Heritage Center requesting donations for its Children’s Ceramic Program. Please donate what you can to this worthy cause.

The letter reads:

Dear Ceramic Friends, Business Associates, and Fans:

The Children’s Ceramic Program at the National Ceramic Center in Crooksville, Ohio, is planning on offering its summer children’s program for the second year to area school children. Last year’s program, which was funded with a grant from the Muskingum Community Foundation and was taught by volunteer Maddy Fraioli, served approximately 20 children and offered them the opportunity to learn pinch, slump, slab and plaster molding techniques. They also went on field trips to the remaining area potteries and had a great time learning about the richness of their cultural history, which is based in the rich clay soil of our region. As their final project, each child made their own pres molds, the tiles from which were sold in the Center’s Gift Shop to raise funds for this summer’s program.

Our current funding includes a $750 grant from the Muskingum County Community Foundation from the proceeds of a Fioriware Mosaic Bench that was donated and sold at this year’s Groundhog Auction. Henry Peller, last year’s apprentice and this year’s instructor, will be receiving a grant from his high school, Western Reserve Academy, from a fund that sponsors educational opportunities for students during the summer. In addition, there is $250 in the Children’s Fund from the sale of tiles and parent donations.

At this time, there are no supplies in the Ceramic Studio for the students to use, such as buckets, sponges, brushes, etc. The Ceramic Center is no longer in the position to cover the overhead for programming and can offer no additional funding for raw materials. We are asking that you consider helping our area’s children access an opportunity to spend the summer mornings in an endeavor that ties them to their historical and cultural roots in a facility that is dear, charming and in their backyard. Your tax-deductible contribution can be made directly to the Ceramic Center’s Children’s Educational Fund. Please feel free to contact Maddy Fraioli, at 740-697-0027 or Katherine Norman, at 740-697-7021, if you have any questions. We thank you for your consideration, and your support.

Maddy Fraioli
Katherine Norman