Tuesday, March 14, 2017
The Worcester Center for Crafts will be CLOSED today, Tuesday, March 14 to keep our students safe and warm. There will also be NO Open Studio.
Thursday, March 2, 2017
Benefit for the Worcester Center for Crafts
Worcester, MA - HAND OVER THE PLATES! The Worcester Center for Crafts announces its Pasta Dinner, on Saturday, March 18, 2017. The event was so successful a year ago, that it has been expanded.
The premise of the Pasta Dinner is simple: come for good food and good company and go home with a hand-crafted ceramic plate. Pre-paid reservations are a must as last year's tickets sold out. There are two seatings-one at 6:15pm and one at 7:15 pm. Ciao Bella is catering the pasta, sauce, meatballs and salad. Vegetarian and gluten-free options will be available. Reservations are $45 per person/plate; children under 12 are $10 per person (paper plate). Beer and wine will be available for purchase. Tickets are available online at www.tinyurl.com/WCCPASTA17 or by calling 508-753-8183, x 301, Tues-Fri, 10-5.
This year, a special VIP ticket is available at $65 per person/plate. The VIP ticket gives holders an early bird (5:30pm) admission to pick out plates, festive appetizers and a free libation-and, of course, the knowledge that they are helping to support the Craft Center's service to the craft community.
Committee members working on the 2017 event include Birgit Straehle, Luis Fraire, Tina Zlody, Tracy Dill, Frank Karthieser, Phil Magnusson, Candace Casey, and Tom O'Malley.
Diners can expect the unexpected after dinner, including handmade desserts and demonstrations in the Ceramics Studio showing how the evening's plates were made. A silent auction of fine art craft and delectable will also be held and will include photographs by Donna Dufault and Scott Erb, a bread board momento of Widoff's Bakery, gift cards, and a few surprises!
The process that is creating all of these plates is very photogenic and lends itself to video as well. Plates are being made on the potters' wheel
("thrown") and hand-built. For both, the clay first is wedged and made
suitable for throwing or shaping. A thrown plate begins with a lump of clay centered on the potters' wheel which is then pulled into a plate shape. It is dried slightly and trimmed-at this point it is called greenware (see photo of greenware plates drying). Hand-built plates are shaped by hand, sometimes through pinching, sometimes by rolling out the clay much like rolling out a pie crust. Once shaped, it is dried and decorated. Both thrown plates and hand-built plates are put into an electric kiln and fired to bisque stage-hard but not impervious to water. It is at the bisque stage that glazes and slips are applied. The glazed plates are then placed in the kiln again, but this time at a higher temperature and the glaze fuses with the clay producing the final plate.
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO PHOTOGRAPH OR VIDEO THIS PROCESS, PLEASE CONTACT US.
About the Worcester Center for
The Worcester Center for
is one of the oldest non-profit institutions for craft study in the
United States. Founded in 1856 as the Worcester Employment Society to
help immigrant women produce and sell hand-crafted wares to support
their families, the Center evolved over the past 155 years into New
England's leading center for craft education, exhibition and
entrepreneurship. In 2004, the organization expanded and opened the New
Street Glass Studio - an off-campus, 8,000 square foot,
state-of-the-art, multi-studio glass facility. The WCC offers the only
comprehensive glass studio program in New England available to the
public. Through an affiliation begun in 2009, the WCC is home to
the Worcester State University visual arts studios and partners in
The Craft Center's mission is "to sustain craft as a vital part of our community" by providing high-quality craft education and training, by supporting craft artists in their professions, and through
advocacy and public education initiatives including adult education classes and workshops, youth education and outreach programs, exhibitions showcasing the work of established and emerging artists, artist residencies, lectures, family events, studio rentals, Gallery Store, and major events. The WCC is a member of the Worcester Cultural Coalition and its WOO Pass program, and receives funding from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
Posted by Worcester Center for Crafts at 7:51 AM