Ceramics Program - Coronavirus (COVID-19)

5/19/2020: As we await the approval to re-enter our building and access our materials and equipment from Harvard, we will be offering a Summer 2020 series of online courses. Session 1 will run June 15 - July 17 and is intended to engage our community and our talented team of instructors. In the case that access to our facility is not granted, an additional session may be offered.

4/13/2020: Ceramics Program programming and classes have been formally cancelled for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester. Please see the updated FAQ below for details.

3/11/2020: In accordance with the University’s decision to suspend on-campus classes for the remainder of the term, all Ceramics Program on-campus programming and classes are suspended indefinitely as of Monday, March 16. The Ceramics Studio will also be closed to the public during this time. We will keep you posted on any updates, and we look forward to resuming classes and other activities as soon as we are permitted. To stay informed, please check the Ceramics Program FAQssign up for the Ceramics Program newsletter, and read about University protocols on the Harvard University Coronavirus website.  

FAQ for those enrolled in a Spring 2020 Ceramics Program course 

Updated: 5/19/20 at 12:51 p.m.
Please note that information on this page is subject to change.

On Monday, April 13th 2020, Ceramics Program Director Kathy King communicated in a newsletter to the Spring 2020 studio participants that the remainder of our spring term has been cancelled. Individuals who were enrolled in Spring 2020 Ceramics Program classes and/or renting private studio spaces will be refunded for the remainder of the term and will receive an email when the refund has been submitted. If you were enrolled in a Spring 2020 Ceramics Program studio participant and did not receive this email update from Kathy King, please email her at kking@fas.harvard.edu.
 

Will I be able to register for Summer term ceramics classes?

As we await the approval to re-enter our building and access our materials and equipment from Harvard, we will be offering a Summer 2020 series of online courses. Session 1 will run June 15 - July 17 and is intended to engage our community and our talented team of instructors. In the case that access to our facility is not granted, an additional session may be offered.

How can I support the Ceramics Program?

Individuals who would like to support the Ceramics Program at this time can make a tax-deductible donation to our “Ceramics Fund” which supports the fiscal health of our program. Please visit our Ceramics Fund webpage for information on how to give.

Can my gift be directed to the Ceramics Program Instructors and Staff who have lost income due to the cancellation of classes and operations?

The Ceramics Program cannot accept restricted funds nor can we organize a “GoFundMe” for our staff during this difficult time. That being said, an individual could set something up on their own. Right now, the most impactful way that you can support the program and our instructors and staff would be to participate in our Summer 2020 online courses. Visit our course page for more information!

Will there be any work being fired while the studio is closed?

As of Wednesday, March 18 at 5:00 pm, no one is allowed to be in the building until further notice, and no kilns will be fired. Staff have covered work on the shelves in the kiln room to prevent dust from settling on any unfired glazed pieces you may have placed in the kiln room.

How can I pick up my tools or work that has been fired?

As of Wednesday, March 18, all access to the building is suspended until further notice. Right now, only Director Kathy King and Operations Coordinator Geoff Booras have the ability to enter the building for emergencies. Please understand that we are not able to accommodate requests for retrieval of personal belongings. Your belongings and ceramic works are safe and will not be discarded. Kathy King will send out an update to all registered Spring 2020 studio participants when when it is possible to access the building again. As there is much work that still needs to be fired in the kilns, it will take time to process all the work from Spring 2020. As the work is fired, pick-up dates will be announced. If you will not be registering for the following semester, you will be asked to remove your personal belongings from your locker, bisque-ware and work that has been glaze-fired. If you are registering for the following semester, you will retain your locker and you will be able to glaze your bisque-ware in the following semester.

What if I am no longer in the Boston area when the studio re-opens? How can I get my work?

When the studio re-opens, you can email Kathy King at kking@fas.harvard.edu with as much detail about the work that you are looking for (including the class you were registered for, description, how you sign your work, glaze used, and locker or shelf location) from the Spring 2020 semester. We can arrange to pack and ship your work and belongings for you and bill you for the cost of shipping. You are also welcome to have a friend or family member come pick it up for you. 

Will the gallery be open? Is the Spring Show and Sale still going to happen?

No. All exhibitions scheduled after Friday, March 13 have been canceled or postponed indefinitely, including our annual Spring Show and Sale. We do not yet know the order of exhibitions when we re-open. Stay tuned for updates.

Can I buy clay from the studio?

All access to the building is suspended until further notice by Harvard. Due to this fact, we are unable to access the clay to distribute or sell at this time. For home use, we recommend that you access clay through our local suppliers: Sheffield Pottery, Amherst Pottery Supply or Portland Pottery (offering curbside pick-up at the Braintree location).

Resources for Artists during Covid-19

Updated 5/20/2020: below are just a few of the grants and resources currently available for artists affected by the Covid-19 crisis. 
  • Artist Relief is a new $10 million initiative created by a broad coalition of some of the largest arts-focused philanthropies, donors, and granting agencies. “Artist Relief will distribute $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19; serve as an ongoing informational resource; and co-launch the COVID-19 Impact Survey for Artists and Creative Workers, designed by Americans for the Arts, to better identify and address the needs of artists moving forward” Cycle 2 application period: Ends on May 21, 2020
  • Cambridge Artist Relief Fund: Focused on lost income, current and into the foreseeable future, the Fund will provide one-time relief to arts organizations and artists who live, work, create and/or perform in Cambridge, MA. Rolling deadline.

Lists of additional resources for artists during the Covid-19 crisis: