August 22, 2011

To celebrate Mudflat’s 40th Anniversary and our move to our new building, we are hosting 2 events:

GALA BENEFIT AUCTION featuring donated ceramic artwork by 80 artists.

  • Friday evening, September 9, 6:30 pm
  • Live and silent auctions, light food, wine and beer cash bar, music by the Nelson Quartet
  • Tickets: $100 or $85 by 8/22 (TODAY!) Call the Mudflat office at 617-628-0589
  • To preview the artwork visit the Mudflat website at


  • Saturday, September 10, 12-4 pm
  • Official ribboncutting, pottery demonstrations, live music, hands-on clay activities
  • Free event – open to all

Both events will be held at 81 Broadway, Somerville 02145.

Join us to see our fabulous new state-of-the-art facility and to support ceramic arts education at Mudflat!

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August 7, 2011

It’s been a busy 2 weeks at Mudflat – at both the old and the new buildings…

There was table building for the handbuilding classroom.

There was more shelf building for the main wheel classroom

On Wednesday, August 3rd, we got our Certificate of Occupancy!

We had many great volunteers helping with the packing last week. Thank you!

The movers arrived at 7:30 am on Friday August 5 – Eight men, one woman, 3 trucks… 9 hours and 6 truckloads later everything was 4 blocks further east on Broadway than it had been before.  Lots of unpacking and setting up is on tap for this week. The August semester starts on Monday August 15th!

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July 24, 2011

More shelf building today, this time in the main wheel classroom. Thanks to our great crew: Bill, Jeff, Monica, Scott, Kathy and Richard!

And a view of the new stacks from the gas kilns:

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July 16, 2011

We moved more equipment into the building on Thursday this week:

The spray booth, after getting a good cleaning, with thanks to Monica for use of her truck.

And 2 of the 4 electric kilns that will be in the kiln room.

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July 12, 2011

The contractors are working on their punch lists to complete their work. The roofers and plumbers are working on the roof penetrations and stacks for the kiln exhausts.

Shelf building continues in the classrooms. Here is one set in the Wheel 2 classroom.

We got 2 on the kilns on their tracks. Also fitted them with gaskets at the doors and mounted the control boxes. Still need to finish setting up the large gas kiln.

Trim work was completed on the marquee. Still need exterior painting and signage.

Welcome back to our tenants, the Somerville Police Department/East Somerville substation. They occupy the left hand storefront; hours are Monday through Friday, 8 am-4 pm, with evening hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Stop in and say hi to Capt. Fallon and his team.

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June 26, 2011

More kiln photos, now that the kiln room is getting cleaned up.

Here are the vent stacks going up through the 2nd floor and up to the ceiling.

And check out the fancy new slot vent for the glaze mix room!

It was another shelf building weekend. We put together 4 units in the Handbuilding classroom and 3 units in the Wheel 2 classroom; that’s 132 individual shelf spaces so far.

Thanks to our talented carpentry volunteers – Bill, Jeff, Mike, Tracy, Zack, Monica, Scott, Kathy and Richard!

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June 20, 2011

Check out the venting on our new gas kilns!

And a new utility sink in the kiln room!

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June 16, 2011

We’re nearing the finish line! Painters, electricians, plumbers are all finishing up within the next few weeks. Then time for all our inspections, permits and Certificate of Occupancy. Stay tuned for our move date…

In the meantime, here are some views of the building.

Marquee at front entrance.

Front entry with display cases.

From rear of building toward front entrance.

The multipurpose room.

The hallway to the elevator and 1st floor bathrooms.

The wall separating the main hallway and the Wheel 1 classroom.

New clay sinks!

2nd Floor Wheel 2 classroom.

2nd floor atrium and artist studios.

The lounge and balcony.

2nd floor Handbuilding classroom.

Atrium and artist studios, looking towards front of building.

The clerestory.

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June 7, 2011

Photos from our weekend of shelf building, June 4 & 5. Big thanks to our crew – Bill, Jeff, Scot, Jim, Monica, Scott, Kent, Doug, Zach, Jim, Richard!!

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June 2, 2011


Our 3 Bailey kilns were delivered today – an 18 cu ft, a 32 and a 54.

First off the truck – the 54 cu ft. kiln

It just fit through the front doorway.

Even tighter fit through the kiln room doorway.

Setting it in place.Next up – the medium kiln.

And the smallest one last.

A room full of kilns, doors, kiln beds, and boxes of parts. Next is installation and venting.

A round of applause for the rigging crew – great job!

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