Northeast Ceramic Supply and Monroe ClayWorks are closed.

Northeast Ceramic Supply and Monroe ClayWorks are closed. We went out of business on November 1, 2019.

After 50 years of being in business in Troy, New York we’ve closed our doors. Many, many thanks to everyone who made our time serving the regional clay community a success. We’re very grateful for all of you- Keep Creating in Clay.

Announcing Waterbrook Potters Studio Inc.! Turn MCW into a Potters’ Collaborative!

Here is what you can do to help:

  • Please follow us on Facebook at Waterbrook Potters Studio and share the page so that your friends can learn about our studio efforts. If you can share any of our Facebook posts (like this one), we would greatly appreciate this.
  • Visit our webpage at www.waterbrookpotters.com, and consider whether you can help us reach our goal of $40,000 so we can launch. We have a donation page right on the website and are in need of help from potters, friends, family– near and far!
  • Donations by check can be sent, along with the attached form, to the following address:
    Waterbrook Potters Studio Inc.
    c/o Cherie Bramley
    2520 McGovern Dr.
    Schenectady, NY 12309
  • Sign up to be a member on our web site at www.waterbrookpotters.com/membership. We are taking applications through the web, and once you submit, we will make sure to keep you in the loop on items like membership start dates, full list of benefits, and the member contracts. We are so happy to hear that a large number of community members are eager to learn about what membership entails. The transition team is open to your suggestions for what you would like out of your membership, and we will try to incorporate as much of your feedback as possible.
  • Let us know if you would like to help us with packing, moving, and painting! We will contact you for that support when the time comes.

The transition team continues to meet weekly, and we will be sending more frequent updates to those of you who asked to be kept in the loop.

 As promised, this is the latest update on our studio! Our application was filed with the NYS Department of State for 501(c)7 status as a not for profit hobby club. The name of our club is Waterbrook Potters Studio Inc.

Our new landlord will draw up a 3-year lease at 406 9th Avenue, Watervliet, which we hope to have in place for Dec 1 or Dec 15. Tax forms, zoning forms, bank account, and liability insurance policies are our tasks for next week. Our bylaws are written and our first board was nominated. We give a heartfelt welcome to Maureen Hanley, Melissa Sathavipat, and Isabella Corcione who will be leading us forward. Many opportunities exist for your involvement on committees. We will need help packing and moving!

As with any new venture, we need to raise money for the studio start up: security deposit for the landlord, filing fees, moving costs, purchasing studio equipment from Barbara which includes 10 new wheels, 3 new kilns and kiln furniture, accountant costs and accounting software for the club, electrician costs for installation of the kilns ($2600! but we got the landlord to pay for half of that!) Which leads us to asking for donations and commitments to join as members.

Our Finance Strategy includes a capital campaign for donations, and signing up members!

  • We estimate that we need 35K to 40K to cover the above costs. After that, our monthly expenses will be covered with the monthly studio membership payments; we hope at least 30 members will sign up soon!
  • Your donation will help to create and sustain this “By Potters, For Potters” initiative. Donations will NOT be tax deductible, even though we are a non-profit, we are not considered a charitable organization. You will have the pleasure of knowing we could not do this without your help, and celebrate with our potter-community for years to come! Checks can be made out to Waterbrook Potters Studio Inc. We will set up a Go Fund me page once we have Facebook and Instagram set up.

Memberships:

  • Full Studio membership is $90.00 per month. This includes 24-hour access, kiln firing (with exception of high volume), discounted rates for classes, and clay/ materials bulk purchasing.
  • Associate membership is $150.00 annually. This includes access to the studio for bulk clay purchases, ability to bring in work to be fired at a reasonable cost, and discounted rates for classes.
  • Once we are operational, we are planning a wonderful array of workshops and classes. We also plan to host Collar City Clay Guild meetings and events. Barbara Reeley will be our Potter Emeritus with personal studio space; with her guidance we will strive to continue the legacy of the clay community that she and Dennis helped to build over the years.

We look forward to hearing from you about donations if you can help, as well as your membership interest. Please share this information widely. Questions can be addressed to:

Maureen Hanley  mhanleyehmann@frontiernet.net

Isabella Corcione isabellarose.corcione@gmail.com

Melissa Sathavipat msathavi@gmail.com

Elizabeth Donovan edonovan5@nycap.rr.com

Cherie Bramley mintzgirl@gmail.com

THANK   YOU!

 

 



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