Brookfield, CT-June 19,- Brookfield Craft Center is pleased to present a unique exhibit by artist and thread painter Missy Stevens.  An opening event and reception, with the artist will be held on July 8th, from 5-8pm in the Lynn Tendler Bignell Gallery at 286 Whisconier Road.  The exhibit will continue through July 30.  Gallery hours are Tuesday – Friday noon – 5pm, Saturday 11-5pm, Sunday Noon – 4pm.

Missy Stevens, a visual builder, infusing fabric with technique and sensibilities from painting.  The thread paintings are loop pile embroidery, where even her color choice gain in extra dimensional and magnetic quality, as color is represented by pronounced thread.  The result is an experience at once visual, yet bound by a tactile sensation from the thread.  Stevens’ approach evolved at a turning point for the artist, where she answered the question of what her passion is with the combination of art and fabric.  In her works, inspired by nature and a spiritual exploration, are evocative images of a refined ability and lead the audience with a familiar perspective and passageways to the unrevealed life of her subjects.  Textiles as a medium have always been important to her, as the progress of her work illustrates the monument to her origins bridging to thread sculpture, three dimensional objects almost clothed, or in part made of clothing, as seen in the piece Moon Crown.  Her career would find a fulcrum while attending New England College in NH, where, she became influenced by the contemporary art scene in Manhattan, and then would go on to study and graduate from Boston University’s Program In Artisanry. 

The veteran of many shows, including several at Brookfield Craft Center, Stevens’ work has been recognized with several awards such as the Craftsman's Choice Award, from the Smithsonian Craft Show in Washington, DC., and added to the collection of the Museum of Art And Design, in New York City.  Stevens’ work is well traveled, included in shows and exhibits reaching from across the United States to around the globe.  Stevens currently resides in Washington, CT. 

About the Brookfield Craft Center - The Brookfield Craft Center (BCC) was founded in 1952 and is recognized as one of the core fine craft schools in America. The center, incorporated in 1954 is a 501(c)(3) organization, offering classes and workshops in glass arts, woodturning, ceramics, jewelry, blacksmithing, fiber arts and other creative endeavors for children and adults taught by professional faculty. The summer “Hands on Art” program, is available for children ages 11-14 during summer months. The historic Mill Building (ca 1780) Gift Shop and Exhibition Gallery is a beautiful venue for displaying fine craft. All works are carefully juried and are representative of the type of skills individuals can learn in our classes. As a force for arts advocacy and community building, BCC strives to teach and preserve the skills of fine craftsmanship, and to enable creativity and personal growth through craft education.

Howard Lasser

Executive Director

Brookfield Craft Center

PO Box 122

Brookfield, CT 06804

Phone: 203 775-4526

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Windgate Foundation awards Brookfield Craft Center

$150,000 For Ceramics Studio Renovations

Brookfield, CT - The Windgate Foundation, longtime partner of the Brookfield Craft Center and supporter of a variety of arts and fine craft initiatives around the nation, has awarded BCC $150,000 to renovate the interior of its ceramics studio. The award provides the majority of the funding for the project, which also includes the repair of several kilns, partially funded by the Ellen Knowles Harcourt Foundation. Donations and volunteer support to sustain the studio continue to be welcome from the community.

The pottery studio serves the full range of aspiring and professional artisans of all ages with its classes, workshops and open studio time. Populations served include youth, home-schooled students, individuals with special needs, adults, professionals and senior citizens. Located in a historic carriage barn built in the 1800's, the space currently provides an intimate and rustic environment for students to learn in, however, the aging building is in need of renovation. The project will upgrade the interior and allow the Craft Center to purchase much-needed equipment, while maintaining the historic character that students know and love. Space on the upper floors of the building will house the Center for Modern Craftsmanship designed to integrate traditional craft making techniques with digital tools.

Teachers, students and administration at Brookfield Craft Center are extremely excited about the grant.

"I have been teaching ceramics at the Craft Center for a number of years." said Clare Lewis, BCC faculty member and professional potter, "So many people have blossomed in this program. This upgrade will allow us to expand our curriculum and offer additional experiences to our students.”

Howard Lasser, Brookfield Craft Center’s Executive Director was thrilled when asked to comment on the award. “As we celebrate our 65th Anniversary, we are extremely pleased to continue our relationship with the Windgate Foundation and extremely encouraged by their confidence in our organization as we move ahead with updates to our facilities and enhancements to programs.”

The award for the Ceramics Studio Upgrade Project comes shortly after the completion of the expansion of Brookfield Craft Center’s Good Forge, which will be dedicated as part of their Open House event on May 20th. The Forge expansion was also made possible by the generosity of the Windgate Foundation.

About the Brookfield Craft Center - The Brookfield Craft Center (BCC) was founded in 1952 and is recognized as one of the core fine craft schools in America. The center is a 501(c)(3) organization, offering classes and workshops in glass arts, woodturning, ceramics, blacksmithing, fiber arts and other creative endeavors taught by professional faculty. The summer “Hands on Arts” program, sponsored by the Give Back Brands Foundation is available for children ages 11-14 during summer months. The historic Mill Building (ca 1780) Gift Shop And Exhibition Gallery is a beautiful venue for displaying fine craft. All works are carefully juried and are representative of the type of skills individuals can learn in our classes. As a force for arts advocacy and community building, the BCC strives to teach and preserve the skills of fine craftsmanship, and to enable creativity and personal growth through craft education

Photo:  Instructor, Will Talbot demonstrates in the BCC Ceramics Studio -2016 Photo by Amber Vlangas

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Saturday, 08 October 2016 18:18

The Brookfield Craft Center to Host Open House

The Brookfield Craft Center to Host Open House

Ever wonder how a blacksmith forms a hook, a jewelry artist works their magic or a potter makes a bowl? Brookfield Craft Center, one of the nation’s premier fine craft education institutions, will host a community open house on Saturday, October 15th from noon to 5 p.m. on their campus located at 286 Whisconier Rd. This fun event is free, open to the public and will feature demonstrations conducted by talented faculty artists working in the areas of blacksmithing, jewelry making, glass arts, ceramics, weaving and fiber arts, wood turning and more. 

All seven teaching studios on BCC’s beautiful 2.5 acre campus will be open for view. Some of the studios will offer hands on opportunities for those who want to get creative.  In our Fiber studio a hands-on silk scarf painting activity will be hosted by fiber artists, Christine Wilkinson and Barbara Drillick in the fiber studio. For a small materials fee of $15, each participant will take home a one-of-a-kind scarf that they can show off to all their friends or even give as a gift.

The gallery store, home to the work of over 150 fine crafts artists, will be open for shopping.  All sales that day will be tax free and BCC Members will receive an additional 10% off.

Registration for beginning to advanced-level fall and winter classes will also be available during the event.

For more information on Brookfield Craft Center or the Open House event, call 203-775-4526, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or visit us on the web at www.brookfieldcraft.org

About the Brookfield Craft Center - The Brookfield Craft Center (BCC) was founded in 1954 and is recognized as one of the core fine craft schools in America. The center is a 501(c)(3) organization, offering classes and workshops in glass arts, woodturning, ceramics, blacksmithing, fiber arts and other creative endeavors taught by professional faculty.  The historic Mill Building (ca 1780) Gift Shop and Exhibition Gallery is a beautiful venue for displaying fine craft. All works are carefully juried and are representative of the type of skills individuals can learn in our classes. As a force for arts advocacy and community building, the BCC strives to teach and preserve the skills of fine craftsmanship, and to enable creativity and personal growth through craft education.

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