Channel 2 did a great job covering our story yesterday. See link. Pioneer Craft House could face eviction. Help us find a new home.
After 69 years paying one dollar a year rent, for the site of the old Scott School property at 500 E 3300 S, South Salt Lake City officials are free to evict the Pioneer Craft House from its campus. After a three-year legal battle, the non-profit lost its state court battle against South Salt Lake City earlier this week when a judge declared its lease void. The court’s decision to void the lease agreement is based on a mistake made by a previous SSLC administration and the current administration is taking advantage of their own mistake. Now, veterans and others who use the Pioneer Craft House to heal through arts and craft education or simply to gain a new skill could be homeless.
The Pioneer Craft House dedicates itself to community service and education. Instructors and board members are hunting for alternative locations that could become a new home for teaching pottery, weaving, jewelry making, and other crafts. This loss means that Utah's sanctuary of art and craft learning at the oldest continually operated school in Utah may not be able to continue.
South Salt Lake City officials say they want to maintain arts and crafts education at the Scott School/Pioneer Craft House campus, but need greater control, of scheduling and city expenses. This situation is more than a local government not wanting to acknowledge a lease agreement. It's about adult students and veterans of Pioneer Craft House who now feel like they're losing the one place where they can spin their ceramic wheels while enjoying the company of family and making friends.
To interview students, instructors and board members, please call Tiffany Bloomquist at 801-557-5597.
The plaster mold making workshop was a great success and we had a wonderful group. Thank you to everyone who showed up and participated. Keep an eye out for more awesome workshops at the Pioneer Craft House in the future.
Join us Saturday July 30, 10am-5pm for a free plaster workshop taught by guest sculptor professor Linda Peer from the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, New York. This workshop will help students learn how to make plaster molds for ceramic slip casting and press molds. This process makes duplicating multiple pieces (bowls, mugs, plates etc.) much easier. The workshop will be held in the Pottery Studio at the Pioneer Craft House. There will be a one-hour break for lunch. For additional information or questions call Pete at 435-592-2319.
May 2, 2015 we are going to have a sale here at the Pioneer Craft House from 10:00am to 4:00pm.
All the items will have been handmade by instructors so expect some really great work to be on display.
New classes and a new instructor will be starting in April Thomas Pope will be teaching classes in Beginning watercolor and acrylics for adults, Puppet making for kids, and Kids clay classes, so check out the new additions in our CLASSES drop down. More news to come soon to keep you informed about what is happening on a monthly basis.
The warmer weather is revealing itself in the beautiful flowers popping up around campus! This is definitely a welcome sight. With spring, comes a resurgence of life and rebirth that applies in nature as well as here on campus of Pioneer Craft House. Our staff and students are certainly ready to come out from hibernation after the long winter and get busy with the process of creating new life here on campus.
With Spring on the way, we’ll soon see Sandra Ence-Paul out in the courtyard with her vast array of colorful dyes as she hand paints a gorgeous silk scarf while teaching others the process of her creations. While that is happening you’ll glance over to the flute shop to notice the double doors wide open to the world, where Bill Hughes and his students will be busy as worker bees, honing a fine flute from exotic woods awaiting new life to bring the sweet sounds of music in the air.
You may catch a glance of Deanna Baugh investigating the dye garden with a smile on her face as she imagines using some plant material to dye yarn to be woven into a scarf or table linens in the weaving studio. She has even been known to gather wood chips from the flute shop to make some magical dyes for some of her never ending creations of beauty.
We’ll soon see artists in the making out under the breezeway or on the front lawn enjoying the sunshine and fresh air while painting a masterpiece or sanding a flute in unison with the many children from Promise South Salt Lake’s programs or some of our own youth coming and going to the pottery studio or art room.
The Silversmithing studio is active with Colleen and David Jager teaching the fine art of silversmithing, lapidary or lost wax casting. Colleen and David each bring their own style and love to share their knowledge with others and guide them in bringing out the beauty of silver and stones.
Thanks to the city, we now have a new door in pottery and we are able to see the spring in action as we walk out to set a pot or two out on the ledge of the ADA ramp to allow a piece of pottery to reconnect with the earth once again, before going on to become a vessel of beauty or utilized in everyday life.
Yes indeed, spring is an exciting time of year around here with a great deal of new life and activity to look forward to. The growth of a new plant, birth of a new pot, flute, scarf, painting, or colorful glass to reflect the colors of nature into a room. It’s all waiting for you to come and create, and bring forth new life! What are you waiting for?
Please mark your calendar with some dates to remember:
Open Studios is held this month on April 26th with demonstrations all around the campus. Then David Jager has returned after his winter in Arizona to teach his silversmithing on April 15th from 2:00 – 5:00 pm for six weeks. Then lastly, we’d like you to stay tuned and definitely mark the calendar to attend our “Spring Into Art” event on May 17th! We are launching our gift shop and will be having some collaborative pieces of art and pottery going on for all to come and contribute. Stay tuned for further details in the near future. In the meantime, let’s spring into action and get creative at the Pioneer Craft House!
Pioneer Craft House - George E. Wahlen Veterans Administration
Recreation Therapy Partnership
Healing Through Art
Are you aware that Pioneer Craft House has a special program for Veterans?
The Veterans Healing Through Art program is a dream that is continually being realized on a daily basis here at Pioneer Craft House. This dream is that of Bill Hughes, PhD, a pillar of the Pioneer Craft House and master flute maker. When he proposed his vision of offering an alternate avenue to the vital healing of some of our Men and Women who have so valiantly served in our Military; The board adopted this plan immediately.
Many veterans serving in our Armed Forces, return with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder(PTSD), Brain Injuries, and Military Sexual Trauma. The simple fact that there are approximately 21 veterans a day who lose their private battle with PTSD, is an atrocity. We LOVE and respect our Veterans, and want to do our part to aid them in their healing journey.
The majority of Veterans who participate, report being significantly relieved of their stress while creating a piece of art. It is during the simple process of making a flute, mug, jewelry made with silver, painting, or participating in our Writing Your Peace writing program, that true healing begins.
At the heart of our program is the desire to create a new reality for the veterans: war is ugly, art is beautiful; war is destructive, art is constructive; war brings personal isolation, art brings community.
Please join us in bringing about change to any Veteran in your life who may benefit. For more information, go to our website to familiarize yourself with the Veterans Healing Through Art program.
You can even make a tax deductible donation to sponsor one or more Veterans. This makes it possible for us to continue our expansion and support of the Veterans we Love!