UCSD Crafts Center has been closed

Happy UCSD Student Grouting

I’m thinking that I should be posting something cool and interesting about Bravo School of Art, but I am mourning the loss of the Craft Center at UCSD.

I teach mosaic workshops at the Crafts Center. This unique facility, located in the middle of a eucalyptus grove on the campus of the University of California at San Diego, has provided classes and workshops including ceramics, jewelry, mosaic, metal work, screen printing, glassblowing, flame working, photography, graphics, music and poetry, stained glass, sculpture, weaving, neon, and even beer brewing, since 1972.

The Crafts Center is unlike any other facility in San Diego. Over the past 40 years it has been a welcoming space for students to work on their own projects, obtain expert instruction, learn life-long skills, turn their craft into an occupation and so much more.

It reminded me of Tyler School of Art, where I got my BFA degree in the 70’s. Secluded and filled with experimentation within soe many hands-on studio disciplines. Glass blowing, ceramics, jewelry, weaving, sculpture, graphics, photography, printmaking…

On September 27, less than 2 weeks before the start of the fall semester, I was sent an email to inform me of the closing of this unique venue. I am to assume that I no longer have a job there. This is what it said:

Dear Lauren,

This email is to inform you that the UCSD Crafts Center has been closed for the 2012-13 academic year. The closure includes classes, workshops and studio time. An official campus notice regarding this decision can be found here: http://adminrecords.ucsd.edu/Notices/2012/2012-9-26-2.html.

Over the next few weeks, the Crafts Center team will be preparing the space and equipment for closure, and will assist you with questions you may have regarding lockers and unfinished art pieces. Student who have registered for fall quarter will automatically receive a refund. The Crafts Center has brought many talented instructors to the campus over the years, and I thank you for your involvement and enrichment of the campus community.

Faculty and staff were notified this way, with a second email the following day from the interim director. Students are finding out about the closure when they go to the Craft Center website to register or to learn details of classes fro which they’ve already registered. Not only is the actual closure absolutely heartbreaking, but the handling of the closure announcement was so sudden that everyone was caught unprepared. Instructors were not given any notice whatsoever, nor were we ever directly informed that our positions had been terminated. The closing was sudden and done in a very uncool way.
To learn more about this or about what you can do, please visit this website.

If you are a displaced student, Bravo School of Art offers similar classes to suit your interest and schedule. If you are an instructor, come on over and teach at Bravo. I have room for you. Call me at Bravo.


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