New Kiln Project Keeps Wallingford’s Community Arts Center on Track Despite Pandemic

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The pandemic has wreaked havoc on the 2020 events and project schedule at the Community Arts Center in Wallingford, but one important project made it through, writes Constance McBride for

Building a wood fired kiln.

“It’s the only thing that stayed on schedule this year because it was already funded and it was outside,” said Executive Director Paul Downie.

It’s a great project for the ceramics program at the Center, located on Plush Mill Road.

Wood fired pottery is the oldest method of firing clay so the new kiln will be a big part of the program. CAC also has a soda, raku and several electric kilns.

The Beatrice S. Dallett Ceramic Arts Building was built in 1995, and the program has grown in popularity since then.

CAC also has a popular community music program, “Friday Night Live”.

Concerts moved outside with the pandemic and remain popular.

The pandemic did force the Center to close from mid-March to mid-September and it’s been a financial struggle.

They’ve reopened in-person classes with no COVID-19 issues so far.

Exhibitions are also open.

Downie hopes to endure the losses and slowly ramp the Center’s operations back up.

Find out more about the Community Arts Center at

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