Volunteer Katherine Chan Helps The Crucible Run Smoothly

Cathy Niland | 05.25.2021

Over the past year, Katherine Chan has been volunteering for The Crucible, supporting administrative efforts behind the scenes. Most of her volunteering has happened from home, but last week she joined us in the office for her first in-person shift.

“I like picking up specific skills,” she explained. “It’s helpful to get a chance to be in a different work environment. I have typically worked in male-dominated professions, so it was really refreshing to come in the office and see more inclusivity.”

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Some of Katherine Chan’s projects from Glass Flameworking I.

We’re thrilled to be inviting more volunteers back to the studio as COVID restrictions begin to relax. And as we work toward a full reopening, volunteer support will become even more critical.

In exchange for donated hours, we offer volunteers class credits. But classes aren’t the only reason Katherine volunteers. During the pandemic, she’s been especially grateful for the connection to the Crucible community. “I have always known that The Crucible is a special place for learning fine and industrial arts, and as a volunteer, it’s been really great to be part of that broader community in a more rich way. It’s definitely been a rewarding experience.”

So far Katherine has put her accrued class credits toward our Teapot and Cups class where she designed a geometric blue and white ceramic set. But her favorite medium is glass. She’s taken Glass Flameworking I and II and has plans to tackle Hollow Vessels next. “It’s so great to be able to execute on more difficult projects,” she said.

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Katherine Chan’s Ceramic teapot in three stages. She took this class using the credits accrued during her volunteer hours.

Crucible volunteers are invaluable members of our team. From studio cleanliness to classroom support to administrative help, we couldn’t operate without folks like Katherine who keep the gears of The Crucible turning.

If you’re interested in volunteering with The Crucible, please be sure to check out our volunteer page. Specific departments and areas of expertise are always available. We look forward to having you on our team!

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