The Littleton Studio School was damaged by a broken pipe in the attic of the facility we rent. A sprinkler system pipe broke and water rained into the metal and clay studio. When the front door was first opened water gushed out. Nearly a foot of water covered some parts of the studios. There is insurance on the facility and contents, but a lot of work needed to be done during the holidays to get the place back to working condition.
Since the day it happened many people have volunteered to help. Washing down walls with clorox, inventorying, cleaning, testing, cleaning, mopping, cleaning. Both studios suffered tool damage, but luckily not enough to stop classes from starting.
In the metal studio we were crushed to see the state of the brand-new Durston Rolling Mill (named Athena). She has been removed from the studio and is in the trusted hands of a local machinist, Hank, who says he will bring her back as good as new.
In the clay studio the condition of the kiln is in question as the top appears to have suffered cracking. Many books were very damaged, and one of the wheels.
Thanks to all the volunteers who came in, to those who sent donations, and to those who kept the studio in their thoughts during this time. We’re very thankful that the community came together to keep the studio going. We’re looking forward to a good (and dry) 2010!
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