Last login: Monday, October 22, 2012
I am quite distressed to hear of the UCSD Crafts Center closing. I am an older student becoming an artist in this later phase of my life. I have long been taking art classes at Mesa College, however, because of budget restrictions, the limited classes there may be taken only one time. This is of particular concern as a Ceramics student, because becoming a skilled Ceramics artist takes a great deal of time. My cohorts and I have taken ceramics classes at the UCSD Crafts Center when classes at Mesa were terminated during the summer. I may speak for all of us when I say I've been holding the Crafts Center as my personal ace-in-the-hole, to look toward when I've used up my Mesa class quota. To have this option removed is extremely disappointing.
I have previously taken jewelry classes at the Crafts Center and have looked forward to the time that I may take art welding. The Crafts Center is one of the few places where welding is taught as an art form. The same may be said for working with neon. As was said on the radio discussion, I have looked forward in my art work to combining clay, metal, glass and jewels, eventually coming up with some distinctive style of my own. The Craft Center closing significantly hinders that goal.
The closing of the UCSD Crafts Center significantly impacts the quality of life available to a person in later years, living on a fixed income, seeking to grow creatively in this vital third act of one's life. I can only hope that this decision will be reconsidered.
October 22, 2012 at 1:30 p.m.
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