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Pewabic raising funds for 2,500 square-foot expansion to double capacity

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Detroit’s Pewabic Pottery is looking to expand its facility to double production capacity. The new expansion would be used for a 2,500-square-foot tile studio.

The new wing (in blue in the drawing below) will be located along Hurlbut Street and the alley. The building will be a single story and is designed to match the historic character of the rest of the Pewabic campus. The renderings were designed by inForm Studio.

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The expansion will allow the artisans there the ability to double production capacity. The new studio will also have a lot of windows to help bring in natural light and ventilation.

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The current tile pressing and mold rooms are pretty small. There is limited space to make and store the plaster molds they use to make the tiles. According to Pewabic, there is not enough space to press, dry, and store the tiles it currently makes.

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In the past four years Pewabic has added two new kilns that can produce 1,800 square feet of tiles every month. However, the tile studio only has space for 1,000 sq. feet of tiles.

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Pewabic is currently raising money for the expansion. It needs to raise $350,000 by April 15 to begin construction. It has already received a $70,000 grant from the Michigan Council of Arts and Cultural Affairs.

More information please click here.

Pewabic is a nonprofit, so donations are tax deductible.

– Reprinted with permission from Daily Detroit.

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