MudGirls Studios Newsletter #6
March 2018

Announcing MudGirls Tileworks!

Welcome to another edition of the MudGirls Newsletter.

MudGirls Studios Tiles for Atlantic City Gateway Project

 Architectural tiles are piling up all around the studio! Over a year ago, MudGirls Studios proposed the idea of manufacturing wall tiles and treatments for the new buildings being constructed in Atlantic City. The idea was  to have pieces made in Atlantic City, by the people of Atlantic City. We were thrilled when Christopher Paladino, President of AC Devco, visited our tiny studio and was interested in partnering with us! 

Atlantic City Development Corporation (AC Devco), the agency charged with building the Atlantic City Gateway Project (Stockton University Atlantic City Campus and South Jersey Gas) has commissioned MudGirls Studios to design and produce ceramic tiles to be incorporated into a feature fireplace surround in a large gathering space of the new Stockton University residential building. Our team of MudGirls artisans has begun hand forming, shaping, cutting, glazing and firing each piece that will be installed this summer. Over 1,500 individual tiles will be created.

Christopher Paladino recognized the importance of partnering with MudGirls Studios as part of his broader effort to foster public-private partnerships and connect the new development to the diverse Atlantic City community.  This is a significant moment for MudGirls Studios. Founded in January 2016, we continue to deepen our roots in Atlantic City.  This new partnership with AC Devco opens endless possibilities for the women artisans of MudGirls Studios. 


 We are happy to announce that MudGirls Studios has received two grants! THANK YOU to The Borgata Heart & Soul Foundation for donating funds to help purchase a portion of our clay supplies! THANK YOU to the Wells Fargo Foundation for a grant to support our ongoing programs! We are grateful to these 2 generous businesses for assisting us in our mission to help women in need and set them on a path of self-sufficiency.

We are a Team

One of the most important things my MudGirls have told me is, “We are a team.”  By working side by side in the studio, I have seen the women from different and varied pasts bond together. Women who were not friends before, working collaboratively in the studio, now have real friendships. When one of us is struggling, the other is there to offer support. Women who were attending behavior health classes on a weekly basis, are now no longer required to attend. They now have a place to focus their energies, a place where they find a sense of purpose. Their Social Work case workers have visited the studio, interested to understand the program and to see our progress.
Two New Mudgirls
Two new women have joined us at MudGirls Studios and are learning alongside our veteran artisans. We function as a collaborative studio and each of us works on the various pieces in progress. The women have somewhat self-selected specific jobs within the studio. Donna, who has a big personality, likes to work big. She takes the lead on cutting and rolling the clay and clay recycling. MaryAnn is meticulous at constructing vessels and finds the repetitive movement of glazing to be calming. Linda is detail oriented and likes to perfect the pieces, taking off the rough edges and slight imperfections.  Our newest team members are also getting their bearings.  Susan and Taz are working on our new tiles daily.

Mudgirls Heating Up

MudGirls is one tough bunch! Until very recently, we have endured some pretty cold days in the studio. The old St. Michael’s school had been without heat, and we have been improvising with space heaters and the warmth of the sun pouring through our large windows, and of course wearing multiple layers of warm clothing. THANKS to St. Michaels and Calvi Electric we are warming up with the new industrial heater installed in our studio. Electrical upgrades in the 100 year old building were a challenge, to say the least, but now the building is revived with new warmth. Now we can really get moving!


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Donations are also warmly appreciated.

Thank you for your continued support,

Dorrie Papademetriou
MudGirls Studios Founder/Director

MudGirls Studios is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing opportunities in art and entrepreneurship to economically disadvantaged and at-risk women by providing training and skills to transition out of poverty and onto a pathway of self-sufficiency. Through the creation and sale of functional art and aesthetic utilitarian objects women will gain a source of long-term supplemental income.

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