KC Clay Guild
200 West 74th Street
Kansas City MO 64114
Throwing a pot at KC Clay Guild
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 363-1373
Mission Statement
To provide a supportive environment in which the clay community can meet, share knowledge and experience, promote public awareness of the ceramic arts and foster creative and economic growth.
CEO/Executive Director Board Chair is Executive Director
Board Chair Ms. Elly Biggerstaff
Board Chair Company Affiliation Cigna Healthcare
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1988
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement To provide a supportive environment in which the clay community can meet, share knowledge and experience, promote public awareness of the ceramic arts and foster creative and economic growth.
Background Statement
The KC Clay Guild was founded in 1988 by a group of local clay artists for the purpose of giving back to the community by promoting opportunities and collegiality among people in the Kansas City area who had an interest in ceramic arts. Through their vision and commitment, KC Clay Guild became a Not for Profit Corporation in 1991, and obtained their 501(c)(3) tax exempt status in 1992.
KC Clay Guild signed a lease on the building at 606 West 39th Street in August of 1995 and opened in October of that year. In November of 1998, the Guild purchased the building which we currently still occupy at 200 West 74th Street, moving in to the facility in April of 1999.
KC Clay Guild emphasizes youth and adult education, providing class instruction 6 days a week with experienced teachers in a small group setting. KC Clay Guild offers open studio time 7 days a week during which students, members, and non-members may use the facility for a small hourly fee.  Monthly workshops and programs on a variety of ceramic topic areas are also available for members. 
In June of 2010, the KC Clay Guild sponsored the first annual 'KC Clay Guild Teabowl National' which was juried by nationally known artist Peter Pinnell.  The show has continued and was moved to the Thornhill Gallery on the campus of Avila University in 2012 and moved to the Bredin-Lee Gallery in 2017.
In 2015, the Guild re-vamped its artist-in-residence program. There are three positions with a $2,500 annual stipend. In exchange, the A.I.R.s assist in kiln firing, glaze mixing, clay mixing, and other duties.
In September of 2015 the Guild hired its first employee, a Studio Coordinator, who is part-time. This individual supervises the resident artists and ensures daily operation of the facility including class enrollment, website and social media messaging and the like.  
KC Clay Guild has long been a valued member of of the non-profit community and members are regularly called upon to contribute their time and talents to other non-profit organizations. For example, in the last year several artists contributed pieces of their art to the Kansas City Artists Coalition auction, the Humane Society auction, MOCSA, and the Crittenton auction.
KC Clay Guild is financially sustained through membership fees, classes, fundraisers, and charges for services. The Clay Guild is staffed primarily with volunteers - neither the board members nor the studio monitors receive monetary compensation while the class instructors do receive compensation.
Impact Statement
The KC Clay Guild had a successful year. In Sept 2015 we hired a part time Studio Coordinator which has helped manage class enrollment, our paid Artist in resident positions, and overall Guild procedures. We held the second annual Spring Sale in May and sponsored our October  "Raku Night", in which participants glaze a piece, Guild volunteers fire it, and participants take it home with them that evening. We are currently planning our annual Holiday Pottery Tour where over 60 participants will be selling ceramic art throughout the KC area.
We host monthly workshops given by local ceramic artists that are free for members and $5 for non-members. We also hosted the 8th annual Teabowl National where we partnered with the Bredin-Lee Gallery near the crossroads district downtown.

We assisted several charitable organizations, including the Humane Society, the Kansas City Artists Coalition, MOCSA, Food Circle, the Crittendon Center, the Lee's Summit Rotary Club, and others in the form of donations of art pieces for their fundraisers. Our fundraising assistance efforts resulted in donations in excess of $4,000 for the charities.

We have completed a multi-year plan to maximize the use of the building space at the Guild. In 2014 we replaced the HVAC system, combined the office and front desk areas enabling increased studios for rent and increased shelf rentals. We also expanded our glaze offerings to mid range and high fire glaze options. In 2015, we focused on exterior improvements including a new sign made by members, new retain walls, and improved landscaping making our facility more welcoming. In 2016 we upgraded our electrical system for improved safety at the facility and flexibility in kiln location, we completed roof repairs, and we used our profits from 2015 to pay off our mortgage.
The focus now is to maintaining and upgrading our ceramic studio equipment to continue offering low-cost studio time and classes.  
Needs Statement
  1. Sponsor the building of a soda kiln to be build in our "backyard. Estimate is $8500 which includes concrete pad on which to build the kiln and a small shelter.
  2. Sponsor one annual artist-in-residence position. Three opportunities available per year at $2,500 each.
  3. Underwrite costs for natural gas hookup for exterior of building to improve safety during our "Raku Festival": $2,300
  4. Underwrite costs for replacement windows: $10,000.

Detailed budgets for all projects listed can be provided.

Service Categories
Visual Arts
Arts Education
Visual Arts
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County
KS - Johnson County
KS - Wyandotte County
MO - Clay County
MO - Platte County
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
KC Clay Guild has continued to offer a wide variety of programs to the art community, as stated in our background statement, while operating on a small budget with volunteers comprising the majority of our staff. The KC Clay Guild has managed to maintain our building, which was purchased in 1998, including the completion of a new roof in 2004. However, building maintenance has continued to pose challenges for the facility to continue operation as needed for the community. Much of the maintenance work for our building is completed by volunteer staff, if possible. Likewise, maintenance of our studio equipment can also become costly and, due to the limited budget of the KC Clay Guild, this again, poses challenges for our continued operation.
We rely on our members for our revenue to continue operation and yet, we cannot operate without functional equipment. The KC Clay Guild has often solved financial dilemmas throughout their history by organizing various fundraisers on a regular basis and working together to keep the guild operating. Our member base has been a crucial part of the success for the KC Clay Guild, as it is those members who help us advertise and make our studio truly a "guild!"
Our financial success over the past several years has enabled us to broaden our service offerings through increased classes, improved equipment, and expanded glaze/firing options (we now offer mid-range and high fire glazes to all and low fire earthenware to children's classes.)
In 2016, we used our profits from 2015 to pay off our remaining mortgage balance making the Guild debt-free. 
Description KC Clay Guild offers adult instruction in a small class setting with talented instructors. All experience levels are welcome and students work at their own pace and learn through working with clay in a hands-on experience.
Population Served Adults, ,
Short-Term Success Short term success is shown by the numbers of students who continue to show progress and who enjoy attending the classes.
Long-Term Success Success is determined by our ability to provide valuable instruction in a fun and friendly atmosphere. Instructors take an inexperienced student and give them the knowledge to be able to create high-quality ceramics. Ideally, this instruction will be self-sustaining in that the fees charged cover all of the expenses incurred.
Program Success Monitored By Students and teachers are surveyed at least annually. Questions include whether or not they feel they are making progress and what their level of satisfaction is. Students are also asked to rate their instructors and to make any suggestions for improvement.
Examples of Program Success To date, several formerly inexperienced students have progressed to the point where they sell their creations at various art shows nationwide. Survey results show a very high rate of satisfaction with the quality of instruction provided. 
Description Instruction for young students is provided in a small group setting with an experienced instructor. Young students are introduced to ceramic arts and encouraged to explore and try new things.
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Artists' Services
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years), ,
Short-Term Success Short term success is measured by verbal feedback from parents of students enrolled. In 2016, we received a lot of positive feedback from parents of both the wheel throwing and handbuilding classes.
Long-Term Success Long term success is defined by a continued rate of attendance to the classes and by the number of students who re-enroll in a class.  
Program Success Monitored By
We monitor success of the children's classes through feedback from both students and parents of students, re-enrollment numbers, and teacher feedback. 
Examples of Program Success
In 2016, we continued our "summer kids classes" offering which was sold out. We also had an increased in re-enrollment of students in our regular Saturday children's class offerings. The improved enrollment of these programs is indicative of our success in our children's class offerings.
Description KC Clay Guild is very active in Community Service, providing members' artwork for several art auctions for local non-profits (Greater Kansas City Humane Society, Kansas City Artists Coalition, Crittendon Center, etc.), and volunteers and support for outreach endeavors.
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Artists' Services
Population Served Other Named Groups, ,
Short-Term Success Short-term success is shown by the ability of the partner non-profits to raise funds through the sale of our members' artwork at their art auctions.  
Long-Term Success Long term success would be achieved if the Clay Guild succeeds in building partnerships with a network of other non-profit agencies.
Program Success Monitored By The KC Clay Guild Board monitors the success of the program and keeps track of the amount of funding raised through our members' artwork donations.
Examples of Program Success In the last year, we have provided artwork donations which raised in excess of $3000 for our partner non-profit agencies, including the Greater Kansas City Humane Society and the Kansas City Artists Coalition.
Description KC Clay Guild provides studio space for the use of local artists, both members and non-members. For little or no fee, artists use the Guild's pottery wheels, tools and glazes and can have their works fired in the Guild's bisque or high-fire glaze kilns. This valuable program affects artists throughout the entire metro region who count upon this affordable service.
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Artists' Services
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
Short-Term Success The Clay Guild is currently installing a new high-fire kiln, the design of which will allow for a more efficient firing. This is very important given the ever-increasing fuel costs. Short-term success will be determined if the new kiln provides a more efficient and predictable firing, which we hope will attract more artists to use this service.
Long-Term Success Long term success is defined by the ability of the Clay Guild to continue to attract talented volunteers to load and fire the kilns, thus enabling the costs to remain very low.
Program Success Monitored By
Our membership continues to grow in numbers which is indicative of the success of our Studio and Kiln use. Additionally, we have attracted interns, studio techs, and resident artists from the region.
Examples of Program Success The KC Clay Guild has remained a viable entity for over 20 years, relying almost exclusively on volunteer labor.  Our membership has grown and we continue to attract artists of all walks of life.
KC Clay Guild has an opportunity for three resident artists each year starting in late summer to learn the 'business' of clay in a non-profit setting.  As part of the program, these young artists have the opportunity to assist in the daily management of a ceramic studio as well as interact with members.  In return, KC Clay Guild provides a studio and a $2,500 annual stipend.
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Artists-in-Residence
Population Served Other Named Groups, Adults, Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Short-Term Success Short-term success of these programs will result in an infusion of energy, ideas, and enthusiasm to the Guild in return for hands-on experience in the operation of a non-profit.  New workshops will be added, new exhibits scheduled.
Long-Term Success The long-term success of these programs will result in a continuing collaborative relationship with the Kansas City Art Institute and other art institutions, providing real-life instruction for their students and much-needed help at the KC Clay Guild.  
Program Success Monitored By The program is monitored by both the KC Clay Guild Board and the art institutions from which the artist in residence come.  The resident and the intern both provide monthly feedback to the Board and the Board provides feedback to them and to their instructors, if required.
Examples of Program Success The program successes include the addition of two new workshops in the last few months, new exhibits scheduled for the coming year.  The intern has been happy enough with the situation to agree to remain with the Guild while she explores opportunities for an artist-in-residence position.
CEO Comments
KC Clay Guild is unique in that it is run primarily by volunteers with only one part-time employee. Our success depends on our volunteers as they perform a variety of tasks: building monitors, who answer phones, clean areas, sell clay, memberships, classes and artwork; board members, who administer the staff and see to the well being of the building and programs; kiln techs, who fire the kilns; glaze techs, formulate and mix glazes, etc. The fact that KC Clay Guild is a volunteer organization is also one of its chief challenges.  Because many members have jobs in the 'real' world, sometimes tasks do not get completed in a timely manner.  The same people perform most of the tasks and there are not enough of them to go around.  Time, money and stretching volunteers too thin are some of our biggest challenges.    
The members that are involved, do it for the love of clay and the organization.  
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Board Chair is Executive Director
Term Start Apr 2012
Experience Degree in ceramics and art therapy.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Paid Full-Time Staff 0
Paid Part-Time Staff 1
Volunteers 40
Paid Contractors 17
Retention Rate 85%
Formal Evaluations
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
We collaborate with the following organizations: 
  • Kansas City Artists Coalition
  • Lee's Summit Rotary Club
  • Kansas City Art Institute
  • Rime Buddhist Center
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments All board positions, including Chairman, are voluntary positions with no monetary compensation. Board meetings are held on a regular monthly basis to discuss guild operations and management. Board follows guidelines for operations of not-for-profit structure.
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Elly Biggerstaff
Company Affiliation Cigna Healthcare
Term Apr 2012 to Apr 2018
Email ellybig@gmail.com
Board Members
Ms. Aimee Adams Workshops & Events Chair
Ms. Chanda Baker Secretary
Ms. Elly Biggerstaff PresidentCigna Healthcare
Mr. John Devaney Membership ChairQuackenbush & Associates
Mr. Mark Maurer Building MaintenanceHenderson Engineers
Ms. Janet Reuss Educational ChairCommunity Volunteer
Ms. Susan Speck Gallery Chair
Ms. Melynda Steward TreasurerBurns & McDonnell
Mr. Jon Trimble Publicity ChairCommunity Volunteer
Mr. Josh Wood Vice PresidentCity of Olathe
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 10
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 6
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? No
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Standing Committees
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Program / Program Planning
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
CEO Comments All board positions, including Chairman, are voluntary positions with no monetary compensation. All Board positions are filled by KC Clay Guild Members (per the organization's by-laws) and Board members are voted in by the general membership of the organization.  Board meetings are held monthly to discuss guild operations and management. The Board follows guidelines and by-laws for operations of not-for-profit structure.
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $200,000
Projected Expenses $200,000
Spending Policy Income Only
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2015, 2014, 2013: Financial data reported from IRS 990. 
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$57,386$85,875$104,297
Administration Expense$81,796$52,377$2,002
Fundraising Expense$0$0$4,470
Payments to Affiliates$0$0--
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.171.051.27
Program Expense/Total Expenses41%62%94%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%15%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$248,139$226,874$219,968
Current Assets$96,082$68,153$69,491
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$55,095
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$248,139$226,874$164,873
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%25%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Comments
The KC Clay Guild has enjoyed continued financial success over the past five years growing our gross income over 50%. As a result, we have expanded our artistic offering to the community, improved and expanded our equipment, and improving our facility while and maximizing our current usage of space. Now that the facility has been improved, we are focusing efforts on improving/expanding our equipment. 
Organization Name KC Clay Guild
Address 200 West 74th Street
Kansas City, MO 64114
Primary Phone (816) 363-1373
Contact Email KCCGStudio@gmail.com
CEO/Executive Director Board Chair is Executive Director
Board Chair Ms. Elly Biggerstaff
Board Chair Company Affiliation Cigna Healthcare
Year of Incorporation 1988