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 promote the appreciation of and participation in ceramic arts through group and individual education programs, public outreach and the creation of a diverse ceramic arts community. 
CEO/Executive Director Board Chair is Executive Director
Board Chair Mr. Josh Wood
Board Chair Company Affiliation City of Olathe
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1988
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer
For in-kind donations, please mail a check to our address at 200 West 74th St., Kansas City, MO 64111, email the treasurer at treasurer@kcclayguild.org or call 816-363-1373. You can also donate online at kcclayguild.org/donate. There are sponsorship opportunities throughout the year for Raku Night, the Teabowl National, and the Annual Holiday Sale.
Volunteer opportunities are available to members and non-members. Call 816-363-1373. There are ongoing or one-time volunteer opportunities. If interested, please call and leave a message for the vice president, visit our website at www.kcclayguild.org or email KCCGStudio@gmail.com.
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement To promote the appreciation of and participation in ceramic arts through group and individual education programs, public outreach and the creation of a diverse ceramic arts community. 
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 networking 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 into the facility in April of 1999.
KC Clay Guild emphasizes youth and adult education, providing class instruction 6 to 7 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 2009, 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
In 2018, the Guild's top accomplishments include: 
  • Completion of a soda kiln, the first of its kind in the Kansas City region, and successfully launching programming related to the soda kiln including classes and regular firings to bring in additional revenue and ceramic opportunities to members and the community. 
  • Expanding our current level of programming to provide additional opportunities for people to interact with ceramics including adult and children's classes, one-time or multiple session classes, the annual Spring Sale, Holiday Sale & Studio tour, TeaBowl National, and  Raku Night. 
  • Expanding our Artist-in-Residence (A.I.R.) program to three positions, including a stipend for each. In exchange for the stipend, the A.I.R.s assist in kiln loading and unloading and other studio maintenance tasks and are provided with free studio space and firings. 
  • Expanding our outreach to under served populations including offering assistance to 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 and/or gift certificates for their fundraisers. Our fundraising assistance efforts resulted in donations in excess of $4,000 for the charities. We also developed a class offering for New Frontiers through Truman Medical Center, which offers activities for adults with severe and persistent mental illnesses. 
The KC Clay Guild's focus for 2019 is as follows: 
  • Develop long-term strategic plan. 
  • Expand our class and service offerings to other under-served populations
  • Continue to expand programming such as classes, workshops, and annual events. 
  • Continue our current A.I.R. positions. 
Needs Statement
  1. Sponsor one annual artist-in-residence position. Three opportunities available per year at $2,500 each.
  2. Underwrite costs for replacement windows: $10,000.
  3. Assistance in developing long-term strategic plan - assistance and facilitation services in-kind.

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 majority of our income received is from our programming including classes, workshops and annual events. The KC Clay Guild has often solved financial dilemmas throughout its history by organizing various fundraisers 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.) It has also enabled us to become debt free in 2016 and focus on repairs and maintenance at our current facility.
We find ourselves "bursting at the seams" and moving to a larger facility to accommodate this growth will be included in our long-terms strategic plan, among other goals.  
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; Artists-in-Residence who fire the kilns, 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.  We'd like to continue this culture of volunteerism while increasing class and programming offerings.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Board Chair is Executive Director
Term Start Apr 2017
Experience KC Clay Guild Member. Practicing ceramic artist for 20 years. Degree in business and currently manage a suburban KC municipality department with an annual budget of $6 million.
Paid Full-Time Staff 0
Paid Part-Time Staff 1
Paid Contractors 13
Volunteers 40
Retention Rate 85%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
Caucasian 1
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation N/A
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
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
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 monthly basis to discuss guild operations and management. Board follows guidelines for operations of not-for-profit structure.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Josh Wood
Company Affiliation City of Olathe
Term Apr 2017 to Apr 2019
Email opeswood@yahoo.com
Board Members
Mr. Char Anderson Building MaintenanceCommunity Volunteer
Ms. Chanda Baker SecretaryCerner
Mr. John Devaney EducationQuackenbush & Associates
Ms. Elissa Keisser Vice President
Ms. Janet Reuss MembershipCommunity Volunteer
Ms. Susan Speck Gallery Chair
Ms. Melynda Steward TreasurerBurns & McDonnell
Ms. Amy Troester PublicityCommunity Volunteer
Ms. Laura Tyler Programs
Mr. Josh Wood President/ChairCity of Olathe
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 10
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 8
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
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, 2018
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2018
Projected Revenue $200,000
Projected Expenses $200,000
Spending Policy Income Only
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2017, 2016, 2015: Financial data reported from IRS 990. 
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201820172016
Program Expense$157,691$152,691$152,014
Administration Expense$27,759$171$29,474
Fundraising Expense$0$30,388$0
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.151.101.11
Program Expense/Total Expenses82%83%84%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$307,397$256,370$266,773
Current Assets$95,038$93,664$65,366
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$1,298$0$0
Total Net Assets$306,099$256,370$266,773
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities73.22----
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201820172016
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. 
Other Documents
Organization Name KC Clay Guild
Address 200 West 74th Street
Kansas City, MO 64114
Primary Phone (816) 363-1373
Contact Email studio@kcclayguild.org
CEO/Executive Director Board Chair is Executive Director
Board Chair Mr. Josh Wood
Board Chair Company Affiliation City of Olathe
Year of Incorporation 1988