The following history of the Springfield Ceramics and Crafts Club started as a group effort by the 90th Anniversary Committee and now we will continue it here on our website adding presidential updates annually. We have attempted to touch on the highlights of the Club and show a small representation of the classes, table settings and programs throughout the years. It's a very brief synopsis of the history of the Springfield Ceramics and Crafts Club.
Obviously, there has been so much happen during our 95 plus years that it would be impossible to show everything.
A big “Thank You” goes to all our members who have contributed so much to our organization and made us what we are today.
CELEBRATING 90 YEARS
DOUBLE SAPPHIRE ANNIVERSARY
1924 – 2014
“THEN and NOW”
May 18, 2014
1:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.
Drawings for Prizes of Members’ Hand-made Art
Mrs. Lewis Minor 1924-1925
Miss Mary Newell 1925-1926
Mrs. Ed Knox 1926-1929
Mrs. Edward Pree 1929-1930
Miss Marguerite DeLano 1930-1931
Mrs. Corwin S. Mayes 1931-1932
Mrs. Herbert Georg 1932-1934
Mrs. J. A. Canham 1934-1936
Mrs. John W. Pugh 1936-1938
Mrs. L. J. Foreman 1938-1940
Mrs. W. W. Wells 1940-1942
Mrs. Henry A. Solomon 1942-1944
Mrs. Ralph Pierce 1944-1946
Mrs. J. Leslie Lambert 1946-1948
Mrs. Lloyd W. Shannon 1948-1950
Mrs. Carl R. Kull 1950-1952
Mrs. Don R. Lacey 1952-1954
Mrs. O. H. Trainor 1954-1956
Mrs. Henry Abels 1956-1958
Mrs. Miles Gray 1958-1960
Mrs. J. B. Cassiday 1960-1962
Mrs. George Cullen 1962-1964
Mrs. LaVerne Harlan 1964-1966
Mrs. Harry E. Johnson 1966-1968
Mrs. M. D. Turley 1968-1970
Mrs. Richard Waughop 1970-1972
Mrs. Carl E. Wall 1972-1974
Mrs. Jean O. Tick 1974-1976
Mrs. Robert Deffenbaugh 1976-1978
Mr. R. Thomas Roberts 1978-1980
Mrs. Vaughn F. Hershey 1980-1982
Mrs. Harold Randall 1982-1984
Mrs. E. F. Sembell 1984-1986
Miss Peggy O’Connell 1986-1988
Mrs. William Watt 1988-1990
Mrs. Neal Frerichs 1990-1992
Mrs. Samuel Patton 1992-1994
Mrs. Robert Ashbaugh 1994-1996
Mrs. Mark Stern 1996-1998
Mrs. Richard Becker 1998-2000
Mrs. Merle Wiese 2000-2002
Mrs. Ted Hasselbring 2002-2004
Ms. Jayne Blades Epperson 2004-2006
Mrs. Alan Hymans 2006-2008
Mrs. Alvin Edwards 2008-2010
Mrs. Stella Taft 2010-2012
Mrs. Larry Sobeck 2012-2014
Mrs. Gilbert Moorman 2014-2016
Ms. Rebecca Wagner 2016-2018
Mrs. Penni Gebke 2018-2020
May 21, 1924…
was a Wednesday.
Calvin Coolidge (R) was President.
Len Small was Governor of Illinois
Samuel A. Bullard was Mayor of Springfield
“Rhapsody In Blue” was played for the very first time.
Jimmy Carter, Lee Iacocca, Doris Day, Peggy Cass and Marlon Brando were born in 1924.
Edgar Hoover was appointed Director of the Bureau of Investigation, later changed to FBI.
The first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was held.
The first regular airmail service started in the USA.
The Wrigley Building in Chicago was completed.
There was a Hoof and Mouth epidemic in California.
The Indian Citizenship Act was passed which conferred citizenship on all Native Americans in the U.S.
The first ever Winter Olympic games were held in Chamonix, France.
Johnny Weissmuller won 3 gold medals at the Paris Summer Olympics.
IBM Corporation was founded.
Zales Jewelry was started.
First round-the-world flight, MAY 21, 1924
Maid-Rite was started and was the very first drive-in restaurant.
Ace Hardware was started.
Ladies’ Fashions of 1924
Illinois Terminal streetcar 410, built by St. Louis Car Co. in 1924 as order #1324, a sister car to 415, now preserved at the Illinois Railway Museum. (Photographer unknown – CERA Archives)
In the beginning…..
SCCC’s forerunner blossomed from a fashionable tea given at the home of our founder – Mrs. Lewis Minor – for women in our city who were interested in ceramic art – mainly china painting.
There were 75 guests in attendance. Tables and cabinets were filled with almost transparent painted china and sparkling irradiant glass.
This sparked an interest for a long-felt need in our city – the formation of a club which would develop this fine art which is so close to feminine hearts.
Later, on May 21, 1924, twelve women met at the home of Mrs. Minor to organize the “Springfield Ceramics Society.”
Mrs. Minor was elected President. Meetings were to be held once a month. All meetings were held in the homes of the members.
Most of the programs of these early days were “home talent,” with all members of the Club participating.
The first exhibit was held at Lincoln Library for three days – the most important event of the year!
In the fall of 1925, an exhibit of hand-decorated china was displayed. It was considered the finest exhibit of china ever shown in Springfield – at any time.
One hundred guests were present, but there were only six members of the Ceramics Society.
Calendar for 1926-1927
In 1925 and 1926 interest lagged – almost to the point of discontinuing the club itself.
In February, 1926, the membership voted to include all phases of art - not just ceramic art.
In December, 1926, a sale of arts and crafts was held at “Marsh’s Paint Shop,” and it became the highlight of the year. This time, members also demonstrated basket weaving, silk lamp shades and hats.
Beginning in 1927, there was a demonstration of pottery, talks of gesso and how to decorate glass without firing, and china painting was discussed. Later, applied design and quilting were shown.
During 1927 and 1928, crafts included hooked rugs, blanket making, wood carving, and tooled leather.
At the December, 1928, Board Meeting, the Club voted to change its name to “Springfield Ceramics and Crafts Club,” to cover various arts and crafts.
Meetings in 1929 consisted of speakers from Chicago as well as from the Springfield area.
First Table Setting
By 1929-1930, with Mrs. Edward Pree as President, tremendous gains were being made:
- revision of the Constitution,
- frequent board meetings,
- study classes,
- first printed program, and
- a yearbook.
February 10, 1930, was the birth of the first Table Setting idea! Plans took shape!
Mrs. Edward Pree, President, 1929-1930\\
On January 16, 1934, our “Sinking Fund” was established, and our “Aisle of Tables” was voted to become an annual affair. In April, it was made mandatory for each member to exhibit at least one article of handwork at the annual exhibit.
In the meantime, the third floor of the Y.M.C.A. was rented with use of the kitchenette for $3.50 per month. It was also agreed that members pay a quarter for lunch instead of bringing food from home.
By October, 1934, there was $125.00 in the Sinking Fund, and 106 members by the end of 1935.
Mrs. Herbert Georg, President, 1932-1934
On March 9, 1931, Mrs. Vachel Lindsay spoke to the club. Her topic was “My Husband as an Artist.”
Dues were $3.00 per year.
Lunch at the meetings costing 25 cents.
“Sustaining Membership” was $5.00 per year.
“Life Membership” was $50.00.
Non-member guests were admitted for a fee of 35 cents.
Table Setting, Hotel Abraham Lincoln, Ca. 1935
Members were required to display one craft item at the Annual Table Setting Luncheon or were automatically dropped from membership.
After an absence of a year, they could be reinstated. Membership cards had to be presented at each meeting.
First Fund Raiser – A Card Party
Anniversary Luncheon, Washington Park Pavilion, May, 1939
November 15-17, 1938, were days scheduled for the Stix, Baer and Fuller’s (St. Louis) Seventh Annual Table Setting Tournament.
The SCCC accepted the invitation to participate and chartered a bus to carry 40 members to view the table setting.
First prize – a chest of silver – was awarded to our Club.
Stix, Baer & Fuller’s 7th Annual Table Setting
Typical Table Setting of the 1930’s
Beginning in 1942, members were busy knitting and sewing for the Red Cross, providing food for Sunshine School, and selling Defense Bonds.
In May, 1943, a housing committee was appointed to find a suitable home for the club.
In the meantime, members provided Christmas trees for soldiers housed at the State Fairgrounds and sold war stamps in downtown Springfield.
Work days began being held at the Y.W.C.A. and some were held at the I.O.O.F. in 1946.
By 1954, recipes collected from members since 1948 were made into a cookbook of 275 pages to be sold for $2.00.
Each year since the Sinking Fund had been established, the SCCC had contributed with the purpose of purchasing a permanent home.
By May 1970, there was $19,509.00 in the fund. Pam Waughop chaired the committee to find a permanent home for the club.
By 1960, another rule was added for the membership:
A member was now required to attend at least three work day meetings during the current year.
Pam Waugh President – 1970-1972
SCCC BUYS THEIR OWN BUILDING
Imagine the excitement of the club members when, in March,1971, the Club purchased its own building at 3500 South Sixth Street (behind the old skating rink – just north of the drive-in theater).
Since it was two floors, the second floor was to be rented as an apartment. The only mortgage was to be $5,000.00 to be used for equipment such as tables, chairs and installation of a sink. The rental income from the apartment would pay for the real estate taxes and insurance.
The Club continued to grow and expand its activities, and soon outgrew the South Sixth facility and the sale of the building garnered a nice profit.
President Shirley Tick 1974-1976
42nd Annual Table Setting
Six years later, in September, 1977, the present building and an adjoining house were purchased.
By May 1978, the building on South 6th Street was sold and only $27,000.00 was owed on the new building. After many hours of hard work, planning, juggling, etc., the move to our new home began.
Many of the ladies who were instrumental in all of this are still members of the club today.
In October 1979, it was reported that the membership had increased to 150. The house was rented for $275.00 per month and the building was rented to a church for $100.00 per Sunday.
By 1980, the balance owed was under $15,000.00. On December 8, 1986, the mortgage was burned.
President Ila Roberts 1978-1980
54th Annual Table Setting
In September, 1984, we auctioned off the house we owned just north of the club, and with Dorothy Frerichs chairing the committee, went through the many-step process of having it removed, sought proper zoning for a parking lot, persuaded CWLP to move the water meter from the parking lot area, persuaded Woodside Township to provide proper drainage from the lot, sought bids for the surfacing of the parking lot area, etc.
Finally, in late June, 1985, we saw another dream come true – a surfaced, striped, properly-drained and lighted parking lot at a cost of $14,850.00!
L-R: Dorothy Frerichs, Mary Beth Roland, Ann Piper, Marilyn Heintzen, Ila Roberts, Barbara McDermott, Margaret Sembell
Bathrooms were remodeled and a new roof was put on. The kitchen was added, as well as the ceramics room and kiln.
We moved upstairs, but there was a problem with members navigating the stairs. So Shirley Tick found a lift chair in a tavern where the owner had installed it for his wife, since they lived above the tavern.
She bought it and arranged for it to be installed in our stairwell, making it very easy for anyone to access both levels of the building.
In 2006, the lift chair was replaced with a new one, thanks to Charlene and George Kennedy.
Classes 1989 -1990
Scratch Board Art
Dorothy Frerichs President 1990-1992
Betty Patton President 1992-1994
63rd Annual Table Setting
Heirloom Embroidery - 1994
Metal Casting & Sculpy Jewelry - 1994
Ribbon Pillows – Ceramics - 1994
Rug Hooking - 1994
“Ashes of Roses” Tapestry – 1994
(Required at least 300 hours)
My First Day of School” Centerpiece – 1994
Every decoration made from Sculpy clay.
Paper Mache` Produce - 1994
T-S – “My First Thanksgiving” - 1994
T-S – “My First Easter Bunny Brunch” - 1994
T-S – “My First Miniature Table Setting” - 1994
Barbara Wiese President 2000-2002
Stained Glass Painted Sweatshirts
Dot Hasselbring President 2002-2004
Creative Clay Goldfish
Paper Making - Ornaments
T-S – “Our 25th Anniversary”
Knitted Fingerless Gloves
Jane Epperson President 2004-2006
72 Annual Table setting
Colored Pencil Drawing
Spirilli & Tea Paper folding
Present Membership Rules
- All active members shall be required to attend three (3) two-hour minimum classes during the fiscal year.
- All active members shall be required to exhibit one or more pieces of art or craft taught in the fiscal year.
- All active members must pay annual dues by April 20 or they will be dropped automatically from the membership roster.
- All active members shall be required to support the fundraisers of the club as designated by the Board of Directors.
- New members must accept an office or assume some position of responsibility to the club within their first five years of membership.
Table Settings 2008
Patricia Hymans President 2006-2008
Seat Belt tote
Beaded “Penny Purse”
Concrete Bird Bath
Framed Bud Vase
Ceramic House Number Plaque
Rolled Magazine Bowl
Carol Edwards President 2008 - 2010
In September 2008, an outreach program with students at Black Hawk School was begun and continues today with after-school craft sessions, as well as members of the club donating clothing and school items to the students. We later extended our assistance to Harvard Park Elementary School.
Black Hawk after school program
Working for “Basket of Hope”
By 2010, the club became associated with Basket of Hope and continues to knit caps and blankets, and make gowns for preemie babies, along with pillows for children receiving prolonged IV’s, both for cancer treatment and in the emergency room.
Preemie hats and booties
Making pillows for children receiving ER or chemo treatments
Presentation of Scholarship 2012
The last several years, a $1000.00 scholarship has been given to a student from a local college who is majoring art.
Cut-out Border Jacket
Frilly Knit Scarf
Altered CD Book
Knitted Baby Hat
High Tea 2009
Doll Tea Party 2010
Soup Supper Fundraiser
Stella Taft President 2010-2012
Festival of Trees
The Springfield Ceramics and Craft Club, while celebrating its 90th year in 2014, boasted an active membership of 150, 87 Life Members, and a waiting list of 5.
Twenty different crafts were taught in the summer of 2013, and fifty-seven in the fall-winter-spring season of 2013-2014, making a tital os seventy-seven different crafts for the fiscal year.
The club holds a Spring Class Sign-Up in May, and a Fall/Winter Class Sign-Up in September of each year.
Members are looking forward to another 90 years for the club!
Today’s Fashion (2014)
Carol Sobeck President 2012-2014
82nd Annual Table Setting
Mary Jane Moorman President 2014 -2016
Barack Obama (D) is President.
Pat Quinn is Governor of Illinois.
Michael Houston is Mayor of Springfield.
There are conflicts in the Middle East.
There are school shootings.
Marijuana is legal in Colorado.
Prince William has a son, George.
We’ve landed on the Moon.
We pay to watch TV.
Organ transplants are common place.
A “Smart Phone” can make phone calls, take photos, access the internet, pay bills, send email, play music, play games and watch movies & TV.
The Cubs still haven’t won the World Series.
We can power a car by plugging it into electricity.
Millions of people connect with each other on Facebook.
It’s been 50 years since the Beatles arrived.
May 2014 – Countless change have taken place between
“THEN AND NOW”, but the Springfield Ceramic and Craft Club still exists!
A special event paid homage to the past 90 years. Those involved:
Because we had so many new members accepted in 2013-2014, there was not enough room at the 2014 Table Setting Luncheon for everyone who wanted to set a table to do so.
Therefore, because of the 90th Anniversary Celebration, the Board voted to allow members to set a table at this event.
Table Setter and Title of Setting
Glenda Callahan-Kinner – “Country Roses Tea Party”
Barb Carney – “Another of Hitler’s Victims”
Leslie Frederick –“Remembering Christmas with my Parents.”
Penni Gebke – “When I Grow Young”
Sheryl A. Glynn – “Garden Tea Party”
Margaret Longhta – “Gifts from Loved Ones”
Gwen Pollock – Vintage and New with Green Cabbage”
Dee Spring – “How Things Have Changed”
Rebecca Wagner – “With A Not To Lincoln”
Sylvia Walker – Not My Mother’s Table
Zetta Engel – Helen Johnston’s Hand-Painted china
Dot Hasselbring – Ceramic Nativity Set
Rebecca Wagner, President 2016-2018
Fall 2016: SCCC held it's first Crafter's Treasure Sale. Members were encouraged to go thru their supply stashes and donate items for the sale. Shoppers bought a bag for $10 and were able to fill it with whatever supplies they could fit into the bag. Larger items were individually priced. The Crafter's Treasure Sale is held every other year.
Winter 2016-2017: The lower level of the studio was remodeled. Due to a generous donation by a Club member, we were able to replace the carpet and resurfaced the floors. The lower level was remodeled with the removal of walls and the creation of a large storage room. The entire lower level was repainted and display rods were installed. Necessary work was also done to correct a drainage issue and a sump pump was installed.
Winter 2017: The first Soup Luncheon was held. Members volunteered to make ceramic bowls for the event. Tickets were sold in advance to members, friends and family. Guests enjoyed Panera soup and received a beautiful ceramic bowl of their choice. This has become an annual event held each January. Proceeds from the event support the ceramic area at the Club.
Penni Gebke, President 2018-2020
2018: Standing rules were amended to allow a special membership application period if active membership fell below 90% (below 135) of the maximum 150 active members. Applications can be accepted after May 1st with new members initiated in September of the same year.
Fall 2018: At least two $500 grants are awarded to local art teachers to promote fine arts knowledge and practice. These grants replaced the former student scholarship. Six grants were awarded in 2018: $500 - Kimberly Magowan, St. Agnes Catholic School; $500 - Lisa Beenenga, Southeast High School; $250 - Robert Mitchell, Lincoln Magnet School; $250 - Beth Rianegga, Springfield High School; $100 - Kelly Minder, Owen Marsh Elementary School, and $100 - Kristin Jurgens, Lanphier High School.
December 2018: In an effort to address health concerns, the traditional cookie walk, held in conjunction with the Holiday Market, was reinvented into a Sweet Shop offering decorated cookies, specialty breads, rolls & candies. Shoppers can still select and create their own individual boxes with the help of volunteer members who fill the boxes at the display counter.
The Artisan Holiday Boutique/Sweet Shop of 2018 was the first time SCCC accepted plastic card payment for the purchases of shoppers.
April 2019: Building improvements:
Completed the installation of the new display wall in the main room of the Club with a gallery type cover and plate-type hangars for displaying member crafts.
Completed the restriping of the parking lot and added a barrier along the back alley to keep large trucks from driving through the parking lot breaking up the concrete
Purchased and installed a new kiln for glass projects, launching SCCC into a new craft which has become popular. Several members have experience in glass works and look forward to offering classes.
Initiated 11 new members approved through the special membership application period. Launched a new Club website to provide security for members and offer a user-friendly site.
December 2019/January 2020:
A new challenge was launched at the Member Christmas Tea called the 5th Friday Challenge. Members were encouraged to use the non-traditional block of wood to create a traditional art piece. The first show and tell was held January 31, 2020. Members brought their creations and told stories on how they came to be. The challenge will continue throughout 2020; May 29, July 31 and Oct 30.
The end of our fiscal year marked a devastating time for not only Illinois but the entire United States with the outbreak and spread of the Coronavirus - CoVid 19. Social distancing and a stay-at-home order was issued by Governor JB Pritzker for the entire state. As a result all classes and activities were canceled at SCCC from March through August 2020 unless CDC lifts restrictions on large gatherings (over 10). The decision to close the Club was a difficult one but necessary.
Judy Hauffe, President 2020-2022