In the beginning, Mrs. Lewis Minor would host a fashionable tea at her home for women who were interested in ceramic arts – especially China Painting. The Springfield Ceramic Society was organized on May 21, 1924 when 12 women met at the home of Mrs. Lewis Minor (founder). Mrs. Minor was elected President. Meetings were held once a month. The name was changed to Springfield Ceramics and Crafts Club (SCCC) in 1928 to reflect its activity in various arts and crafts.
First ceramics exhibit 1924
During the early years, members would place their created items on display. The first exhibit was held June 18-20, 1924, at the Lincoln Library where many people viewed one of the finest exhibits of ceramics.
Table setting display 1930
Under the leadership of Mrs. Edward Pree (1929-1930), the first table setting display was held on February 10, 1930. Displays were judged and prizes awarded. In 1938, Club members accepted an invitation from Stix; Bauer and Fuller Department Store in St. Louis, MO., to participate in the 7th Annual Table Setting Tournament. SCCC was the only club out of the city of St. Louis invited to participate. SCCC was awarded 1st place and brought home a chest of silver flatware which was raffled off to add funds to the treasury. The tradition of table setting displays continues each April at the annual Table Setting Luncheon. Members in their first 2 years of membership are asked to display place settings of their choice.
Current building purchased 1978
Initially meetings were held in the homes of the members. As membership grew, the Club would hold meetings at churches or hotels. SCCC purchased a building on S. 6th Street behind the ice skating rink in the early 70’s. In June 1978, the Club purchased the existing building and adjacent property at 2626 S. Pasfield. In 1985, the small house and garage which was part of the original purchase was torn down and cleared for a parking lot. The addition of a covered entryway and wheelchair ramp was completed in 1989. All classes and major fundraising events are held at the studio.
150 active members 2019
Today (2019) the studio is home to 150 active members, life members (members with 15+ years) and inactive life members.
Education and community service mission
SCCC continues its mission of education and community service. Classes are held throughout the year (approximately 75-100) in a variety of subjects. Grants are awarded to local schools for special art projects. Members participate in the Basket of Hope, knitting and crocheting items for local hospitals and other agencies, etc. Once a month during the school year, members donate time working on projects with students in the after school program at Black Hawk School. Harvard Park students enjoy decorating ceramic tiles as a reward for good behavior with SCCC members. An annual holiday outreach was established in 2018 as a way to reach out in the local community to bring help & joy over the holiday. The first recipient was Harvard Park School who received art supplies and paper for their art department.