Alumna’s Family Donates Kiln In Her Honor

At a recent dedication ceremony, the Elmira College Art Department unveiled a special donation from Mary and Mark Ochs. The Ochs gifted the College a new kiln in honor of Mary Ochs’s mother, Lois Lundberg Anderson ’45.

“Elmira College was very important to my mother,” explained Mary Ochs. “She had so many fond memories of her time there, and we wanted to honor her memory in a way that would make her happy and would make a difference. She was an art major, so a gift to the Art Department seemed like a great fit.”

According to Mary Ochs, she and her husband asked the EC Art Department what they could use to help give students a superior education. The faculty said a kiln was high on their list of needs.

“My mom had a kiln in the elementary school where she taught art, so the idea of supporting the purchase of the kiln for the College was a good match,” said Mary Ochs.

The Ochs donated a Bailey Thermologic Kiln, which, according to Christopher Longwell, Associate Professor of Art, is one of the most advanced electric kilns on the market with extreme heating efficiency and evenness of firing. Longwell teaches the ceramics courses.

Alumna’s Family Donates Kiln In Her Honor

Another design feature is the kiln’s door, which makes loading and unloading the kiln easier.

"I am so grateful for this gift,” shared Longwell. “It will open up options for glazes and surfaces we didn't have available before. It will be a real boost to our art program and the ceramic works created by students here at EC."

Alumna’s Family Donates Kiln In Her Honor

“The fact that there were students at the dedication on a beautiful Friday afternoon tells me that they are excited about the new kiln!” exclaimed Mary Ochs. “Having the new kiln will give student artists a learning experience that is state-of-the-art.”

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