GENERAL STUDIO INFORMATION
Each regular course session is composed of 6 weeks, with 3-hours of instruction per week. Additionally, students have access to open-studio hours during their 6 week course session.
The cost of each 6 week class includes instruction, access to equipment that is specific to their class, use of studio glazes, and firing space (allotted firing space varies between classes. See enrollment details below).
Students will need to provide their own tools, a list will be provided before class begins. Additional firing space is available for a fee, see fee schedule below.
Class enrollment also includes:
Shelf space for work-in-progress and personal items.
1 bag of clay of your choice (electric brown, speckled buff, dover). We will not split up types of clay but you are welcome to trade with your fellow students. Additional bags can be purchased at the studio. Students may purchase their own clay from a supplier with approval to make sure it is the correct temperature clay (Cone 5).
Firing is free up to 30 pounds for handbuilders and 20 pounds for wheel throwers and does not include oversized items.
Students are responsible for weighing and accurately recording the weight of their items on the firing sign-in sheet.
Firing fees are the following:
Bisque firing is $0.10 an ounce
Glaze firing is $0.13 an ounce
In addition to weight costs above, oversized items will be charged additional fees:
Up to 11" x 11" $2.50 per firing
Up to 14" x 14" $5.00 per firing
Up to 17" x 17" $7.50 per firing
Items larger than 17" in height or diameter are only accepted with the approval of studio staff.
Refiring is charged at glaze rate.
SPACE AND ORGANIZATION
Space is always an issue at a pottery studio. The goal is to consistently finish the work you are making, so please be mindful of picking up bisque and glazing your wares in a timely manner. If you can't keep up with your own glazing then you are making too many pieces, too fast. Slow down and glaze some work. The sooner you glaze your work the faster we can load a kiln, fire it, and you can pick it up and take it home and free up space.
All personal belongings must be cleared off shelves on the last day of class unless a student is enrolled in the course immediately following. All items left behind will be promptly disposed of.
Students have two weeks past the end of class to complete unfinished projects. Note that this does not allow students to keep tools and clay at the studio during this time, all space is reserved for current students.
All work on drying ware racks must be CLEARLY signed by the student, along with a date. Unsigned work will not be fired. Items deemed abandoned will be disposed of without notice.
Please note the location of the clay invoice list near the sign in sheet. The sheet must be filled out completely anytime you take a bag of clay.
You must sign-in whenever entering the studio for open studio time. The sign-in sheet is located near the front door
CLEANLINESS AND SAFETY
Dust is the enemy of a functioning clay studio. All surface areas should be wiped down with provided microfiber towels after use, then thoroughly rinsed and hung to dry in their designated spot after use. Do not use a sponge for cleaning except to mop up spills. Follow this with a mopping with studio mop or microfiber hand wiping.
Never leave items around the glaze bucket that have not been thoroughly rinsed and returned to their home.
After glazing, clean off sides of the glaze buckets, mop up all drips and spills.
Ware and wedging boards: wipe down and put away after each use.
Clean and mop up after throwing, trimming, and hand building, even if you think you’ve left nothing behind on the floor. Don't be afraid to clean outside of your immediate area, your mindfulness will be repaid with someone else cleaning up your area in the future.
Pottery wheels must be thoroughly cleaned after each use. This means wiping down the wheel head, underneath the wheel head, the splash pan, and all surface areas of the wheel and the stool. No clay crumbs, little bits of dried clay, or dusty residue should be left behind.
The sink is only to be used for rinsing hands. All studio items and personal tools should be rinsed in our two-bucket rinse system or glaze rinse bucket, including any small bucket with clay/glaze in it. Absolutely no clay or glaze should go down the sink.
Close-toed and flat shoes in the studio while working. No open toed shoes or platforms.
People with long hair should tie up their hair before working on the wheel. Hair getting caught in the wheel head could cause your body serious injury.
GENERAL CONSIDERATION AND CONDUCT
Classes begin and end at designated times. It is expected that occasionally students will be late due to any number of common issues, however chronic tardiness can be disruptive and we ask that you do your best to always arrive at class on time.
If you miss more than two classes per eight week session your priority seating for the next session will be bumped. We can only accept a small number of students and we want students in the studio who are available for classes and have an enthusiasm for attending each class. Family or personal emergencies will be considered.
Regarding missed classes, there are no make-up classes. Instructors will do their best to catch you up in the next class, and you are welcome to use open studio time to get up to speed.
Open studio hours and class hours are set hours. This means students should be cleaning up a minimum of 15 minutes before the end of studio/class hours in order to be out of the studio on time
If you do not want a bisque or glaze piece, throw it out, don't leave it on the shelf for others to deal with.
Keep your tools secure and in a tool bag or box for safekeeping when you are out of the studio.
Studio tools should never be removed from studio or borrowed to work at home.
Hang up your bag and your coat when entering the studio, or put it away on your shelf. Please do not use the hand building tables or chairs as a resting place for personal items.