Adult Ceramics Handbook

Welcome to the CCLCF Ceramics studio! We are a nonprofit community studio dedicated to the exploration of ceramic art. We hope you enjoy your time with us and look forward to many years of collaboration. We have a few guidelines in place to insure a safe and enjoyable experience for all.

Please read the following carefully:

WHAT TO BRING & EXPECT

As a new participant, we recommend that you bring the following:

  • Ceramics hand tools, brushes for wax and glazes
  • Apron, towel
  • Plastic bags (to cover your work)
  • Safety glasses, Hearing protection, P95 Particulate dust mask or respirator
  • Appropriate studio Clothing (i.e. Closed toed shoes)

Clay and a variety of tools are available for purchase at the studio.

  • If you are new to the studio you will be given a tour of the facility and an orientation.
  • All clay must be purchased from the Community Center. No outside clay is allowed. You will be provided a square wooden cubby to store bagged clay etc.
  • Your instructor will teach for the first three hours of the class period, demonstrating and answering questions. During the last portion of the class the instructor will be maintaining the studio and working in the kiln room. At this time, please work independently and limit your interaction with the instructor so that they can focus on studio management.
  • The Community Center has a shared kitchen that you can use. Please clean up after yourself and put away anything you used. Any food left behind will be thrown away at the end of the week. 

SAFETY

We strive to maintain a safe and clean studio environment at CCLCF. Please read carefully:

  • Closed toed Shoes must be worn in the studio at all times
  • Safety Glasses, mask or respirator must be worn when using the bench grinder or the spray booth
  • Please tie hair back and secure all loose hanging clothes when operating the wheels, grinders and slab rollers.
  • Absolutely no sanding of dry clay or glaze inside the studio. All sanding must be done outside or in the spray booth room with the vent on.
  • Please minimize the amount of sweeping and wiping of dry clay on tables and floors.
  • Please inform an instructor if you or others are injured.

CLEAN UP 

  • Participants are responsible to clean up after themselves. All potters are expected to clean up their wheels, bats, tools, work area and any spills or glaze splatters. All hand builders are expected to clean their boards, table, and floor space where they worked. Please ensure that no clay residue or trimmings remain after you clean. Dustpans brooms and sweeping compound are available.
  • Please, start your clean-up at least 15 minutes prior to the end of the class. Participants must leave when the class ends. 

STORAGE OF WORK IN PROGRESS

  • Please store work in progress under plastic and on a board or bat on the white shelves around the studio. Cover your work with plastic and clearly identify it with your name using masking tape, a sharpie etc.

Do not move other people’s work to make space. If space is limited for storage, talk to the instructor.

GLAZING

  • We have a variety of Cone 10 glazes available and samples displayed in the studio. Some glazes are noted as “not food safe” or “runs.” Please take this into consideration when glazing. Your instructor will go over glazing techniques with you. If interested in a specific technique or using the spray booth, please ask instructor for details.
  • Please pay attention while glazing to avoid contamination
  • You must finish all the glazing before the session ends. Please time yourself accordingly. You will be required to pay a fee to have your work glazed fired if you are not enrolled in the next session (please see Ceramic Director for pricing details).

COOKIES

  • To keep our kiln shelves as clean from dripping glaze we load our glazed pieces on top of “cookies” which are varies sized circular slabs of stoneware clay that are bisque fired.
  • The size of the cookie must be 1/4 inch larger than the base of your piece. If the glaze on your piece is a glaze marked as “runs” in the glaze chart, your cookie should be larger than 1/4 inch around.
  • Each participant will make at least 10 cookies for everyone to use per session. Once you make the cookies you must put them between boards and place them on the rack in the kiln room to dry. Removing the cookies from the rack and putting them on the bisque shelf when they are dry can also fulfill your cookie responsibility.
  • If your project requires a unique shape or size cookie you must make it yourself and carve your name into it. You must follow that personal cookie through the firing process.
  • If the glaze runs off your cookie and damages the kiln shelf beyond repair, you will be asked to pay a fee depending on the severity of damage (minimum charge of $15/shelf). Severe damages can cost upwards of $1000.
  • Ceramic pieces on oversized or undersized cookies will go on the reject shelve until you change to an appropriately sized cookie.

LAB TIME

With your class registration you also receive corresponding Lab times to work independently on your projects determined by how many classes are in that session.

  • For Example:
    • In a session with 8 classes you can attend any 8 Lab times throughout the session.
    • In a session with 6 classes you can attend any 6 Lab times throughout the session.  
  • Registered students can pick any lab time to attend during the week. If the Instructor determines the lab is full you may be turned away and must choose a different day that week to attend a lab.
  • Lab times are as follows:
    • Tuesday: 9:00am to 12:00pm
    • Tuesday: 12:00pm to 3:00pm
    • Saturday: 2:00 pm to 5:00pm
    • Thursday 6:00pm-10:00pm

PAYING FOR EXTRA LAB OR CLASS TIME

If you are registered in the current session and need additional lab time you can pay $25 and come in to work on projects during lab hours only. Your items made or glazed at this time can be bisque fired or glaze fired without additional fee.

MAKING UP A CLASS

  • If you missed a class, we encourage you to make it up as soon as possible.
  • If you arrive to class late or leave early, you do not get to make up those missed hours.
  • You can make up your class during any other class period if the Instructor determines there is enough room for you to work. If the Instructor determines there is not enough space, you must respect their decision and choose another class period as your make up time.
  • Tip: Wait 20 minutes into the class and call the office and they will put you through to the instructor and you can ask if there is room for you.
  • Make-ups must be made before end of the session as they do not roll over to the next session (Except in the case of medical or family emergency with a note).

NON-REGISTERED STUDENT FIRING POLICY

If you are not registered in the current session and need lab time you can pay $35 to come in for an entire class period to work. Your items made during your drop-in lab can be bisque fired. Glaze firing of said items must be approved and will cost an additional fee.

Bisque to be Glaze Fired:

  • $35 fee, Size should not exceed 18” x 18” x 18” (Larger sizes will incur extra fees on a case by case basis)
  • Firing availability depends on our loading/firing capabilities at any particular time.