Adult Ceramics Welcome Packet

Welcome to our studio! We are a nonprofit organization dedicated to the enjoyment of ceramic art. We hope you enjoy your time with us and look forward to many years of collaboration. As in all shared spaces we have a few rules and guidelines for the benefit and comfort of all. Please read the following carefully.

 

WHAT TO BRING & EXPECT

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

Ceramics tools, apron, plastic bags (to cover your work), brushes for wax and brushes for glazes, a towel and a dust mask. Clay and a variety of tools are available for purchase at the studio. Wear appropriate clothing and only wear closed toe shoes.

  • Please let your instructor know if this is your first time coming to the ceramics studio. Your instructor will explain workshop hours, make-ups, and drop in options. You will be given a tour of the facility and will have the opportunity to purchase clay. All clay must be purchased here at the Community Center.

No outside clay is allowed. Clay prices are posted in the studio. You also will be assigned a cubby space to store your clay.

  • The Community Center has a kitchen that ceramic students are allowed to use. Always clean up after yourself and put away anything you used. Do not eat the food that does not belong to you. Any food left behind will be thrown away at the end of the week. DO NOT USE THE OVEN TO DRY ANY CERAMICS EVER!

Your instructor will show you where to store work in progress, where to place items to dry, where glazed pieces go, where to find bisque items, and where to find items after they have been glaze fired.

For each class there is an allotment of 3 hours that your instructor will to teach, answer questions, perform demos, etc. After three hours your instructor is required to do studio work and you will be working independently. If needed they are around, but please limit inquiries to when they are instructing/ teaching so that studio work such as loading or unloading of the kilns can be completed.

 

HAND BUILDERS

  • Please work on top of a canvas board (found next to the drying greenware shelves), but store your work on a “non-canvas” covered board (your instructor will show you where to find the various non-canvas options). After using the canvas board please wipe the board clean before storing. While you work, please store your toolbox under the table to make sure we have enough table space for everyone. Make sure no clay trimmings or clay residue is left behind on the floor in the area where you worked. We have dustpans and brooms by the phone!

 

THROWERS

  • At the end of your throwing session, please clean the wheel you used and move the brick/s and pedal off the floor to the open space in front of your splash pan (not on the metal wheel head).
  • Make sure no trimmings are left on the floor or in the area you worked. We have dustpans and brooms by the phone.
  • Make sure all the lumps of clay and slurry from your water bucket are thrown in the trash bin, not in the sink! Minimize the use of water and avoid overflowing of dirty clay water from the plastic black trays to the sink.

 

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 immediately. All hand builders are expected to clean their boards, table, and floor space where they worked. Please, start your clean-up at least 20 minutes prior to the end of the class. Participants must leave by the class end time.  

 

STORAGE OF WORK

  • Each class has designated space to store items. Please store projects in proper designated areas. Your instructor will go over proper storage areas with you. When you cover your work with plastic be sure to tag it with masking tape with your name on it. Masking tape is provided in the studio.

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

 

GLAZING

  • We have a variety of glazes available and samples displayed in the studio. Some glazes are noted as “not food safe” or “runs.” Please take this into consideration while 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! When glazing make sure that the nearby glaze buckets are closed. Do not place anything on top of the glaze bucket lids. Be careful of splashing. Please wipe up any splatter. The stirring tubes are to be left inside the glaze buckets (do not remove to wash).
  • 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

  • In order to keep the kiln shelves as clean as possible we load our glazed pieces on top of “cookies”. Your instructor will explain what cookies are and show you how to make them. Each participant will make at least 10 cookies for the general use of the studio per session. If you are working on a project that requires a unique shape or size cookie, you are responsible for making that personal cookie. Your personal cookie should have your name carved into it. You are responsible for placing it on greenware shelf to dry and retrieving it when it comes out of bisque.
  • After your piece is glazed you will glue it onto a cookie. Be sure to write the current date on the cookie. Cookies without dates will not be loaded as quickly as cookies with dates.
  • The size of the cookie must be 1/4 inch larger than your piece all around. If the glaze on your piece is a glaze marked as “runs” on the glaze chart, your cookie should be a bit larger than 1/4 inch around.
  • If the glaze runs off your cookie and reaches the shelf you will be asked to pay a fee depending on the severity of damage (minimum charge of $15, severe damages can cost upwards of $1000). Ceramic pieces on oversized or undersized cookies will go on the reject shelf until you change to an appropriate sized cookie. For little ceramic pieces, such as ornaments or jewelry, you will benefit most by gluing them on small individual cookies.  

 

WORKSHOP TIME

  • With your class registration you have the opportunity to come back once each week for workshop time to catch up on your projects and work independently of instruction. There are no demonstrations during workshop time.

There are no make ups for missed workshops. There are no partial workshops.

For example; if you leave your workshop early or come late, you do not get to make up those hours by staying longer or coming to another workshop that week.

 

If you are registered in a morning (AM) class you can

pick one of the three Workshop Hour options each week.

Tuesday: 9:00am to 12:00pm

Tuesday: 12:00pm to 3:00pm

Saturday: 2:00 pm to 5:00pm

If you are registered a night (PM) class you are allowed to come and work in the studio during Thursday PM Workshop 6:00pm-10:00pm or Saturday Workshop 2:00pm-5:00pm after clearing with that instructor that there is space available during that class.

Saturday AM students can come to the Saturday Workshop 2:00pm-5:00pm or Thursday PM Workshop.

Workshops are not allowed on Wednesdays.

Wednesday AFT students are to pick one of the Workshop Hours on Tuesday or Saturday.

 

MAKE-UPS

  • 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 your missed time from that visit.
  • Make-ups must be made before end of the session. Make-ups do not roll over to the next session.

 

There are NO make ups for missed workshop days.

 

PAYING FOR DROP-IN WORKSHOP TIME

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

 

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