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Yes, at this time and for the foreseeable future, classes, private lessons, and memberships are only available to those age 16 and up. For children's events and classes, see The Art Garage or Ceramics in the City.
Wear clothing and shoes that you’re comfortable getting dirty; we have aprons you can use but your clothes may get clay on them. Long fingernails can make it very hard to throw on the wheel; we have nail clippers or you can use gloves. Long hair should be tied back; we also have hair ties you can use.
If you choose to mask up, we will support you. We do not allow anyone to speak badly of anyone else's choices in our studio. For classes and private lessons, you may request your teacher wear a mask.
We will enforce any local regulations.
Generally, it is! We have a few private parking spaces, and there is plenty of neighborhood parking.
At this time, we cannot offer make-ups. We also cannot provide full or partial refunds for any missed classes.
During classes, the cost of a certain number of pieces will be included (this number varies by class). Any number of additional pieces will be charged by Square invoice. During class, the last opportunity to throw out a piece is before the bisque firing, after that, you will be charged for the finishing of the pieces.
Yes! You must allow 15-30 minutes to clean up when done working.
The general rule is: everything should be as you found it.
Cleaning includes wiping down wheel, wheel basin, stool, the floor surrounding your wheel, your bucket, tools, as well as putting everything back as you found it (stool and pedal up, tools put away, etc.)
We would call someone a "production potter" if they are making more than 25 items a month. If you think you will be producing this much, please let us know and we can let you know if we are able to accommodate your work while continuing to support our students and other members.
That said, you can always do your production work offsite and hire out one of our kilns for your firings, as available.
There are many variables in the creation of ceramics that may result in breakage, color inconsistencies, glaze issues, etc. Therefore, a fully functional and food safe piece is not guaranteed. However...we only carry food safe glazes and always fire to full vitrification.
Sorry, no visitors allowed in the work areas due to insurance restrictions.
Everything must be purchased online; we are a completely cash-free establishment. If you cannot pay digitally, please email us to see if we can work something out.
We use ^5-7 BMX from Rocky Mountain Clay. It is a white stoneware that is very compatible with most commercial glazes. Members may bring in their own clay to use, but must recycle it themselves.
We have many dipping glazes, underglazes, and an extensive collection of commercial brushing glazes from Amaco, Mayco, and others. These glazes are only available for use by our members and current students (during glaze class).
We have electric kilns that we generally fire to ^04 for bisque and ^6 for glaze. If you need another temperature, you will likely have to hire an entire kiln (or find some friends to share it with you!).
At the moment, we are not hiring, but feel free to check in with us.