Studio Policies and Information

Stoneware Studio Policies and Information

  1. 1. The Stoneware Studio is only able to accept payment by cash or cheque for classes, firings, and materials.
  2. 2. The regular class session runs September to the end of June.  Classes are paid for on a monthly basis, at the beginning of each month.  The cost per month depends on how many classes there will be, the average being 4/month.
  3. 3. Please note that beginner potters sign up for an 8-week session, as this is the minimum amount of time it takes to get a proper introduction to working with clay.
  4. 4. Missed classes are still paid for, but you have the opportunity to do a make-up class during any of the other classes available during the week.  There is almost always an extra wheel available during any class but if not, handbuilding is also available.  You have a month to make up a class.
  5. 5. During the regular class session (June – September), if you have been a regular student for at least one year, you are allowed to miss two classes for whatever reason (one for half time students), and you will not be charged for them.  They will be recorded as “vacation” days.
  6. 6. Additional costs include clay and tools, which are to be purchased from your teacher during class time.  Charges are also applied for the firing of pieces. Prices are calculated by how much room a piece takes up in the kiln: $0.04 per cubic inch. This covers the cost of the bisque firing, the glazes used, and the glaze firing in the gas kiln.  If work is bisque fired only, a charge of $0.02 per cubic inch is applied. It is expected that firing charges be paid before the piece is taken home.
  7. 7. Each week full-time students are entitled to one four-hour chunk of studio or practice time (one visit each week/class). Glazing is not counted as studio time. Come in whenever the Gallery is open, Mon-Sat 10-5:30, Sun 1-4:30 (May to Dec.), and when there isn’t a class in session.  Practice time in the studio will make a HUGE difference to your progress – so use it!
  8. 8. For an additional fee of $75 per month, students may sign up for unlimited (non class) studio time.
  9. 9. Clean up of wheels, splash pans, and tools should be initially done at the wheel with a pail of clean water, prior to using the sink. This will help with efficiency and help avoid plumbing issues in the sink. Clay scraps go in the garbage and should never end up in the sink.
  10. 10. A minimum two weeks’ notice is expected if you choose to discontinue classes, in order to give the Studio time to find a replacement.
  11. 11. Students may keep their clay at the studio. Remember to clearly mark the bag and store your clay in your class’ designated spot.  Storing tools is not encouraged.
  12. 12. No matter how large a pottery studio is, space is always at a premium and we don’t have room to store clay or bisqueware for more than a month after a student has left classes. Pieces left to be glaze fired will be held for a month after they have been fired.
  13. 13. With over 90 people working in the studio throughout each week, messes easily begin to pile up.  It is crucial that you do a thorough job of cleaning your wheel, pails, the wedging table, the sink, and any work tables you used.  Don’t leave it for the next person!  Our community works well when we try to leave things a little better than how we found them.