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Studio Policies

Clay, Glazes, and Firing

  • Each student is provided with one 25-lb bag of clay per session. Bags must be labeled with the student’s name and the clay body type (e.g., WH8).

  • Additional bags of clay may be purchased each session for 2x the regular purchase price to account for costs of glazing and firing additional pieces.

  • Students may use any of the glazes available in the studio classroom freely. Outside clay and glazes may be brought in only with permission of the instructor.

  • Pieces made outside of class may be fired for an additional charge with permission.

  • Greenware should be covered and labeled with a clothespin with the student’s name. Unlabeled work will be thrown out.

  • All greenware ready for bisque firing must be labeled with the student’s mark or initials. Pieces without maker’s marks will not be fired.

  • Pieces are fired on a weekly basis. Students must check the bisqued ware shelves weekly for their pieces and move bisqued pieces to their boxes for storage until glazed.

  • Students must fully clean the bottom of their glazed  pieces to ensure they do not stick to the glaze shelves. Pieces not cleaned appropriately will not be fired.

  • Bisqued or glazed pieces not claimed by a student by one week after the session ends will be thrown out, unless other arrangements are made.

  • Students are responsible for keeping track of their wares. The studio is not responsible for lost or stolen work.

 

Safety and Cleaning

  • Each student is responsible for cleaning up their work area. Clean as you go.

  • Store your bin on your shelf during class to keep room available for all people to work.

  • Do not store anything (bins, toolboxes, bats with drying wares) on the floor.

  • Wheels: Return the wheel and its immediate area to how it appeared when class began. Pans should be clean and in proper position, the wheel should be turned off, and the stool and bucket should be placed on the wheel head ready for the next student. 

  • Tables: Return the table and its immediate area to how it appeared when class began. The floor around the  table must be swept and mopped. Wipe down any areas that you use as you go, such as after wedging or glazing. Do not use cutters directly on the table.

  • Glazing: Place newspaper down on the table to set glazed pieces. Avoid cross-contamination of glaze buckets. Wipe down the glaze bucket and floors after glazing of any glaze drips or spills.

  • Mops: Rinse before and after use and untangle threads.

  • Bins: Bins must be maintained and regularly cleaned.

  • All studio tools, sponges, bats, etc.. must be cleaned and put away at the end of class.

  • Cleanup must begin by 15 minutes before the end of the class session.

 

Make-Ups

  • Make-ups are not guaranteed due to limited space. Each student is limited to one (1) make-ups per session.

  • Sign up for make-ups during your regularly scheduled class.

  • Inform the instructor of absences ahead of time if possible.

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