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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

We love beginners! Like any new skill, learning to work with clay takes time to develop the knowledge and techniques required to be successful. For this reason, we do not offer drop-in classes or trial classes. Private lessons are available.

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ADULT POTTERY CLASSES

All classes are project-based and designed for ages 16 and up. We love children, but we are an adult facility. Family Class and Clay Camp sessions are offered at times throughout the year so sign up for our newsletter or check our website to keep up to date on the latest class announcements.

We have pottery classes in both wheel-throwing and hand-building. Our classes are designed for all levels and will focus on construction techniques, glazing, and discussions on firing techniques.

You are responsible for your own tools, materials, and specialty items. All clay must be purchased from the studio. The store within the studio carries 65 clay bodies, hundreds of glazes and under-glazes, and a huge selection of unique tools to enhance your pottery experience. 

​Please understand that there are no refunds or exchanges on classes, workshops or firings.

This is not a drop-in class. We DO NOT offer drop-in classes.

INFORMATION FOR NEW STUDENTS & NON-MEMBERS

Getting started:  

  1. Check out the class schedule and choose the class you would like to take and sign up for your first session. Remember that once you start your class fee is valid for one class per week for 8 consecutive weeks, and one (1) hour of Independent Studio time prior to class. We do not roll over classes or give credit for missed classes. Class fees are non-refundable.

  2. In addition to the $185 class fee, you will need to purchase a starter kit and a bag of clay at the studio on the day of your first lesson at an additional cost of approximately $40. The tools are yours to keep and you can purchase more clay any time, as needed. 

  3. On the day of your first class come to the studio about 20 - 30 minutes before the start time listed on your class booking so we can show you around and get your supplies for you. At this time, you will be charged the $185 class fee plus the cost of your starter kit and first bag of clay (approx. $40).

  4. On the day of your class, you can book your next time slot for the following week. The class schedule is open for booking 1 week in advance and you must sign up for your time slot each week, even though you are in an 8-week session. 

  5. Make sure you come to class ready to get messy! You will probably want to bring a towel and/or apron. Wear comfortable clothes that you don't mind getting dirty. 

  6. Non-returning students will have 10 days, from the last class, to remove personal items. Your use of the studio will be terminated at the time of your last class session

  7. Missed classes can be made up as independent studio time on Wednesdays or Fridays. This is only valid during your 8-week session and does not roll over. This is not a class but coaches are available during this time. Class fees are non-refundable.

 

Helpful tips on choosing your first class:

  • Our on-going enrollment means you can start classes any time, but the class fee is good for 8 consecutive weeks from the date of your first class. It is not a punch card or a drop-in class. 

  • For wheel-throwing class we suggest you sign up for class on Tuesday or Thursday evening, or Saturday afternoon. These are the days we have the most staff on hand to offer assistance and when most of our beginners start. 

  • Hand-building classes are open to all levels. 

Need more information? See the links below for more information about our classes and schedules. 

Ready to start?  We look forward to seeing you in class!

LOVE YOUR CLASS? BECOME A MEMBER! Annual membership extends your privileges beyond the classroom.

How do you become a member?

Becoming a member is easy and is the best way to get the most out of your clay journey. To sign up you just need to pay your annual membership fee (Currently $280) and then an on-going class fee per 8-week session (Currently $160). There are a limited number of memberships available. To sign up please contact us or talk to a member of staff the next time you are at the studio.

 

Benefits now include:

  • Reduced class fees! $160 vs $185

  • Book up to 2 classes/week (Up to 6 hours of instruction/week!)

  • Book up to 2 independent studio sessions/week (up to 6 hours of independent studio time!)

  • Increased shelf storage 

  • Increased kiln space allowance

  • Up to 20% discount on selected workshops

  • Bring a friend to class pass one (1) day per year (non-transferable)

  • Access to advanced classes, specialty firings and gallery shows throughout the year

Still not seeing what you're looking for? Check out our FAQ or CONTACT US for more information. 

READY TO START? Follow the links below to make a booking, choose a class or make a payment. 

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Marcus knows you have questions and he has answers! 
He is always here to help!

Class Information

Can I do just one class to see if I like it?

No. We love beginners! Like any new skill, learning to work with clay takes time to develop the knowledge and techniques required in order to be successful. For this reason, we do not offer drop-in classes or trial classes at this time. 

What supplies will I need for class?

In addition to the class fee, you will need to purchase a starter kit and a bag of clay at the studio on the day of your first lesson at an additional cost of approximately $30. The tools are yours to keep and you can purchase more clay any time, as needed. You will need to bring your own apron and towel. Pottery is messy!

 

When can I start?

We offer open enrollment which means you can start your classes any time! We suggest beginners start wheel-throwing classes on Tuesday or Thursday evening, or Saturday afternoon. New hand-building students can start any time. Please see the current schedule for available class times.

What is included in my class fee?

As a non-member, your class fee includes 1 class per week for 8 consecutive weeks, 1 hour of independent studio prior to your class and basic cone 5 firings for work made in class/during independent studio.

Members receive the additional benefit of being able to attend 2 classes per week PLUS have access to
2 x 3-hour sessions of independent studio time.

What if I need extra time?

Non-members can attend independent studio on Wednesdays and Fridays for an additional $10/session. Members have the added benefit of access to 2 x 3-hour sessions of independent studio time.

My work is made with cone 10 clay, not cone 5. Can I still get it fired?

Yes! Cone 10 firings can be added for an additional $2/piece. Firing fees must be paid in advance and the receipt must be attached to your work. More information can be found on our FIRING INFO page. 

How long do I have to use my class package?

All packages must be used for 8-consecutive weeks. Missed classes do not roll over after the end of your 8-week session.

What happens when my session ends?

Returning students can pay their class fee at the start of each 8-week period.

Non-returning students will have 10 days, from the last class, to remove personal items. Your use of the studio will be terminated at the time of your last class session. This includes being able to have your work fired. However, work brought in after your last class can be fired for a separate additional fee per piece.

Can I enroll my child/teenager in pottery class?

All classes are project-based and designed for ages 16 and up. We love children, but we are an adult facility. To enroll a student under the age of 16 please contact us about our family classes.

What is your refund policy?

Please understand that there are no refunds or exchanges on classes, workshops or firings.

Purchasing Clay & Supplies

I’m a potter. Can I buy supplies from you?  

YES! The store within the studio carries 65 clay bodies, hundreds of glazes and under-glazes, and a huge selection of unique tools to enhance your pottery experience. While we do not sell supplies online at this time, you may contact us at any time and our helpful staff will be happy to assist you. A list of some of our suppliers can be found on our CLAY & SUPPLIES page. 

Membership

How do I become a member?

Becoming a member is easy and is the best way to get the most out of your clay journey. To sign up you just need to pay your annual membership fee of just $250/year and then an on-going class fee of $160/8-week session. That’s right! Classes are cheaper for members. To sign up please contact us or talk to a member of staff the next time you are at the studio.

What are the benefits of membership?

Membership extends your privileges beyond the classroom. In addition to discounts on your 8-weeks sessions, you will receive workshop & select product discounts, access to 2 classes per week, 6 hours of independent studio time,  an annual bring-a-friend pass for one class and increased storage & firing allowance.

How long is my membership good for?

Membership is valid for 1 calendar year.

Custom Orders

 

Do you do custom orders?

YES! Check out our custom order page for more info.

I was at a restaurant where I saw your dishes. Can I buy these dishes for myself?

Yes! We offer custom ordering of a wide selection of our restaurant pieces. See our custom order page for more information and for a list of the available items & current prices.

How long does it take to get custom work completed?

From the time you pay your deposit it takes approximately 8 - 12 weeks for work to be completed.

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