Studio Etiquette

  • Treat the people, studio, and equipment with care and respect and kindness

  • Help each other out and be nice; please do not offer criticism unless it is asked for

  • Be considerate of others work, do not touch, move or bump work that does not belong to you

  • If you use the studios tools be sure to clean them properly and put them back where they belong

  • Help to conserve water! wipe down splash pan with water off, turn it back on for the final rinse

  • After use, everything needs to be cleaned and returned to its correct place

  • Clean as you go, always make sure your last wipe is with a clean wringed-out sponge

  • No ‘holding’ of pottery wheel while you work on something else

  • If you are done in one area, do not move to another without cleaning up first

  • After you are done on the wheel, clean wheel, splash pan, table, wheel legs, chair, water bucket

  • Place pedal, cord, and stool on top of wheel, wipe down floor around your wheel with sponge

  • Place clay scraps & slip/slop in recycle bucket; nothing from the floor or sink goes in the recycle bucket. Put it in the trash instead.

  • Rinse out any sponges you’ve used and put them away clean

  • Make sure to label all of your personal tools with a marker

  • Make sure ALL clay and greenware is labeled with your name & date on masking tape

  • Make sure all greenware is signed on the bottom before putting on the ‘to-be bisqued’ shelf

 


General

  • Open studio hours are located on the chalk board and on our website and are subject to change

  • everyone who attends an open studio MUST check in at the front desk

  • Everyone who signs up for open studio must have taken at least one ceramics class at the studio or have prior approval.

  • Open studio patrons must be 18 years and older

  • Open studio patrons must be knowledgable and comfortable in how to take their pieces through the entire process ( glazing included )

  • Anyone picking up finished work outside of class time, should do so during open studio hours only

  • Start cleanup at least 20 minutes before the studio closes; you should be totally cleaned up by class or open studio end time.

  • No outside clay or glazes are allowed unless you can prove it is cone 5/6 ( show a staff member before using in the studio )

  • Wear clothing you don’t mind getting dirty; certain clays or glazes may stain

  • No foreign objects allowed to be fired in clay without permission of the studio coordinator

  • No glazes, slips, tools or studio equipment of any kind should be removed from the studio

  • We do not have the facilities to accommodate production work ( in this case the definition of production is high-volume work ). More than 25 mug sized pieces per month is considered production and is not allowed

  • No more than 10 pieces are allowed to be made during a single open studio session

  • Please take your finished work home with you within 30 days

  • Abandoned, dried out or not labeled pieces will be discarded after 30 days

  • Regular studio purges occur at least 4 times per year, everything must be taken home during a purge

  • The studio is not responsible for pieces that break during the firing process or get thrown out if abandoned for more than 30 days.


Storage

  • Cover and clearly label & date any greenware and place on appropriate shelves (excluding kids work)

  • Work or clay not properly labeled may be discarded

  • No storage space is currently available; please take clay/tools/towels/etc. home with you


Glazing

  • We fire our Skutt electric kiln to cone 5/6 oxidation for glazing

  • We do not do any single firings- all work must be bisque fired first

  • Thoroughly stir all glazes; improperly mixed glazes result in altered glaze composition over time

  • Do not cross contaminate glazes; if a glaze is accidentally poured in another glaze, let an assistant know

  • When finished glazing, wipe down glaze counter and any excess glaze you’ve spilled on buckets or floor

  • Keep bottom ¼” of each piece glaze free, make sure to wipe any glaze off bottom with clean sponge

  • Push glaze buckets back under counter when you are through, with the labels clearly visible for the next person


Safety

  • Wear appropriate clothing and closed toed footwear

  • No touching/unloading/loading of kilns or any glaze chemicals is allowed

  • If you are injured, inform an assistant immediately

  • Any accidents/broken items need to be reported to studio coordinator asap

  • Keep dust down- this is imperative for everyone’s safety

  • No sweeping/sanding in the studio, it raises silica dust which can stay airborne for days

  • If you wish to do any sanding do so outside in the back with a mask on and inform the studio coordinator

  • Any questions, concerns, ideas, clarifications, etc. should be taken directly to the studio coordinator at info@costamesaceramics.com .