class policy

Class Policy


Adult Pottery Class tuition includes:  25lbs of clay, bisque and glaze firing, glazes, and 6 hours of free studio time, valid only during the current enrolled session.  Students who wish to use one of the premium clays will be charged a premium clay surcharge for the cost beyond the standard student clay price.


We do not teach Children’s Classes.  Children under the age of 18 will only be permitted to study in adult classes if they pass a skill level “audition”.  Children must have studied pottery prior to joining the studio.  We do not accept beginner students under age 18 except in private and semi-private classes, or at events such as planned birthday parties.   Acceptance to the studio after a student audition will be at the instructor or studio director’s discretion based on satisfactory proof of pottery making skills.


We recommend that all first time adult students purchase a basic pottery tool kit for $21.00 + 6% tax, ($22.26).   There will be community tools available in the studio for shared use.



You must be paid and registered to reserve a space in class.  Registration may be done online at, or may be done in Open Studio where registration forms will be available.


Studio Etiquette

Students are responsible for cleaning classroom tools, buckets, bats, wedging tables, extruder and all work areas used by the end of their class or Open Studio.  Splash pans on wheels must be emptied into barrel with screen top and clay pushed through the screen.  Buckets are provided near the sinks to prewash tools and splash pans.  Final cleaning may be done in the sinks.  Do not put clay in the sinks or remove drain pipes from sinks.


Please pay attention to glazing instructions.  Work that has been improperly glazed will be rejected from firing.  Glaze must be cleaned off of pot bottoms and cleaned ¼” from bottom on the outside to be accepted for firing.  Glaze tables and glaze buckets should be well cleaned after use and all glaze buckets should be closed after use.  All stir sticks should be washed clean after use and returned to the stick storage bucket.


Teachers reserve the right to ask a student to leave class if he or she is disruptive or interferes with the safety of others.  If disruptions persist student will be released and not allowed to take classes in our studio.


When picking up finished work, please come to the studio during Open Studio hours or during your class time only.  The studio will not be accessible during classes other than your own, or when the studio is closed.  Disruption to other classes, instructors, or workshops will not be tolerated.


There will be no tolerance for copying a trademark or copyrighted material. This is stealing.  The studio will not fire work that we perceive to be legally owned by another individual or organization.  If you are making work with marks or logos please bring a copy of approval from the organization for which you are making the work.  We discourage you from copying legally protected marks without permission from the legal owner of such marks, for your own safety from lawsuits and/or cease and desist court orders.



Wear old clothes, no jewelry on wrists or fingers, no long fingernails, no sandals (sneakers and long pants are best in the studio).  Please bring an old hand towel or two to class, especially helpful to beginning students.


Spray Booth Safety

The spray booth may not be used without proper training and the permission of your instructor.  You must provide your own NIOSH approved dust & mist respirator that can be obtained at most hardware stores.  These respirators must not be shared.  The fan must be on when using the spray booth and turned off immediately after cleanup of booth is finished.   Spray booth, spray guns, and canisters must be thoroughly cleaned with water when you are finished spraying your work.  Anyone who does not clean the spray booth area and equipment after use will not be allowed to spray their work.


Kiln Safety

Students should always be aware that kilns are usually running in our separate kiln room.  They can be hot and should not be touched.  No one, at any time, should ever take items off of kilns, place items onto kiln tops, or open kilns, except the appointed kiln crew in charge of loading and running kilns.


Safety Glasses

Safety glasses must be worn while using the Dremel tool.  All sanding should be done outside or in the spray booth with fan operating. Dust masks are provided at the spray booth for sanding.  Booth must be wiped clean after sanding.



Please park in the lot directly across from the studio.  East Street is a very busy thoroughfare.  Please use the pedestrian crosswalks at the intersections of East and 2nd Streets or at East and Church Streets for your safety.


Refund Policy (no exceptions)

We reserve the right to cancel class if minimum enrollment is not reached.  Full tuition will be refunded if the minimum is not reached or we will work with students to find placement in a same level class at another time, at the convenience of the student.


If a student wishes to cancel registration they must do so 10 days before class begins to receive a full refund of class tuition.


Absolutely no refunds will be made after class begins.


Missed classes are not refundable, however we provide time for make ups by attending another class at student’s same level with instructor permission, or by using Open Studio hours for makeup.


Make up classes will be provided in the event of cancellations due to inclement weather.  Please call the studio at 301-668-2529 for cancellation information regarding classes and open studio.  The studio usually follows Frederick County, MD School System with regard to closings.


We reserve the right to substitute another instructor in case of sickness, absence, emergency, or scheduling conflict for any single class or session.


Open Studio Time

Six hours free for enrolled students valid for current session only.  Additional hours may be purchased for $3.00 per hour for enrolled students.  Non-students, experienced with working with clay, interviewed and approved, will be charged $10.00 per hour plus the cost of firing.  Open Studio may be closed during special events or when a monitor is not available.


Visiting Artist Workshops

Refunds on workshop fees are made only if notice is given 15 days prior to the start of the workshop.  In the event a workshop is cancelled students will receive a full refund.



Unclaimed Bisque Ware or Glazed Work

Pieces will be donated or discarded 30 days after the end of the previous session.


We are happy to fire work made outside of the studio, however we will charge a firing fee.  Work will be processed with student work that is waiting to be fired.


Enrolled Students:

Bisque Fire:  $0.01 per cubic inch

Glaze Fire:   $0.03 per cubic inch

Minimum charge for any piece:  $0.25



Bisque Fire:  $0.03 per cubic inch

Glaze Fire:  $0.05 per cubic inch

Minimum charge for any piece $0.50


Pieces must be measured individually and a firing slip must be filled out for each, to be paid at the time of drop off.  We must know what clay you have used to make your piece(s).  Please bring the clay box or proof of clay body when you bring in your work.


Rev. 1-6-17


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