Fri Adult Facilitated Open-Access Pottery Studio (Drop in Class) 09:00 – 12:00
A single, three hour long, facilitated session with use our shared pottery studio facilities (throwing and handbuilding), tools, press moulds, slips and earthenware glazes. Clay included. Please bring your own hand towel and apron. Block 2, Autumn Term 2020.
Suitable for me?
Are you currently attending a pottery course or an experienced ceramic artist looking for a place to make work? Do you have experience in working with clay and would like somewhere to practice and experiment, make your work at your own pace? Suitable for adults with experience in pottery or ceramics, who want to work at their own pace. No tuition included. Not suitable for children. Firing service to be paid for separately.
You must be experienced in all aspects of pottery making and glazing processes. If you are new to Kite Studios or this is your first independent session, please indicate this in the additional notes section of your order. Your first session will then include a 45 minute induction at the outset.
A technical pottery assistant will be available during this session, however there is no pottery teaching included if you book this option.
What we do
We offer pottery facilities in our beautiful fully equipped studio for independent working time, materials, slips, glazes and a firing service.
Experienced potters only
Please note that this option is ONLY OPEN TO YOU IF YOU HAVE EXPERIENCE IN CERAMICS / POTTERY and all the processes involved in making and glazing your work. We recommend that you complete one of our Adult Pottery Courses or at least three bespoke pottery classes such as the Throw a Pot and Bisque Fire and a Facilitated Glazing session before you consider this option.
There are 6 pottery wheels in the studio and ceramics tools that are shared with others. We have a range of tools and facilities for hand building, as well as moulds for press moulding projects. You can bring your own earthenware clay or use the clay that is provided at the session and included in the price. Included also is use of our in house slips and glazes.
By weight of leatherhard work: £1 per 100g for a bisque and glaze firing.
By size: £15 per kiln shelf (for pieces up to 12cm high).
Please leave the equipment and tools clean, and put them away in their places. Mop the floor around your area. Please allow 20 minutes clean up time within the time that you have booked for your session. For Covid-19 safety we ask that all tools are washed in hot soapy water and that you use the spray provided to wipe down the area where you were working and anything you may have touched. Please adhere to social distancing at all times and wear a face covering while indoors, unless you are exempt. Please take your work home with you.
If you would like to leave your work in the studio in between sessions, please sign up for our pottery membership program. A basic membership costs £30 and includes a 9L damp box for you to keep your work, with a little space left over for any tools etc and also includes firing costs. Also includes some storage space on shared shelving. The membership program is paid monthly though standing order. Please email us on email@example.com for details or enquire at your induction.
Our firing service
Once you have submitted your work for firing, please book online for your glazing session. Please be sure to make this booking no sooner than four (4) weeks after you have submitted your work. If you wish your work to be tracked, please ask for an ID number when you pay for your firing and inscribe it on each piece.
When will it be ready?
Your work will be ready four weeks after being submitted for firing.
Can it be ready sooner? I need it for …
We do our best to have it fired as soon as possible, however as experienced potters know, it must dry properly or it risks being damaged in the firing and damaging the work of other people. During quiet times when there isn’t so much demand on our kilns, and on hot summer days, when it dries quicker, it may well be ready sooner. Unfortunately we cannot prioritise your work over that of other customers who came before you. Please leave enough lead time.
How long will you store it?
Your work will be stored at Kite Studios for a maximum of two months after it is fired. Please be sure to book a glazing session or collect your work within this time period. Due to the administrative load of this task, unfortunately, we are unable to contact you individually when your work is ready for glazing or for collection or if the storage period has elapsed.
If you have requested an ID number, you are welcome to contact us. We will be able to let you know if your work is ready when you call.
Flexible times and dates
Facilitated open-access pottery studio is available also on Monday mornings and Tuesday evenings. If you purchase a bundle of 6 sessions these come at a discount (compared to six drop in sessions bought individually) and are valid at all three sessions in Block 1 and Block 2 of the Autumn Term 2020. If Block 1 has already elapsed, they are only valid in Block 2 and will not carry over into Spring Term 2021.
Please use the hand sanitiser provided before entering the courtyard and sign in on arrival for contact tracing. Please bring your own towel and apron. Observe social distancing at all times and wear a face covering if you are indoors in the studio with others. We trust that if you, or anyone in your household is exhibiting symptoms of covid-19 you will not be attending. Please get in touch with us on firstname.lastname@example.org to rearrange your session.