Leon Popik on sun 25 jan 98
Is there anyone out there who belongs to a guild, clay CoOp, or just rents
I am looking at prices for the use of these facilities as well as what
kinds of equipment is supplied. Do you pay an hourly price or pay by the =
How is clay purchased, and is there a firing charge? Is there volunteer =
or does someone clean the facility. Does your organization have pottery =
and if they do, is any money put back into the facility?
If I could get as many replies as possible I would really appreciate it.
Laura Anschel-Marsh on mon 26 jan 98
I have wanted to work in clay since a class I took at age 10. Now at 35, last
fall I finally did. The University of Kentucky offers community education
courses on Tue & Thur evenings and Saturday mornings. You sign up for one class
period officially, but you can come for all three class periods. Most students
do. This is basically studio time with an instructor present. There are three
sessions each year, each session last eight weeks (though ceramics is now doing
the same number of hours over a ten week period instead). A community education
person can "officially" be in the studio for a total of 96 hours during the ten
There is not an official "class" - which is hard for me because I am new to
clay. Most of the students have worked in clay before. The instructor (Jill
Coldiron Stofer) does demonstrations and is on hand to answer all questions.
She is great. Not many people could do her job. She is in extremely high
demand with 30 students all working at different skill levels. The more
experienced students do their own firing and often help the less experienced.
It is very loose.
The cost is $175 per session. This includes 50 lbs. of clay. At the first
class you tell the instructor what kind of clay you want. Our clay is ordered,
the UK students make their clay. If you are new there is recycled clay you can
use.The fee includes all firings, glazes, etc. They have many electric kilns,
a salt kiln, two gas fired kilns, and a raku kiln. Jill makes glazes you can
use. You can make your own glazes once you've learned how. They seem to have a
pretty extensive supply of raw materials.
There is one group clean up during each session. Of course you are expected to
clean up after yourself on a daily basis. It does get messy.
They haven't had sales until this past fall. The instructor had a show during
Lexington's gallery hop night and showed the students work. The students made
mugs if they wanted to and these were sold with the money going back into the
facility. She was going to ask the students at the last class of the fall
session what to buy or if they wanted to save it and have another mug sale to
add to it (I missed that class so I don't know what they chose).
The price seemed high to me at first. But being able to use all the different
kilns with access to all the different glaze materials now makes it seem well
worth it. I just bought a wheel so that I can do make my pots at home and
carefully transport them to the University for glazing and firing. Many of the
students have wheels and kilns at home.
My baby just woke up. Looking forward to reading other responses. Sorry this
is so long.
Where I wish it would snow in Lexington, KY.
Giddings, Maxine on mon 26 jan 98
I belong to a Co-op in Ohio. We rent studio space; pay by the
month; have co-op work duties such as cleaning the classroom (we give
classes in many aspects of pottery); making glazes; duties as officers
of co-op, etc. We buy clay from some local suppliers. Each person who
wishes several pounds of clay will sign a list passed around. When
delivery of clay is made, as many as possible are asked to help unload
the clay delivery truck. We get a few cents off the poundage if we
order above a certain poundage as a group. We have a janitor, yet, we
are to clean our own spaces and other additional messes we make. We
have pottery sales when ever we choose, as a group, to put them on. The
classroom money is put back into the facility as is much of our dues.
No money goes to us personally with the exception of any sales we make
of our own work. There is a firing charge. The charge is supposed to
go per cubic inch of the pots. The cubic inch measurement of pots that
we fire -not bisque- is translated into work hours; deducted from the
hours of work we give to the co-op. We are supposed to complete 9 hours
of work each period.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Leon Popik [SMTP:firstname.lastname@example.org]
> Sent: Sunday, January 25, 1998 10:20 AM
> To: Multiple recipients of list CLAYART
> Subject: Prices charged for studio space
> Is there anyone out there who belongs to a guild, clay CoOp, or just
> studio space?
> I am looking at prices for the use of these facilities as well as
> kinds of equipment is supplied. Do you pay an hourly price or pay by
> the month?
> How is clay purchased, and is there a firing charge? Is there
> volunteer duties
> or does someone clean the facility. Does your organization have
> pottery sales?
> and if they do, is any money put back into the facility?
> If I could get as many replies as possible I would really
> appreciate it.
> Leon Popik
Elca Branman on tue 27 jan 98
Maxine...lots of info but no $..what do you all pay ?
Elca ..at home in Sarasota,Florida
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Mary Glantz 2193 on wed 28 jan 98
Hello, I am new to the clayart list. I have been reading a day or two. I
Didn't catch the name of the person who sent this response. But, a friend and I
are working on a business plan to start a studio which we would like to make
available to area potters for a fee. We would be interested in the contract or
agreement that your co-op has. Do you sign a contract when you join? Does your
co-op have by-laws. We would love it if you would send us a copy snail mail to:
513 Woodbury St.
Murfreesboro, TN 37127
I look forward to other discussion/responses to Leon's question about charges
for studio space, cost of clay etc. Leon, where are you from and are you
thinking about starting a co-op or similar project?