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Ceramics Studio Tour

The ceramics studio was fully renovated in 2019! Located on the lower level of the main building, the bright space with large windows now has custom-made tables with locking caster wheels and new adjustable stools. There are new glaze bins, shelving units, a sink area, and clay capture system. The electrical system in the studio has been upgraded with new pull-down outlets for the pottery wheels and central table plus additional lighting throughout the studio. There is also better lighting and upgraded electricity for the outdoor kiln deck which includes a raku kiln, Bailey gas kiln, and pit firing area.  Between the studio and the kilns is a patio with tables for staging work when loading/unloading.

Workshops in the ceramics studio have a maximum of 8 students.  Plexi-glass barriers are installed between the pottery wheels.  Additionally, tabletop barriers can be available upon request. 

Equipment & Supplies

The ceramics studio is equipped with 8 Brent Potter's Wheels and 6 Shimpo Banding Wheels, a Baily Slab Roller, an extruder, and 2 Skutt 1227-3 Kilns (with Kilnmaster controllers).

Post-Workshop BIsque Firing

Depending on various factors (length of a class, focus of class, weather, how much each person makes), some or all of the pottery made during a workshop may not be fired before the end of class.  In those cases, Snow Farm offers post-workshop bisque firing at no extra cost. Bisque firing is the first firing that vitrifies the clay so it will be strong and ready for glazing.  Here's how it works:

  • On the last day, the instructor will load one kiln with dry work that is ready to be fired.
  • Kiln space is limited to 12 x 12 x 8" space per person which can usually accomodate up to 10 pieces. 
  • Fired work must be picked up within two weeks or can be shipped by USPS Priority Mail for an additional fee.
  • Snow Farm staff will ensure the proper handling, firing, and packing of artwork, but cannot be held responsible for any damages during firing or shipping.

Each workshop page in our online catalog will include a note about the firing options.

After your pieces are bisque fired, consider coming back to Snow Farm for a firing workshop such as raku, saagar, fire, and high-fire reduction

Physical Demands

Working in the clay studio can involve extended periods of standing, stooping, and some lifting. In wheel throwing classes, expect long sessions of sitting on a low stool. Depending on the workshop, some processes might take place outside, regardless of weather. Raku firing classes require flexibility and fast movement. There can be significant variation in the physical demands of different ceramics classes; students who are concerned about their ability to participate safely and comfortably in a ceramics should let us know before registering.

Open Studio & Safety

The ceramics studio is available 24 hours per day throughout the workshop period. Instructors will outline safety guidelines for students who are staying to work, including any tools that should not be used without the instructor present. We suggest carrying a cell phone in the studio case an emergency arises and you need to contact the on-site coordinator. The following guidelines apply to all studios at Snow Farm:  there is to be no consumption of drugs or alcohol in the studios, nor shall students work with studio equipment when under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The last person in any studio is responsible for turning off indoor lights and closing the doors.

All Ceramics Workshops