Policies & Procedures

We aim for Millstone Studio to be a welcoming, clean, and productive space for potters of all levels. All policies and procedures are implemented with the goal of respect towards everyone who works at, or uses the studio.

Policies

Scheduling/Cancellation: 

  • Depending on what is being scheduled there may be a minimum number of sessions, or participants. 

  • A cancellation fee of ½ the session cost is required for any cancellations less than 24 hours in advance of a scheduled session, or for “no shows” 

  • In the event of inclement weather the studio may close. Email notifications will be sent if the studio is closed. We will do our best to reschedule/make up missed sessions. 

 

Payment: 

  • For Lessons, Classes, and Open Studio, invoicing is sent via email at the end of each month for the sessions/materials used during the month

  • For Friends & Family Sessions, invoicing will be sent the same day/day following the session. 

  • We appreciate your prompt payment.

 

Materials: 

  • There is a flat material fee of $4/lb. of clay used. This fee includes the cost of clay, in addition to the glaze material, bisque firing, glaze firing, and storage for each piece. 

  • Outside materials such as different clay bodies/glazes are not permitted for use in the studio.

 

Equipment & Tools: 

  • All equipment and tools used are expected to be cleaned after use. See cleaning procedures for more information. 

  • Prior to using any equipment/tools, please ask your instructor to demo/explain procedures/safety protocols. 

 

Storage: 

  • Please use the identification rectangular slips to tag any new pieces. Unidentified pieces will be discarded. 

  • Please identify all of your work with deep enough inscription, so that they can be easily identified. Uninscribed pieces will be discarded prior to bisque firing. 

  • New work will be wrapped in an attempt to have the desired leather state for the next session. New work not trimmed/finished within 2 weeks will be discarded.  

  • Trimmed/finished pieces should be placed on a drying board before being transferred to the kiln room by staff. 

  • Bisque pieces not glazed within 30 days will be discarded. 

  • Glazed pieces should be properly dry footed, and placed on the appropriate glaze shelf in the kiln room. 

  • Finished pieces not claimed within 30 days will be discarded. 

 

Cleaning: 

  • Everyone is responsible for the cleaning of their work area, tools, and equipment used. 

  • When finished working, all tools should be properly cleaned, and returned to their designated area. 

  • Even if a tool has been lightly used, or not used at all, it should still be cleaned. No dirty tools should be returned to the tool cart. 

  • Wheels should be sponged down, and any spills on the floor around the wheel should be sponged up. 

  • Studio towels are for drying hands only, and are not to be used as throwing towels. If you would like to use a towel while throwing you are required to bring your own. 

  • When cleaning up at the sink, please follow proper sink procedures. 

  • After glazing, glaze container should be shut securely, and the container wiped down with a clean glaze towel before returning to the green countertop. 

 

FIRING: 

  • Both bisque and glaze firings occur once there is enough material for a full kiln. 

  • Only Millstone Studio employees are allowed to load/unload the kiln.

  • When in the kiln room it is important to keep a safe distance from the kiln, especially when the kiln is running. 

  • Pieces that are deemed to be too thick, or not suitable for firing will be placed on the “could not fire” shelf. Please check with your instructor if you are unsure if your piece is too thick, or may not make it through the firing. 

  • Accidents do happen in the kiln from time to time, and are part of the learning process. Please do not be discouraged if you lose some of your early pieces in the firing process.

  • Glazed work that is not properly dry footed will not be fired. 

  • If your glaze causes damage to a kiln shelf, a $65 shelf replacement fee will be applied.

 

Procedures

POTTERS WHEELS

  • Wheels should be cleaned with a sponge after you are done working. 

  • Check the area around the wheel (wall/floor) for any splashes and clean up with a sponge. 

  • Power should be switched off, and the pedal and stool put back up on the wheel as found. 

 

CLAY: 

  • Clay can be taken from the bags that are currently on the scale table. 

  • Use the wire tool to cut off and measure out your desired amount of clay. 

  • Let your instructor know how much clay you are using, so they can add to your studio log. **Clay is purchased at full pound increments** i.e. if your total usage for the session comes to 9.5lbs., 10lbs will be recorded 

  • If a pot is not successful, you are still responsible for the clay cost. 

  • Rewedge any unused clay at the end of your session, or notify your instructor if it is still too wet to wedge. 

 

GLAZE:  

  • One glaze should be open at a time to avoid cross contamination. 

  • Only yellow studio towels should be used while working with glaze.

  • When finished brushes must be cleaned thoroughly. 

  • Glaze should be returned to the green counter by the work table, and not placed back in the glaze cabinet.

 

WORK TABLES: 

  • No wet clay should be left out on any work surface for an extended period of time. 

  • Sponge down and clean up any mess at your workstation when done. 

WET CLAY/HANDS: 

  • Always be conscious of where you are within the studio, especially when transporting wet clay, or you have wet/dirty hands. 

  • Rinse & dry hands before using new equipment, or retrieving tools/items from storage areas.

SINK:

  • No clay is to be dumped down the drain of the sink. This includes clay that may be on your hands/tools. 

  • Dump all throwing water/solid clay in the back bucket in the sink. 

  • Rinse all tools, hands and arms in the front bucket before rinsing under running water

  • Once no clay is visible on tools, hands, and arms - rinse everything under fresh water before returning to the dry racks above the sink.