Studio Rules

OPEN STUDIO HOURS
Open studio hours for students are
weekdays 10am-10pm
weekends 10am-7pm.

Members have 24/7/365 use of the studio. Students and members may use classrooms to work when classes are not in session.

When all three classrooms are in use, students may use the member space, but members do have priority for use of that area.

Members are not permitted to observe classes for which they are not registered.

MAKE-UP CLASSES
If you miss a class, you may make up the missed session by attending a comparable class within the same semester. Each student may make up no more than three classes per semester. Make-ups are available subject to the space in the class you wish to attend. If the class is fully attended, you may not make up the class at that time. To make up a class, you must arrive on time and ask the teacher for permission to join. Make-ups are not guaranteed, but are offered according to
availability as a courtesy to our students.
Our class schedule can be viewed here

CANCELLATION POLICY To request a cancellation and refund, you must email
info@bklynclay.com Refunds requested more than one week prior to the first class are fully refundable. Refunds requested within one week of the first class are 50% refundable. There will be no refunds once the class begins. Should a class not fill sufficiently, we may cancel it one week prior to the first class session.

FIRING DEADLINES FOR STUDENTS
All students, even those continuing on to next semester, must submit work prior to the firing deadlines defined each semester, found here

CLASS MAKE-UP POLICY If you miss a class, you may make up the missed session by attending a comparable class within the same semester. Each student may make up no more than three classes per semester. Make-ups are available subject to the space in the class you wish to attend. If the class is fully attended, you may not make up the class at that time. To make up a class, you must arrive on time and ask the teacher for permission to join. Make-ups are not guaranteed, but are offered according to availability as a courtesy to our students.

CANCELLATION POLICY To request a cancellation and refund, you must email info@bklynclay.com  Refunds requested more than one week prior to the first class are fully refundable. Refunds requested within one week of the first class are 50% refundable. There will be no refunds once the class begins. Should a class not fill sufficiently, we may cancel it one week prior to the first class session.

CLEANING Clean up your work area when done working, including wheel, wheel basin, stool, the floor surrounding your wheel, your bucket, tools. Replace re-usable plastic and newspaper in the appropriate areas, do not leave it around the studio.  

When using the extruder, glaze buckets, glaze table, handbuilding table, or any other common area after you have finished using it. Replace all tools, glazes, oxides, banding wheels, etc. after you are finished using them. 

Wedge all clay and return it to the appropriate bucket before leaving the studio. Clean and wipe down the wedging table after use. DO NOT Leave any clay on the wedging tables.

As much as possible, remove your work from the bat and transfer it to a ware board before leaving it to dry.

DUST & SANDING  Do not do any scraping or sanding in the studio as it creates a hazardous dust. We encourage wet sanding.  Any dry sanding must be approved and overseen by studio managers (Anders and Gustav) on a case by case basis using a mask and the fume hood.  As much as possible, avoid sweeping in the studio as it kicks up hazardous clay dust. Instead, use a wet sponge to clean up your area.

Students must clean their space BEFORE the end of the class time, not after the end of the class. Students must be prepared to leave the studio by the end of the class.

Do not stay past the end of the open studio hours.

MEMBERS MAY NOT give their door code to anyone else, nor let anyone into the space outside of open studio hours. This is to ensure everyone’s safety – we know it seems simple and considerate to just let someone in, but please DO NOT open the door for anyone outside of open studio hours.

When members leave the studio empty behind them, they must clean up after themselves, turn off all lights, and make sure that the door closes firmly behind them.

EQUIPTMENT TRAINING If you have not been trained to use a piece of equipment, DO NOT USE IT. Ask staff for training on how to use the equipment. This includes the extruder, slab roller, spray booth, 3D printer, etc. If you break equipment because you used it without prior instruction, you will be liable for any damage caused.

Please be careful when moving glaze buckets. If you recklessly spill a glaze, you may be responsible for the cost of replacing it.

PERSONAL PROPERTY DO NOT use anyone else’s tools without asking them directly.

DO NOT touch ANYTHING on a member’s shelf or on a class shelf that does not belong to you.

STUDIO SPACES If you are a student, use the student classrooms first. If they are full, you may use the member space but ONLY if it not already full with members. Members always have priority for use of wheels and tables in the member space.

Members may use classrooms, but please be considerate of students who have priority in these spaces during open studio hours.


GUESTS Members (but not students) are permitted to bring guests for a fee of $50 per day. Members are responsible for the conduct of their guests and guests may not be in the space without the member. If a guest wishes to fire work, they must do so at the outside firing rate.

KIDS Members (not students) are permitted to bring their children to the studio while they are working. However, they should not be there for more than 2 hours at a time, and no more than once a week. It is the parent’s responsibility to supervise the child, keeping in mind that this is a professional, shared studio space. Children may work with small amounts of clay, but if they would like to fire anything, it must be done in the same manner as the parent’s work, the parent must assure that it’s safe to fire (no clay bombs!), and using the parent’s firing fees account.

CONSIDERATION OF OTHERS Please be considerate of those around you by taking up only as much space as you need to work. Please be considerate of those around you by not talking too loudly, not talking to people wearing headphones, and generally by respecting the library-esque atmosphere of the studio.

Please be aware of offering unsolicited advice. If someone needs help, they will ask. If you’d like to offer help, please ask first and listen if they say, “No, thank you.” Remember, people don’t always want help even if you think it might be useful.

If you have a question about how to do something or how to use equipment, please ask staff, do not interrupt another member or student.

TREAT EVERYONE WITH RESPECT Do not discriminate. Follow the sexual harassment policy (do not sexually harass anyone at the studio).

NO SMOKING Our studio is in a no-smoking building, incuding the sidewalks outside of the building. If you need to smoke, please go across the street on Dean St. to the area in front of the post office facility.

OUTSIDE CLAY & GLAZES can be used only with the approval of studio managers (Anders and Gustav). To be certain that the materials are safe for use in our space and kilns.

YOUR JEWELS! Be careful not leave your rings or other important personal items in your apron pockets or at the studio. We are not responsible for lost or stolen items, so please keep track of your personal property. We don’t want you to lose them either!

FIRING SYSTEM You must register for the firing fee system at fire.bklynclay.com in order to fire work at the studio. Please keep your credit card up to date, you can change the stored card at any time by logging into the system at home or from the studio.

PICK-UP POLICY All glaze work will be kept on the pick-up shelf after being unloaded for two months. Work remaining on the pick-up shelf two months after being placed there will be donated or tossed. Work left in the hospital for more than two months will also be donated or tossed. Student bisque or glaze work left at the studio two weeks into the next semester will also be donated or tossed.