FAQ

What is SJCC? 

We are a community use ceramic studio.  We provide access to the equipment and classes necessary for people of any experience level to participate in working with clay.

 

We offer private lessons, weekend and evening classes, workshops and membership opportunities for our shared studio space.

Our HOURS!   

Mon: 4-8    Tues: 12-9  Wed: 12-9  Thurs: 1-5  Sat: 12-4   Sun: 1-5

 

How do I get involved? 

You can register for a class, get a Punch Card to attend open studio, or join the SJCC as a Member.  Just want to try it out? We offer drop in visits for $15 or sign up for a 90 min. private lesson.  

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What is a “Punch Card”?

A Punch Card comes with 10 Punches ( good for 10 visits to open studio) and is $100.  Each punch is for the whole time of open studio, not by the hour. There are no partial punches.  You can’t split punches between people. If you want to bring a friend try a day pass option. If you have a friend or family member you want to come with you consistently, consider a Family Punch Card for $150. 

Interested? Fill out our punchcard agreement HERE.

How do kiln firings work? 

Here at SJCC we fire to cone 04 for bisque and cone 5 for glaze.  Firing is 10 cents per square inch, this payment covers both the bisque and glaze firing and use of our in-house glazes.  You can bring in your own glazes provided they are Cone 6. 

 

We do fire work that was not made in our studio on a first come-first served basis.  Bisque is loaded every Tuesday and unloaded Thursday (during open studio). Glaze kiln is loaded on either Saturday or Sunday and unloaded on Tuesday.  To get work fired, bring us your work during open studio hours and we will help you measure your work for firing. Please review the Community firing agreement for more details.

 

Do you teach classes?  

Sure!  We have ongoing classes for all types of interests: samplers, intro to wheel, intermediate wheel, handbuilding, sculpture and special workshops offered seasonally.   See our CLASSES page for current offerings.

Classes for Kids?   

Unfortuantely, our children's programs are on hold as we navigate the Covid19 pandemic.  We hope to be able to offer both term sign-up and drop in afterschool opportunities when it is safe to do so. 

 

Do I need to bring my own clay and tools?  

We have everything you need to get started. We sell white stoneware clay and have basic wheel tools.  There are general community tools available.

We do not allow red or colored clay in the space, sorry, only light colored stoneware or porcelain. 

Do I need to have clay experience to use the space or register for a class?  

Nope, our classes are designed with beginners in mind.  You are welcome to use open studio to practice if you already have a grasp of the basics.  There is no instruction during open studio, but questions are encouraged. Our members and studio users love to share and collaborate.  Studio monitors are there to help as well.

I have to miss a class, is that ok?   

Missing a class is not uncommon, life happens, and that should not deter you from attending the rest of your classes for that month.  We do not provide make up lessons or other compensation for missed classes, but instead we encourage you to get into the studio and practice what you missed.  Open studio provides ample opportunity to get in an make up the class time lost.

 

Cancellations and Refunds?

You changed your mind or something came up.  Ok, we understand.

If you can give us 10 days notice, we will transfer your reservation to another class in the future.  

 

Need to cancel and don’t want to choose another class or lesson? Fine. Email us the date of the class and we will cancel your seat and send you a refund, minus 15% cancellation fee if start of class is still 10 days out.

 

We do not offer refunds ten days prior to class start date.

 

We do not offer refunds for gift cards, clay or tools. 

 

Private lessons, events and team building opportunities require payment in full to get on our schedule.

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