What makes my studio different? 

Greetings! Thanks for clicking the "ABOUT" link! My studio is a private studio. Though I offer classes and workshops, it is really an extension of my home, a place for you to feel welcome, supported, heard, and of course creative! While yes, it is a business, it is super personal and kind of “exclusive.” My classes are small, and you receive all the information and knowledge I can provide to help you succeed. 

 

About me:

Hi! I am Jamie and welcome to my studio page!  I have been making and teaching pottery for over 20 years! I have taught at the UCONN Community School of the Arts, Farmington Valley Arts Center, and at my own studio! I have been a guest instructor (and tutor, substitute teacher) for several school districts and currently teach kids classes sponsored by the Manchester CT Youth Service Bureau! I am the creator of MYOM (Make Your Own Beer Mug) night which I have hosted at several local breweries! I love laughing, music, the smell of clay, rainy days, and cats! I have degrees in Art, English, and Communications. My studio is a home away from home where I love to create, mingle, chat or just chill out! 

First and foremost I want everyone to feel supported and welcome. This is really a casual, friendly studio where people make friends easily and build a community.

If you would like to check out the studio before registering, give me a call to make an appointment!

Note that I am here always and again, you are kind of sharing my “home” so please treat it with respect.

 

That said please adhere to the following if you come to class.

  • Do not arrive intoxicated or under the influence

  • Please refrain from wearing heavy perfumes or smelling like smoke of any sort

  • NO GUESTS OR CHILDREN

  • Please be mindful of any non pottery related conversations, keep the discussion focused on pottery. (What me be a casual topic for you may be sensitive to someone else) 

  • No politics, religion, intimate personal details, sex talk etc.

  • PLEASE DO NOT MAKE BONGS OR PIPES it is not jr high. (and I have kids classes)

  • BYOB is reserved for special nights and private events.

  • IF YOU BRING FOOD OR DRINKS TAKE THE TRASH WITH YOU

  • NO OUTSIDE CLAY/GLAZES/or pottery made elsewhere. period. 

  • Please follow all cleanliness guidelines that are posted in studio. Silica dust is a lung killer, There are good reasons for all the cleaning rules posted. 

  • Bring your own towels and apron etc and bring HOME TO WASH BETWEEN CLASSES. Dry clay creates dust. Clay dust can be lethal. Work wet and clean wet, do not let clay dry on tools, hands, tables, towels, floors etc. Clean up dust, clay lint, clay bits immediately.

  • Arrive on time, class ends on time. 

  • There are no make ups for missed classes or unfinished glazing. If there is snow or the instructor has to cancel, arrangements will be made to make up the time.

  • Manage your expectations, pottery is hard! I make every effort for you to succeed, but if you are after perfection, this is not the place for you. Things happen, pieces break, glaze fails, on and on. 

  • I am sure I will add to this list lol! 

If you would like to check out the studio before registering, give me a call

Why does everything take so darn long to be "finished?"

Welcome to pottery making! Firstly the creation process is not something that can be rushed. We are always doing a delicate dance with air and water not to mention humidity! To achieve desired results, care and time must be taken when working with clay as it is a fragile, finicky medium to create with. Clay must dry SLOWLY, otherwise all manner of nightmares can happen, cracks, splits, warps, and more! After the clay is TOTALLY dry it can finally go into the kiln for the first of two firings. The first firing is the "bisque" state. Clay is fired to about 2000 degrees which takes a total of about 48 hours including the loading of the kiln, at least 2 hours, the firing at least 8 hours and the cooling before opening another 12-16 hours and then there is the unloading so... factor in sleeping and eating... give it about 2 days. After that comes the "glazing" time where I glaze all the pieces. Depending on what I am glazing and how, this might take another 2 days, and then back into the kiln the pieces go for another firing, this time to about 2200 degrees and yes, another 24 to 48 hours turn around time. 

Why can't you just fire a few things at a time?

For maximum efficiency, the kiln should always be full when fired. 

My pot cracked! What happened?

Well, unfortunately many many things can go awry when working with clay. Sometimes there is a structural issue during creation that doesn't rear its ugly head until firing time. Other times things go haywire inside the kiln that no one can foresee or control. Welcome to the agony of defeat! No matter, just grab a slab or ball of clay and start again. The only way to learn is by making mistakes! Just check out my facebook group "Clay Fail: A Pottery and Ceramics Shit Show" https://www.facebook.com/groups/626606217941800/ and see Clay Fails from potters all over the world! 

Can I have a private group or party at the studio?

Sure! Contact me! 

I am crafty, can I rent your space to teach a class or can I sell my work at your space?

SURE! If you are a local artist or crafts person or make bath and body products, jewelry or anything else, let's meet! 

That's all for now! Check back for more updates!!!

Love you! 

Jamie

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