A signed studio student waiver must be on file with the studio to participate in any class, event, or other activity.
We currently have a waitlist for open studio membership. Please email the studio to be added to the waitlist.
To practice skills and be part of a ceramic arts community.
Open studio time is available for individual work. Instructor is on hand(remotely) to answer only safety concerns, teaching and demos will be covered during class or private lesson time.
Open studio access is set up through an individual contract with the studio owner. Members have set open studio hours and calendars for reserving sessions. Students enrolled in class receive two open studio passes to finish up work from their session. Renting open studio time outside of a class session needs to be approved by the studio, and students must have taken an introductory class or private lesson.
Clay must be purchased through the studio; included in the price is the bisque firing.
Studio glazes and slips are available for use, as well as some commercial glazes and underglazes. If you would like to use your own glaze, it must be approved by the studio and your work must be fired on a cookie.
All tools, bats, and other studio equipment are available to use, just please return them clean and to the proper place. Please keep your area clean always using wet cleaning methods, all clay trimmings around your wheel should be cleaned with a sponge. Please keep big clay pieces out of the sink and reclaim them independently when possible. All tools, clay, and work should be kept on your shelving area and please label your work.
Any work or clay left for longer than 3 months will be discarded appropriately, unless other arrangements have been made with the studio.
The studio is a community and ceramics is a multi-step process, we try our best to avoid any breakage, but cannot be held responsible if accidents occur.
The studio will fire the kiln when we have a full kiln load or about every two to three weeks.
Bisque firing is to cone 06, and cone 6 firing fees include glazes.
Open studio monthly member fee: $100/month
Open Studio Pass- 6 visits during studio hours: $115
Fees include use of the studio, one wareboard, clay storage. Clay and firing fees are additional.
Excessive clean up needed after an open studio session, glaze drips that need kiln gridding, and not showing up for a reserved open studio session will be documented on your studio passes at a charge of $10 $10 or up to $40 for a kiln shelf replacement. These charges need to be paid before another studio pass will be issued.
Terminating an open studio membership is at the sole discretion of the studio.
Open Studio Hours:
Available in 3 hour blocks for monthly members and 6-pass holders, and 1 hour blocks if you are a monthly member
*Please see calendars on site: https://julieberkowitzceramics.com/pages/studio
In case of inclement weather the studio will follow Chapel Hill Carrboro City Schools cancellation notices unless otherwise notified by the studio. Updates will also be posted on studio social media accounts.
- The kiln is fired to cone 6. Pieces will cycle through a firing about every two weeks
- Finished pieces need to be picked up within two months, or they will be donated
- Please keep track of all pieces in the log book or on your class card. Pieces will be fired once payment is received. Options for payment are cash, credit, check, or paypal
Fee Info for Cone 6 Firing:
Per Piece: $.03 per cubic inch (2” height minimum, round up to nearest in.)
Half Shelf: 2” posts- $5, 4” posts- $10, 6” posts- $15
Whole Shelf: 2” posts- $10, 4” posts- $15, 6” posts- $20
Half Kiln: $35
Whole Kiln: $60 (10 cubic feet)
Fees for cone 6 firing include use of all studio glazes
Bisque firing to cone 04 is included in the price of the clay bought at the studio.
$25 for 25 pounds of clay
Replacement kiln shelf fees: $10 if a piece sticks to a shelf, $35 half shelf, $55 full shelf
Example calculation: L x W x H= ? x .03 = glazing fee for the piece 4x 4 x 4 = 64 x .03 = $1.92
**If you have questions, please ask. If your piece is over post height, half or full kiln rental option is available.