Open Studio is intended for use by individuals that are taking classes at Joy Ceramics. It allows students enrolled in the class sessions to work on their ceramic pieces outside of the class sessions.
We have three studios that take about 6 to 7 people per studio. They are the following
- Wheel Throwing Studio - There are five wheels presently. One wheel has the equipment to create earthenware plates that match a mold pattern such as a plate. It does not work well with stoneware as the plates distort at the higher temperature to which stoneware is fired (unless you like distorted plates, kind of interesting). This studio also has pottery bats, plaster table for wedging, and many, many shelves for drying pieces. Some of the wheels in this studio are equipped with Strong Arm centering and opening tools that make wheel throwing much easier, you do not have to apply your muscles very hard to center or open pieces.
- Hand building and glazing studio - This studio has a manual Bailey Extruder System that can extrude pieces up to 8 inches round (takes a lot of soft clay to do an extrusion that large). A North Star Slab Roller, a spray booth with stray guns for glazes, the Gare earthenware underglaze and glaze products (all kinds of underglaze colors that match our slip cast bisque and Gare's slip cast bisque). A large 12'x6' table, numerous commercial glazes as well as cone 6 glazes formulated by us to match the Sheffield stoneware clays that we use most often in wheel throwing of stoneware, and supplies needed for glazing and hand building. It also has a Cink which is a sink that recycles water and is used to wash clay from equipment and hands (strictly non-potable water comes from its tap)
- Slip Casting studio - This studio has the slip casting tank with pumps etc. used in slip casting. There are also over 1500 slip casting molds from Christmas trees to pitchers to garden pieces for those interesting in slip casting. See the discussion on slip casting at link Slip Casting