Membership & Studio Use

Open Studio by the session – with a Punch Card

In order to use Open Studio, one must first take at least one five-week wheel throwing or hand-building class. For those with ceramics training from somewhere other that Calapooia Clay, a studio orientation is necessary before you can begin using Open Studio time. 

A ten-session Punch Card may be purchased for $100. Each of the ten “punches” is good for an Open Studio session. Punch Card holders may register for up to two Open Studio sessions per week. You will have access to equipment (wheels, slab roller, extruder and tables), and glazes. Both bisque and glaze firing is included.

Everyone who uses the studio must purchase their clay from the Studio – no outside clay is allowed. Clay is purchased as needed for $30 – $37 per 25 lb. bag. It is expected that studio users will clean up after themselves, wiping down machines and tables, cleaning and putting away tools, and will follow all safety protocols.

Ten-session Punch Cards may be purchased for $100 in the studio, and are good for twelve months from time of purchase. A locker will be assigned where Punch Card holders can keep their clay.

Studio Member

Studio Members have access to studio equipment (wheels, slab roller, extruder and tables), and glazes for up to three Open Studio sessions per week. Each member will be assigned their own shelf space for storing tools, ware, and clay. To become a Studio Member, one must first have basic knowledge of clay arts, having taken at least one Calapooia Clay basics class (or other qualifying class).

Each new member must go through an orientation session with Ed  before they can begin working in the studio. Studio members must purchase their clay from the Studio – no outside clay is allowed. It is expected that Studio Members will clean up after themselves, wiping down machines and tables, cleaning and putting away tools, and will follow all safety protocols.

Studio Members pay $95/month, plus the purchase of clay ($30 – $37 per bag). Monthly invoices are sent to members via email. Membership is valid for thirty days following receipt of payment. Members may engage in up to three Open Studio sessions per week.

Work at Home (WAH) Member

Registration needs to be completed in the studio, and then monthly invoices are sent via email. A studio orientation will be provided at the time of registration. Becoming a WAH member requires a minimum commitment of six months.

A WAH member can register for and engage in one Open Studio session per week. This is when they can use/apply glazes, use studio tools (slab roller, texture tools, wheels, etc.) drop off work for firing and pick up work that has been fired.

Clay for all work brought into the studio for glazing and firing must be purchased from Calapooia Clay. Absolutely no outside clay is to be brought into the studio for firing or glazing. (There is no negotiation on this, so please don’t ask.)

Any personal glazes used must be for cone 5/6 firing.

Work at Home membership is $50/month, plus purchase of clay ($30 to $37 per 25 lb. bag).

Calapooia Clay is NOT a production studio. We cannot support the work of production potters.

Open Studio Usage

Only Monthly Members, current class participants and Punch Card Holders may use Open Studio. There are limits to the number of people who can use Open Studio sessions. Advanced registration is required.

To register for an Open Studio sessions, click here:

Open Studio sign-up