Lessons & Studio Rental
We offer pottery wheel or hand-building private, semi-private and group lessons as well as birthday parties, bachelorette parties, etc. for kids and adults. We also offer monthly, weekly and daily studio rental for more experienced students. See further information below and email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Julie at (970) 846-5156 for more information and to schedule a lesson or event. Click here to view open studio hours.
Private and group lessons are taught by Julie Anderson or an experienced studio assistant. Private lessons work well for those who are visiting Steamboat Springs for a short period of time or cannot fit a regular class into their time schedule.
For each one hour lesson, students are allowed to stay one additional hour for practice - same day only. Additional practice time can be arranged as well and cost can be discussed depending on studio and material use.
For beginners, the first lesson is typically 2 hours long since there is a lot to learn initially. Each lesson after that is typically 1 hour long. Additional lessons usually include trimming and glazing ( 1 hour each).
Rates for Lessons
Costs include use of equipment, studio and instructor time - clay, glazes and firings are an additional charge depending on quantity used. Additional material and studio time can be purchased.
Private (one adult or child): $85/hour total
Semi-Private (2 adults or children): $95/hour total or $47.50 per person per hour
Small Group of 3 (adults and/or children): $105/hour or $35 per person per hour
Private Lessons Special Package: hone your throwing or hand-building skills with one-on-one instruction in a multi-session package: 1 two-hour initial session and 2 additional one-hour sessions for $300 (normally $340 for 4 hours total)
Birthday Parties and Larger Groups
Children’s Birthday Parties (price includes clay/materials/firing & instructor fees): $60 per child for 2 hours. 5 children minimum, 8 children maximum for wheel classes. We can accommodate more children for hand-building classes/parties - up to 12. We do not provide decorations or snacks, but hosts are welcome to arrive early to decorate and drop off food, etc. Children must be 8 years or older for the wheel. Minimum cost of $250 must be paid 2 weeks in advance to reserve time slot. Additional children beyond 5 can be paid on the day of the party.
Adult Parties/Groups: hands on instruction (price includes clay/materials/firing & instructor fees) $30 per adult, per hour with a 2 hour minimum, 4 adult min, 8 adult maximum for wheel classes. We can accommodate more adults for hand-building classes/parties. Minimum cost of $200 must be paid 2 weeks in advance to reserve time slot. Additional adults beyond 4 can be paid on the day of the party.
Rentals are currently available for ceramics only. Renters get access to studio space, equipment, materials, and firings. Open studio hours may change depending on class schedule and events. CLICK HERE TO VIEW CURRENT OPEN STUDIO HOURS.
Important Rental Information:
Warehome Studios offers daily, weekly and monthly community studio access. Our daily studio access includes the use of all studio equipment, except for kilns. Materials and firings are available for an additional fee. Previous clay experience is required.
Rental Rates (see rules below - previous clay experience required)
One-day pass: $40 + materials and firing fees
Weekly: $85 + materials and firing fees for your own shelf and access to all equipment during open studio hours
Monthly: $125/month for your own shelf and access to all equipment during open studio hours + materials & firings
Three months: $350 for your own shelf and access to all equipment during open studio hours + materials & firings
Day Pass Punch Card: $175 for a 6-day pass with shared shelf space (must be used within 4 months - good option if you know you don’t have much time to get in over the course of one month) PLUS $75 for “clay package” of 25lb bag of clay, including all glazes and firings
1. Students who elect to become renters MUST have had at least one class session OR those who have some prior experience with clay can do a private lesson with studio orientation (private lessons are billed at $85/hour + materials).
2. Rent must be paid in advance, no refunds given (unless you are injured - must notify us immediately and provide a doctors note)
3. Renters must be at least 18 years old.
4. Your rental time is primarily based upon your occupation of a shelf - not whether or not you came in to use the studio. Shelf space is very limited and prevents us from having additional renters when the shelves are full. This also means that if you have forgotten to pay rent after your month is up, the time lapse between is still considered rental time. So, for example, if you paid rent on March 1st and then forgot to pay April 1st and didn’t get in to pay until April 10th, the rent money you pay goes towards a start date of April 1st, not April 10th. - this is the time that your shelf has been occupied.
5. Please be considerate - clean up thoroughly after yourself and check the class schedule to avoid being in the studio during class times.
MULTI-DAY PASS OPTION: (previous clay experience required)
Cost: $175 for a 5-day pass + materials & firings
Students who elect to become renters MUST have had at least one class session OR those who have some prior experience with clay can do a private lesson with studio orientation (private lessons are billed at $85/hour + materials).
Day pass must be at least 18 years old or must be accompanied by an adult who also has paid for a day pass.
Shared shelf space is available while your work is drying - you must take your unfinished work, clay or bisque-ware home if you cannot get to complete it within 3 days of starting it - please inquire for details.
We are not responsible for damage or loss of work that has been left for more than 3 days.
Day passes must be used within 3 months
Clay, Firings & Glazes:
There are two options for materials and firings:
OPTION 1: Clay/Glaze Package for $75 - includes 25 lbs. of clay and all glazes and firings for that quantity of clay. This option is good for those who already have some experience and can efficiently use their clay.
OPTION 2: Buy a bag of clay (the required minimum) and pay for firing individual pieces. This is a great option if you have limited time or if you are very new to pottery and will not be able to make a lot of work.
Clay costs $25/bag per 25 lb. bag (includes shipping, 8.4% sales tax is additional)
There is a $20 minimum charge for firings and glazing.
Bisque firing costs $.02 per cubic inch, with a 2” minimum height. Green work is measured, the cubic inches are calculated, and payment is made for firing at the time work comes into the studio or prior to first firing.
Glazing is included in firings costs if you use an existing studio glaze. If you want specific glazes, you can purchase them online or in Denver (We can help direct you to the right place).
Glaze firing work by the piece costs $.05 per cubic inch, with a 2 inch minimum for height . Glaze firing temperatures and firing schedules will vary depending on the time of year. We can discuss the best option depending on upcoming firings.
Clay/glazing considerations and extra costs:
Please note, we prefer that you do not bring your own clay due to the risk of firing at the wrong temperature and damaging shelves, kilns and other people’s work. If you really want to use your own clay, it must be approved for use in the particular firing type/temperature. YOU MUST HAVE PROOF OF THE TYPE CLAY YOU ARE USING - we need to know the firing temperature. If a low-fire clay is fired at a higher temperature, it could potentially completely melt in the kiln and ruin equipment & other work in the kiln.
White, gray and buff clays are allowed, but no red clays, please.
The renter/student assumes responsibility for any kiln damage caused by mistaken identification of a clay’s firing temperature.
The renter agrees to pay Anderson Ceramic & Design the replacement cost of any damaged kiln shelves (resulting from glaze drips or runs). Work must be free of glaze on the bottom. See cost outline below for damage to shelves:
- If a single piece melts to a shelf: $10
- Replacement of an extensively damaged half shelf - electric kiln $50
- Replacement of an extensively damaged full shelf - electric kiln $80
- Replacement of an extensively damaged full shelf - gas kiln $150