Ceramic Studio Members

Here’s how it works:

Note: We have recently updated our Ceramics Studio usage policy.  Please read carefully.  New fees and storage policy invoicing will begin after the Third quarter of 2020 (June-September).

To use the ceramics Studio at the Dairy Barn, you must hold a current membership at the individual level or higher (an annual renewal fee of $50) once you are a member, you will need to take an orientation with Ceramics Studio Manager Kelly Shaw. Once you have gone through the orientation, you are welcome to use the studio as much as you want during posted hours. *During the Pandemic, the studio is open

Members will be invoiced quarterly for all applicable membership, storage, glazing, and firing fees.  Fee amounts totaling under $5.00 may be carried to the next invoice cycle.

Individual Dairy Barn Membership (Required)$50.00 annually, includes all the benefits of membership
Volunteer Time (Required or see opt-out below)4 hours per Quarter
Ceramic Studio Use Fee (Optional)$60.00 per Quarter, includes half shelf for storing work
Extra Half Shelf Fee (Optional)($30.00 per Quarter)
Locker Rental Fee (Optional)($15.00 per Quarter)
Volunteer Opt-Out Fee (Optional)($80.00 per Quarter)
Applicable Glaze and Firing Fees (Optional)(Varies by individual use)


Members are welcome to use the studio equipment including the wheels, the slab roller, and the extruder.  Staff will fire work as needed. Consumable materials such as glazes can be purchased by the member artist either locally, or through the Dairy Barn (see below).  For the reader’s information, a great local place for ceramics supplies and clay is the Nelsonville Emporium.  The Barn can order clay and glaze upon request.

Ceramic Studio Equipment Inventory

Ceramic Studio Membership Frequently Asked Questions

Firing and Glazing Fees: Members are asked to fill out firing slips and place them with all “to be fired work”. Slips will be collected and the amounts recorded by the Studio Manager

The cost of firing and glaze is done by weight (see table below).  Fees will be totaled and invoiced for each quarter in the beginning of the next. (I.E., winter quarter ends March 31st, invoices will be sent in early April.

        Bisque/low fire: Unless an artist requests a different firing temperature, all bisque firings and low firings will be fired to cone 04.  The cost is $1.00 per pound.  Pieces should be weighed when bone dry.

       High Fire/Glaze Fire: Unless an artist requests a different firing temperature, all high/glaze firings will be fired to cone 5.  The cost is $1.50 per pound.  Pieces should be weighed before glaze is applied.

Our Glazes:

The Dairy Barn keeps a relatively large supply of various glazes on hand. Artists can purchase their own, or use The Barn’s.  If using The Barn’s glazes, bisque fired pieces need to be weighed before and after glaze application and the difference recorded in ounces.  (Use a pencil to write the before weight on the bottom of work before glazing).

The glazes the Barn generally keeps in stock are:

       Low Fire Glazes and Underglazes: Blick Essentials Gloss Glazes , Amaco Crystaltex Glazes,  Mayco Stroke n’ Coat glazes, Amaco Velvet Underglazes  – $1.25 per ounce.

       High Fire Glazes: Amaco Potters Choice Glazes; Columbus Clay Stoneware Glazes – $.50 per ounce.  These glazes are either in pints, gallon jugs or in 5 gallon buckets for dipping.

Firing Schedule: An “as needed” firing schedule will be arranged.  The Dairy Barn has two electric kilns.  Staff members are the only people who may actually fire the kiln, but firings can be requested.  A monthly PDF will include planned glaze days and kiln fires.  Shelves on the mobile cart nearest the kilns are designated as the “to be fired” shelves.

Work Retrieval: Fired work will be returned to the members’ designated shelves. Work that cannot be returned to an individual shelf due to space constraints or inability to identify the maker can be claimed from the “To Be Fired” shelf.

Studio Schedule: We post a monthly calendar on a shared Google Calendar for sign up.  Once your membership and orientation are current, you will send a link to use the calendar.  

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