About the Studio
VisArts’ clay studio includes:
- The Elisabeth Scott Bocock Studio (Clay 1)
- The Camden, McCord and Reynolds Studio (Clay 2)
- A glazing room
- A glaze-mixing area
- Kiln rooms
- An outdoor firing area with both a gas and raku kiln
Tools and Equipment
Clay I has 12 sit down electric wheels, some of which have reversing switches for left handed throwers, a motorized Lockerbie kick wheel and one stand up wheel with a reversing switch. There are 4 large tables for hand building, a 2 inch Brent slab roller and 2 extruders (a 4×4 square Bailey and a 4 inch round Scott Creek with expansion box) with many dies of various shapes.
Clay II has 12 sit down electric wheels, 2 adjustable wheel chair accessible wheels and a motorized Lockerbie kick wheel. There are 3 large tables for hand building and a Bailey 20 inch adjustable slab roller.
Each studio is supplied with assorted clay tools, spray bottles, clean up sponges and wedging tables.
In the glazing area, we have:
- a Laguna spray booth with ventilation
- a spray gun
- a large sandblaster
- a vented sanding station
- a bench grinder for glaze drips
We also have
- 6 Skutt KM 1027 electric kilns
- 1 Skutt KM 1627PK electric kiln
- an Olympic gas raku kiln
- a Bailey downdraft gas reduction kiln
There are no additional materials provided beyond the listed tools and equipment. Clay is available for purchase at the front desk.
(804) 353-0094, ext. 216
This session, the following people are volunteering their time as studio monitors in the clay studio:
- Sherrie Goggans
- Emily Wicks
- Sara Falzone
- Joan Lewis
- Ernestine Sitkiewicz
- Kathleen O’Conner
- Colleen Marino Lynch
- Jess Hardin
- Corinna Anderson
- Dorris Hackworth
CLAY I AND II STUDIO POLICIES
- This is a community studio, please be respectful of others.
- No food or drink in the glazing, glaze mixing or kiln rooms.
- Clay can be messy. Please wear proper attire.
- No sweeping please. Use sponges and scrapers to clean tables and wheels and the HEPA vacuum for the floor.
- Take the time to clean up when you are finished working. Help us keep our studio a healthy working environment for everyone.
- Please do not put clay in the sinks. Strain off excess water and put clay chunks in the trash or, if appropriate, the reclaim bin.
- Only reclaim the white stoneware.
- Store your work on your shelf only. If you need extra space for a short time we can accommodate that on a first come basis, but there is no permanent extra storage.
- Please do not handle the work of others.
- The last day to work in wet clay is two weeks before your last class. This allows us time to have your work bisqued and ready for glazing before your class ends!
GLAZE MIXING STUDIO POLICIES
- You must be certified by the Studio Manager before you have access to this space.
- You must wear a respirator when using this space.
- Record you glaze recipe and amount of materials used in the glaze book.
- Do not waste materials.
- Put everything away when you are finished.
- Clean the area when finished.
- You must provide your own storage containers.
- No food or drink allowed in this studio.
GLAZING STUDIO POLICIES
- Please wash all whisks, glaze brushes and wax brushes before putting them away.
- Rinse all glazes brushes in the wash bucket before washing in the sink.
- Wipe down glaze area and throw away newspaper before leaving the glaze room.
- Put all glazed pieces on the proper shelf before you leave.
- No eating or drinking in this studio.
- Wear a mask, preferably a respirator, when using the spray booth.
- You must be certified by the Studio Manager before you can operate the spray booth or sandblaster.
- Clean the spray booth when you are finished.
- Do not add or remove water from the glazes. Please ask your teacher or a studio monitor if you need assistance.
- Make sure to place the lids on all glaze buckets and wax containers when you are finished using them.
KILN ROOM RULES
- Only VisArts staff are permitted to load or unload kilns.
- Do not set pieces on top of kilns to dry.
- Please be careful when placing work on the shelves for bisque or glaze firing.
- Place your work at the rear of the shelf.
- Make sure you are putting your piece in the correct area.
- Do not handle the work of others.
- If you break something, leave a note.
- This area is for FINISHED work ONLY. Do not store “in progress” pieces in this area.
- Please remove your work as promptly as you can. This space can fill up quickly.
- No food or drink in this studio.