CLAY ARTIST GUILD

KRASL CLAY ARTIST GUILD PROGRAM

The Krasl Clay Artist Guild Program provides experienced ceramicists with independent access to the KAC ceramics studio. Members are invited to participate in a number of KAC events and programs throughout the year, including Ceramic Studio Potlucks, Raku Firings, Studio Open Houses, and the Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff. We believe the cooperative interaction of people in the studio is a rich source of artistic development carried out in a mutually supportive environment.

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Curbside Guild Membership

$25/month

Curbside Guild Membership includes cone 04 bisque and cone 6 glaze firings. Members may drop off/pick up art to be fired on Mondays, 11 am-1 pm and 4-6 pm. 

Email Education Manager Nathan Margoni at nmargoni@krasl.org to let him know when you plan to arrive, what you would like to pick up, and if you would like to purchase any additional clay or glazes. Text him at (269) 921-0093 when you are in the parking lot. No need to walk to the front door- he will deliver to your car!   

*Curbside Members may also drop off art in the Overlook Room on Fri/Sat/Sun. For alternate pickup dates, email nmargoni@krasl.org so that Nathan can notify front desk staff.


In-Studio Membership

$50/month

In-Studio Guild Membership includes cone 04 bisque and cone 6 glaze firings, house-made glazes, and independent use of the ceramics studios during KAC open hours (except during scheduled classes). Wheels, slab-roller, and other tools are available.

Open Studio Hours

Studios are available during regular KAC open hours, except during scheduled classes.  All available studio hours are reflected in the Doodle Polls (see below).

Scheduling

In-Studio Guild members must fill out a Doodle Poll to reserve a space and time at least 24 hours prior to working in the studio.  Please arrive and depart as scheduled and plan for cleanup time. A maximum of 8 (6 in main studio/2 in glazing) guild members may work in the studios at the same time.

Please reserve your primary workspace at the following links. 

*To schedule short visits to the studio (5 minutes or less), email nmargoni@krasl.org so that Nathan can notify front desk staff.  

*Guild members who have special permission to work in the drying room or kiln room must email nmargoni@krasl.org so that Nathan can notify front desk staff. 


Clay Sales

Clay may be purchased for $25 per 25 lb. bag.  We stock a variety of cone 6 clay bodies from West Michigan Clay and Laguna.  See list of clay bodies HERE.

Glaze Sales

Glazes are included in In-Studio Guild Membership.  Curbside Guild Members may purchase a variety of KAC glazes for $5 per 8 oz.  Email nmargoni@krasl.org and specify which colors you would like to purchase.  See glaze test tiles HERE.

Clay Extruders

Handheld clay extruders with a variety of dies are available for checkout.  Email nmargoni@krasl.org to coordinate. See extruders and dies HERE.

Firing

Generally, the turnaround time for firing is about 2 weeks, but it may take up to 1 month depending on the amount of work we receive from guild members and students. 

Guild members with specific deadlines may submit THIS FORM to nmargoni@krasl.org


COVID Requirements/Policies

  • Face coverings required at all times
  • Maintain at least 6 ft distance from other guild members and staff at all times
  • Complete Doodle Poll at least 48 hours prior to scheduled work time
  • Sign in/out at KAC front desk and mark checkbox that you are not experiencing COVID symptoms
  • Wash or sanitize hands before entering and exiting the studios, and at least once every hour
  • No food or drink consumption permitted in studios
  • Wipe down canvas tables with soapy water and disinfect tools and workspace after each use.  This includes wheels, stools, glazing buckets, and any surfaces touched while working.  Cleaning/Disinfecting materials are provided in each studio.

BENEFITS

  • Access to the KAC ceramic studio during regular KAC hours of operation, except during scheduled classes.
  • Storage space, work tables, hand building tools, potters’ wheels and glazes are provided.  Clay may be purchased at the KAC reception desk.
  • All artwork produced is monitored and fired by the Ceramics Studio Technician. 
  • Eligibility to apply for participation in the KAC Faculty and Ceramics Open Studio Tent during the Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff.


REQUIREMENTS

  • 18 years of age or older.
  • Previous ceramics coursework in a recognized arts organization.
  • Application form submitted to education department nmargoni@krasl.org.
  • Orientation meeting with KAC Ceramics Studio Technician.
  • Members must maintain a clean work space and be respectful towards others.
  • Guild artists are encouraged to come often, stay long and create with enthusiasm!

 
PAYMENT

  • Class discounts or coupons do not apply to Open Studio memberships.
  • Fees are non-refundable.
  • Dues are to be paid in advance at the reception desk.
  • Members are responsible for paying dues in a timely manner; dues may be paid by check, cash or credit card.
  • Failure to make required payments will terminate membership. The KAC reserves the right to refuse renewal.

 
MEMBERSHIP

Krasl Clay Artist Guild membership is not to be confused with a Krasl Art Center membership and its benefits. KAC membership is encouraged but not required for Clay Artist Guild consideration and participation.

 


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