Open Studio Classes
Open Studio Classes
Suitable for Intermediate and Experienced Students
Self Directed Exploration in Clay
One or More Teachers and Assistants on Hand to Help
Open Studio Classes
Firebird Studios is open for students of all levels to come and explore their own clay projects and ideas. We call these classes “Open Studio Classes”.
One or more teachers and assistants are on hand to help you with your project. You should know the basics of rolling out clay, slump and drape moulding, pinch pots and coiling, creating textures, glazing and underglazing. We can introduce new ideas to help you achieve your project – such as choice of clay, sizes, colouring options, and firing procedures.
On the whole you should be able to work on your projects with a timely work flow and basic understanding of the common procedures in clay. Out aim is to help you achieve exhibition worthy results as you progress in your clay skills!
If you have not done at least four lessons in the basics of clay, we highly recommend that you start with one of our “Introduction to Pottery” courses!
Please Note – other classes and courses may be underway during Open Studio Class – there will always be a teacher/assistant available who is not teaching a class. We ask that you do not participate in the courses/classes unless you have enrolled in them!
Students can book for a regular time and your place will be reserved.
Casual – $50 per session (3 hours) NB – no specific instructions will be offered as Open Studio Classes are self directed – help is on hand but you should have some clay basics and an understanding of our studio space – if you want a one off lesson please enquire via email, thank you1
5 Session Pass – $200 (valid for 3 months)
10 Session Pass – $300 (valid for 6 months)
Passes and sessions can be booked via email and paid by cash or card in person.
If you are looking at doing more than once a week classes our Monthly Membership is a much better option – not only do you get unlimited access to Open Studio Classes, there are many other benefits as well!
Please indicate your interest in Open Studio Classes using the form:
Frequently Asked Questions
How Much Are Open Studio Classes?
Open Studio Classes – $50 per session casual, $200 for a 5 session pass, $300 for a 10 session pass. Members – $150/month unlimited sessions (plus other member benefits)
When Are Open Studio Classes Held?
Firebird Studios is open on the following days/times:
Monday – 9:30 am – 12:30 pm, 6 pm – 9 pm.
Tuesday -9:30 am – 12:30 pm, 6 pm – 9 pm.
Wednesday – 9:30 am – 12:30 pm, 6 pm – 9 pm.
Thursday -9:30 am – 12:30 pm, 6 pm – 9 pm.
Friday – 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Saturday 9 am – 12 noon
Sunday – CLOSED
NB – The studio is closed outside of these times. Please ensure you finish you class time and leave on time!
Open Studio Class students normally come at the same day/time each week. If you plan to attend more often a Monthly Membership Package is ideal. Please book your classes via email or phone and pay for your passes in person. Thank you.
What Is Included - What Do I Need To Bring?
Firebird Studios has clay, colourants and glazes, firing, a few tools etcetera on hand.
Open Studio Classes – clay, colourants and some tools are available – you pay for clay, glaze and firing at a per kilogram weight. See firing cost tab for more info.
You can also buy your clay, tools, wheels, and more from Firebird Studios!
Firebird Studios Firing Costs
Many courses and workshops are fully inclusive of clay, colourings, glazes and two firings.
When firing is not included:
NB – All firing (bisque and glaze) must be paid for even if the work failed, you don’t like it or don’t want it!
Open Studio Class Students:
Using Firebird Studios clay, colourants and glazes (all clay except porcelain) – $10/kg finished work ($4/kg bisque, $6/kg glaze)
Using your own clay, colourants and glazes (all clay) – $7/kg finished work ($3/kg bisque, $4/kg glaze)
Firebird Studio Members:
Using Firebird Studios clay, colourants and glazes (all clay except porcelain) – $7/kg finished work ($3/kg bisque, $4/kg glaze)
Using your own clay, colourants and glazes (all clay) – $5/kg finished work ($2/kg bisque, $3/kg glaze)
Full kiln hire:
$100 +GST bisque
$110 +GST cone 6 glaze
$120 +GST cone 8+ glaze
How Can I Enrol?
You may save a place by emailing Lynda on firstname.lastname@example.org
Regular Open Studio Class students can reserve their place in a class – non attendance for four weeks will result in losing the reservation. Bookings not required, however there are a maximum of 10 Open Studio Class students at one time.
How Can I Pay?
Card or cash in person – you will be issued with tickets that you give to the teacher or assistant at each lesson.
What Will I Be Making?
In Open Studio Classes, the direction you take with your work is up to you. You should have sufficient skills and knowledge to work mostly on your own. One or two teachers and assistants are usually on hand to help you.
Research ideas on Pinterest. Then the teacher can guide you along to create your ideas! Discussions on surface treatment, colour options and glazing options form part of the discovery.
Firebird Studios also runs a lot of workshops to explore more advanced ideas like mould making, porcelain jewellery and raku firing, etc. Avail yourself of these to learn even more!
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