Ceramics Studio Services

General Procedure

The studio is open for participating students and independent artists to drop off or pick up work during the following hours.  The online reservation list is no longer necessary.  We are currently only offering firing services to enrolled participants.  Please use the sign in sheet at the front of the building when entering to pick up or drop off work.  




Studio hours: Starting July 1, 2021
MONDAY - FRIDAY: 10:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. (Independent Studio Only) 6:00 P.M. - 9:00 P.M. (Main and Independent Studios)
SATURDAY - SUNDAY: 10:00 A.M. to 9:00 P.M. (Main and Independent Studios)


Please respect other people.  Masks are required indoors for unvaccinated people. 
Ceramics Studio Technician, Zachary Mickelson, will be in the studio during most scheduled weekday hours and is available to help, when possible, but please respect social norms.
Questions? Contact Zachary@theumbrellaarts.org 


Purchasing Clay

Clay must be purchased online. The cost is $35 per 25lbs and includes firing services. 
The purchasing webpage will reflect clay that is available.  The website will be updated as shipments arrive.  Please use the clay signout sheet located on the clay storage locker doors when collecting purchased clay.




The Clays we will have available are:

  • B mix - Laguna WC 401
  • Porcelain - Sheffield 92700
  • Sculpture Clay - Sheffield S-14
  • Speckled Clay - SheffieldT-360 M
  • Brooklyn Red - Standard 308
  • Black Clay - Standard 266


Firing Services


Firing  services are available through enrollment in The Ceramics Studio Drop-in Program, as well as for registered students.
Bisque and glaze-ware will be available for pickup on labeled carts.  Carts will be provided and labeled for dropping off work. Please bring your own boxes and packaging, no packaging should be left behind.
Green ware will be fired and generally available in 2-weeks.  Please keep track of this firing schedule in regards to individual drop-off dates.  The studio has limited storage space, and as such, it is required that all participants retrieve their personal items within a timely manner.  It is extremely helpful for you to be picking up your fired work as it becomes available! 

All broken pieces will be fired and placed on the pick-up racks. We will not be leaving any notes or explanations if things occur, but please know we will do our best to take the utmost care of your wares. We apologize in advance if items break. Thank you for your patience and understanding. 


Soda Firing

June 29 - July 2nd - SOLD OUT!

NEXT Soda Workshop: Summer 2021

4 Weeks: July 22, Aug 12, Aug 19, Aug 26: No Class: July 29, Aug 5.

This workshop will offer an in depth exploration of making and preparing work for our new soda kiln.  Specific discussions and demonstrations will include:  techniques for making interesting forms and textures, materials use and surface, and glazing.  Students will also experience the loading and unloading process, as well as participate in a group critique and review.



Glaze Service


In person glaze services are available through enrollment in The Ceramics Studio Drop-in Program as well as for registered students.
Commercial glazes purchased from elsewhere may be fired at The Umbrella with advanced approval from the Ceramics Studio Technician. Please contact Zac Mickelson in advance with what glazes you are using.  


Cubby Rentals


Enrolled students and participants will receive a cubby for the duration of their enrollment.  In order to keep a cubby space while not enrolling in studio services participants must pay a rental fee of $30/month.  Any belongings left in a cubby that is not being reserved through enrollment or rental are subject to removal 2 weeks after classes/rental period ending.

Purchase Here: JUNE - JULY - AUGUST


Cleaning & Additional Safety Measures


Racks will be disinfected daily. Try to limit touching other’s pieces and consider wearing gloves.  Hand sanitizer will be available.


Studio Rules

  • Masks must be worn at all times indoors by unvaccinated people.
  • No guests are allowed.
  • Wash hands with soap and water frequently.
  • Online registration is required to reserve studio time, no other times admitted.
  • Notify the Education Director if exposed to COVID-19 for contact tracing.
  • Use sanitizing spray or wipes after cleaning up to disinfect any tools or furniture.

Questions: Please email zachary@theumbrellaarts.org for any further questions about the process!