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Pick-up/Drop-off Ceramics Services

The Umbrella’s weekly pick-up/drop-off services and clay sales.


General Procedure:

The studio will be open for pick-up/drop-off services: 
TUESDAYS - 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
WEDNESDAYS - 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
FRIDAYS - 10:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. 
NOTE: Hours are subject to change at any time.  
Schedule changes will be posted on the Reservation List.  

In order to facilitate pick up/drop off during winter months, all clay orders, bisque pick-up, and green-ware/glaze ware drop-off must be scheduled in advance.  Because work cannot be placed outside, appointments will be scheduled in order to avoid unnecessary contact and keep track of who has entered the building.

Please respect social distancing guidelines while inside the building.  Masks are required.  Please do not enter if another member is already present.  There is no access to the rest of the facility at this time.

All pick-up and drop-off services will be located inside the studio and are to be accessed through the main entrance. Please remain in your car until your scheduled time.  Follow the signs from both the main and rear parking lots to the studio entrance. All guests must sign in at the front counter in the entryway for contact tracing purposes. 

Ceramics Studio Technician, Zachary Mickelson, will be in the studio during scheduled hours and is available to help, when possible, but please respect social distancing norms.

Questions? Contact zachary@theumbrellaarts.org 

Purchasing Clay and Reserving A Time for Pick-up:

Clay must be purchased online and a specific day and time must be reserved to pick up your purchased clay. The cost is $35 per 25lbs and includes firing services. 
The purchasing website will reflect clay that is available.  The website will be updated as shipments arrive.
All purchases require a reservation here: PICK-UP RESERVATION LIST.
Please do not reserve time slots more than one week in advance.
The Clays we will have available are:
White Stoneware- Sheffield 20231
Porcelain- Sheffield 92700
Sculpture Clay- Sheffield S-14
Speckled Clay- SheffieldT-360 M
Brooklyn Red-  Standard 308
Black Clay- Standard 266

Pick-up/Drop-off Location:

Only available through The Umbrella’s Main entrance

Purchased clay will be labeled with the purchaser’s name on tables.  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.

Glaze Services

All use of studio glazes are suspended until further notice.  As the glaze is included in the price of clay, there will not be a charge for glaze when the studio re-opens. When safe to do so, The Umbrella  will be offering glazing opportunities.  Details to follow. 

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.  Glazed work is to be delivered to the cone 6 drop-off carts.

Please understand that due to a limited volume of glazed work being fired, it may take longer than normal for work to be finished.  Announcements will be sent out via email when glaze kilns are being unloaded.  

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.

Please respect social distancing guidelines while inside the building.  Masks are required.  Please do not enter if another member is already present.  There is no access to the rest of the facility at this time.

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

Ceramics Monthly Studio Program (Beginning May 1, 2021)

All studio fees are being waived for the first two months of operation (March/April).  Students who currently have a self will keep it without charge. New students will be assigned free storage until May 1, 2021.  

Starting May 1, 2021: Our monthly program fee of $15 per month provides access to firing services, studio drop-in sessions, and a storage shelf in the main studio. Please note that access to student cubbys will ONLY be on days where an individual is registered for a drop-in work session or has reserved a 30minute time slot on the studio Reservation list.

For students enrolled in virtual ceramics courses, the monthly studio fee is waived for all months in the session.

To register for the Ceramics Monthly Studio Program, please use the following link: (coming April 15, 2021)

Ceramics @Home Class Policies

You can find more information about our Ceramics @Home class polices on our Online Ceramics Policy page.