Ceramics Studio

24/7 Ceramics Studio with electric wheels, work space, kilns, tools, and more!

Meet the Guru

Lori Blume

Lori Blume

Clay Guru

As a lifelong entrepreneur, Lori and her husband had a professional pottery business when they were in their twenties! After learning a lot, they’re now decade+ veteran AvocadoOfTheMonthClub.com owners (also now shipping artichokes). Lori joined us as Clay Guru last fall and has driven the curriculum and helped in every step of setting up this new studio. Lori is excited to learn new techniques as well as share her knowledge with others.

About SLO MakerSpace Ceramics Studio

SLO MakerSpace has a Ceramics Studio with three electric wheels, large work area, community tools, slips, glazes, kiln schedule, and more. We offer Open Studio, Intro to Clay, and Intro to Ceramics Studio for advanced users who want to use our studio unsupervised and 24/7 (when we’re not holding classes). See the Classes + Events page for current schedule.

Please pay for all classes, in advance. This notifies the Guru that there is a paying class member.

We charge for clay and firing fees (see below). These help pay for slips, wax resist and glaze, as well as, purchase, maintenance, repair and replacement of all machines, tools and equipment in the Ceramics Studio. If you have questions, comments or suggestions for the Ceramics Studio, please let a Guru know or email us at contact@slomakerspace.com.

Firing fees are not included in classes or Open Studio.

See the individual classes below for the schedule, or check our the Class & Events page at any time for the most up to date schedule.

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MAKE: Ceramic Critters

$175.00

SLO MakerSpace invites you to MAKE: Ceramic Critters
This is a Ceramics workshop focusing on the realistic expression, facial features, and anatomy of animals, birds or reptiles. Bring pictures of critters you would like to create and your good energy.

A basic knowledge of use of clay is helpful, but not required.

Class includes 5lbs of clay and use of tools and glazes while in class.

Please note, firing fees are separate. Fees are paid at www.slomakerspace.com when your piece(s) is/are ready to be fired. The instructor will cover this in session.

(6) SIX Sessions
SUNDAYS, March 19 – April 30; 1:30-4p at SLO MakerSpace

Max. students: (6) SIX / Min. students: (4) FOUR

Refunds will be issued if less than four attendees.

Anne Grannis, a certificated instructor, has been involved in art all her life using a variety of mediums and materials. She has spent several years sharing the secrets she has attained with others of all skill levels. www.annegrannis.com.

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Open Ceramics Studio

$10.00$20.00

Please pay for this class in advance online. This notifies the Guru.

Open Ceramics Studio is offered every THU, 10a – 1p and TUE, 6 – 9p.

3-hours of shop use (including clean-up) with a Guru supervising.

1 lb of clay included. Additional clay available at $2/lb. 25 lbs of clay available for $20.

Firing fees NOT included. Firing fees are paid in advance. This notifies the Guru that your piece is ready to be fired. Return to any Open Studio to make sure of our glazes and finish your piece.

Firing fees apply if you would like to keep your masterpiece. Pick up time – about three weeks. Current turnaround time, based on current kiln usage, will be disclosed at Open Ceramic Studio events.

SLO MakerSpace Members, SLO County Library Cardholders. and general public is welcome.

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Are you a member?

Yes, No

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Beginning Ceramics

$40.00

Please pay for this class in advance online. This notifies the Guru.

Each class has a different focus, including, hand-building, wheel throwing, and surface decoration/glaze application.

There will be a planned project (Guru’s choice) each week. The more classes you attend, the more you learn about ceramics.

This class is offered the Second and Fourth MON, 11a – 1p; PM times coming soon! This class will be cancelled when it lands on a holiday.

2 lbs of clay included. Additional clay available at $2/lb. 25 lbs of clay available for $20.

Firing fees are not included.

SLO MakerSpace Members, Library Members, and general public is welcome.

Firing fees apply if you would like to keep your masterpiece. Pick up time – about three weeks. Current turnaround time, based on current kiln usage, will be disclosed at events.

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Intro to Ceramics Studio Class

$50.00

This class is REQUIRED to use the Ceramics Studio 24/7. No Exceptions!

Please pay for class in advance online. This notifies the Guru. Paying for clay and firing fees online is a requirement of 24/7 access.

This class is offered the First, Third and Fifth MON, 11a – 1p. This class will be cancelled on all holidays.

This class is the Basic Safety of the Ceramics Studio. A full tour of ceramics studio, review of expectations and procedures with an emphasis on personal/studio health/community.

Students who pass this class will have 24/7 access to SLO MakerSpace’s Ceramics Studio (when we’re not having classes). NO PIECES WILL BE MADE IN THIS CLASS.

10 lbs of clay included. Additional clay available at $2/lb. 25 lbs of clay available for $20.

SLO MakerSpace Members and Library Cardholders only. Library Cardholders will only have unsupervised access to the Ceramics Studio during Library Hours. Paid Membership is required for 24/7 access..

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Clay by the Pound

$2.00$20.00

Our clay is available for $2 for 1/pound – OR – $20 for 25/pounds (full bag of clay).

Please have a Guru provide you with the clay by showing your receipt. Receipts for clay are good for SEVEN days following purchase. If you do not pick up your clay within SEVEN days we will not honor your receipt.

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How much clay do you want?

1 lb, 25 lbs

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Firing Fee

$1.25$17.00

Have you made some awesome ceramics pieces at SLO MakerSpace? Glaze and fire them in our facility! The cost is dependent on the size of your piece and the type of firing you need. Use the drop-down menus below to select the correct firing fee.

Note: You must pay in advance of firing!

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Firing Type

Low Fire (Cone 06), High Fire (Cone 5)

Maximum Piece Dimension

2″, 4″, 6″, 8″, 10″, 12″, 14″, 15″, 16″, 17″, 18″, 19″, 20″, 21″, 22″, 23″, 24″, 25″, 26″

Cress FX27F-240 Kiln @ SLO MakerSpace

Full Kiln for Personal Firing

$50.00

Creating a set of dishes? Multiple or large pieces that make it cost-effective for you to rent a full kiln? Personal kiln firings will be done only when the kiln is open and available from SLO MakerSpace use.

Plan in ADVANCE if you want a full kiln firing for Low or High Fire.

Pay here and speak to a Guru to arrange for a personal firing, or write to contact@slomakerspace.com.

Kiln — Cress FX27F-240 Specifications: http://products.cressmfg.com/item/ceramic-kilns/firemate-automatic-3/pn-1108

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