COSTS EXPLAINED

The price of tuition is variable depending on the speciality of the subject matter, e.g. Science Primer and Art of Slip-casting, where more instruction is necessary.

Classes and instruction missed cannot be made up during any other class, so it is advised that before you register, make sure your schedule is clear.  (See link for Studio Policy)

Material & Firing credit deposit; fee variable

This fee represents a deposit paid in advance along with the tuition, and is applied towards the overall amount due (if any) after the course has ended. The total amount due will be the total of clay purchases and firing fees (see below) calculated throughout the course. Students are then invoiced via email with an official scheduled pick-up day and time for retrieving their pieces. The invoice will include the total fees incurred minus your paid deposit. Invoices must be paid either in advance or on the day of the scheduled pick up (Open House), or a mutually agreed upon pick up day/time within fourteen days of the official pick up date.

Clay/Plaster; costs variable

$18.50#192 Baldwin Stoneware

$18.50#182 White stoneware

$18.50#205 Red Stoneware

$37.00#257 Porcelain

$35.00per gallon porcelain casting slip

$   .50   per lb.  Pottery#1 plaster

Firing Fee variable

Firing of the work is a necessary step in the process and gives permanence and strength. The BISQUE-firing is the initial step that converts the clay object to a ceramic one, stronger and safer to handle for the glazing process.

The GLAZE-firing is the final step and done at a much higher temperature necessary to give optimum permanence for everyday use, plus melt the glazes to achieve the desired final result.

The Academy, unlike most other non-accredited institutions, does possess a gas kiln, albeit a small one, for REDUCTION-firing, which yields carbon trapping and bright copper reds, celadons, and other traditional effects. In the spirit of giving choices, the Academy’s computer controlled electric kiln for OXIDATION-firing, yields bright consistent results.

Students must recognize that the kiln facilities here, while great, are finite, in other words, modest in size and scope, and that energy costs only seem to go up. Students are asked to keep the sizes of any work within manageable dimensions. Factored into the firing fees is the care that is given in handling your work while in the greenware stages, handling/loading and unloading of work in the kilns, plus labor in firing the kilns. Also included here is wear and tear of the kilns and related equipment.

Bisque Firing: All shapes and sizes

.5¢ per cubic inch (4" in height minimum charged)

 

Oxidation Glaze Kiln

.6¢ per cubic inch

(4" in height minimum charged)

 

Reduction Glaze Kiln

.8¢ per cubic inch

(4" in height minimum charged) 

 

Cleaning: Fee variable

What is unknown to many students are the potential health hazards of breathing in dusts from any of the materials in the ceramic process, whether it’s from the clay and/or glazes. We expect that students to be respectfully accountable for any mess made during their class to class routine. The cleanup procedure is detailed and precise in explanation and students will be expected to follow though as instructed

If a student repeatedly and/or knowingly fails to comply with the guidelines on cleaning should expect additional cleaning charges (marked as misc.) added to their invoice. The Academy takes matters of health very seriously, and in severely challenging cases, a student can be asked to withdraw from the class altogether. 

 

Grinding: Fee variable

Students are warned about the hazards of applying too much glaze to their work. Not only will the piece itself be compromised but also cause damage to an expensive kiln and its accessories as well. In some cases the hardened glaze requires time and expense to grind off  in order to prevent a serious cut when handling the equipment

In an attempt to reduce the occurrence of this problem, a grinding fee will be enforced if it appears that the student ignored all early instructed warnings. $15.00 per piece and $15.00 per shelf. For shelves that require replacement, an $80 charge. Less is more when glazing is concerned.