Do I need to bring anything with me?
No, all you need to bring is yourself, your creativity and a positive attitude.
Do I have to be an artist to paint ceramics?
One of the best things about painting your own ceramic is that the experience can be enjoyed by any age and artistic ability, from those who just want to spend an afternoon exploring their inner creativity to professional artists! Previous experience isn’t necessary – just come in, pick your piece, and let your creativity flow. If you need help my husband or myself are there to help guide you and answer your questions.
How long does it take once things are in the kiln?
Firing times vary. We fire our ceramics (bisque) on what we call a “low-fire”. Running a kiln on a low-fire has been the most commonly used firing range due to limitations in kiln technology. Though kilns are now capable of much more complex, high-temperature processes, the low-fire range continues to be popular due to the fact that it allows ceramic artists to use a variety of glazes that either burn off or which might become unstable at higher temperatures.
A typical firing looks like:
- Two hours with ramp at 150 degrees F/hr
- Three hours with ramp at 400 F/hr
- Ramp at 120 F until the desired temperature is reached
The average firing temperature at which low-fire materials reach maturity is 1940℉ (1060℃). It takes approximately 10 hours for the kiln to get to the desired temperature. Then it can take up to approximately 12 to 15 hours to cool down. We need to allow the kiln to cool down to at least 200 F before opening the lid.
Are walk-ins welcome?
We do allow walk-ins; however, it is best to make an appointment as we do fill up fast. We hate having to turn people away (seeing a sad child makes me want to cry).
Do your ceramics break easily?
This depends. If you drop your piece, yes. If you hit it against something really hard, yes. I’d be foolish if I said it couldn’t break at all. It’s best to treat your finished product like a valuable figurine!
Do you accept commissioned orders?
No, sorry! As of this fall 2022, due to a high volume of requests, I am unable to commit to any commissioned pieces for the time being.
Can we bring in food or drinks?
You are allowed to bring in food and beverages, however you are not allowed to eat while painting. The reason for this is if you get any oils on your ceramic the paint won’t adhere in the kiln. When it doesn’t adhere in the kiln there is no way for us to fix it, oils don’t burn away. Because of this we are very big on handwashing as our first rule in our studio.
Do you have your own parking lot?
There is street parking on 30th Avenue and there are two paid parking lots behind our building. The parking lots are free on weekends and holidays.
What kind of payment do you accept?
We accept Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Cheque and cash.