Happiness is making
your first pot...
To practice art no matter how well, is a way to make
your soul grow. SO DO IT.
Being creative is not just a hobby but a way of life...
Located in South St. Louis, Pottery Studio membership is for everyone: inquisitive beginners, hobbyists, and experienced artists. Your membership is an all-access pass to all of the tools, equipment, glazes, firings, and even the occasional snack! With studio membership, you'll have your own personal storage areas on site to store your work-in-progress between visits. Instruction is available to studio members anytime as teaching artists are on duty each shift to assist with your ceramic education. We also offer weekly clay classes for members - where we cover the basics as well as intermediate and advanced techniques.
Even if you have never touched clay before you can find your path here. All of our staff and instructors are highly skilled, experienced and qualified to help you on your MaK-ing journey. From the very beginning, you learn there is more than one right way to work with clay - but you can spend a lifetime getting it just right. Come in, get dirty, make friends, meet your neighbors, make functional gifts or just find some inner calm in the making process. Membership is open to ages 16 and up. Children 13-15 years old would be considered as members only if their parent is also a member.
Membership is about more than renting your workspace or about how often your schedule allows you to come in. You are sharing the overall costs that make the studio possible - from rent, power, glaze materials and costs that keep everything running and to allow all members to access the space. If you have prior experience or an extenuating circumstance - talk to us - you might be a good fit for a working membership or a potential studio technician. Read more details about membership levels and benefits below.
Students can learn to take their artistic processes of MaKing to the next level learning all about handbuilding, wheel-throw or both! We will walk you through
each step of the process whether you are a beginner, brushing up on skills or just new to our studio. 12 & 28 passes can be used in 1, 2 or 3 hour increments.
Monthly members do not have limits on wheel, table or glaze time except during busy hours when there are wait times for wheels or table space.
Pottery Open Workshop Hours
Monthly Members have early morning access at 9am on Thurs, Fri, Sat & Sun and late access until 10pm on Sundays. Monthly Members who have early or late access must have spent at least 28 hours in the studio working or instructor approval.
With studio membership, you'll have your own shelf space
to store your work-in-progress between visits.
12 Hour Pass: 1/3 shelf 11 x 12
28 Hour Pass: 1 Full Shelf 33 x 12
Monthly Membership: Double Deep Shelf 33 x 20
12 & 28 Hourly Passes
Expire 1 year from date of purchase.
Students who have expired passes or haven't attended in more than 30 days might have their shelf moved up high or boxed if we have a waitlist. Pottery that is left unattended more than 90 days may be discarded.
Fees should be paid on the 1st or 15th of the month depending on when you started your Monthly Membership. Monthly Members may be required soon to set up auto pay for monthly fees.
Members Only Classes Demo+Classes are FREE with your pass or monthly membership. Instruction is available to studio members anytime as teaching artists are available to assist with your practice, however to access more in-depth techniques we ask that you sign-up in advance for Members Only Demo-Classes. The schedule HERE features demo-classes for beginner and all levels such as: wheel technique, handles, trimming, glazing, and hand-building. Students should have already purchased a current pass or monthly membership before signing up for classes and demos.
If you are new to the studio or new to clay you will need to sign up for the Beginner Pottery Classes and Demos below before beginning to use your pass independently. You must have already purchased a pass before signing up for Classes & DEMOS.
Thursdays 6-7 | Sat & Sun 11-1
Sat & Sun 3-5
Beginner Glaze & Paint: Sat & Sun 12-2pm
Wait to sign up for Glaze & Paint until your 1st pot has been fired.
RESERVE YOUR WHEEL TIME to continue practice, process, make, repeat.
Table space is first come first serve.
12 HOUR PASS students should reserve wheel time in advance.
28 PASSES & MONTHLY MEMBERS do not need to reserve wheels in advance however it is recommended during busy times
such as Fri & Sat Night & Sat & Sun days.
X-tra Small $3 | small $6 | med $9 | large $12+
At SBAP Open Workshop we do not charge generic studio fees as students only pay glaze and fire fees for the pottery you want to keep. Glaze and Fire fees usually range from $3 - $12 but can be more if you are doing larger sized work.
Bisque is usually 1 week from Saturday
Glaze is usually 1 week from Saturday
Bisque + Dipped Glaze = Usually 2 weeks
Kilns are unloaded and student pottery is priced weekly and ready for pick-up on Saturday Mornings at 11am. Students can learn how to paint on glaze, underglaze, and engobes. Instructors can also dip your pottery for you in one of our own studio-made glazes. Pottery made here is fired to cone 6, which means it is food safe stoneware as well as dishwasher and microwave safe.
While much of pottery is all about using proper techniques to achieve desired results. Sometimes there are circumstances beyond our control with student pottery and kiln firings. While we teach students to prioritize process over product we will also always go above and beyond to help you achieve that final product even when it means we must start over and try again.
Usually all glazed pottery is ready for pick-up in 1-2 weeks but sometimes it is longer. Be sure to click here on the pottery pick-up page to see if your glazed pottery is ready for pick-up before making a special trip to the studio. We DO NOT send email and text notifications when your pottery is ready for pick-up so be sure to wait 1-2 weeksand check here too.