Membership based instruction oriented visual arts organization


Pottery Group

Studio time for Potters is on Thursdays from 9:30 – 3:30 p.m. Studio time is also available during the week and Sundays from 1-4pm when classes are not in session. Check the ICAC web site home page calendar and call 519 485-4691 to check availability.  The Pottery Studio has 6 wheels, a slab roller, extruder, pug mill and two new electric kilns.


Etiquette for Potters: ICAC (Updated Jan. 2018)
Welcome to the ICAC pottery studio. The studio may be used by potters Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, and regular gift shop hours, (Sun. 1:00 – 4:00 pm). Please check the events calendar on-line to see if classes are being held in our studio. Thursday is the regular potters’ co-operative studio time.
The following are some suggestions for creating a positive co-operative working environment:

-The potters’ studio is open for members only to work.

-Please clean up – this means washing sponges, batts, wheels, work areas, floors, etc.

-The plastic wrap is to be used sparingly and recycled. There is a container for used plastic, and we encourage you to use this before you get a new sheet.

-This is a co-operative working studio. Members are asked to assist in many tasks – ask what you can do to help.

– Equipment, tools, glaze etc. are for all potters’ use. Please don’t take them home.

– Please be responsible for entering your own $ owing for clay on your page in the Clay and Firing Charge Book, and the clay list on the clay door, and pay your bills ASAP.

-Money owed for firing and glazing ($2.00/lb) will be entered on your page in the Clay and Firing Book.

Money (exact change) or a cheque can be put into the locked box on the shelf. Please record paid on your sheet.

-Glazing is to be done on the glazing table only.

-Use newspaper under pieces to be waxed, only use brushes available for waxing, and clean them well in hot water and soap.

-Take your dirty towels home to wash. The dirty towel box is for community towels, only. Offer to do the laundering of community towels and aprons.

– We encourage you to purchase clay from the centre (cost – $50.00/box, $25.00/sleeve). Don’t return used clay to the bags. Clay is only sold in full sleeves, or boxes.

-Cost of firings and glazing at the studio is $2.00 /lb.

-It is advisable to have completed at least 1 basic pottery course, or have previous pottery experience, before working on your own.

-Properly dispose of your clay scraps – either reclaim, save, or throw in the garbage. Don’t let pieces of clay go down the sink.

-If you choose to recycle your clay, please throw it in the bucket sitting by the pug-mill. Only CLEAN white clay that has been broken in to SMALL pieces should be put into this recycle container. Do not put any clay that has been on the floor into the reclaim pail.After being pugged, this clay becomes community property and will be available for resale at 50c a pound.

-The wheel is only to be used by people 16 years or older, and only after proper instructions.

-Only qualified potters are to load, unload the kilns, and mix glazes.

-The glazes have been mixed to what we feel is proper consistency. If you feel they are too thick or thin, please don’t take water off, or add water. If you must thin a glaze, please thin down a small amount only. Glaze carefully to avoid contamination of colours. Please move any pieces of other people’s work out of your way so the glaze doesn’t splash on their work.

– Space is at a premium at our studio. Please complete your pots as soon as possible, and take them home.

– If the glaze on your pot runs onto the kiln shelf, it is your responsibility to grind them clean, and put on a kiln wash.