Studio Potters

The CAW Studio Potters are a group of about 15 students who are looking for a deeper understanding of the craft, and who can make a work commitment to the pottery, a part of the Creative Arts Workshop community art school in New Haven, CT. The group learns to fire bisque and glaze kilns, mix/develop studio glazes, maintain studio equipment, and monitor practices. They are responsible for keeping a core set of glazes continually available, major clean-ups, and for firing all the ware students make each semester. Studio potters have a dedicated work space in the studio, and enjoy unlimited access to study and develop their skills.

Pictured are some of our past and current members:  Front row (L to R) Violet Harlow; Cheryl Schechter; Kerry Boulian; Margie Haggerty; Paul Boulian ; Back row (L to R) Heather Findlay; Stephen Rodriguez (Director); Kathleen Mulligan; Michael Bradford; Nancy Scheinkman; Nancy Scilipote; Allan Bell; Ronald Gautreau; and Joan Kliger.   

Membership in the studio potters is open to students who have studied at CAW for a least a year, have shown an interest and capability in the craft, and have the time to devote to the group’s duties, typically four hours each week.  Notices are posted in the studio whenever openings are available.  Interested students would need to seek an instructor’s recommendation, and attend an interview hosted by the potters.

Specific responsibilities include:
………………………….Load/unload bisque and glaze kilns
………………………….Program/fire electric kilns
………………………….Fire gas kilns
………………………….Mix and maintain an assigned glaze(s)
………………………….Monitor practice sessions
………………………….Sell tools & seconds; collect firing fees
………………………….Make cone packs
………………………….Clean kiln shelves, studio work areas
………………………….Monitor Friday Open Studio
………………………….Attend Studio Potter Meetings
………………………….Share equally in leadership positions
………………………….Participate in yearly comprehensive studio cleanup
………………………….Pay dues on time (May and November)

Specific compensations include:
…………………………Unlimited access to the Studio Potter area of the studio
………………………….50% discount on firing fees
………………………….50% discount on tools
………………………….10% discount on class & workshop tuition
………………………….Two large shelves in the SP area
………………………….Use of the SP display case
………………………….Use of alternate clays
………………………….Use of alternate glazes

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