Revision: 2013

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BYLAWS
of the
STUDIO POTTERS of CREATIVE ARTS WORKSHOP

Revision: 2013

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I.            General Organization:

The Studio Potters (SPs) of the Creative Arts Workshop (CAW) is an organization of persons who are responsible for supporting the development of CAW and its students, and running the pottery.  They are entitled to the use of pottery facilities. The group is limited in size to 18 members except under special circumstances.
To ensure the proper functioning of the studio, the Studio Potters will hold monthly meetings except during the summer to discuss studio business. Members will evaluate themselves and fellow studio potters each spring. Committees will be reorganized and new officers elected every year. It is understood that the needs of the students have priority over those of the Studio Potters.

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II.            Studio Potter Membership:

A.    New members from the student body shall be invited to apply via posted notices, and must be recommended to the program by a pottery teacher and/or the studio potters. SPs will interview each recommended applicant, and choose those best suited to fill vacant positions. Acceptance is subject to the approval of the Studio Potters and the Department Chairperson.
B.     Persons can be recommended only after completing at least two semesters of  ……..pottery study at CAW.
C.     Attending each meeting is a responsibility of the SP.
D.    Continued membership is contingent upon an annual self evaluation.

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III. ……. Fees and CAW Membership:

A.     SPs shall pay the dues proposed by the administration in two equal installments, one during May and one during November.  The late payment fee shall be 10% per month.
B.     SPs will automatically become members of CAW without further fee and with all privileges thereof.

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IV.        Duties of the Studio Potter and Role of the Students:

Studio Potters:

A.   Each SP will fire bisque and glaze kilns, mix glazes, inventory materials when necessary, and help keep the pottery clean and in good order. Chairpersons will coordinate the above activities. All SPs must take turns participating in all activities on a rotating basis.
B.    Each SP shall participate in cleaning the studio before each semester, as needed beyond that, and in accordance with a specific list of weekly Clean-Up Tasks regularly posted on the studio bulletin board. Each SP must share equally in regular cleaning.    New SPs must attend at least one summer “group” clean-up for training.
C.    Each SP will sign-up to monitor weekly practice sessions of students every term. Studio potters are responsible for procuring another studio potter to cover any practice session they cannot cover.
D.   SPs will sell tools during the first class meeting of each semester and thereafter, when needed.
E.    SPs will be responsible for closing the pottery on Sundays and any other times that no office staff or faculty are in the building. No students are allowed in the pottery without the supervision of a SP.
F.    Each SP is expected to work on the average about four hours per week at the studio. Should an SP be away on travel, he/she must make up for the lost work time upon their return.

Students:

A.    Pottery teachers will ensure that their students clean up after themselves, i.e., wash wheels, wipe down glaze tables, wash wedging boards, recycle clay and generally keep the pottery in good order.
B.     Students shall be encouraged to participate in all of the activities of the pottery. Stacking and firing kilns can take place only under the supervision of the teachers or SPs.  Students must ask for permission to mix glazes.

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V.  ….. Privileges and Responsibilities of the Studio Potters:

A.   The pottery will be open seven days a week during the school year.   The month of August shall be subject to annual review, depending upon security measures, for the use of the SPs, who will have keys to the building.  Keys will be collected from SPs who are leaving.
B.    SPs will have their own section of the pottery with their own shelves.  SPs may use all other equipment in the pottery, unless students are waiting to use it.  In such a case, SPs will defer to the needs of the students.
C.     SPs will pay for their finished work and their tools at a lower rate than students.  Each fired piece of pottery must be weighed and priced before it leaves the studio.
D.    At times when the building is not otherwise in use, the SPs present will be responsible for making sure that all ground-floor doors to the building are locked when they leave.
E.     All SPs will have the choice of offering items for sale in the SP display cabinet.
F.     CAW is an educational organization, not a production studio. The facilities will be used as such. The workshop offers the opportunity to learn enough to set up a private studio. A SP using the studio for production will be asked to cut down or resign as a SP. Production, or the monopolizing of wheels, shelf or kiln space, will be determined by the group if and when a complaint arises.
G.    It is a privilege to be a Studio Potter. Part of the SPs responsibility lies in a commitment to his/her own work and the desire to grow and develop as a potter.

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VI.……Evaluations:

A.   The president will oversee class monitoring and attendance at cleanups and meetings. The committee chairpersons will notify members who are not fulfilling their responsibilities.
B.    A self-evaluation using the standard format will take place at the end of the spring semester. Requirements:
………..1.     Attend in person or over telephone at least 50% (5) of all meetings every year (spring to spring).  The SP group will endeavor to meet at times that do not preclude an individual from attending at least 50% of meetings.
………..2.     After one year as a studio potter, an individual will have the capability to carry out all of the key functions of running a studio.  This includes, but is not limited to, lighting/programming all kilns, firing all kilns, loading and unloading all kilns, making glazes, keeping inventory full, participating in studio cleanups, etc.

C.    An individual who determines s/he is not fulfilling the requirements will have 6 months to fulfill the requirements of being in good standing.  If at the end of 6 months, the requirements are still not fulfilled, the individual will be expected to resign voluntarily.

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VII. ……Leaves of  Absence:
A Studio Potter who develops a temporary medical condition that precludes his/her participation in workshop activities is eligible for a Leave of Absence for up to six months. Dues must still be paid during this time.

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VIII. ……Bylaw Review:
These bylaws shall be reviewed at the end of each spring session. Changes in the bylaws may be adopted by a 2/3 vote and the approval of the CAW administration and the pottery department head.

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DUTIES OF OFFICERS AND CHAIRPERSONS:    All positions shall be one year terms.

President:   
1.     Prepares meeting agendas, and chairs all meetings.
2.     Acts as liaison between the school director, office, department head, and SPs.
3.     Takes timely action to make sure all SP responsibilities get done.

Co-President:  
1.   Substitutes for President during his/her absence
2.  Assists/learns all duties, and moves to President’s position after term is over.
3.  Keeps bulletin board up-to-date.
4.  Maintains the studio library.

Secretary:
1.   Takes, posts, & emails minutes and attendance records of all meetings.
2.   Keeps, posts, & emails up-to-date list of SP names, addresses and telephone numbers. 
3.   Prepares Clean-Up, Pick-Up, and Practice schedules
4.   Prepares a meeting schedule for each upcoming term, emails to group.

Treasurer:
1.     Manages bookkeeping function, preparing the ledger, reconciling bank statements, ……..and paying bills.
2.     Is responsible for petty-cash fund.
3.     Prepares financial report at end of each semester to be presented at SP meeting.
4.     Handles magazine subscriptions.
5.     Calculates and pays sales taxes to the State
6.     Coordinates financial aspects of the sales with purchasing person.

Tool Person:
1.     Purchases and inventories tools and tool kits.
2.    Coordinates financial aspects of tool sales with treasurer.

Committee Chairpersons:
1.    Trains new members of committee.
2.    Schedules committee’s activities; supervises and coordinates members.
3.    Keeps department head informed of need for supplies.
4.    Reports to the president and department head any serious problems within the …….committee.
5. Specific duties:
………..Bisque: …………..Keeps schedules and logs of all bisque firings.
………..Glaze firing: …..Keeps schedules and logs of all glaze firings.
………..Glaze Mixing: ..Takes inventory of glaze and clay materials to be presented to ………………………………...department head within one week of end of semester.

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