Frequently asked questions
What does membership involve, exactly?
*You become part of building something extraordinary in Central Victoria - a community ceramics space that we can all use and look after for the benefit of all clay lovers
*Access to a local firing service by an experienced technician
*Access to member rates for classes and workshop (once the studio is completed)
*The right to attend and vote at our annual general meetings and to contribute to the direction of Castlemaine Clay
*The opportunity to exhibit your work (in the future)
*The opportunity to get involved in Castlemaine Clay commmunity events and fundraising activities
*A membership card/token
*The opportunity to run classes and workshops at the Committee's discretion
*Your membership will become active once the firing service starts up in October
*Once we have the workshop space built, we will be conducting induction sessions for all members around OHS as it applies to working with clay (both in the studio and for firing) - these sessions will need to be attended, to be able to access the studio.
What kind of firing do you do and how much does it cost?
We are firing gas, not electric (like the nearest firing service at Northcote Pottery). We cannot flick a switch, set a program and walk away but we can oxidise or reduce the atmosphere of the kiln to produce different results from the clay bodies and glazes. Some of you may not realise this yet but ceramics is a costly art. The clay. The gas. The glaze. The shelves and kiln furniture. The labour. The space.
Initially, we will be offering a limited firing service for members. More information will be added as we refine our processes. The firing service requires employing a technician to load and unload the kiln and fire the kiln for 10 or 12 hours at a time. At present Nici Wright is the firing technician until the next in line shows themselves.
*Our aim for the firing service at the moment is to offer bisque firings (980*) and stoneware firings, oxidation and reduction (1280*) with our selection of glazes.
*$10 per kilo for greenware (bisque firing)
Do you run beginner's ceramics classes?
At this stage we don't have the studio space for classes, but it is being built as we speak. Once the studio is built, and we have the teachers available, we hope to offer classes and workshops at all levels of experience.
How much does membership cost?
Membership fees are $75 or $50 concession per year