Ceramics Studio

IS183’s ceramics studio is home to wheel throwing and handbuilding classes throughout the year, ceramics workshops, and after-school opportunities for young artists. Ceramics classes are open to students of all skill levels, and experienced students may sign up for open studio access.

The facility has 13 wheels available (electric and kick), tables for wedging and handbuilding, and a glazing area. Our studio glazes are mixed in house — they are rated for cone 6 electric oxidation, cone 6 gas reduction, and cone 6 soda fire reduction.

IS183 provides firing and studio services for Berkshire County ceramic artists. Our facility is home to several returning students who, without us, may not have the opportunity to work with clay.

The studio is located on the lower level of our main building. It is available to students currently enrolled in a ceramics class at IS183, and to those who have registered for an open studio session. Read our Ceramics Studio Guidelines and Etiquette.

Please contact Ceramics Studio Manager Justin Trapp with any questions.

Donation for Electric Kiln

We’re upgrading our ceramics studio and we need your support! Donate an additional $10 that will go towards IS183’s new electric kiln!

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Ceramics Open Studio

The Ceramics Open Studio is available for students currently enrolled in a ceramics course to work on projects outside of class time. Students not currently taking a ceramics class who are looking for time to work independently in a studio setting can register for an open studio session.

Hours vary and are subject to change — see the current calendar below. Please familiarize yourself with our Ceramics Studio Guidelines and Etiquette.

Kiln Firing Schedule

The ceramics studio at IS183 is home to several kilns.

Purchase Clay

There is a $40 materials/firing fee is for every 25-pound (sleeve) of clay used. This fee includes glaze materials and firing costs (fuel, electricity, etc). More clay can be purchased if needed.

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Upcoming Ceramics Classes