Moss Keramik Studio Policies

This following is a list of do’s & don’t for the studio. In order for our studio to be healthy & welcoming to everyone, please read through carefully. Not following studio rules is grounds for revoking your membership. Please be a good clay citizen, so we can focus on getting dirty & having fun!

Cleanliness & Safety:

  • Cleanliness & Safety go hand-in-hand. The biggest health threat in a ceramic studio is airborne silica (aka breathing in clay & glaze dust). The creation of dust is to be avoided at every step of the process. 

  • Clean common areas after each use. Clean your wheel, wedging table, work table, tools, & sink after each use. Put tools away in their proper place. Mop the floor around your wheel if there was any spillage.

  • At no time should studio staff be required to clean up after you. Please clean to a standard you would expect to find the studio when you arrive.

  • As far as possible, used clay should be returned to the reclaim bag in good condition before you leave. Please allow time to wedge up your own used clay by wedging it on a dry surface, or placing it in front of a fan to re-wedge and return to the supply before you leave.

  • Always clean WET. Sweeping will kick up dust which damages your lungs. Best to clean up clay, glazes, etc before they dry out. Always use a wet sponge to clean up clay, bisque, & glaze dust, and a mop to clean the floor.

  • No dry sanding indoors (wet sand only or go outside).

  • No dry glaze powder (wipe up spills immediately before it dries).

  • Keep glazes off the towels. Glazes should always be sponged off tools & surfaces, not wiped off with a towel. This prevents toxic glaze dust from getting into our lungs.

  • You must leave 15 minutes at the end of each session for cleaning. Clean all tools, surfaces, equipment, and the floor around your workspace before leaving. Workspaces should be left as clean or cleaner than when you started working.

  • You are required to comply with the studio’s cleaning and waste system for proper disposal of clays & glazes. At no time should the studio sink be used for cleaning clay, glazes, or other materials from equipment or hands. These are to be exclusively used for collecting water and for the purpose of hygiene. Clay, glaze, and plaster must not be disposed of in sinks and drains, neither in the studio nor in the yard outside. All members must use disposal buckets provided.

  • No touching the kiln (sometimes it is very hot!).

  • You are advised to wear close-toed shoes in the building.

  • You use the studio at your own risk and are aware of the inherent hazards of a studio environment which include but are not limited to use of sharp tools and sharp edges, exposure to toxic materials, the dangers of using materials and equipment at high temperatures, and the risks associate with breathing silica dust.

  • Each member is required to read and follow the health and safety information outlined in these policies and go through a Health and Safety orientation before beginning your Membership.

  • You must comply with the health & safety instructions of staff at all times.

Courtesy & Order

  • Don’t touch other people’s pottery or personal materials.

  • Be aware of how much space you’re taking up. Please store items on your shelf unless you are currently working on them. Manage your sprawl and be aware that we are sharing the space.

  • No smoking is allowed indoors.

Firing

  • Firing Fees are 5€ per kilo of finished work. These are calculated when your piece is through it’s final firing and returned to you.

  • Firing fees cover: studio clay, studio glazes, delivery of materials, mixing glazes, kiln maintenance & repairs, kiln accessory maintenance & replacement, loading & unloading the kiln, electricity, processing, weighing, & ticketing.

  • Every member has a Materials Account through which Firing Fees are paid. The member must deposit money in the materials account via cash or bank transfer. Each time your pieces come out of the final kiln, they are weighed and automatically deducted from your material account. You will be notified when your account is low, and can ask about your balance at any time. You must always have a positive balance in your account. If you run out of money in your materials account, you pieces will not be fired. If you have leftover money in your account when you are leaving the studio, you will receive a cash payout.All work must be clearly marked with your signature, initials, or some other unique symbol. Your shelf must have a label with your signature on it so we can efficiently return your work after firing. Unmarked items will not be fired.

  • All glaze must be removed from the bottom of your pieces. If the glaze is not fully removed from the bottom of your piece, or applied too thickly, they will not be fired.

  • Clay that is thicker than 2 cm will not be fired.

  • A firing schedule will be posted and every attempt made to adhere to it, but factors beyond our control (such as kiln repairs, schedule conflicts, and volume of work) may alter the firing schedule without notice.

Finances

  • Must maintain a positive material account balance (you will be notified when your balance gets low). You can top up your materials account by paying cash in the studio, or doing a bank transfer.

  • You must sign up for a direct deposit system (we use GoCardless.com) to pay your monthly membership fees.

Visitors

  • Friends & family are welcome to visit the space briefly in a manner that is not disturbing others working. 

  • Friends & family who want to work in the studio with you can purchase a Day Pass for 20€ per person, per day. You must check in with the Studio Manager and purchase the pass prior to sitting down to work.

  • Day Passes cost 20€ per day and are only available to friends & family of members & residents, and with special permission. The materials used by a guest will go into the member’s material account. Children are allowed under strict supervision of an adult and so long as they don’t disturb the others working there.

  • Members are responsible for any damage caused by their guests.

Materials

  • We provide basic materials for you. If you bring in outside clay, glazes, etc, please notify a studio manager. We must check and possibly do a test on your piece before putting it into the kilns. You are responsible for any damage your outside materials cause to studio equipment. That said, don’t be afraid to experiment! Just keep Moss Studio staff in the loop, so we can be sure everything is done safely.

  • If you bring in your own clay or purchase your own clay from the studio shop, it is your responsibility to reclaim it. You must not mix it in with the studio clay.

Membership

  • A person will only become a member after signing a membership contract & paying the first month’s rent. By signing the contract, you are agreeing to follow our studio policies.

  • Payments for memberships are not refundable whether or not the member uses the facilities.

  • We reserve the right to cancel or suspend a membership at any time for members violating studio policies or otherwise violating the spirit of the studio.  

  • Members must give notice of their membership cancellation 3 weeks before the end of that membership month. The membership will continue indefinitely until the member submits a cancellation.

  • No refunds will be given if a membership fee is already paid, or the member fails to observe the 3-weeks notice for membership cancellation.

  • Membership fees may occasionally change. We will give you at least 10 working days notice of any change in membership fees.

  • If a member defaults on their membership fees while remaining a member, they are still liable to pay.

  • Memberships are not transferrable and cannot be shared.

  • We reserve the right to change the Open Studio times. They will be posted on the website and in the shop and will vary occasionally.

  • Members are expected to have private liability insurance (Privathaftpflichtvericherung) to cover you working at the studio.

Classes

  • You may request a refund or exchange a class up to 7 days before the beginning of that class. Less than 7 days before a class begins, it is not refundable or exchangeable.

  • Classes are booked on a first come, first serve basis. We do not give reservations, but the best way to find out about classes once they are listed is via the newsletter.

Class Vouchers

  • Anyone may purchase a voucher for a class or member for any amount.

  • Vouchers can be returned for a full refund 14 days after their original purchase.

  • Classes can be exchanged or cancelled up to 7 days before the beginning of the class.

Other

  • We’re all in this together. Please help keep the studio and grounds clean, free of trash and debris, and looking as beautiful as possible.

  • Completed work must be removed from the studio within 2 weeks of it being finished, unless special accommodations have been made. Pieces left behind after two weeks with no notice will be considered abandoned & discarded.

  • There is no guarantee for the quality or functionality of fired work. Every precaution will be take to ensure the best possible outcome for your pieces. Mistakes and misfirings do happen, and you must not hold studio staff responsible for any damage to your work.

  • Moss Keramik Studio is open to the public. Staff is not responsible for your valuables. Please keep an eye on your possessions or don’t bring your valuables into the studio.

  • Moss Keramik Studio is a safe space for everyone regardless of gender, race, religion, national origin, ability, or sexual orientation. 

  • Abuse, violence, and hateful or discriminatory language/action is not tolerated. Staff reserves the right to ban anyone based on unacceptable or hateful behavior.

  • We reserve the right to revoke all studio privileges for prohibited behavior and no refund will be given. 

  • We reserve the right to modify these policies at any time. You will receive a notice about a change in our policies either by email or a notice posted in the studio. By continuing to use the space after being notified, you agree to be bound by such changes.

  • If you have a question, don’t guess— ASK! Our studio managers are super friendly and there is no stupid question. Our goal is to make the space as safe, comfortable, and inspiring for everyone!