Open Studio FAQs

What is open studio?

Open studio is time when Mud Lily is open for non-instructional use. Whether you want to do handbuilding, use the pottery wheel, glaze, or something else related to your pottery, you can book open studio time in 2-hour increments to use the space and equipment.


Who can come to open studio?

To book open studio time, you must meet one of these requirements:

This ensures that you know enough about ceramics to work without instruction and to understand how we do things at Mud Lily.


How much does open studio cost? Are there other costs?

Open Studio Costs:

You can book and pay for open studio in two-hour increments at a cost of $15 per hour which comes out to $30 per booking.

You can also buy a bundle of 8 open studio hours for $80. All unused hours in your bundle expire 30 days after your initial purchase (note that the purchase date may be different than date of first use). Also, you still need to book your open studio hours after you purchase your bundle. Once your bundle is purchased, check your email for a coupon code. Keep using your code until your 8 hours are gone or until your bundle expires, whichever comes first.

NEW: 5th BUNDLE FREEBIES--Now, every bundle you purchase counts toward our "5th Bundle Freebie" reward for valued community members. When you purchase your 4th bundle, you get 16 hours instead of 8 and two months before the hours expire!

Other Costs--Clay and Firing:

Only Mud Lily clays and glazes can be used at our studio. We sell three different clays, each in 5lb or 25lb quantities. We do not have space for storing clay, so most people buy 5lbs at a time.

You must also pay to have your pieces fired. You pay once and that include both firings. It also includes the cost of glaze, wax, slips, and other available studio materials.

No Cost--Studio Tools and Equipment

We offer 5 pottery wheels, a Northstar slab roller, plaster wedging tables, plentiful work surfaces, bats and bat pins, a wide variety of tools, and sometimes even a bite or a bevvie, all at no additional cost. Unfortunately, our little space doesn't allow us to store your personal materials.


Is one visit to open studio ever enough?

Theoretically, but only if you're there to practice and you don't want to keep whatever it is you're working on.

In most cases, you'll need to come to open studio at least 2 or 3 times to see your projects through to completion. This is because making pottery is a multi-stage process that spans days or weeks at a time.

Let's say you came to open studio one day to work on the pottery wheel and you made two bowls during your two hours. If you want to trim the bottoms of your bowls, you'll need to come back to open studio again once they're leather hard, trim your bowls, then put them on the "done but drying" shelf to dry out completely. Once your bowls are bone dry, you'll need to move them again to be bisque fired* and pay for firing. Once they're bisque fired, you'll need to book open studio time to glaze your bowls and put them on the "glazed and ready to fire" shelf. 

*YOU DO NOT NEED TO BOOK OPEN STUDIO TIME TO CHECK ON YOUR WORK OR TO MOVE PIECES FROM SHELF TO SHELF. YOU CAN DROP BY ANYTIME WE ARE OPEN TO DO THAT--EVEN IF WE HAVE A CLASS OR WORKSHOP GOING ON AT THE TIME!


How do I get started?

First, make sure you meet the requirements listed above. Then:

You can use your booking confirmation to reschedule up to 24 hours before your open studio time. We look forward to seeing you!