Available during all hours we are open.
By Appointment. Please call (860) 354-4318
What Can I do at Open Studio?
Walk-in anytime we are open and create.
Paint a canvas
Create wood sculptures from our huge assortment of pieces
Free-build with the many materials we have available to you
Build with kiln-fired clay*
Rent time to throw Pottery on one of our Studio Wheels.
Open Studio Rates
(Group Rates Available)
$12 studio fee per person doing an activity plus supplies. There is no fee for assisting parents.
The $12 covers your time in the studio on that day and includes basic use instructions, use of our tools, brushes, smocks, and our reference library. Additionally, you pay the cost of the ceramic piece or wood pieces and supplies.
Piece price includes paint or glaze, firing, etc.
Please see "To Build With Clay" for clay sculpting rates.
Returning to finish a piece on another day: $5 studio fee. The return must be within 30 days of last visit to continue work on project.
* To Build with clay for the first time during Pottery Open Studio:
You will need a lesson taught by a clay professional so your piece will fire successfully. The instructor will provide basic instruction on technique and proper use of clay. You will be walked through your project as the instructor assists others simultaneously. The fee is $50 per hour in addition to the regular studio fee, and $30 each additional hour.
The cost for clay is $1/lb. Firing, glaze and second firing additional. An appointment is recommended for the lesson to ensure that an instructor is available. After that, you pay only the $12 studio fee.
Future projects that require instruction will incur a Professional Fee.
Pottery Wheel Rental
Time should be booked in advance.
Rate is $8/hour.
Childrens' Rates for Open Studio
Drop off a child off rates:
Children 4 - 7 Years of Age
Children under 7 cannot be dropped off for Open Studio without prior arrangement with a VCA staff person.
Children 8 – 11 Years of Age
Fee: $12 for up to 2 hours, Then $6.00 each additional hour. Supplies are additional.
Children 12 – 17 Years of Age
Fee: $12 for up to 2 hours,
Then $5.00 each additional hour.
Supplies are additional.
Children needing specific professional help will incur a professional fee of $20 per person.
Projects not included in our regular open studio format require advance notice and will incur additional professional fees.