Firing Memberships are designed for those who can work at home but need a place to have their pieces bisqued, glazed and fired.
New and returning members need to set up an appointment. No walk-ins please.
If you are interested in becoming a member, please call us during office hours at 612-852-2787 to make an appointment for a tour or to sign up for membership. We are no longer offering walk-in tours
Firing Membership Fees
|One-time Set-up Fee||$50||new members|
|Refundable Key Deposit||$50|
Membership pricing will be increasing by $5 across all membership types, effective October 1, 2023.
Glaze Firing (Cone 6 or 10)
Base Rate: $12 per square foot
Maximum size: 2 feet in any dimension
- Add $5 per item over 9" tall but under 12" tall
- Add $10 per item over 12" wide/tall but under 18" wide/tall
- Add $15 per item over 18" wide/tall but under 24" wide/tall
- Stuffers (items under 3" in any dimension): 1/4 square allowed at no addtional fee. Add $1 per additional 1/4 square.
All firing memberships include the following:
- 24-hour, 7-day-a-week access to our slab roller and extruder. Slabs and extrusions must be taken home to finish construction.
- 24-hour, 7-day-a-week access to drop off greenware for bisque.
- Cone 06 Bisque firing.
- Use of our numerous Cone 6 and 10 glazes and slips (approximately 30 glazes).
- 24-hour, 7-day-a-week access to our glazes, spray booth, and banding wheels.
- Display space in our Gallery (up to 10 pieces, 60% of your sales is credited to your account on a monthly basis).
- Space in our large, well-attended annual holiday open house.
Not Included in Your Membership
We want to be entirely up front about what is and what is not included in a firing membership. The following items will be charged in addition to the monthly or annual membership fee.
- Storage Space
- Firing members do not have storage space in the main studio and are expected to pick up their bisque or glazed work within 1 week.
- Cone 6 and cone 10 glaze firing:
- We charge our members for the amount (measured in square feet) of work put through the glaze firings. The maximum size for a piece is 24 inches in any dimension. See above for firing rates.
- As a convenience for our members, we keep a few types of clay available for purchase in 25 lb. bags.
- You may buy your own clay from other sources; however, we recommend you only purchase clay capable of going to cone 6 or 10. Clays that have a maximum firing temperature of less than cone 6 may result in melting if they are place in a cone 10 firing.
- Kiln Shelf Accidents:
- If you consistently use too much glaze so that your piece sticks to our shelves, you will be charged a minimum of $1 per offending piece. Occasional accidents are permitted; it is only continual offenses that will be fined. These accidents can effect other members work, require our staff to put in extra time cleaning the kiln shelves, and increases the wear and tear on our kiln furniture.
- If the clay body you use "melts down," you are charged a minimum of $50 for the damage to the kiln. This is easily avoided: if you are unsure of a clay body's cone rating, do not use it. Remember, clay is cheap.
- Most of the common tools you will need, you should purchase yourself.
- Spray Booth Mask:
- If you want to use our glaze spray booth, we request that you wear a respirator that is rated to catch organic vapor. You may purchase these at home improvement stores (they are usually located in the paint aisle).
- Studio Access Fee:
- A studio access fee of $35 per per person, per day applies if you bring in a guest to the studio whether they are just watching you or helping you work. Adult visitors are welcome to wait in our lounge area free of charge. This fee also applies if firing members wish to use our wheels or hand-build in the main studio.
There are a few requirements you must fulfill to become a member at Fired Up Studios:
- Fired Up Studios is an adults-only facility. You must be at lest 18 years of age.
- You must read and sign our membership agreement. This is a very straight-forward document that outlines our expectations and responsibilities.
- You are expected to follow our studio rules. These rules maximize our members' freedom to create while ensuring that this flexibility does not intrude on other members' positive experience at Fired Up Studios.
- We require you to allow us to charge your credit card or debit card for any services you use at Fired Up Studios, including membership fees, clay purchases, and firing services. Charges are assessed monthly on the anniversary of your start date.
- Unless your are enrolled in one of our classes, you must have taken at least one pottery class outside of high school. You need to know basic skills in order to enjoy the Fired Up experience. Basically, you need to be able to work independently without instruction.
- If you use clay or glazes that are not provided at Fired Up Studios, you must guarantee that the clay and glazes you use can be safely fired to cone 6 or 10. Students are required to use clay and glazes provided by Fired Up Studios. All members are responsible for knowing which firing and glazes (cone 6 or 10) will be best for their work.
- You must clean up after yourself, leaving all areas you have used clean and ready for the next person.
- You must respect other members' work, time and space.
- This means allowing others to work without interruption (wait until a person is done at the wheel or speaks to you first). Conversation is encouraged to take place in the "chat area" so you won't disturb someone working.
- Cell phone conversations are prohibited in the working area of the studio. You may answer your phone, but then move to the chat area or outside for your conversation.
- It is absolutely forbidden to touch anyone's work on any shelf (work shelf, bisque shelf, raw glazed shelf, post-glaze firing shelf) without their direct permission. Touching work displayed in the gallery is acceptable.
- We request that you pick up your work (both bisque and finished) in a timely manner (preferably within a week).
** All rates and prices are subject to change. This website may not reflect current prices and rates available in the office.