Become a Member of the Co-Op
The goal of Castle Hill’s Ceramics Studio Cooperative (the Co-op) is to give local residents of Cape Cod the opportunity to work in a communal studio environment that is both well equipped and stimulating. Castle Hill offers its clean and functional ceramic studio to those who do not normally have access to ceramic facilities or home studios. Beyond offering the space and equipment, the Co-op supports an important need for the Cape community. It is designed to bring ceramic makers together so that they can share ideas, techniques and experiences within a supportive and creative environment.
Castle Hill’s Ceramics Studio Cooperative is available to all levels of commitment and accomplishment and benefits from the broad range of skill sets its members bring to the studio. With your support and participation we expect the ceramics studio to continue developing as a dynamic place for students and Co-op Members to pursue their personal growth, while continuing to inspire and promote excellence in Castle Hill’s Ceramics Program. We encourage artists to work and learn together and what better way than through a cooperative environment!
Ceramic Cooperative members also receive a 10% discount on ceramic workshops at Castle Hill (please remind the registrar when you sign up for a class).
How do I join the Co-op?
To join the Co-op, one must first become a Ceramics Studio Co-op Member for that year. After membership is established, a Member would register for a length of time to use the studio. Scheduled in advance with the Ceramics Studio Manager, the studio can be used for a day here or a week there or by one month, three month or five month blocks. Once studio use has been scheduled, Members will be given a brief orientation as well as an allotted space for the exclusive storage of their personal supplies and work.
Co-op Members must register and pay in advance of all studio use.
The Ceramic Cooperative is available for beginners to experienced potters. Your membership gives you access to the studio, tools, equipment, glazes and limited firings.
The annual membership provides many special benefits including:
Access to the Castle Hill Ceramics Studio, including use of all tools, glazes and equipment
The opportunity to participate in special sales and exhibitions hosted by Castle Hill
Discounted prices on firing
- 10% discount on Castle Hill merchandise
- 15% discount on summer workshops at Castle Hill (please remind the Registrar when you sign up for a class)
Co-op Membership: $50/year
Ceramic Studio Use Fees: $40/Day, $100/Week, $400/Month, $600/3 months, $1,400/6 months, $2,000/8 months (September 15 - May 15)
The ceramics co-op is closed on weekends.
The co-op is also closed during scheduled workshop classes and holidays including but not limited to: Columbus Day, Veterans Day, the day before/after and including Thanksgiving Day, the week of Dec 26th – 30th, Martin Luther King Day and Presidents’ Day.
Please refer to bulletin board postings for additional closing times. Make-up dates are available for members to reschedule time lost due to workshop conflict hours and holiday closings (full session members excluded). Contact the ceramic co-op coordinator.
Studio Times and Dates
The Castle Hill Ceramics Studio is open for Co-op use from mid-September through mid-May, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
The Castle Hill Ceramics Studio houses 12 wheels (including 1 kick wheel), several worktables, a wedging table, storage shelves, a slab roller, banding wheels, plenty of ware-boards and bats, plaster forms, an extruder and a plethora of tools for all stages of working. We have 3 electric kilns, an electric test kiln, a large Bailey gas kiln, a raku kiln, a salt/soda kiln and the only wood kiln on Cape Cod. The Ceramics Studio offers a dynamic assortment of over 25 high-fire glazes and a fully stocked glaze materials room so there’s always something new in rotation.
TO BECOME A CERAMIC STUDIO MEMBER CALL 508-349-7511