Potters’ Club Membership and Obligations

Membership is renewable each four-month session which begin in January, May, and September. Dues are $145 per session.

Attendance at the first meeting of each session and a minimum of two of three subsequent monthly meetings is strongly encouraged. Members are expected to contact their committee chairs if they cannot come to a meeting. Meetings are held the fourth Wednesday of each month at the Urbana Free Library at 7:00 pm. There are occasional changes in this schedule.

New members may join at the beginning of a session or at any other time with the consent of the president or membership chair, and should look at the registration page for payment due dates. New or potential members are invited to attend any meetings before they join the club.

New members are expected to have previous experience so they can work independently. Applicable experience includes completion of the CU Potters’ Club class, Champaign Park District or Parkland College beginning pottery class, experience working in another studio, or an equivalent. The minimum age for club membership is 18 years old.

The club consists of four committees, each with its own chair: Clay, Cleanup and Maintenance, Glaze, and Firing. Officers include President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, Membership, Webmaster/Listserv, Committee Chairs, and Special Programs Chair. Members help maintain the studio and club by working on one of the committees and/or by serving as an officer.

Members work at the annual club sales held annually and contribute ten percent or three pieces, whichever is greater, of their work each session for the sales. Presently, the CU Potters’ Club participates in the Boneyard Arts Festival, and Lincoln Square’s Saturday Christmas sales. These are the club’s primary fund-raising events and money raised from the sales are used to purchase and maintain club equipment.

Members with great skill are asked to limit their production to a reasonable level based on the available resources of the club.

Studio Operations

  • Identify all pieces on the drying shelves with your name or potter’s mark and the date. Bisqueware left excessively long on the shelves may be glazed and put in the club’s annual sale.
  • Only members of the firing committee who have been trained by the firing chair can use the kilns. Please do not place anything on top of the kilns because the lids are very fragile.
  • Do not leave clay on the wedging table or plaster bats. Please wedge excess clay and place it in a storage container.
  • Please do not put lumps of clay into the slip buckets.
  • Place unwanted pieces to be recycled in the plastic containers under the studio tables. Break them into smaller pieces if necessary.
  • Brush the slab roller and roll back the canvas after use. Please do not fold the canvas.
  • Clean the wedging table with a brush, sponge, and water after use.
  • Clean glaze spills with a wet sponge or mop.
  • Clean wheels and stools with a wet sponge. Sweep and mop the area around the wheel when the wheel is turned off.
  • Wash bats and put them away after use. Please do not use the heat lamp on the plastic bats because it will warp them.
  • Please leave the studio cleaner than when you arrived.