Community Art & Pottery Studio (CAPS) Independent Open Studio Program
Program Guidelines CAPS Independent Open Studio Program allows access to open studio sessions to work independently on clay projects. The Independent Open Studio Program includes access to all scheduled open studio sessions, use of CAPS equipment and tools, and a cubby for storage.
Eligibility Independent Open Studio participants are required to maintain paid membership to the Cattaraugus County Arts Council. Memberships are available online at www.myartscouncil.net or by contacting CCAC at 716-372-7455. Independent Open Studio participants do not need to be enrolled in a current CAPS pottery class to acquire studio privileges. Eligibility for Independent Open Studio participation includes anyone who has previously taken a CAPS pottery class or who can demonstrate to the CAPS pottery instructor that they can work safely and independently with the materials and equipment. An instructor observation session can be scheduled during any one of the pottery instruction classes. CCAC maintains the right to terminate independent open studio access and its privileges for anyone who does not abide by the guidelines.
Hours CAPS open studio sessions are usually scheduled quarterly, are posted in the studio, or you can telephone during CCAC office hours (M-F 9 am-4 pm) for this information. The open studio sessions are monitored by volunteer assistants available to help with questions, work space set up, and tool and clay usage. Access to CCAC's studio during the day is available only when the studio is not in use. Please call CCAC ahead of time to ensure the studio is free during the weekdays from 9 am-3 pm.
Clay CAPS custom blend clay is available to purchase during the open studio sessions for $1 per pound plus tax packaged in 25 pound and 50 pound bags. The purchase and use of CAPS clay includes use of in-stock studio glazes and all kiln firings. Or, if studio members use their own clay or glazes, The Education Coordinator must first approve these materials. CCAC does not allow outside clay/projects to be fired.
Kiln High-fire kiln, generally firing in the range of cone 5-7.
must be able to work independently with all materials, equipment, and tools in the pottery studio
must sign in the studio log book
must clean their work area and return all tools and supplies to the proper storage areas
must respect others who are working in the pottery studio
must not disturb or touch work created by other people
must bring all questions or issues to the attention of the volunteer studio monitors
CCAC’s inclusive policy CAPS Independent Open Studio participants will know that the Cattaraugus County Arts Council strictly maintains a policy and position of inclusiveness and will not tolerate foul, abusive, or discriminatory language, actions, or behavior. No person shall be made to feel uncomfortable or unsafe in any situation while associated with CCAC or any of its programs.
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