OPEN STUDIO OPTIONs FOR ENROLLED STUDENTS

We know it takes time, patience and work to develop craft skills. Open Studio is an option designed to help students who are enrolled in our multi-week classes practice their skills and develop their work. Think of Open Studio as self-directed homework time during extra available studio hours.  

 

To register and to pay for Open Studio, you may do so online, or by contacting the Registration Office in person or by calling 508-753-8183, x 301.

Open Studio Policies
 

Open Studio enrollment eligibility is limited to students who are enrolled in an eligible 6-week adult class within the current session.

 

Open Studio sessions expire with each course session.  Non-matriculating students may use the first week of the following session to complete their prior session's glaze work during Open Studio.

Students must be 18 years or older to enroll.


Once a student enrolls in Open Studio, they may use any or all of the posted Open Studio hours in the appropriate studio, for self-directed practice time. Students may initiate or complete work within the scope of the class in which they are currently registered. Hours are self-tracked by signing in and out of each period you attend. Students may use as few or many hours, during scheduled times, for the duration of the session.  No credit will be issued for hours not used, and there is no makeup or substitution for missed Open Studio.

To view available hours, view the Google Calendars below, or click Ceramics, Glassand Metals and click the "week" tab to find the listed OS hours. The calendars are updated regularly. Please check the specific date and time before coming in.  
 
Make sure you click on the period to read any notes related to that period. An example of a real-time update would be a monitor cancelling due to illness: this cancels Open Studio. All Weather Cancellations include Open Studio, even if the calendar has not been updated.
 

COVID Update:
Due to COVID-19 protocols surrounding the need for physical distancing and contact tracing, traditional Open Studio is currently unavailable in ceramics and metals.  Should this change, OS hours will be available to book through our Registration Page by clicking the above "Register for Open Studio" button. 
 
Meanwhile, the Metals Studio is currently offering Metals Studio Access Time-Slots which are available for pre-booking.  For more details, click here to locate Metals Studio Access options.  Pre-registration is a must!
In lieu of traditional Open Studio, the Ceramics Studio is currently offering Reserved Studio Access, recurring reservation slots that are available for pre-booking to currently enrolled students.  For more details, click here to locate all Reserved Studio Access slots available.  Pre-registration is a must!
Metals Studio calendar

*Metals Studio must have an assigned safety monitor during all Open Studio periods or they will be cancelled.

Metals OS does not include use of enameling studio, gas forge, casting equipment and/or lapidary equipment. Students must be signed off on specialized equipment prior to use.​

Metals Studio Access

$30.00 /3-hour session

Here's your chance to access the Metals Studio!

If you participated in a Metals class or workshop in 2019/2020 you can “buy time” in the Metals Studio. You do not have to be registered in a 6-week class to register for a 3-hour slot, but it is expected that you will work within your skill set. A minimum of Jewelry/Metals 1 or Dept permission required.

A studio monitor is available but no instruction or consultation is provided. Participants are responsible for proper tool use, care and clean-up. Participants must have experience using the studios specialized equipment, some of which includes: air/acetylene torches, rolling mill, hydraulic press, electro-etching system, polishing/finishing equipment, etc.

We reserve the right to restrict the use of equipment if it is used improperly and no refund will be issued. We reserve the right to limit consumable consumption.

There is a minimum of 3 prepaid hours.

  • No materials or supplies are provided, but basic supplies such as solder, saw blades, etc. may be available for purchase.

  • There is no access to other Studios during this time*

  • Participants should complete clean-up within the 3 hour block.

  • No refund or credit is given for time not used.

*Metals Studio time does not include use of the enameling studio, gas forge, oxy/acetylene casting torch, casting equipment and/or lapidary equipment.

CERAMICS Open Studio CALENDAR

Reserved Studio Access (RSA)

$35.00/reservation
 

A recurring reservation to work independently in the studio on a set day at a set time. It is available to students currently enrolled in classes and requires a separate registration. All COVID-19 best practices will be in place and students must comply with these practices as outlined on the WCC website and in the “Studio Procedures” hand out, any non-compliance will result in suspension of the students RSA. All hours are strict, nontransferable, no splits, trades or swaps, no make-ups, rollovers or refunds for unused or suspended hours.

 

  • Contact tracing will be maintained by students signing into class (attendance) and / or Reserved Studio Access each and every time.

  • Students are asked to concentrate their footprint to the assigned work area as best as possible. When moving away from your assigned work area please utilize physical distancing of 6-feet from others.

  • Upon completion of each session, students will clean (clay, glaze etc.) assigned work areas and then sanitize all work areas and touch points with either spray sanitizer (Nu-Foamicide) or water bleach solution found in orange buckets at sinks.

  • All studio tools should be soaked for a few minutes in orange pails, then rinsed in fresh water before returning to storage areas.

  • Students agree to abide by all WCC COVID-19 best practices as outlined here.

GLASS rental + Open Studio
Calendar

Glass Open Studio is free to students enrolled in a 6 week class for the use of the cold shop or sandblaster. Rental of the flame-shop torches is also allowed during open studio. All hot shop and kiln rentals, or studio use are by appointment.  

All Open Studio access at New Street Glass Studio is contingent upon the student having received the adequate training for proper equipment usage and care.  Please contact Department Head, Gale Scott, for approval at gscott@worcester.edu or by calling 508-757-1424.

COVID Update

Due to COVID-19, additional parameters have been placed on access to Glass Open Studio and Rental Hours at New Street Glass Studio. 

Open Studio

Open Studio hours at New Street Glass Studio will be updated at the beginning of each 6-week session and are meant to provide students currently enrolled in 6-week classes free access to the cold shop/sandblaster and the flat shop as long as a class is not being held in those areas.  Use of flame shop torches and/or kilns during Open Studio hours will be charged regular rental rates.  Un-enrolled students or renters that have received the adequate training for proper equipment usage and care may ‘walk-in’ without an appointment during Open Studio hours for use of the cold, flame, or flat shops at the regular rental rates.  All hot shop rentals must be made by appointment.

 

Please contact Gale Scott for shop use approval or to schedule a rental via email at gscott@worcester.edu or by phone at 508-757-1424.

 

Rentals

Rentals (cold, flame, flat, or hot shops) during the “by appointment hours” must be arranged with the Glass Department Head, Gale Scott. Please contact Gale via email at gscott@worcester.edu or by phone at 508-757-1424.

For more details on studio equipment and rental information and pricing, please click here.