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  • What is your cancellation policy?
    One Time Workshop: Cancellations more than 48 hours before class are eligible for a full refund. Cancellations 24-48 hours before class are eligible for credit to reschedule. Cancellations less than 24 hours before class are non-refundable, but you may transfer your seat to seomeone else. If you are rescheduling for multiple people, you'll need to do it individually in each person's profile. Recurring Classes (4 Pack Classes): Students are allowed to cancel at least 24hrs prior to class time, with a limit of one cancellation every four weeks. It is not ideal to have too many weeks between classes as pieces dry out and studio space is limited. If you would like to try to get on the schedule for a different time/day, please reach out to If you can't find an open seat in an upcoming class, put your name on the waitlist and reach out to before you cancel the class. 8-Week Workshops: Students are allowed one make-up class, which is built into the session schedule. Your teacher will confirm the date of your class's make-up session. If you cannot make the make-up date, please reach out to to schedule. Since this is a curriculum based course the invoice is non-refundable.
  • What do I expect from a one-time class?
    One-time classes are a fun way to experience pottery for the first time or get back on the wheel after a hiatus. Bring clothes you don’t mind washing, a hair tie, and your hands! Participants will be taken through the basic steps of creating a piece of pottery through wheel throwing and/or hand-building. We'll provide aprons & all the tools you need to get started! You will choose the glaze colors to be finished and picked up at a later date. Classes are 2 hours for working with the clay and an additional 30 minutes for cleanup.
  • How are your weekly mixed-level classes set up?
    Our mixed-level classes are an opportunity for artists to work through all aspects of the pottery making process in a supportive and fun community. Students will improve on their skills and bring their inspirations to life with the support and guidance of an experienced teacher. Students are encouraged to come with their own inspiration of what they would like to make. This could be anything from improving your ability on the wheel, hand building your own dinnerware set, making a birthday gift, or throwing your dog a bowl! Teachers will be floating around the studio to help demonstrate and inspire as needed. Students can opt in or out of group projects as they come. The open format classes will have some students who are starting their pottery journey with others who have been enrolled for some time. This lends to a nice and collaborative studio flow.
  • What if I need to miss one of my weekly classes?
    No problem! You can reschedule up to 24 hours prior to class through our scheduling link and add yourself to a different class or the waitlist and email if you have any questions. You can also purchase a class package which will give you 4 or more individual classes that you can work around your schedule. We recommend to making sure you can attend at least 3 sessions within a 4-week period, so you'll be able to finish pieces in a timely manner. Pots can dry out when left for too long. Here is a link detailing how to reschedule your class on Vagaro.
  • Do you offer open studio time?
    We primarily offer teacher-guided class time, whether a one-time workshop or longer form class. Our mixed-level classes offer an open class format that is great for working on independent projects with teacher support as needed. We also offer independent study times during the week for current students to add on extra studio time, as needed.
  • Can I schedule a private class for my birthday/corporate event/just for fun?
    Whether it’s a family reunion, birthday party, bachelorette weekend, or just a casual get-together, private classes at Clay Lounge are a great opportunity to try something new and spend time with friends, family and coworkers. Private classes can accommodate 6-20 people for a fun pottery experience. Classes will be tailored to the occasion and can include wheel throwing and/or hand-building projects. Participants will create up to 2 pieces in the colors of their choosing. Visit our private events page to book your class!
  • Do you offer children's classes?
    Our classes are geared toward adults, but we welcome kids 12+ accompanied by an adult to our one-time classes. For group events with 6 kids or more (accompanied by an adult), you can book a private one-time workshop via the form on our private events page!
  • Can I sign up for a class if I see it is full? (Waitlist)
    Yes — if a class is full, you have the option of adding your name to the waitlist. You should receive a response of whether you have been admitted to the class 24 hours prior to that class. You will not be charged for the class until you have been let in and attend. You will need to pay on site - or if you have purchased a 'package' of classes this will be automatically deducted from your series.
  • Where are you located?
    We have two locations! BOSTON We are located at 75 Thayer St. in the SoWa Arts District in the South End of Boston. The studio is in the basement level of the 450 Harrison Ave large brick building. Park on Harrison Ave. and walk through the Thayer St. breezeway. We are across from the 'SoWa' chalk wall in the basement level. SOMERVILLE We are located at 561 Windsor St. #B203 in Somerville's Union Square. The studio is on the second floor of the building.
  • Where should I park?
    BOSTON We suggest finding free parking on Harrison Ave, Randolph Street or one of the other side streets. The lot under the highway at 365 Albany Street is another great option at $2.50 per hour. The lot behind the studio is $40 :( You can see a nice visual of parking here and SoWa provides a nice visual here. SOMERVILLE you can park in the empty lot diagonally across from the building at 0 Windsor Place (in front of the new high rise). There is also street parking across the street in front of the building. Check out the map below for a visual:
  • I have never done pottery before. Do you offer beginner classes?
    Yes, we do! We suggest you give it a spin with a one-time class where you will be taken through the basics of handbuilding and potters wheel techniques. If you want to dive into learning all aspects of the pottery-making process, our 8-week beginner series features a curriculum designed to take beginner students through the process of creating pottery. We also offer 4-pack classes, where a teacher can guide you through your journey into clay.
  • What should I bring to class?
    Clothes you don't mind getting some clay on - although it typically washes out pretty well A hair tie if you have long hair Your hands & an open mind! Remember to take your rings, bracelets, and watches off before throwing
  • How many people can I have at a private event?
    Private classes can accommodate 6-20 people! With 6-11 people we will take you through 2 projects on the potter's wheels. With 12-20 people we would break into two groups - one hand building - one wheel throwing - then switch!
  • What should I wear/bring?
    For pottery classes, we recommend wearing clothes you don't mind washing and bringing a hair tie, your hands, and an open mind! We'll provide aprons and all of the tools and materials you'll need for the class.
  • When Can I Pick Up My Pieces?
    It takes about 4-5 weeks after a class for pieces to be finished and ready for pick up. You'll receive an email from us when your pieces are ready with everything you need to know for pick up!
  • Can I Actually Use My Pieces?
    YES! Your finished, glazed pieces will be safe for eating and drinking out of as well as dishwasher and microwave-safe!
  • Do You Ship Pieces?
    We are able to ship pieces out from private classes and will invoice you for the cost of shipping. Shipping pottery can be very expensive as it is quite heavy and comes with a risk of pieces breaking. We always recommend picking up the pieces in person if you are able! To coordinate shipping, you can reply to our email when when we reach out to let you know that your pieces are ready, and we will work with you to organize the shipment.
  • How do I book an event?
    Head to our private events page and fill out the form with your event details – we'll get back to you and get you on the calendar!
  • What type of clay do you use?
    We use two American dug midrange stonewares at Clay Lounge. One is a speckled brown the other is a white stoneware. The speckles in the brown come from small particles of manganese in the clay. The white has porcelain-like qualities, being soft and smooth. Both are great for both throwing and handbuilding. Outside clays (or glazes) must be approved by an instructor.
  • How do you fire your pottery?
    We fire to cone 04 bisque and cone 6 glaze in electric oxidation kilns. This 'midrange' temperature produces pieces of stoneware pottery that are food, microwave, and dishwasher safe.
  • Do you offer outside firings?
    We have done outside firings in the past on a very small scale. We fire to cone 6 in an oxidation quick cooling setting and can only offer firings for specific clay types. Plesae reach out with your needs and we can discuss cost and logistics.
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