Open Studio At The McGraw Ceramics Studio


Open Studio is your opportunity to practice your art outside of a classroom setting!

All students 18 years of age or older are entitled to use the studio facilities free of charge during the periods in which they are actively enrolled in an ongoing class or multi-day workshop, and there is an Open Studio session available. Participants will have access to studio space, shelf storage, tools and equipment. Additional clay can be purchased from the studio and the price includes glazing and firing.

For those not involved in classes, Open Studio passes are available for sale and users can also sign up for our Mud Buddy Monthly Program (see below). Both of these options give users access to the facilities during designated Open Studio times.

All Open Studio Sessions must be booked in advance so that we can manage the number of people in the studio (our capacity is 8). If you are already taking a class or have an Open Studio pass, click here to check in and reserve your spot.

To ensure that all of our users have access to Open Studio, you may only book one Open Studio session per day. We understand that life sometimes gets in the way so if you book an Open Studio session and don’t use it, please let us know beforehand so that we can offer it to someone else and it doesn’t go to waste. If people repeatedly book sessions and don’t use them, we reserve the right to charge pass holders for missed sessions or remove access to enrolled students.

Each Open Studio session is three hours long to give you the time to be creative.

We encourage all studio users to take a class at the Center initially so that they learn the studio’s practices. However, experienced clay artists may purchase Open Studio passes without taking a class but first need to contact Neil Grant (

Open Studio Options

Books of Passes

Only pay for what you use! Open Studio passes can be purchased individually and as books of 5 and 10 passes. Each pass is valid for one year (extended for 4 months for all passes purchases prior to the pandemic shutdown) and allows you to use the studio during one Open Studio session:

Number of passes 1 to 4 5 10
Total Cost $20 to $80 $90 $150
Effective cost per Open Studio session $20 $18 $15

How to Purchase

Click one of the links below to purchase a pass and click here to check in and reserve the date you'd like to attend.

Mud Buddy Monthly Program

For a monthly payment of $99, you can use the Studio whenever there’s an Open Studio session. The Mud Buddy Monthly program is great for students and experienced artists who want regular access to the studio (get those 10,000 hours of practice in!). Your monthly payment can be cancelled at any time.

Making Open Studio Work For Everyone

What you can expect from us during Open Studio:

  • A clean workspace with working equipment
  • Clay available for purchase (includes glazes and firing) at $35 per 25lb
  • A staff member or clay volunteer on site to help and advise you
  • To fire greenware and items for glazing in a timely manner

What we expect from you during Open Studio:

  • To work in a safe and harmonious manner in accordance with our Health & Safety policy and our Student Reopening Guidelines If you don’t know how to use a piece of equipment, please ask a staff member first
  • To only use the clay sold in our studio unless otherwise agreed with Neil Grant. When using community kilns, unknown clays can easily ruin everyone’s work!
  • To clean up your workspace after you have finished
  • Because this is a community studio, we ask users to confine large scale commercial ‘production’ activities to their personal studios unless agreed in advance with Neil Grant
  • To have fun and be creative!

Please note that Open Studio passes do not cover the Long Pose Open Studio sessions, which are a separate activity working with a model. Prices for specialist materials such as silicone rubber, resins, and epoxies will charged based upon actual usage.