31 Thorpe Rd. Needham, MA 02494 USA     Phone: 781-449-7687     Fax: 781-449-9098      Email: PottersShop@aol.com     Hours: M-Th: 11-5 F: 10-4 

 Studio Membership

The Potters Shop & School is the only pottery facility in the Boston area that offers true independent and unlimited studio access and use without having to enroll in a class. Resident Studio Membership requires that you have enough clay experience to work independently at forming and glazing your pots. If you lack experience in other areas; firing, glaze preparation, use of specialized equipment, etc, don't worry, all new members are given a studio orientation that includes an introduction to, and instruction in the use of all of our equipment as well as studio processes and policies. Qualifications for Non-Resident Studio Membership is outlined below. We also offer free studio-member only monthly workshops on diverse topics to help you hone your skills and learn new techniques. Studio members need only provide their own basic hand tools. The Potters Shop & School is not a cooperative. Studio members have no studio responsibilities other than cleaning up after themselves and being good citizens respectful of other members; their individuality, their work, and their belongings.

  •  Studio members supply their own clay which can be purchased here or can be brought in from elsewhere. Clay recycling is also an individual's responsibility. 
  • Studio members are responsible for their own firings. Members will often cooperate with each other to share kilns.
  • Firing fees are based on an hourly rate for the use of each kiln. Studio gazes are included in the firing fee.
  • Our kilns can be fired to cone 10.
  • The studio provides a wide variety of cone 6 and Raku glazes that are included in the firing fee.
  • Our extensive stock of raw materials is available to our studio members for mixing their own glazes. Materials fees apply.

Membership Options

  • Key to the studio for 24 hour unlimited access
  • Individual cubby for the storage of tools, etc.
  • Instruction in and use of all equipment, systems, and procedures
  • 50% member discount on firing rates
  • Access to our complete stock of raw materials for glaze mixing (cost of materials is additional)
  • 20% discount on purchases of clay, tools, books, and videos
  • Eligibility to display and sell work in our gallery and participate in open studios and other events (gallery commission applies)
  • Participation in free member-only workshops and demonstrations
  • Registration priority for workshops that are open to the general public
  • Scheduled use of our raku facilities (firing fees additional)
  • Library borrowing privileges (books, videos, and DVDs)
fee: $195/monthly, $525/quarterly, $1890/yearly (10% discount if paid yearly)

  • All of the unlimited access benefits EXCEPT for a key and 24 hour access.
  • Access and studio use is unlimited but available only during open business hours 11-5, Mon-Thursday, 10-4 Friday
fee: $150/monthly, $390/quarterly, $1405/yearly (10% discount if paid yearly)

For those currently enrolled in our adult classes who wish to have additional studio access, we offer a special Potters School Student Membership. All benefits listed in each category above apply, except for use of an individual cubby.

UNLIMITED ACCESS RESIDENT MEMBER: $375 quarterly regularly $525

LIMITED ACCESS RESIDENT MEMBERSHIP: $285 quarterly regularly $390

We offer a special Family Membership for two or more members of the same family for our Unlimited Access Resident. Limited Access Resident, and Potters School Student Member categories. Each member is entitled all of the benefits in either category. The only restriction is that Family Members must share the same bag of clay, slip recycling bucket, and cubby. 

fee: First Family Member- full membership fee. Each additional Family Member-50% discount.

Not sure whether this is the studio for you? We offer a trial membership for potential new members. All requirements for membership apply. Trial Studio Membership includes all of the Unlimited Access Resident Membership benefits including 24 hour access.

Trial membership is for one month only, for new members only, and is a one time offer per member.

fee: $175

Non-Resident Membership is designed for potters with their own work places, and would like to be part of our clay community: use of our library, access to our free member-only workshops, eligibility to show your work in our gallery, discounts on books, videos, and tools, participation in our monthly Raku firings, member rates for firing, access to our extensive stock of raw materials, and more. Non-Resident Members must fully experienced in, and comfortable with the use of glazes and glazing procedures if you are going to utilize our glazing facilities and spray booth.. 
  • all of the privileges of Limited Access Resident Membership except for studio use and use of studio equipment other than glazing equipment, kilns, and the photo studio.
fee: $150 annually

Please call for more detailed information and a membership application!