Wet Shops: Ceramics & Casting

Open to: all students who have taken the mandatory orientation
Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, 2 W 13th St, Lower Level   •   Monday - Friday: 9AM- 8PM, Saturday - Sunday: 11AM - 7pm

Academic Year 2022-23 Update

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Wednesday 11/16: Closed (
Thursday 11/17: 845am – 12:30pm


Open Task Time:
Orientations run frequently in the beginning of the semester and taper off in frequency until midterms, to maximize access to the shops.  After midterms, orientations are no longer given; this will allow Open Task Time and shop resources to be directed towards curricular support. Please check the Wet Shops studio Calendar (see below) for scheduled open task time.

Shop Capacity*:

    • Ceramic side: 10 people
    • Casting side: 10 people

*When a class is using the shop as their scheduled classroom, or a faculty member has booked a Faculty Led In-Class Demo, the capacity will be temporarily increased to the current class size for the duration of the class / demonstration. No additional students may use the shop at this time, so it’s very important that all demos be scheduled with at least three weeks notice.

** There can only be one class at a time in the Wet Shop. This means that if there is currently a class in the Ceramic area, the Casting area must remain empty, and vice versa.


Due to the shop capacities, we can no longer accommodate class walk-ins to our shop.

If you need to schedule a class demo, please do so by filling out the Faculty & Course Space Reservation Form. We ask that you give us at least three weeks notice to host your class

Mandatory Orientation



Check the Libcal link at the end of the the Canvas Module to sign up.

Orientations have concluded for the time being to allow as much open task time as possible as students prepare for finals. If you were unable to attend an orientation event earlier in the coming/current semester and would like to be added to the orientation waitlist, please submit your interest to the Making Center Orientation Waitlist

Based on waitlist responses, we may be able to open up additional orientation events on a limited basis.

A number of classes make use of the Wet Shop as a part of their curriculum.  We encourage students to enroll in a dedicated class to gain the skills they need to pursue ceramics or casting based work. 

There are separate orientations for the Casting and Ceramics.
Both the Ceramics and Casting Shops are each using a hybrid orientation model consisting of a series of online presentations and quizzes hosted on Canvas, followed by an in-person component to be carried out by students within the space of each shop. 

Students who have taken the orientation in our shops in the past can skip the in-person element, but are still expected to take the online element. We ask that any faculty that have not previously been oriented, to please go through the orientation process as well.

To take these orientations, you must first complete the Making Center General Orientation: Here is the link to enroll

Tier 1 Orientations for Ceramics:
Tier 1 includes general access to the shop and its associated materials, and the necessary equipment for hand-building.  Tier 2 Ceramic orientation includes access to the wheels contained within the shop. 

Tier 1 Orientations for Casting:
Tier 1 includes safety guidelines, and best working practices with the associated associated materials, along with an overview of any necessary equipment for Casting.

Tier 2 Orientations for Ceramics: Certain Equipment (including all ceramic wheels) require Tier 2 orientations for access to be granted.  In-person orientations for those also require an online element to be completed first.

PLEASE NOTE: PRIOR EXPERIENCE IN WHEEL THROWING IS REQUIRED FOR YOU TO QUALIFY FOR TIER TWO ACCESS.  We encourage all students interested in Tier 2 access to enroll in a ceramics class that covers wheel throwing.

Orientation Schedule

Tier 1 walkthroughs for Casting and Ceramics are scheduled 2- 3 days a week as follows: 

August 22nd – October 9

Tier 2 Assessments for Ceramics will be scheduled 1 – 2 days a week as follows:

On Saturdays, September 10th – October 9

About the Wet Shops: Ceramics & Casting

Updated Shop Policies

Please see the following Documents to learn about our most up to date rules and protocols.

Shop Rules & Policies

Interruption Policy


Firing Policies

Kiln Firing Policies
Kiln Reject Policy
When Should you leave a Kiln Note for the Techs?
End of Fall 22 Semester Firing Deadlines for students not currently enrolled in Ceramics classes– please refer to the following table which includes a timeline featuring specific dates and firing deadlines to be aware of when working in Ceramics.

The Ceramic and Wet Shop is a facility dedicated to supporting art and design practices in ceramic and casting based processes. Other wet based processes are also supported in the wet studio portion of the facility – including mold making, concrete casting, silicone casting, wheel throwing, hand-building, slip casting, kiln glasswork, etc.

A number of classes make use of the Wet Shop as a part of their curriculum.  We encourage students to enroll in a dedicated class to gain the skills they need to pursue ceramics or casting based work.  We do allow students with prior experience or students engaging in self-directed learning to access the shop after taking the necessary safety orientation(s).  Please note that the shop staff is able to answer some questions, but is unable to provide demos or tutorials for individuals or classes.

MFA Students focusing on Ceramics for their Thesis: Second year MFA students who are currently (or previously) enrolled in a Ceramics course at Parsons, and are actively producing a Thesis where-in Ceramics play a significant role, now have access to certain resources outlined in the linked document. Students who need this access must give the Ceramic & Wet Shop reasonable notice through email by Friday 9/16 for the Fall Semester. MFA Thesis Guidelines and Special Allowances 

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Featured Equipment and Tools

  •  L&L Easy-Fire e28T-3 Kiln
  •  L&L EasyFire e18s-3 Kiln
  •  SKUTT Glazetech Kiln
  •  Shimpo RK-Whisper Pottery Wheel
  •  Brent CXC Pottery Wheel
  •  Diversi Tech DD-2×4 Downdraft Table
  •  Glaze Spray Booth
  •  Bailey Model Pro X Pottery Wheel
  •  Peter Pugger VPM-30 Vacuum Power Wedger
  •  Brent HD Extruder
  •  Band Saw
  •  7′ Heavy Duty Industrial Fume Extractor

Wet Shops: Ceramics & Casting Calendar

Safety Requirements

  • All students must wear protective clothing. Wear long pants, no shorts allowed.

    Required Protective Clothing

  • All students must wear protective footwear. No open-toe shoes, heels, or sneakers allowed.

    Required Protective Footwear

  • All students must wear a dust mask.

    Required Dust Mask

  • Hair must be tied back at all times.

    Hair Must Be Pulled Back