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: Closed

Academic Year 2021-22 Update

The Wet Shops will be closed for the summer to host the Summer Intensives: Continuing and Professional Ed and will only be open for students enrolled in those classes.

After that, Open Task Time will be available for currently enrolled students, from 7/12 to 7/28 on Tuesdays through Thursdays from 12-5 pm.

Click here to view the shops’ Google Calendar

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

The next in-person elements of Orientations will be held on the week of 7/11

If you were unable to attend an orientation event earlier in the Spring semester and would like to be added to the orientation waitlist, please submit your interest to the SPRING 2022 – Making Center Orientation Waitlist

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 courses, 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.

Sp ’22 Orientation Schedule

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

     February 9 – March 6
***Brief mid-semester pause to allow for more open studio time***
March 23 – April 3

Tier 2 Assessments for Ceramics will be scheduled on Fridays and Sundays as follows:

     February 18 – March 6
***Brief mid-semester pause to allow for more open studio time***
March 23 – April 3

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

Slip Casting Table Rules and Protocol

Firing Policies

Kiln Firing Policies
Kiln Reject Policy
When Should you leave a Kiln Note for the Techs?

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.

Here is the link to our Web Store

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
  •  Stationary Slip Casting Drain Tables
  •  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