Our Story

In 2016 we started teaching ceramic hand-building classes in our Kensington apartment. We met so many great people and had such an amazing time building a ceramic community that we decided it was time to take our operation to a brick and mortar studio. Mouse Ceramic Studio offers adult and kids hand-building and wheel classes, mommy (or daddy) and me paint your own and hand-building, membership, date nights, parties, workshops and artist talks.  

Mouse is a midrange studio.  We offer white stoneware for unlimited use in the studio as well as three other clay bodies for purchase; a speckled clay, a dark brown, and porcelain.  We also offer an assortment of glazes that we separate into two categories, Old School and Bold School. Old School glazes have the look of a cone 10 reduction firing with classic colors, variable finishes and lots of depth. Bold School glazes are modern, clean and simple. We have the knowledge to get the most variety out of our clay and glazes. 

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                                                                                                                           Pedro and Lauren

Studio Info

Hours of Operation
Monday-Friday 10am-10pm
Weekends 10am-7pm

Open Studio Hours (Open Studio hours may change based on classes and events)
Monday-Sunday 1pm-6:30pm

Studio Use - Per Hour Rate
Studio time can be rented on an hourly basis for $15/hour per person. There are no prorated hours, if you enter your second hour, you are charged for the full hour. If you want to keep any of the pieces you make there is a $10 firing fee for works 6” or less in the longest dimension; larger works may be subject to higher fees.

In order to use the studio for glazing of your bisque work, we charge $20 per hour plus $0.04 per cubic inch per firing.

The wheel takes time to learn for both adults and children. If you are interested in coming in for the per hour rate to use the wheel it would be a good idea to take a private lesson or a class first if you do not have experience. Experience is required.

If you want to bring a child, please contact us ahead of time, the wheel is ok for children 10 and up only if they have experience, handbuilding is good for younger children.

Please no drop-ins, you must call or email in advance to set up a time to come into the studio. There will be no instruction given for the per hour rate. For private lesson rates, see below.

Studio Rentals, Private lessons and Parties
Private lessons- two hours
1 person $115
2 people $200
3 people $285
4 people $370

For private parties please inquire via email or call 415-730-4504

Firings Fees
Firing fees are calculated at $0.04 per cubic inch which includes both the bisque and glaze firing. Any additional firings (such as referring or luster/decal) are $0.02 per cubic inch. You will be billed at the end of the six week session. If you are a member, you will be charged at the end of each month.

For outside firings (people who are neither members nor students)
The fee will be $0.04 per cubic inch per firing whether it is bisque or glaze firings.

Make-up Classes
Unfortunately at this time we are unable to offer makeup classes. Classes are filling to capacity and we are unable to predict if and when a free spot will be open during any given class. Students are encouraged to take advantage of open studio hours.

Gift Certificates
Gift certificates are available for studio time, classes and membership. Please call 415-730-4504 or email for more information.

Cancellation Policy
Please email cancellation requests; requests must be made in writing.  Cancellations made within a week of the start of classes will be subject to a $75 processing fee per 6 week class.  No refund requests will be honored after the first day of class or the start of membership.

Location
1012 Beverley Rd between Coney Island Ave and Stratford Rd on the edge of Ditmas Park, Kensington, and Prospect Park South.  Mouse is a 5 minute walk from the Q train at Beverley Rd and a 10 minute walk from the Church Ave F/G trains.  We are also conveniently located for bus travel.  The B49, B68 and B103 buses leave you steps from our door, while the B35 at Church Ave and Coney Island Ave is a 5 minute walk.

Rules
All members and students must adhere to the following rules and procedures.  Failure to do so may result in disciplinary action up to and including termination of your class/membership. 

Clean up your workstation and any area you have used after you are done.  This includes the area surrounding your workstation such as the floor if carved, trimmed, or wet clay has fallen. This also includes any equipment and tools you have gotten clay or slip on such as the extruder and slab roller.

Do not use equipment without being shown how to use it by a staff member.

If you break equipment because you used it without prior instruction, you will be held liable for any damage caused. 

Students must clean up before the end of class and before the end of open studio. 

Do not leave personal items out on the studio tables.  

Do not store bats under plastic over a long period of time, they will mold.  When work is dry enough to safely move, remove the work from the bat or wrap the work but not the bat. 

Do not scrape or sand bone dry work in the studio as it creates hazardous dust. Wet sanding is ok. Any dry sanding must be done outside of the studio with the doors and windows shut.

Please do not sweep, use a damp sponge to clean up debris.  

Please no talking too loudly, the studio is a peaceful place.   Please respect our request for a library-esque environment and keep your conversations low to avoid disturbing others. 

Treat everyone with respect.  Do not discriminate or target people for any reason. Do not sexually harass anyone.  

No smoking is allowed at Mouse including on the sidewalks in front of the building.  


Do not touch anything on a member’s shelf or on a class shelf that you are not enrolled in.  


Students should only use the wheels and table in the main front area.  Members should use the wheels in the rear when classes are in session.  

Clay:
Clay buckets should always have the lid on when not being used to obtain clay.  

Wedge all clay when you are done and return it to the bucket before leaving the studio.  If your clay is too wet to wedge and cannot be combined with soft clay then let a staff member know before leaving for the day.   

Only dry bits and throwing “water” should go into the reclaim, all clay that is over hydrated should go on the small plaster boards.  If clay is a bit too dry to wedge, spray it with a water bottle before wedging.  

Clean and wipe down the wedging table after each use. Do not Leave any clay on the wedging tables, your collapsed pots should go on the small plaster boards near the sink.

Be mindful of contaminants, clay with colored slips and underglazes should not be put into the reclaim.  Never throw out clay, it can be recycled, as a staff member where to put contaminated clay.  

Students who buy specialty clays are responsible for reclaiming their own clays and should not wedge on the regular boards.  Students should use the small boards labeled by clay type to wedge and reclaim.  

Greenware left for more than a week after your class has ended will be recycled.

Glazes:
Glaze buckets should remain covered when not in use. 
Do not open multiple buckets at the same time, splashes and drips from one glaze can contaminate another.

Please be careful when moving glaze buckets. If you spill a glaze, you may be responsible for the cost of replacing it. 

Glaze should not be applied thicker than a 3 second dip (maximum) and no more than two glazes should be used on a single piece unless the student/member has experience or tested the combination.  

No glazing the bottom of work. 

Firings:
Work that is ready to be bisque fired needs to have the student or members name and a description of their class or membership type.  One name tag is fine for multiple pieces.  

Do not touch work in the basement that is not yours unless you need to move it to get to your own work.  

Please take work home within two months.  Work left at the studio for more than two months is subject to being discarded.  

Firing fees are calculated at $0.04 per cubic inch and there is a $1 minimum.

Students are billed at the end of their class and failure to pay firing fees will result in a suspension of future firings.  

Glazed work that is considered dangerous for the kiln shelves or other peoples work may be rejected from any firing.