FAQs: Independent Study and Mentoring Program

We will provide more detailed information upon request  but for those just checking us out, here are a few of the more commonly asked questions:

What’s the difference between Independent Study and Mentoring?
In the Mentoring Program, you will partner with a professional potter in approximately twelve-week sessions both individually and in small groups. Your mentor will work with you as you make your plan and follow through on your goals and intentions while in the program. Mentors will work with you on technical skills as well as a range of topics related to the business of being an artist entrepreneur.

In the Independent Study Program, you will work independently to create your body of work, with guided mentorship in the body of work itself and with demonstration workshops designed to expose you to many approaches and techniques in clay.

How much experience is required to participate in one of these programs?
A good candidate would need to have basic skills in at least one area of working with clay, ie: wheel, hand building, sculpture. A command of the basic skills will allow you to work independently and accept mentorship and guidance. (We offer classes for potters still developing basic skills that are not part of this program)

What facilities are available to me when I am in the studio?
The IS/M studio includes a large, shared studio space with pottery wheels, hand building tables, a slab roller, Giffin Grips, and kilns.

Will the studio be open during holidays?
All Village Potters studios (including ISM) is closed for the last 2 weeks in December, New Years Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, and Thanksgiving.

How often will I work with my mentor?
Each mentor will have several students. One-on-one & group meetings will be scheduled in advance. The frequency of the meetings will be determined between mentor and student. 

Will I have more than one mentor?
You will have approximately 3-4 mentors in a year, changing approximately every 3 months.

What am I expected to bring?
You should bring all of your own hand tools, bats if working on the wheel, banding wheels, armiture (for sculpture), aprons, drywall boards, drycleaning plastic. Everything that’s not a piece of large equipment! You will also supply your own clay (purchased through The Village Potters) and glazes (materials purchased through The Village Potters).

How much space will I be allocated in the studio?
There are dedicated wheels that are shared, as well as tables for hand building, glazing and other non-wheel work. Each participant is given ample shelving to hold clay, tools, and works in progress. All of your personal equipment will be housed on your allocated shelves.

Other than the tuition, are there other charges?
You are expected to incur the costs of clay, glazes materials, and firings. Participants will also receive a discount on any classes offered outside of the ISM Program.

What else is included in the Program?
In addition to access to the workspace and your mentor relationships, the ISM program will present a series of demonstration and information workshops over the course of the year. Workshops will be presented by our adjunct faculty of professionals who will offer Master Series Workshops on clay techniques and/or building and running a successful art business.

How often can I come to the studio?
Mondays & Wednesdays, 9am-9pm
Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, 9am-6pm
Saturdays, 10am-6pm
Sundays, 12-5pm

What if I decide it’s not for me?
We encourage a one year commitment with intentions of staying for 2 years. A long-term commitment sets you up to press through when it’s difficult. However, there are checkpoint assessments throughout the first year, and the second year is invitational, so if it’s truly not a good fit, then you may leave the program without penalty. There are no refunds on payments made, but you will not be held to the year commitment.

Will I be able to sell my work at The Village Potters?
Display space will not be provided for sales at The Village Potters, however the ISM Program includes sessions dedicated to creating a body of work for sale and marketing, and participants will be encouraged to pursue opportunities to sell work at shows and other professional venues.

 Email us for an application and detailed information at info @ thevillagepotters.com Subject: ISMP info and application request

Our application dates for 2017 are:

Deadline to Apply: August 25     Start Date: November 1, 2017