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 the holidays?
When The Village Potters is closed for a holiday, everything is closed.

How often will I work with my mentor?
One mentor will have several students. Meetings will be scheduled in advance, and most will be group. The frequency of the meetings will be determined between mentor and student. In addition to meetings with your mentor(s), there will be scheduled critiques once a month with a group of mentors.

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

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. Basically, everything that’s not a piece of large equipment! You will also supply your own clay and glazes that you will be able to buy from The Village Potters.

How much space will I be allocated in the studio?
There will be ten dedicated wheels which will be shared, as well as tables for hand building, glazing and other non-wheel work. Each participant will be 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 and firings. Participants will also receive a discount on any workshops offered outside of the IS/M Program.

What else is included in the Program?
In addition to access to the workspace and your mentor relationships, the IS/M program will present a series of demonstration and information workshops over the course of the year. Workshops will be presented by our adjunt faculty of professionals who will offer 2 Day Master Series Workshops and Mini-Masters Series Workshops on clay techniques and/or building and running a successful art business.

How often can I come to the studio?
Monday – Thursday, 10am-9pm
Friday-Saturday, 10am-6pm
Sunday, 1:00-5:00pm

What if I decide it’s not for me?
We encourage a one year commitment, and love a two year commitment. 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 Mentoring 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 review dates for 2016 are:

Review Date: March 24, 2016     Start Date: May 1, 2016
Review Date: August 25, 2016    Start Date: November 1, 2016