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Frequently Asked Questions

We get lots of question at the studio about our pottery... Is it food safe, how long it takes, etc. We've tried to answer many of them here. If you need additional information, please send email to MoreInfo@TheCeramicPlace.com.

1. What is bisque?
Bisque Example Bisque is the term used to refer to a piece of pottery or ceramics that has been fired once to harden it from it's clay stage. When a piece is still in it's clay form and has been cast in a mold, it's often referred to as "greenware" and is still very fragile. Once it's been fired to bisque, all the moisture is gone and the piece becomes hard so that it can no longer be dissolved back into clay. Bisque is still porous and can absorb water but it will not dissolve as it would if it were still in it's hardened clay form. We offer bisque-fired pieces in our studio which means they are ready to paint.

2. Are the glazes food-safe?
Most of the glazes we use in the studio are food safe. We offer a few specialty glazes that are better used on the outside of a food-serving piece or on a decorative piece; this particularly applies to our Crystallite glazes as they can (but don't always) craze or crack after firing. If cracks form in the glaze, bacteria can form in those cracks if the item has been used for food. All of our glazes are non-toxic.

3. How long will it take to get my piece(s) back?
One week or less. Once you've painted your piece, we let it dry overnight. If a primer coat was not used it is then dipped in a clear glaze and dried before it can be loaded into the kiln. The Kiln takes 36 hours to heat ups an cool down. Most specialty paints do not need to be glazed.

4. What are those little marks on the bottom of my piece?
Those rough marks on the bottom of each piece are called "stilt marks". We have to put the pieces on stilts to prevent them from sticking to the shelves. The stilts usually have three metal prongs on which the piece rests. The paint and glazes are essentially powdered glass which melts and forms small burrs around the prongs. When the stilts are removed often sharp points of glass are left. We use a Dremel tool to remove these sharp points before you receive your item so no one gets cut. These little marks aren't very pretty, but are on the bottom or back of a piece most of the time and usually not seen.

5. What is the price range for pottery in the studio?
There are Many fun reasons to visit and no studio fees is one of them! We offer all-inclusive pricing which means the cost of your pottery includes: the pottery itself, paints, firing AND studio time. Our prices range from $3.50 (for a small magnet) up to $100+ (for larger items like GIANT mixing bowls, Christmas trees etc.). We have a large selection between $10 and $20. The price of the piece is based upon it's size AND how detailed it is. Intricate (read: fragile/delicate) pieces are generally a little spender even if they're small in size.