Policies & Guidelines

Refunds, Cancellation, Rescheduling for Missed Class: Please see our Classes FAQ.  

Clay: Just Try It Students enrolled in 6-week sessions are supplied with clay. Project class students are required to obtain their clay from Higher Fire.  The clay sold here is tested and approved for use with our glazes and kiln.  The sale price includes full access to our glazes and the bisque and final glaze firings. Outside clay may be utilized only with the advance approval of instructor and payment of a firing fee ($28 for a 25lb bag).   

Open Studio Time: The basic “Just Try It” 6-week class does not include open studio time. We offer an upgrade package to allow students to practice outside of class times.  Project classes (sculpture, hand-building & intermediate/advanced wheel) DO include unlimited open studio time.  Open Studio hours for students are as follows:

Monday – Saturday 10am – 10pm
Sunday 10am – 5pm
Closed Major Holidays
These times are subject to change and may vary by season.  

Firing Risks: Ceramic kiln firings can be risky and the results unpredictable. While we take every precaution while loading and firing, Higher Fire is not responsible for damage to student work or undesirable results.  Students may be charged a grinding fee if kiln shelves are damaged by their glaze work.

Studio Caution: Please take care when moving and working around other student and member work. If you have any questions or doubts about procedures, please do not hesitate to ask.

Personal Risk: Higher Fire Studio is not financially liable for any injury sustained on the premises. See participant liability release below.

Participant Liability Release

I voluntarily agree to assume all of the foregoing risks and accept sole responsibility for any injury to myself (including, but not limited to, personal injury, disability, and death), illness, damage, loss, claim, liability, or expense, of any kind, that I may experience or incur in connection with my patronage of all Higher Fire Inc. ceramic arts studios including JTown Clay. On my behalf, and on behalf of my family, I hereby release, covenant not to sue, discharge, and hold harmless Higher Fire employees, agents, and representatives, of and from the Claims, including all liabilities, claims, actions, damages, costs or expenses of any kind arising out of or relating thereto. I understand and agree that this release includes any claims based on the actions, omissions, or negligence of the pottery studio, its employees, agents, and representatives, including whether a COVID infection occurs before, during, or after participation in any Higher Fire membership, class, workshop, or program.

I do hereby acknowledge the contagious nature of COVID and other seasonal flu viruses. I voluntarily assume the risk that I may be exposed to or infected by working inside any Higher Fire Inc. ceramic arts studio, and that such exposure or infection may result in personal injury, illness, permanent disability, and death. I understand that the risk of becoming exposed to or infected by COVID or other types of contagious viruses at Higher Fire may result from the actions, omissions, or negligence of myself and others, including, but not limited to, Higher Fire employees, volunteers, and other member/participants and their families.