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Access Policies

For a complete guide to PF/PCA's Access Policies, download the Membership Handbook.

General Access Policies

  • Access is available for the sole purpose of creating non-commercial projects.
  • Equipment is to be used exclusively by the member who is accessing it.
  • You must be at least 18 years of age to access the studios
  • PCA reserves the right to fine for any rules broken. All fines must be paid in full before Access is granted.
  • Should a member encounter a problem with a piece of equipment, they should report the problem to the studio monitor or the registration office as soon as possible.  Under no circumstance should the member or anyone else disassemble or attempt to repair the piece of equipment.
  • Access hours for the Ceramics, and Printmaking will be listed at the start of each term.
  • To access the studio, members must present their membership card to the registration office.
  • Members will be held responsible for any damage to, loss or theft of equipment.
  • Facilities should be left in a clean and orderly condition. Violations will result in fines.

PCA Access Hours

Ceramics
thru May 2010
Mon -Tues: 9:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wed - Fri: 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Sundays: 1 - 4 pm

Printmaking
thru May 2010
Mondays: 1- 4 pm
Tuesdays: 6:30 - 9:30 pm
Wednesdays: 10 am - 2 pm

 

*Hours of operation are subject to change each semester. All schedules, each semester, will be posted to a bulletin board at the PCA School and via the email newsletter. It is recommended to call in advance to confirm hours of operation, especially around the holiday season. Access at the PCA, in each discipline, is 6-15 per week, with no after hours access. All members wishing to use the facilities at the PCA must come during scheduled hours. A key staff member will monitor the facilities at all times. Members may not interrupt classes to work on independent work. Anyone doing so will lose access privileges.

Reservations
There are no reservations on equipment or facilities at the PCA.

Membership Card
All members wishing to use the facilities must present their membership card to the main office and sign in. All fees are due at the time of service.

Equipment
All equipment must not leave the building. Anyone caught removing In-house equipment from the building will be fined ($50) and denied access privileges. There is no smoking permitted in PF/PCA facilities. Food and drink are restricted to gallery and lounge areas. Members are expected to clean up their own work; violators will be fined or have their access limited.

Ceramics Studio

Safety

  • For the safety of students and the studio, Members are permitted in the ceramics studio only during scheduled access times (to be determined at the start of each term) and only when a monitor is present.
  • Material Safety Data Sheets are on file in the studio. Please review the documents, which outline potential health hazards associated with long term exposure to chemicals used in the studio.

Materials & Facilities

  • Clay must be purchased from the registration office. Clay is sold for a $30 flat rate per bag. The following types of clay are available: 153, 181, 130, 507, 239, 200. Clay may not be brought in from other sources. Any violation will constitute grounds for termination of access.
  • Clay tool kits are available for purchase from the registration office for $15, or you may bring your own. Bring a few old bath towels from home for cleaning up and wiping hands at the wheel. An apron is also suggested.
  • Only PCA glazes may be used on your work. Glazes purchased from outside sources may not be compatible with our kiln temperatures and will result in ruined pieces. All glazed work must have a clean bottom (at least 1/4-inch) so that the glaze doesn’t melt onto the kiln shelves. Excessive glaze runs will result in a fine of $10 to pay for costs of grinding and refinishing kiln shelves.
  • Shelf space is limited to 2 shelves/year (three shelves if you are enrolled in a class).
  • Sign and date all work. Unmarked work may be discarded.
  • Any piece over 14 inches high will be assessed a fee of $10 for the first piece and an additional $5/piece for each firing.
  • Firing schedules will be posted in the ceramics studio at the beginning of each term. Every effort will be made to fire all completed work. Work of students enrolled in classes will be loaded first.
  • Alternative firing such as wood firing and Raku firings can be arranged for an additional fee, or you may enroll in one of the Center’s alternative firing workshops. Under no circumstances will an access member be permitted to fire any of the Center’s kilns. The Ceramics Studio Coordinator must do all firings.
  • Facilities are to be kept in a clean and orderly condition. Violation of this rule will result in fines and possible suspension of access.
  • Wheels must be wiped down completely, splash pan included.
  • Floor around wheel should be swept.
  • All table tops must be scraped clean of clay buildup and area swept.
  • Sinks should be cleaned of debris and rinsed.
  • Wipe down all counters.
  • Return all equipment to its proper place, and put work in storage areas.
  • Turn off your wheel.

Printmaking Studio

Safety

  • For the safety of students and the studio, Members are permitted in the printmaking studio only during scheduled access times (to be determined at the start of each term) and only when a monitor is present.
  • Material Safety Data Sheets are on file in the studio. Please review the documents, which outline potential health hazards associated with long term exposure to chemicals used in the studio.
  • Exposure to air-borne materials and liquid materials are reduced with provision of vents. The use of gloves, face shields, and aprons is recommended; however, you must supply these items. Rags used in cleaning up processing materials and inks must be disposed of in the red oily waste cans. Many materials are stored in nonflammable cabinets. Do not put mineral spirits, turpentine, and other oily substances down the sink drains. Hot plates must be turned off when not in use.
  • The studio monitor must do chemical mixing. No other chemicals should be brought in to the studio.
  • Equipment use includes the risk of getting caught in moving parts. Watch for dangly pieces (necklaces, earrings. etc., and loose clothing around moving equipment.
  • Eyewash solution is available in the office. Rinse for 15 minutes and seek medical attention.
  • Materials & Facilities

  • Printmaking paper may be purchased from the registration office for $2/sheet. Printmaking plates are also available: 8x10 ($15), 5x7 ($10). 4x5 ($7).
  • Plates and proofing paper are available for purchase in the registrar’s office, or you may supply your own.
  • Facilities are to be kept clean and in an orderly condition. Please clean your work area and equipment used and notify the studio monitor before you leave for the day. Put materials and equipment back in appropriate locations. Violation of this rule will result in fines and possible suspension of access.
  • If you encounter a problem with a piece of equipment, notify the studio monitor immediately. Do not attempt to disassemble or repair the equipment. Members risk access loss and/or fines if they proceed.