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private lessons in a small studio

updated mon 9 mar 98


JLHclay on sun 8 mar 98

I've taught in a small studio & found several drawbacks. I can't start
anything big because students are coming & I'll have to clean off table space
for them & put my work away. When I get back my focus has shifted or the clay
is to dry or stiff. Even when I cover slabs somehow their workability
changes. Students are often late or they cancel with little notice. Some
gallery wants to see me at just that block of time.
On the other hand I've made new friends, earned a little money, & shared the
creative experience.
What to charge. I've always advised people to use parks & rec. the local
museum school or a community college for entensive inexpensive classes.
However I've taught people who wanted only to learn specific things, were
unable to attend classes elsewhere, or wanted ONE ON ONE teaching. I charged
between $15-20 an hour all materials & firing included or $10. per hour & $1.
per lb of clay, glaze & 2 firings included. Teaching in your studio uses
lots of your attention and focus. Figure .5hr to set up & .5 hour to refocus
after. All things considered I have taught in my small studio & the children
of freinds have been my best experiences. JOY in Tucson.