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All About Sold-Out Classes

Saltstone Ceramics

We released all the classes for our Winter Session last Friday, and they quickly sold out. That left lots of our customers feeling frustrated, so we wanted to address some concerns and questions people are bringing up.

I must give someone a pottery class! What can I do?

We sell gift cards that can be used for future classes and workshops, private lessons, beautiful artisanal goods, and everything else we sell.

Classes are only sold out for now, not forever. We open registration for new classes every single month. Your next opportunity to register for classes is Friday, January 3rd at noon, when we'll start offering spots in our February Clay Curious classes.

And you can use a gift card to book a private lesson with our fabulous instructors at a time that is mutually convenient. Or, check the bottom of this post for other studios that regularly offer pottery classes.

I was ready right at noon! Why didn't I get a spot in a class?

All our classes were sold out in about 20 minutes, and the most popular classes were gone in just three minutes. We have a limited number of spots, and demand for pottery classes is very high, especially around the holiday season.

Why don't you add more spots?

We wish we could! When we moved into our new Wallingford location a year ago, we more than tripled the number of spots in each class–and added workshops and one-night classes to the mix of opportunities.

But with that expansion, we're at maximum capacity in three areas:

  • We can't expand each class, because there isn't room for more wheels in the classroom;
  • The kiln is running at full capacity, and there's isn't space in the electricity panel to add another one;
  • Every student needs space on a shelf; with close to a hundred students in each quarter, that adds up to a lot of shelf space, and we've run out of that too.

Why don't you open an even bigger studio?

Believe me, we'd love to. But that's a huge risk and investment for our us and our community–personally and financially. We're only a year into our most recent expansion; we want to make sure our growth is sustainable. We want to make sure that everyone who is involved as an investor, employee, contractor, artist, and/or student can expect stability in our community, and that we'll be around for a long, long time. So... we're thinking about it. But nothing will happen soon.

How do I get onto the presale list?

We allow currently-registered students to pre-register for the next round of classes so that they can have continuity in their practice. These are the only people who are allowed to pre-register; there's no secret insider way to get early access to the classes. 

Why don't you come up with a fairer way to sell spots in your classes?

We work hard to make this system as fair as possible. We know it's not perfect, and we're continually looking at ways to make the registration process go smoother. If you have ideas, please send them right to me: steve@saltstoneceramics.com

No matter how we set up the sale, there are always going to be folks who can't get in–whether it's a lottery, alphabetical, or first-come, first-served. We know that it's frustrating, and we hate disappointing folks. We wish we could teach you all.

I'm on the wait list. Am I going to get into a class?

We typically have one or two cancellations for each class, and we process the wait list in the order that folks sign up. But there are currently many more people on the wait list than are likely to get in this round.

Why don't you do a reserved queued timer shopping cart thing like those big ticket-selling sites?

We wish we could offer more advanced purchasing tools, like your (least) favorite ticketing company, but we sell hundreds of spots per year–not millions. We'd rather invest our limited resources so that our students have a great experience at the studio. And hey–at least we don't charge exorbitant non-sensical "convenience" fees or $20 for a cup of light beer. 

Can you recommend somewhere else I can learn pottery?

Yes! Seattle is home to a vibrant pottery scene, and we're happy to enthusiastically recommend these other pottery studios:

  • Natasha Alphonse Ceramics
  • Yu Tang Ceramics
  • Sean's Clay Corner
  • Barbara Dunshee Ceramics
  • Rat City Studios
  • Pottery Northwest
  • Seward Park Clay Center
  • And don't forget to check your local community college or community center.

How else can I support you?

Remember that all our pottery classes are taught by professional potters–people who make and sell pottery for a living. By purchasing ceramics from local potters, you help ensure that our instructors have the means to continue growing as artists and teachers.


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