What is Studio Membership?
At Alchemy Art Center, we offer Studio Membership to our Ceramics, Print, and Photo Studios.
The Studio Artist program is designed to support and encourage both long term and short term members. Membership offers the most access to Alchemy (7am-9pm each day unless there is a class or workshop scheduled), and is a great deal for people who are comfortable working independently. Membership is available on a monthly basis, so there are always new ideas and talents moving through the AAC community.
Membership is intended for people of skill levels. Members are not expected to be experts, but they are expected to both care for the upkeep of their studio and understand the basics of safely working within it. If you have an interest in the medium and you are a responsible and respectful person, we encourage you to apply.
While membership is not a class, Studio Members receive the benefit of an exclusive weekly open studio, monitored by one of our Resident Experts. Our Experts generously give their time each week to provide Studio Members with assistance, advice, demonstrations, and project feedback. We are so grateful to be able to offer this benefit to our Studio Members.
Studio Member bonus: Members are invited to “bring a buddy” on the last Friday of each month, 6pm-9pm. Members are responsible for guiding their friend in the studio, communicating safe and responsible studio practices, and either sharing materials with their friend or assisting them in purchasing what they need from the Alchemy store. Spread the love!
Become a member of one of our three studios:
PHOTOGRAPHY DARKROOM (Available Beginning March, 2019)
Our photography darkroom features three enlargers, a print dryer, a drymount press, and black and white chemistry.
Members of our photography department have access to the studio from 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM each day during open studio times. Photography members must take a class or workshop before receiving access to the darkroom, or be able to prove proficiency in film developing and printing processes.
Photography members receive a flat file for personal storage. Photo paper is available for purchase at Alchemy, and purchase price includes use of Alchemy darkroom chemicals.
PRINTSHOP (AVAILABLE BEGINNING FEBRUARY, 2019)
Our printshop is equipped with two relief/etching/monoprint presses, a paper soaking sink, drying racks, a drying press, inking stations, brayers, and carving tools.
Members of our printmaking department have access to the studio from 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM each day during open studio times. Printshop Members receive a flat file and shelf space for personal storage. Anika Sanders is our resident print expert, and is available to help in the studio on Wednesday evenings from 6pm-9pm.
Paper is available for purchase- purchase price of paper includes use of Alchemy inks.
CERAMICS STUDIO (AVAILABLE NOW, WAITLIST)
Our ceramics studio is equipped with a slab roller, 6 electric wheels, hand tools, a pug mill, and raku and electric kilns. Gas kilns will be available for use by summer of 2019.
Ceramics studio members have access to the space from 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM each day during open studio times. Ceramics Studio members receive a shelf or cupboard for storage, and firing is done by Alchemy technicians. In addition, Ceramics members have exclusive access to a free weekly class taught by our in-house ceramics expert Kat Rose, Tuesday evenings from 6pm-9pm.
Clay is available for purchase on site, and includes class glazes and firing.