Open Studio Membership

LOAM Clay Studio offers open studio membership to responsible individuals with enough experience to work independently in our studio.  

We require new members to have completed three (3) 6 week classes at LOAMin order to ensure that you are able to work comfortably on your own projects, at your own pace, without extra supervision. This requirement promotes a positive working atmosphere where members, both newbies and long-haulers, feel well-supported and comfortable working together in a shared studio environment.  

An Open Studio member should be able to monitor their own work, centre their own clay, trim wheel-thrown pieces/construct handbuilt work to a project-appropriate thickness, and effectively glaze their own pots - all without assistance or support. LOAM Clay Studio staff are happy to answer the occasional question, but we're kept busy running the studio and aren't always readily available to answer questions or provide guidance.

Please note that LOAM Clay Studio aims to nurture learning, creativity and improvement. We hope that all our potters strive to improve from whatever level they are at. We cannot accommodate production as we do not have the space or kiln capacity for this. We appreciate your understanding.

Email or call 613-722-2529 to request membership

We currently offer two types of open studio memberships: hourly membership and 1 shelf membership.

For our hourly studio potters, you are able to purchase hours 1 at a time or in packages up to 50, the more hours you buy the less expensive your hours will be!

It is also important to note:

  • Hours are non-transferable, non-refundable and expire 1 year from date of purchase. 
  • For those renting by the hour, please note that hourly booking begins and ends on the hour. For example, should you arrive at 1:15pm for a 1pm time slot, the booked hour ends promptly at 2pm (and not at 2:15pm). If you stay beyond the hour, another hour will be charged to your account. 


1 hour = $20
3 hours = $54 ($18/hour)
5 hours = $85 ($17/hour)
10 hours = $160 ($16/hour)
25 hours = $375 ($15/hour)
50 hours = $700 ($14/hour)

Studio hours expire one year after the date of purchase. Please visit or phone the studio to purchase studio time. 613-722-2529 

For our 1 shelf potters, this allows for more flexibility in having your own designated space to keep your work and allows you unlimited hours per month! Some additional information: 

  • The monthly rent of $185 will be charged to your credit card on file within the first few days of the month.
  • We require first and last month rent be paid at the time of signing up as well as signing a contract which outlines all the terms of your rental. 
  • If you wish to cancel your shelf rental, we require you provide a minimum of 30 days of notice, your last month of rent will be applied to your final month. 
  • The monthly rent may be changed at the discretion of LOAM with a minimum of 30 days notice period by e-mail to potters. Pricing will be evaluated on an annual basis. 
  • Please only use the space provided, this means you cannot use the space above or under your spot.
  • If you are expecting your pieces to be coming out of the kiln that you leave space on your shelf for us to put your pieces. 
  • Please do not use the open studio shelves that are kept for our hourly potters. 
  • Shelf rental cannot be shared or transferred.
  • If you are interested in a 1 shelf rental, please let us know and your name will be added to the waitlist. Please note that preference will be given to current hourly members and LOAM students. 

Members who choose to enrol in the flat fee shelf membership will have existing hours credited towards their new flat monthly rate.