Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How hot does it get in the summer in Tuscarora?
A: Summers in Tuscarora rarely climb higher than 90-92 degrees...while the rest of the world swelters, Tuscarora sits comfortably at about 6000 feet.
Q: Does it get cold in Tuscarora?
A: In early June, it can snow, but otherwise, the end of the day cool down can be 30 degrees or more, which can make for chilly evenings. Bring layers with you in case you want an early morning hike or spend an evening outside as the stars come out.
Q: Can I bring my own clay?
A: It is up to you if you would like to bring your own clay. Cone 10 recycled stoneware is free and available to you or you can purchase Laguna B-Mix w/grog or Coleman Porcelain from us directly as you need it if you prefer.
Q: Should I bring my own tools?
A: It is a good idea to bring any specialty or favorite tools with you, though our studios are fully stocked with most conventional tools you might use.
Q: Are there rattlesnakes in Tuscarora?
No. You may come across a gopher snake or two (also called bull snakes) but they are docile and keep to themselves.
Q: Are there any stores or restaurants in Tuscarora?
Sorry. We have no coffee shops or restaurants, but we do have daily home-cooked lunches and dinners. And we will have time to head out for a steak dinner across the valley at Lone Mountain Station or at Taylor Canyon.
Q: What other critters are there in Tuscarora?
A: During your stay it is likely you will see/hear great horned owls, coyotes, antelope, deer, migratory birds of a million varieties, packrat, jack rabbit, cotton tail...but do be careful if you go hiking off trail...June can be tick season, so please come ready to protect yourself against that problem. Mosquitoes tend to be minimal...we have bats and mosquito hawks to tackle that problem...like we said, it is a remote, natural environment full of amazing sights and sounds.
Q: Is there cell phone service or WiFI?
Cell phone service is spotty and depends on your carrier. It seems to get better every year, but we can provide you a phone should the need arise. There is no wifi at the hotel so you will need to create your own hotspot. Part of the attraction of Tuscarora is it's "off the grid" feel.
Q: What types of firing can we do in Tuscarora?
A: We have a large scale soda kiln (which is the featured attraction to the summer residency) but we also can fire raku, saggar, obvara, or barrel upon request. We schedule in a raku day while the soda kiln cools off.
Q: What is we have dietary concerns for our meals?
A: No problem. Simply let us know what your dietary needs are and we will adjust our menu to accommodate that need while. It is quite common for us to have students with various food allergies, practices, or preferences.
Q: How much experience should I have as a clay artist to participate in the summer program?
A: We take all levels and then adjust instruction according to each individual student participating. It is very often the case that we have a few veteran potters alongside brand new beginners. The goal is to stretch your technical and aesthetic abilities while providing you with a solid collection of work at the course's conclusion.
Q: What about family? Can they come?
A: We have enough room to accommodate 6 full-time residents, so we do not have additional space for visitors, though family and friends have visited before. We certainly welcome a pop in visit, but we assume you will be there to work and focus on your time as an artist. Please inform the staff ahead of time of any stopovers that might occur during the residency.
Q: What does a day in the residency look like?
A: Rise and shine is your choice, but the first demonstration will be at 10 am in the morning, followed by another around 2. Lunch is served around noon and dinner around 6. Some students choose to work earlier and knock off after dinner while others will throw well into the night. We make for 7 days, followed by 2 days of glazing, one day of loading, a day of firing, and then a raku day while the kiln cools.
Q: How do I get there?
A: Most people from far off fly into Elko Municipal Airport and we then meet you for pickup and drive you out. But if you are coming to Elko, beware of trusting your GPS or car navigation system...stick to paved roads...some roads are dicey and not for the average automobile...especially if you are coming from north of Tuscarora. Contact us for the best routes to get out here if you are traveling by car.