It might be I'm the odd duck here, but I'm actually the one who 'manages' the kiln and pottery group at our local art center. For the most part I make sure everyone knows the few rules we have and I load, fire, and unload the kiln. I used to let others load and unload, but after a few... incidents... I finally said nobody does it without me being there! We have the classroom space 2 afternoons a week, and a limited amount of drying and storage room - JUST enough room to dry a load at a time. Because of our limited space and the fact that we're a 2 hour drive from the nearest ceramics supply place, we've decided to go with just a few clay choices and commercial glazes. So I keep about 4 hundred pounds on hand, and people buy clay at a price that lets me pick up whatever glazes we need next time I make a run for clay. I've trained a few others in how to RTFM so they can fire, and there's a cheat-sheet with all the important info, just in case.
We don't have room for wheels, so all our work is handbuilt. That really keeps the hard core production people out. I fire about one cycle a month, sometimes more, and for the most part our peeps are hobbyists working on their own projects. There are a few of us doing work at home that might be described as production work, but its still handbuilt and basically just enough to keep firing regularly! Its a good group and the dynamics work well. I occasionally get someone who's interested in joining but has no pottery experience, so I run them through a quick and dirty class I call the 'Don't Blow Up The Kiln!' class, and those of us in the group with more experience are always helping out those with less experience. I'm usually working on something 'fun' or maybe even a showy piece while at the center, as long as I can keep an eye on what's going on. I'm sort of the facilitator, I guess!
At home I'm doing more production work, more complicated stuff that I can't set aside while I help someone figure out how to get that side to STAY or what color glaze works on that clay. I don't have a kiln at home, and my space is just a small area of an old barn that I've hung plastic walls around to attempt to keep some heat in. If I run the space heater for a couple hours, its almost civilized, but dang the clay stays COLD!
I guess the whole point is, I take advantage of both a public studio and my home work space. I really like the ideas that get bounced around the public studio, and I may be insane, but I like helping others where they need it. The time around others really helps make the time I work alone better!
I just wish my own space was WARM this time of year!