Just Peachy, I also started at a Community College studio. It was a great place to get started. I learned a lot! However, just as you are experiencing, not everyone wants to be part of the community, or is respectful of other work. Contaminated glazes, poor firings, too many people with access to the kiln (opening the kiln at say...oh 800 degrees) broken pieces....all these things contributed to my move to set up a small studio at my home. I sincerely miss the interaction between potters. The easy flow of ideas, the collaboration that can occur. So, I create my own opportunities for that. Empty Bowl fundraisers, workshops, and I love Clay Lovers idea of working with a friend for a day or two. It can be done! I also applaud Norm's efforts to create a well run studio for many! But Just Peachy? You might be happier at a place where you can have time to explore your own path. Or at least until you can find a facility that better meets your needs.
This has been an interesting discussion. I retired from my job a year ago, and jumped into small business ownership after that. I wanted to have my own pottery business because I wanted to get better at my craft, and if you are making pots, you have to have someplace to put them! So I sell them. I am not a production potter by any means. I am deliberate (read slow) and enjoy that process. Here in our county they have a small business incubator that lined me up with a helper from the Small Business Development Center. One of the first questions he asked me was...."what do you want to do with your business?" I have thought about that a lot the last year. And it has changed even in the last year. Brian, you have all this really great advice from people who have been doing this a lot longer than me! (6 years as a potter, 1 year as a pottery) But I will put my little bit in there......just enjoy what you do. I mean really enjoy it.