Pottery Reopening Information

Rules for Returning to the Pottery

We will continue updating our policies and procedures to ensure the health and safety of our faculty, staff and students. To that end, we need everyone to work together to minimize risk and remain safely open. Many GHP artists are vulnerable and are considered high-risk. In order to respect your studio-mates and allow everyone to make the most of their studio experience, we require that you do your part to take care of our clay family. Below is a summary of the rules we must all abide by at the Pottery.

Health and Safety Precautions
While the CDC and New York City have announced changes to mask guidelines for vaccinated individuals, based on feedback from our students, faculty, and staff we are continuing to require that everyone wear a mask inside the Pottery at this time. As it happens, it’s in everyone’s best interest to wear a mask when working with clay and other dusty materials!

Entering the Pottery
Instead of filling out an individual questionnaire and completing a temperature check upon arrival, we ask that you to sign yourself in at the front door. By being present in the building, you certify that you answer “NO” to all of the following:

  • Have you experienced any symptoms of COVID-19 in the last 14 days including:
    • A fever of 100 degrees F or higher
    • Shortness of breath
    • Difficulty breathing
    • Cough
    • Chills
    • Repeated shaking with chills
    • Muscle pain or body aches
    • Headache
    • Fatigue
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion/runny nose
    • Nausea/vomiting
    • Diarrhea
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Any other recognized symptom of COVID-19
  • Have you tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 14 days?
  • Have you had close contact with someone confirmed or suspected to have COVID-19 in the last 14 days?

Enrolled students are no longer required to make an appointment for picking up and dropping off work, though we ask that they refrain from entering the building between 1:00 and 1:30 p.m. and 5:30 and 6:00 p.m.

Please factor studio closures in between classes into your personal clean-up! While we will provide a thirty minute warning when possible, students are expected to be cleaned up and out of the building at their respective exit times so our staff can prepare the space for the next group.

Increased Occupancy
Due to social distancing guidelines, only a limited number of students are allowed in the studios and glazing room at a time unless otherwise noted. Currently studio session occupancy is 8 students per room per session, and 6 per class including the instructor. Wheel classroom occupancy is currently 7 people per room including the instructor.

Online Classes
Online classes will be offered as well as in-person classes. Class times, dates and duration vary and are priced accordingly. Individuals registered in online classes may purchase materials through Greenwich House Pottery.

Drop-Off Measuring
For your safety and the safety of our staff, we have implemented a drop-off measuring policy. Students must pay for both bisque and glaze firings at once. Anybody seeking to pay for a single firing must get approval to do so from a liaison or tech. Work can be dropped off on the measuring shelves located in the glaze room.

Your instructor will walk you through how to fill out a firing slip and what to expect when you drop your work off for measuring. If you need a refresher, please consult the sample firing slip located in each classroom or ask a liaison for assistance.

Firing Fees
Students pay $0.03 per cubic inch, per firing and must pay for two firings ahead of time. The minimum firing fee is $1.00.

We highly recommend that all students add firing credit to their log before dropping off work at the measuring station. If you don’t have enough credit on your log upon measuring, you will receive an invoice via email.

You can add firing credit to your log here, or by visiting the liaison office.


The glaze area is limited to 6 students at a time and is only available by appointment through our online calendar system. Both in-person and online students must book an appointment in advance to use the glaze room. You can book yours here.

There is a glaze grace period following each term. Glazing must be completed no later than the end of the second week of the new term. (Glazing appointments must be scheduled in advance.) Sign up here.

Studio Time
Each in-person class includes complimentary open studio time in the hours adjacent to your class meeting. You can view the built-in open studio schedule here.

When you register for an in-person wheel or handbuilding class you will be registering for a 4-hour block of studio time, 1 ½ hours of which will include faculty instruction. Moldmaking and slipcasting students will register for a 6-hour block of time: 3 hours of instruction paired with 3 hours of studio time. Be sure to check how the time in your class is divided up when you sign up for it, to make sure you have selected the right fit for your schedule.

Studio Sessions
In addition to the studio time built in to your class meeting, currently enrolled students can book four-hour studio sessions for $25 per reservation. You can find available studio session appointments here. Search using term “Summer 2021 Studio Sessions”, Class Type “studio time”, and filter by technique and day of the week.

As part of a new initiative to make studio time more accessible, we are making Friday evening studio sessions available at $5 per reservation. You can book your spot here.

Closure Policy

Due to these extraordinary times, in the event that the Pottery must close in accordance with another city-mandated shutdown of Phase 4 operations due to COVID-19, in-person classes will immediately be moved online and the price difference (between in-person vs. online) for remaining classes will be provided as a firing credit or refund. If the course has not yet begun (C/D section classes) refunds will be provided in full to students who do not wish to proceed online. Students enrolled in cancelled studio sessions will receive a refund for those sessions. Additional policy details can be found here.