Pottery Reopening Information

Rules for Returning to the Pottery

While you’ve been away we have been updating our policies and procedures to ensure the health and safety of our faculty, staff and students. We will keep track of CDC and government COVID-19 guidelines to ensure that we are up to date with best practices. 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.

  • Do not come to the Pottery if you are sick. If you have a temperature of 100.4 or greater, you will not be allowed to enter, you must stay home and not return until you are fever-free for 48 hours.
  • You are required to bring your own mask and wear it at all times. Masks must be worn properly to cover your nose and mouth.
  • Prior to entry you are required to complete a Daily Visitor Health Questionnaire, have your temperature taken at the door, and documented on the log when you enter the building.
  • You must wash/sanitize your hands upon entry into the studio and before accessing highly frequented surfaces such as clay or glaze buckets.
  • Only a limited number of people are allowed in the building at any time.
  • You must socially distance from staff and others that you may encounter while moving through the building.
  • Students cannot bring visitors to the building. This includes friends, children, family and pets.
  • You may only come to the Pottery during your registered time.
  • Non-compliance with GHP rules may result in being asked to leave the building.
  • If you have engaged in high-risk activities, consider getting tested for COVID prior to returning to the studio.
  • If you have traveled outside of the state or country, or if you have been exposed to a friend or family member that has virus symptoms, we require that you refrain from coming to the Pottery and recommended that you follow the CDC guidelines for returning.

If you choose to come back and work within our community, you accept the risk that comes with working in a community studio and using shared materials and tools. In registering for the summer session you acknowledge said risk and will not hold Greenwich House responsible if you become sick.

Our fall term will include in-person as well as online classes. We are very excited to welcome you back to the Pottery. Due to COVID-19, we have implemented some big changes in the studio for the next term. Please read this FAQ to learn about these changes. The course catalog can be found here.

Term Dates
This fall we are offering two 6-week sessions of in-person classes, in addition to online classes.
The first session will run from September 14 to Oct 26, and the second will run from October 27 to December 12 (6 weeks, skipping Thanksgiving).

Registration opens on September 1.
Financial aid applications are due September 4, but we encourage you to apply earlier. You may submit the forms via mail or email.

Entering the Pottery
You may only enter the Pottery during the class time you have registered for, or during a glazing or pick-up time you have registered for in advance. No exceptions.

In-Person Classes
Class size will be limited to only five students in each room (four in the glazing area).

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. Mold making and slip casting 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.

Mornings: 9:00-1:00 p.m.; Afternoons: 1:30-5:30 p.m.; Evenings 6:00 – 10:00 p.m.

For example:
If you sign up for an A-section class (2nd floor) the 4 hours will be broken up as follows:
30 minutes of studio time,
1.5 hours of instruction,
2 hours of studio time.

If you sign up for a B section class (3rd floor), the 4 hours will be broken up as follows:
2 hours of studio time,
1.5 hours of instruction,
30 minutes of studio time.

Registering for a moldmaking and slipcasting class reserves you 6 hours of studio time weekly.

The A-section class will be broken up as follows:
2.5 hours of studio time
3 hours of class
30 minutes of studio time

The B section class will be broken up as follows:
2 hours of studio time
3 hours of class
1 hour of studio time

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.

Firing
Firing services are available to anyone registered in an in-person or online class.

Glazing
The glaze area is limited to 4 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.

There is a glaze grace period from winter term 2020. Glazing must be completed no later than Sept 28. (Glazing appointments must be scheduled in advance.) Sign up here.

Measuring
Measuring will no longer take place face to face. You will bring work to the first floor for drop-off measuring. Firing fees will be debited accordingly and you will be called if your log has insufficient funds. Staff will move greenware to the kiln room for firing.

Studio Sessions
To work in the Pottery studios outside of your registered class time, you must register for a studio session. You must be an enrolled students (online or in-person) to register for a studio session and it must be within the duration of the class for which you have enrolled. Studio reservations are specific to the room you select. (For example, if you register for a wheel studio session, you must work in the wheel room you are assigned, you may not move to a handbuilding studio.) Each studio session is a 4-hour block of time, and costs $25 per block. Studio sessions are limited to a maximum of 6 students in each studio.

Health and Safety 

  • Do not come to the Pottery if you are sick. If you have a temperature of 100.4 or greater, you will not be allowed to enter, you must stay home and not return until you are fever-free for 48 hours.
  • You are required to bring your own mask and wear it at all times. Masks must be worn properly to cover your nose and mouth.
  • Prior to entry you are required to complete a Daily Visitor Health Questionnaire, have your temperature taken at the door, and documented on the log when you enter the building.
  • You must wash/sanitize your hands upon entry into the studio and before accessing highly frequented surfaces such as clay or glaze buckets.
  • Only a limited number of people are allowed in the building at any time.
  • You must socially distance from staff and others that you may encounter while moving through the building.
  • Students cannot bring visitors to the building. This includes friends, children, family and pets.
  • You may only come to the Pottery during your registered time.
  • Non-compliance with GHP rules may result in being asked to leave the building.
  • If you have engaged in high-risk activities, consider getting tested for COVID prior to returning to the studio.
  • If you have traveled outside of the state or country, or if you have been exposed to a friend or family member that has virus symptoms, we require that you refrain from coming to the Pottery and recommended that you follow the CDC guidelines for returning.

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.

Wave Riders
If you deferred your tuition from the spring 2020 term, you may apply those funds to a fall class or studio session.
Contact the liaison office to arrange this at pottery@greenwichhouse.org

More FAQs

Do I have to empty my locker?
If you register for a class in September, you can renew your locker then. If you do not register for a fall term class, you will need to clean out your locker by September 4. If you are not signing up for a fall term class and cannot empty your locker by September 4, contact us at pottery@greenwichhouse.org.

I deferred my spring tuition. How/when can I use it?
If you deferred you spring tuition you can use it for summer 2020, fall 2020, winter 2021 or spring 2021 terms. Contact the liaison office to arrange this at pottery@greenwichhouse.org

Why doesn’t the old door code work?
We are carefully monitoring the number of people in the Pottery at all times, so no one will be given the door code. Everyone must schedule an appointment before coming to the Pottery, and must ring the doorbell to gain entry. If you show up when you do not have an appointment, you will be turned away.

Can I bring guests or friends to the Pottery?
No. The Pottery must strictly limit the number of people in the building as a COVID health precaution, so no one will be allowed in the building without a previously scheduled appointment.

Is the gallery open?
The gallery is open by appointment only.