Pottery Notes

FALL TERM – WEEK 2 – SEPTEMBER 20

Proof of Vaccination

If you have not already provided one-time proof of vaccination, please email a photo or copy of your vaccine card, Excelsior pass, or other out-of-state proof of vaccination to pottery@greenwichhouse.org.

Final Week of the Glaze Grace Period

We’re approaching the end of our grace period for glazing! You can sign up for glaze and pick-up appointments on our website via the “Current Students” page. Glaze room occupancy is now 8 students at a time. Please consider this increase when setting up your workstation.

You can request a spot on our glaze appointment waitlist by emailing the liaison office and providing your name and cell phone number. If a glazing appointment becomes available, we will call you.

All work on the bisque shelves must be glazed and dropped off at the measuring station no later than September 26 at 5:30 p.m. even if you are registered for the fall term! The bisque shelves will be completely cleared the morning of the 27th; anything left on the shelves will be discarded to make space for new work.

If you’re a currently enrolled student and you plan to glaze your work later in the term, please remove your bisqueware from the studio so it doesn’t get tossed.

Once the glaze grace period ends and faculty have made demo reservations, all glazing appointments for the rest of the term will be posted. You can book yours by visiting the Sign Up to Enter the Pottery section of the Current Students page on our website.

Pick Up Your Glazed Work!

We love seeing students’ work, but the Pottery is not a storage facility. When you see your work come out of the glaze firing, take it home immediately. Leaving it in the studio runs the risk of other students damaging it!

All glazed work from the summer term must be picked up by 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 17. Any and all work left behind will be tossed.

Mask Up!

Please make sure to wear your mask over your nose and mouth and maintain social distance whenever possible for your safety and the safety of your community members.

Hot Tips

Firing Logs and Measuring Updates

In order to expedite the flow of student work through the studio, we are requiring that students pay for both bisque and glaze firings at once. Requests for single firing slips must be approved by the liaison office or tech team. If you choose not to use your second firing slip, a liaison can assist you in refunding the second firing to your log.

Are you planning on stacking your greenware for bisque? Fill out half-slips for each stowaway piece so you don’t have to have them re-measured later! This will be faster for you and our team.

We highly recommend that you add funds to your firing log prior to dropping your work off for firing. You can add firing credit by visiting our online store or stopping by the liaison office. Questions? Feel free to ask a liaison for assistance!

Summer Term Firing Slips

Looking for your glaze firing slips from last term? Please stop by the liaison office for assistance.

At-A-Glance: Upcoming Calendar Reminders

September 26: Last day of glaze grace period, 9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

September 27: Bisque Toss

October 8: all gilded landscapes and glistening shows fade exhibition opens

October 17: Summer work pick-up deadline, 5:30 p.m.

October 18: Glaze Toss

October 22: Magdolene Dykstra artist talk, 5:00 p.m. 

FALL TERM – WEEK 1 – SEPTEMBER 13

Welcome!
We hope that you all had a happy, safe summer and we are excited to have you at the studio! Whether you are a new or returning student, we ask that each student carefully read the studio guidelines and policies. Each week in class, teachers will read Pottery Notes, which contain all the studio updates you should know. If you miss hearing them read aloud, please check online or on the bulletin boards weekly to make sure you are aware of important announcements and deadlines.

Vaccination Verification
The Pottery requires all students to submit proof of COVID-19 vaccination or weekly negative PCR test results in order to be present at the Pottery. If you have not yet provided documentation to the office, please do so now!

Glaze Grace Period: Summer Students Finish Up
A reminder that all work on the bisque shelves must be glazed and dropped off at the measuring station no later than September 26 at 5:30 p.m. The bisque shelves will be completely cleared the morning of September 27; anything left on the shelves will be discarded regardless of individual students’ enrollment to make space for new work!

Once the glaze grace period ends, all glazing appointments for the rest of the term will be posted and you can book yours by visiting the Current Students page on our website and clicking the Sign Up to Glaze link. Glaze room occupancy has been increased to 8 students per glazing time, please keep this in mind when you set up.

Students can sign up for a spot on our glaze appointment waitlist by emailing the liaison office and providing your name and cell phone number. If a glazing appointment becomes available, we will reach out by phone!

Studio Sessions
Want to work outside of your class time? You can book studio sessions, which are 4-hour appointments in your respective classroom. Studio sessions cost $25 per booking, and the session calendar and registration instructions are posted in each classroom. You can book your session by visiting the Class Search page of our website and selecting “Fall 2021 Studio Sessions” from the “Term” dropdown menu. Studio Session capacity is 8 students per room in handbuilding and 9 in wheel classrooms, per session.

To make Studio Sessions more accessible to our community, Friday evening studio session reservations are $5. Pre-registration is required.

Firing Logs and Measuring Updates
All students must pay for both bisque and glaze firings at once to expedite the flow of work through the studio. Requests for single firing slips must be approved by the liaison office or tech team. If you choose not to use your second firing slip, a liaison can assist you in refunding the second firing to your log.

We highly recommend that you add funds to your firing log prior to dropping your work off for firing. You can add firing credit by visiting our online store or stopping by the liaison office.

Summer Term Firing Slips
Looking for your glaze firing slips from last term? Please stop by the liaison office to collect them.

Saturday Samplers
We are now offering one-time beginner group handbuilding and wheel classes on the second Saturday of every month! These classes are geared towards individuals who are interested in getting their hands in clay, but might not be ready to commit to a six-week class. Participants can expect to make one piece during their class, which GHP staff will glaze and fire. Tell your friends!

In the Gallery
Negoro, Kari Marboe and Sequoia Miller
The Jane Hartsook Gallery is pleased to present a collaborative exhibition that seeks to generate fresh perspectives, questions, and engagement with the underrepresented ceramic artist Minnie Negoro (1919–1998). This exhibition brings together, for the first time, new sculpture by Kari Marboe, writing by Sequoia Miller, archival ephemera, and works by Minnie Negoro from the Greenwich House Pottery permanent collection and Mills College Art Museum.

At-A-Glance: Upcoming Calendar Reminders
September 17: Online Artist Talk and Opening of Negoro with Kari Marboe and Sequoia Miller
September 26: Glaze Grace Period Ends
September 27: ALL summer bisqueware will be discarded