Pottery Notes

SUMMER TERM-WEEK 1- July 5, 2022

Welcome
We hope that you had a nice week off and we are excited to have everyone back! There is a lot to know when working in a community studio so whether you are new or returning, we ask that you carefully read the student guidelines for studio information and policies. Each week in class, teachers will read Pottery Notes, which contain all the updates you should know. If you miss hearing them read aloud, check online or on the bulletin boards weekly to make sure you are up to date.

Entering the Building
Enrolled students may let themselves into the building using the door code 5-3-1. Please do not attempt to enter the building or ring the doorbell prior to 9:00 a.m.

How do I get signed up?
Everything you need can be found on the Current Students page of our website: studio session signup, glazing appointments, firing credit, pottery notes, etc… (greenwichhousepottery.org/current-students). Each bulletin board at the pottery has a list of QR codes that will lead you to each of these pages as well. To register for additional classes you will always visit the Class registration page: (greenwichhousepottery.org/classes). Either of these pages can be found on the pottery dropdown menu on the main GH website.

Spring Term Firing Slips
Looking for your glaze firing slips from last term? They can be found in one of three mailboxes outside of the liaison office marked “Spring 2022 Wheel,” “Spring 2022 Handbuilding,” or “Spring 2022 Slipcasting/Special Topics” in your spring class envelope. Please pick these up no later than Tuesday, July 19.

Summer Hours
During the summer the Pottery is open 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. On Sunday the Pottery is closed.

Make Space for New Work in the Summer Term
All work made during the spring term that remains on the bisque shelves the morning of Tuesday, July 19 will be discarded to make space for new work, regardless of individual students’ spring enrollment status! Bisqueware must be glazed and dropped off on the glazed work drop-off shelf no later than July 18 at 10:00 p.m.

Glazed work from the spring term should be taken home no later than Saturday, July 30 at 5:30 p.m. Any work left after that date will be removed from the studio.

Note from the Staff
We ask our community members to please take a moment each class or studio session to invest in the studio. Clean some extra wareboards, sort the studio canvas, wipe the gnarly clay out of the sink and dump it in contaminated reclaim, remove dusty plastic, stir the clay slips and snap on the cap, wipe down an extra surface. A clean studio is a happy studio and we cannot do it without your help.

Happenings
In the Gallery
The Ceramics Now exhibition celebrating our 2021 residents and fellows (Kelly Chang, Rachel Farmer, Meiasha Gray, and Heidi Lau) opens in the Jane Hartsook Gallery on July 8. Please stop by and take a look at some of the incredible work these artists made while in residence at GHP last year. Be sure to mark your calendars for the IN-PERSON reception to celebrate their great work on Thursday, July 21 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

At-a-Glance Dates
Friday, July 8: Ceramics Now exhibition begins in the Jane Hartsook Gallery
Monday, July 17: Glaze Grace Period ends
Tuesday, July 18: Bisque toss
Thursday, July 21: In-Person Reception for the Ceramics Now exhibition, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 30: Spring glazed work pick-up deadline

SPRING TERM-WEEK 12- June 20, 2022

Finish Up!
Students and faculty, please take a moment to evaluate the class shelf, look at all the class pieces and check that pieces in progress have not been forgotten or abandoned. Unwanted, bone-dry pieces should be deposited in reclaim, boards and bats cleaned and returned for community use. The term is winding down and you should be wrapping up, and focusing on getting work fired and glazed.

If you are returning for the summer, you must label any and all greenware on the class shelves with your name and “Summer 2022” or it will be thrown into reclaim.

Locker Warning
Spring students must vacate or renew their lockers by Sunday, June 26 at 5:30 p.m. or their belongings will be tossed!

If you plan on returning for the summer term, you may renew your locker for $5 in the liaison office until June 26. From thereon out, locker rentals will be $10 per term. Those who are not enrolled in a summer class must empty their lockers and let the office know when they have removed their belongings.

Glazing Grace Period and Bisque Toss
There will be a two-week glazing grace period for spring students from Tuesday, July 5 until Monday, July 18 at 9:45 p.m. Glazing appointments will be available on our glazing calendar during the inter-term break, the week after spring classes wrap up. Any spring bisqueware remaining on the class shelves on Tuesday, July 19 will be tossed to make room for new work.

Final Spring Pottery Pick-Up
Glazed work from the spring term must be picked up by Saturday, July 30.

Circle Your Glaze Temperature!
When you drop off your glazed work, be sure to circle the correct glaze temperature. When students forget to circle this information, it holds up your work from being fired until we can get in touch with you! If you circle the incorrect temperature, you run the risk of your work being underfired or melting in the kilns.

Peter Gourfain Memorial
Please let us know if you will be joining us to celebrate the life of the late Peter Gourfain, a beloved longtime faculty member on Thursday, June 23, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. The gallery will be open 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. to view the slideshow. You can RSVP on our website.

Happy Summer!
Thank you all for a great term, and we hope you have wonderful summer at the Pottery or elsewhere!

At-A-Glance: Upcoming Calendar Reminders
Thursday, June 23: Peter Gourfain Memorial in the Jane Hartsook Gallery
Sunday, June 26: Locker renewal deadline, greenware labeling, & Cone 2 drop-off deadline
Monday, June 27: Last Day of Spring Term
Tuesday, July 5: Summer term & Glazing Grace Period begin
Monday, July 17: Glaze Grace Period ends
Tuesday, July 18: Bisque toss
Saturday, July 30: Spring glazed work pick-up deadline

 

SPRING TERM-WEEK 11- June 13, 2022

Finish Up!
Students and faculty, please take a moment to evaluate the class shelf, look at all the class pieces and check that pieces in progress have not been forgotten or abandoned. As always, unwanted, bone-dry pieces should be deposited in reclaim, boards and bats cleaned and returned for community use. The term is winding down, you should be wrapping up, and focusing on getting work fired and glazed. If you are not planning to return for summer, this should be the last week that you are starting anything new, the final week should be spent cleaning up your pieces, trimming and glazing your work. Taking a moment to assess this week will make end of term cleaning a much simpler process!

Summer Registration
Summer classes are now available for registration online! The term will be a single six-week session that runs between July 5 and August 12. Don’t miss your chance to grab a spot before it’s too late.

Saturday Samplers
Do you know someone who’s interested in pottery but isn’t ready to dive into a class? Saturday Samplers are the thing for them! Samplers are one-off handbuilding and wheel throwing classes held on the first four Saturdays of the summer term. Spots are available online today.

Vestibule Gallery
Now on view in the Vestibule Gallery is faculty member and fabrication manager Victoria Shaheen! Her piece will be on view at the Pottery entrance until June 27.

Happenings
Please join us for our first IN-PERSON artist talk since 2020!
GHP resident Alva Mooses will be giving her artist talk in-person at Front Art Space (118 Chambers Street in Tribeca) this Thursday, June 16 at 5:00 p.m. in conjunction with the exhibition Ear to the Earth which will feature some of the work Alva made while in residence at GHP. A musical performance by Tomoko Omura will follow. Please sign-up for the talk online or in the liaison office. The talk is free and open to the public, and a $10 donation is suggested if you stay for the musical performance.

Peter Gourfain Memorial
Please let us know if you will be joining us to celebrate the life of the late Peter Gourfain, a beloved longtime faculty member on Thursday, June 23, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. If you have images of your interactions with Peter and his artwork please email them to pottery@greenwichhouse.org by Monday, June 20. The gallery will be open 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. to view the slideshow. You can RSVP on our website.

At-A-Glance: Upcoming Calendar Reminders
Thursday, June 16: Alva Mooses In-Person Artist Talk at Front Art Space, 5:00 p.m.
Friday, June 17: Juneteenth Celebration at 16 Jones Street
Thursday, June 23: Peter Gourfain Memorial in the Jane Hartsook Gallery
Sunday, June 26: Locker renewal deadline & Cone 2 drop-off deadline
Monday, June 27: Last Day of Spring Term
Tuesday, July 5: Summer term begins

 

SPRING TERM-WEEK 10-JUNE 6, 2022

End of Term Business
Lockers
Students must renew or empty their lockers by Sunday, June 26, the last day of the term. Those who are not returning for the summer must vacate their locker and stop by the liaison office to let our team know that your locker has been cleared out. Any and all belongings remaining in lockers that have not been renewed after June 26 will be tossed. Please note that the locker rental rate will be increasing to $10 per term starting this summer, but those renewing from spring may do so for $5 up until the 26th.

Greenware Drop-off
Please make sure that your greenware is bone dry when you drop it off for measuring! Wet work can potentially crack due to fluctuating temperatures in the kiln room.

Yield to Faculty Demos
Students must have an appointment to use the glazing room. If a faculty member has reserved the room for a demo, you may not glaze unless granted explicit permission from the instructor and the liaison office. Glazing demos are crucial for students to know how to navigate the glaze room safely for themselves and their work, so let’s keep interruptions to a minimum.

Cone 2 Firing
Get your pieces ready! Drop off work for cone 2 firing by June 26 to be included in this once-a-term specialty firing!

Happenings
Peter Gourfain Memorial
Beloved artist and long-time GHP teacher Peter Gourfain passed away last month. To recognize his significant contributions to the GHP Community we will be holding a Memorial Service in our exhibition gallery on Thursday, June 23, from 6:00-8:00PM. Please join us and come share your memories of him. If you have images of your interactions with Peter and his artwork please email them to pottery@greenwichhouse.org by Monday, June 20. The gallery will be open 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. to view the slideshow.

Please join us for our first IN-PERSON artist talk since 2020!
GHP resident Alva Mooses will be giving her artist talk in-person at Front Art Space (118 Chambers Street in Tribeca) on Thursday, June 16 at 5:00 p.m. in conjunction with the exhibition “Ear to the Earth” which will feature some of the work Alva made while in residence at GHP. A musical performance by Tomoko Omura will follow. Please sign-up for the talk online or in the liaison office. The talk is free and open to the public, and a $10 donation is suggested if you stay for the musical performance.

At-A-Glance: Upcoming Calendar Reminders
Monday, June 13: Summer registration opens, 12:00 p.m.
Thursday, June 16: Alva Mooses In-Person Artist Talk at Front Art Space, 5:00 p.m.
Friday, June 17: Juneteenth Celebration at 16 Jones Street
Thursday, June 23: Peter Gourfain Memorial in the Jane Hartsook Gallery
Sunday, June 26: Locker renewal deadline
Monday, June 27: Last Day of Spring Term

 

SPRING TERM-WEEK 9- MAY 31, 2022

Space is Getting Tight!
As the semester continues and everyone is making more objects, please be conscious of the shelf space that you are occupying. If your greenware is bone dry, it’s time to take it downstairs for measuring!

Masking
Yup, it’s getting hot in here, but please remember that our masking mandate is still in effect! Thank you for doing your part to keep each other safe and healthy.

22” Height Limit
While we love ambitious students, kindly remember that there is a 22” height limit on student work. If you intend to build bigger, please ask your instructor for assistance building in segments.

Register for a Beadmaking Workshop!
There are limited spaces available in our upcoming two-day Beadmaking Intensive with Kristen Wicklund on Sunday, June 5 and Sunday, June 26! Learn how to use clay to shape and fire beads for jewelry and decorations of all kinds. Sign up on our website today.

Summer Schedule Available
The summer class schedule is now available for you to peruse on our website! Paper copies are available in the registration office. Registration opens on Monday, June 13 at 12:00 p.m. If you have not already done so, please set up your account in Sawyer, our new registration software to avoid delays on the big day. Need-based financial aid applications are also available to those who qualify, and are due Sunday, June 5 at 12:00 p.m.

New Limited Edition Glazes
Make sure to check out our two new limited edition glazes, which are featured on the cone 10 glaze board. Forest Moss is a dark green cone 6 glaze with light green crystals, and Sink Trap 1.0 is a cone 10 dark teal with speckles. The GHP sink traps catch all of the residual glaze and clay that collects when students wash up, and our tech team empties them weekly. Sink Trap 1.0 is made from the residual glaze collected from the glaze room trap, and is truly a one-of-a-kind experimental batch. Don’t miss your chance to use both glazes while we still have them! Please note that Sink Trap is not food safe.

Happenings
Rachel Eng Artist Talk
Have you seen Rachel Eng’s raw porcelain installation in the gallery? Be sure to check it out and sign up to join her online artist talk on Wednesday, June 1 at 5:00 p.m. to learn more about Rachel’s work and this piece in particular. Register online or through the liaison office. You won’t want to miss it!

At-A-Glance: Upcoming Calendar Reminders
Sunday, June 5: Summer Financial Aid Applications Due
Monday, June 13: Summer registration opens
Wednesday, June 1: Rachel Eng Online Artist Talk, 5:00 p.m.
Friday, June 17: Juneteenth Celebration at 16 Jones Street
Monday, June 27: Last Day of Spring Term
Thursday, June 16: Alva Mooses In-Person Artist Talk at Front Art Space, 5:00 p.m.

SPRING TERM-WEEK 8- MAY 23, 2022

In Memoriam-Peter Gourfain
We were saddened to hear of the passing of longtime GHP faculty member Peter Gourfain. A very talented
artist, he made prints, cast bronze, carved wood and sculpted in clay. He received his BFA from the Art Institute
of Chicago in 1956. Peter had numerous solo and group exhibitions at the Guggenheim, Corcoran, Whitney
Museum, MoMA and here at GHP. He was a visiting artist at UC Davis, Rhode Island School of Design, Skowhegan,
Massachusetts College of Art and Design and has taught at Penland School of Crafts and the Detroit Institute of
Art. Peter taught at Greenwich House Pottery from 1995 through 2019. A Memorial Service is being planned
details will be posted to the community bulletin board.

From the Registration Office
Register for a Spring Workshop!
There are limited spaces available in our upcoming two-day Beadmaking Intensive with Kristen Wicklund on
Sunday, June 5 and Sunday, June 26! Learn how to use clay to shape and fire beads for jewelry and decorations
of all kinds. Sign up on our website today.

Summer Schedule Available
The summer schedule is now available for browsing online! Registration will open on Monday, June 13 at 12:00
p.m. via Sawyer, our new registration system. If you have not already used Sawyer to book glazing appointments
or studio sessions, please set up your account ahead of registration day to avoid delays. Applications for needbased
financial aid are also available on our website, and are due Sunday, June 5 at 12:00 p.m.

Memorial Day Closure
As a reminder, the Pottery is closed this Sunday, the 29th and Monday, the 30th for Memorial Day Weekend. We
wish you all a happy and safe holiday!

Door Code
Currently enrolled students may enter during our open hours using the door code 5-3-1. Please note that the
deadbolt will be locked before 9:00 a.m. each morning, so please do not try to enter the building before then.

Glazed Work Drop-Off
Make sure to circle your glaze firing temperature when you drop work off for the second firing! If you don’t do
so, we are not able to move your work through the kiln room until you make the correction.

Happenings
In the Gallery
Rachel Eng’s solo show, “Deliberate Pace” is officially open in the Jane Hartsook Gallery! This multimedia
installation involving raw clay, sound, and video projection will be up through June 17. Stop by and check it
out–and don’t forget to sign up for Rachel’s online artist talk which will take place on Wednesday, June 1 at
5:00 p.m.!

Vestibule Gallery
Have you taken a look at our rotation of staff pieces in the “Vestibule Gallery” located in the entrance to the
Pottery? Currently up is Studio Technician Isolina Minjeong Alva, whose work will be on display until June 6.
The Vestibule features a different GHP staff member’s work each month.

Juneteenth Jubilee
Join us Friday, June 17 from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. for a block party in front of the Pottery in celebration of
Juneteenth! Kiddos and their grown-ups will experience an interactive performance. This performance will liftup
the cultural contributions of Black Americans with music, dance, puppetry, and storytelling. All are welcome.

At-A-Glance: Upcoming Calendar Reminders
Sunday, May 29- Monday, May 30: GHP is Closed for Memorial Day
Sunday, June 5: Summer Financial Aid Applications Due
Monday, June 13: Summer Registration Opens
Monday, June 13: Last Day of Residency for Alva Mooses
Wednesday, June 1: Rachel Eng Online Artist Talk, 5:00 p.m.
Friday, June 17: Juneteenth Celebration at 16 Jones Street
Monday, June 27: Last Day of Spring Term
Monday, June 27: Cone 2 Drop-off Deadline
Tuesday, July 5: Summer Term Begins

SPRING TERM-WEEK 7- MAY 18, 2022

Note for F-Section Students in 6-week Classes:
For those of you who are beginning your six-week class, welcome to the Pottery! A student liaison and tech will come around during week 2 of your class meeting to offer some pointers on measuring slips and workflow.

Who Does What?
Please take a look at the staff bulletin board on the left-hand side of the basement stairwell to get an idea of who’s who and what each of us can help you with. Have questions about registration, firing slips, or want to purchase a tool in the store? Reach out to the liaison office! Need help moving a piece, or have a question about a glaze, notice missing or misbehaving equipment? Let the tech team know!

What You Need to know
Visit the “Current Students” page of our website to sign up for glazing, register for studio sessions, or read Pottery Notes. You can also find digital resource like our Clay and Glaze Handbook and faculty demo videos!

From the Techs

Class Chips

Remember to put your class chip in your greenware when you drop it off for measuring! Work without chips will end up on the unlabeled bisque shelf, which is getting increasingly crowded. Please make sure to take this crucial step to keep the studio orderly and your work safe. But be sure that you never put a chip in glazed work!

Happenings

In the Gallery

This week, installation begins for our next gallery exhibition by Rachel Eng involving raw clay and video projection. Curious to meet the artist? Feel free to stop by the gallery starting on Monday May 16 to meet Rachel while she installs her show. She will be in 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. every day until install is complete, likely through Thursday, May 19. The exhibition will officially open on May 20, and you should be sure to sign up for Rachel’s online artist talk, which will be on June 1 at 5:00 p.m.

Spring Workshops Announced!

This June we will hold two workshops: a one-day glazing intensive with Haakon Lenzi and a two-day beadmaking intensive with Kristen Wicklund. These two outstanding faculty members know their way around GHP and know how to bring out your best. Both workshops are hands-on and packed with information. See the website for more details. Registration begins online at noon on Wednesday, May 18.

This week is your last chance!

Sign up for Taste of Greenwich House, which takes place Monday, May 23. This year will not disappoint, in addition to delicious food from local restaurants, the Pottery will bring clay for play and a surprise photobooth opportunity that you do not want to miss!

At-A-Glance: Upcoming Calendar Reminders

Monday, May 16–19: Meet the Artist during gallery install with Rachel Eng 

Monday, May 23: Taste of Greenwich House

Sunday, June 5: Summer Financial Aid Applications Due

Monday, June 13: Summer registration opens

Friday June 17: Juneteenth Celebration at 16 Jones Street

Monday June 27: Last Day of Spring Term

Note to Slipcasters!

Class is winding down. Just a few more weeks of class instruction in which your teacher is reading you Pottery Notes. We are not trying to make you nervous, but want to give fair warning as we know those molds are heavy to move! Now is the time to begin planning if you are not returning for summer.

  • You may continue to come in to work during your normal class hours for the duration of the term, as well as book studio time. Use of plaster outside of faculty supervision is not allowed.
    • If you are not returning for the summer, you must remove all of your work and molds from the studio. We are not able to make exceptions to this rule due to limited space.
    • Make sure to renew or empty your locker depending on whether you are returning next term.

A few other notes about the moldmaking studio:

  • Please clean plaster table and work tables at the end of class. Always take care to leave the classroom cleaner than you found it.
  • Large amounts of unusable mold clay and plaster should be carried directly down to the dumpster, which is stored on the deck outside the door near the glazed work shelves.
  • Students should always consolidate molds and may only store their work on their class shelf and overflow shelves. Please keep in mind that overflow shelves are shared, community shelves.

SPRING TERM-WEEK 5- MAY 9, 2022

“E” Section Students: Wrap Up!

As we enter Week 6 of classes, please make sure to finish up all wet work and have it bisqued, especially if you are not signed up for the second six-week session of the spring term. There will be a two-week glazing grace period after the conclusion of your class for those who are not returning. You can make your glazing appointment by visiting the Current Students section of the website.

If you are not registered for F session of the term, please make sure to clear out your locker and class shelf by the end of your last class to make sure none of your belongings get tossed. Please stop by the liaison office when you clear out of your locker so we can make it available to other students!

Sign Your Work

In order to avoid confusion when you pick up your pieces, please makes sure to sign or stamp your work! Though it’s extremely rare, we do not want students to mistakenly glaze or take home work that was made by someone else.

Hot Tips from the Liaisons

Greenware Drop-Off

When you drop off your work for the bisque firing, please try to consolidate it into one area if possible. This will help liaisons measure all of it in one go and avoid sending you multiple invoices. All ware boards should be cleaned and returned to the classroom they came from.

Glazed Work Drop-Off

Have glazed work with a stamped firing slip? You can drop your work off on the shelves to the left of the kiln room doors. When you do so, make sure that you’ve circled the correct glaze temperature on the slip. If you forget to do so, our staff cannot fire your work!

Happenings

In the Gallery

The next exhibition is an installation by Rachel Eng involving raw clay, video projection, and sound. Curious to meet the artist? Feel free to stop by the gallery May 16-19, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. to meet Rachel while she installs her show. The exhibition will officially open on May 20, and you should be sure to sign up for Rachel’s online artist talk, which will be on June 1 at 5:00 p.m

At-A-Glance: Upcoming Calendar Reminders

Monday, May 16–19: Meet the Artist during gallery install with Rachel Eng  

Monday, May 23: Taste of Greenwich House

Sunday, June 5: Summer Financial Aid Applications Due

Monday, June 13: Summer registration opens

 

SPRING TERM-WEEK 5- MAY 2, 2022

Studio Session Entry

If you book a studio session, please carefully note the start and end times! Afternoon studio sessions have a firm start time of 1:30 p.m., with the exception of Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons in slipcasting, which start at 2:00 p.m. Please do not enter the classroom before then, as it’s disruptive to morning classes!

Firing Trays

Worried about a runny glaze? Experimenting with wash? It’s never a bad idea to use a firing tray! Ask your teacher how to make one for your piece. If you didn’t bisque your work on a tray, you must have it re-measured before the glaze firing. You can have the second firing from your original slip refunded to your log in the liaison office.

Dates in Sawyer

When you go online to make a studio session, select your desired day and time for your appointment. Don’t panic when you see a range of dates on the first page, that just lets you know the day of the week you are choosing is available for that full range of dates. If you keep scrolling down, you will be able to select your specific date(s) by clicking “Register” at the bottom of the page on mobile, or on the right-hand side in a web browser. If you need help, check out our How-To Guides linked through the glazing and studio session calendars!

Summer Registration Date Change

Summer registration will open on Monday, June 13 at 12:00 p.m., and the class catalog will be available for you to browse by the end of May. Registration will take place via Sawyer, our new system, so you are encouraged to set up your profile in advance. The summer term is a single six-week session that will take place July 5–August 12.

Happenings

GHP Artists Exhibition

Thank you to everyone who participated in the GHP Artists Exhibition this year! Please pick up your work in the gallery at your earliest convenience. The gallery door will be closed but unlocked. Work remaining in the gallery after May 7 will be moved to the glaze shelf.

Taste of Greenwich House

Taste of Greenwich House is back! Join the greater Greenwich House community in celebrating both Greenwich House and our local West Village restaurants on Monday, May 23 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Proceeds from the event support Greenwich House’s work in arts and education, older adult services, behavioral and mental health, and workforce development. Limited tickets available on our website.

Have you seen our staff’s new (and coveted) Pottery sweatshirts?
We are opening pre-orders up to the community for the next round of orders! Sweatshirts will be navy with white text and are priced at $45 each. Pick-up only. Interested in purchasing one? Stop by the liaison office by May 7 to place your order.

Another Successful Sidewalk Sale!
Thank you to everyone who donated work and all the volunteers who donated their time. We cannot do it without you!

At-A-Glance: Upcoming Calendar Reminders

Saturday, May 7: Pottery sweatshirt pre-order deadline

Monday, May 16–19: Meet the Artist during gallery install with Rachel Eng  

Monday, May 23: Taste of Greenwich House

Sunday, June 5: Summer Financial Aid Applications Due

Monday, June 13: Summer registration opens

 

SPRING TERM-WEEK 4- APRIL 25, 2022

Around the House
Winter Glaze Pick-Up

Don’t forget that any and all glazed work left over from the winter term will be tossed Monday, May 2! Make sure to take home your pots by Sunday, May 1 at 5:30 p.m. so we can make room for the new spring term work.

Hot Tips

Firing Procedure

All students must pay for both bisque and glaze firings at once! Be sure to fill out both halves of your measuring slips when you drop off your work for bisque. If you only need to fire your work once (i.e. a re-fire, bisque for firing elsewhere, etc.), please show a technician or liaison and make a clear note on your firing slip. Failing to do so means your work may take longer to move through the firing process.

Class Chips

Don’t forget to put your class chip in any and all pottery you submit for bisque firing. This helps the techs put your pieces on the proper class shelf when you work is fired. Student pieces without chips will wind up on the Unlabeled Bisque Shelf. However, be sure to never use these chips in glazed work.

Happenings

Sidewalk Sale

Join us for our Spring Sidewalk Sale on Saturday, April 30 (May 1 rain date) 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. We have mountains of pots to sell, all donated by community members like you! All proceeds directly benefit the Pottery. Interested in volunteering? We are still recruiting helpers for the 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. shifts. Sign up for a shift in the liaison office if you’re interested in joining!

GHP Artists Exhibition

This is the last week to see the GHP Artists Exhibition! Be sure to bring your friends and family by to see the great work being made in our studios. The last day of the show (April 30) is also the day of the sidewalk sale, so bring them then so they get to see both! Please pick up your piece (unless it sold) during regular Pottery hours May 1-7. The gallery door will be closed but unlocked for your convenience. Any work not picked up by May 7 will be moved to the glaze shelf.

Vestibule Gallery

Have you checked out our Vestibule Gallery? The Vestibule showcases work by our staff. Next up is technician Wren Macdonald, whose work will be on view through May 9.

Pottery Sweatshirts!

Have you seen our staff’s new (and coveted) Pottery sweatshirts? We are opening pre-orders up to the community for the next round of orders! Sweatshirts will be navy with white text and are priced at $45 each. Pick-up only. Interested in purchasing one? Stop by the liaison office by May 7 to place your order. Image of the sweatshirt on the back of PN!

At-A-Glance: Upcoming Calendar Reminders

April 8 – 30: GHP Artist Exhibition

Saturday, April 30: Spring Sidewalk Sale, 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 1: Glaze pick-up deadline

Monday, May 2: Glaze Toss; All glazeware from winter term must be taken home by this date.

Saturday, May 7: Pottery sweatshirt pre-order deadline

 

SPRING TERM-WEEK 3- APRIL 18, 2022

Glaze Toss

Make sure to take home any glazed work from the winter term by Sunday, May 1 at 5:30 p.m.! We will be doing a glazed work toss on Monday, May 2. Please note that this only applies to work from the winter term; all pottery from spring term firings will remain on the shelves, but we still encourage you to take work home as it gets unloaded to make room for all of your beautiful pieces.

Circling Your Glaze Firing

Let’s all work to avoid glaze disasters by circling the correct firing temperature on your firings slips! Incorrectly circled slips can lead to melted work as well as damaging kiln shelves.

New Liaison

Please join us in welcoming our new liaison Anjani to the team! She is an interdisciplinary artist who has previously worked in clay and adobe, among other materials. She will be on duty on Wednesday mornings and Friday evenings. We ask that you be patient with her and our other staff while we get her up to speed on the many responsibilities of being a liaison!

Registration

Whenever you register for a class you will use the Classes page. Once you are in a class, everything you could need: studio sessions, glazing, firing credit, Pottery Notes can all be found on the Current Students page. Either of these pages can be found on the Pottery drop down menu on the main GH website.

Bisque Your Work

The classroom shelves are already getting filled to the brim! For the safety of your work and out of consideration for your classmates, please move your pots through the firing process in a timely fashion. Need a refresher on our measuring system? Ask a liaison for assistance!

Happenings

Taste of Greenwich House

Taste of Greenwich House is back! Join the greater Greenwich House community in celebrating both Greenwich Houseand our local West Village restaurants on Monday, May 23 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. Proceeds from the event support Greenwich House’s work in arts and education, older adult services, behavioral and mental health, and workforce development. Limited tickets available on our website.

GHP Artists Exhibition
The GHP Artists Exhibition is open through April 30! Be sure to stop by and see it while it’s up! For your convenience, the door will remain closed but unlocked throughout the course of the show, since we don’t have an official gallery sitter. Please feel free to let yourself in, just be sure to look with your eyes and not your hands, and close the door when you are done.

At-A-Glance: Upcoming Calendar Reminders

April 8 – 30: GHP Artist Exhibition

Saturday, April 30: Spring Sidewalk Sale, 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 1: Glaze pick-up deadline

Monday, May 2: Glaze Toss; All glazeware from winter term must be taken home by this date.

 

SPRING TERM-WEEK 2- APRIL 11, 2022

Door Code

Enrolled students may access the front door using the code “5 then 3 then 1”.

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! Make sure to sign up for glazing time to move your pieces through the studio.

All work on the bisque shelves must be glazed and dropped off at the measuring station no later than Sunday, April 17 at 5:30 p.m. even if you are registered for the spring term! The bisque shelves will be completely cleared the morning of April 18; anything left on the shelves will be discarded to make space for new work.

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 Current Students page on our website, where you can also book studio sessions.

Firing Logs and Measuring Updates

Students must 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!

Glazed Work Drop-off

Do you already have a stamped slip for your glazed piece? Drop it off on the shelf to the left of the kiln room doors when you’re ready to have it fired.

Fall Measuring Slips

Looking for firing slips from the previous term? They will remain in your previous faculty member’s pouch until Sunday, April 17, after which you can find them in the liaison office.

New Limited Edition Glaze

The techs have cooked up another amazing limited edition r10 glaze! “Seafoam” is a vibrant turquoise that turns pink-ish when applied thinly. You can find test tiles in the glaze room. Please note, this glaze is not food safe and should not be used for functional tableware.

In the Gallery

GHP Artist Exhibition

Make sure to stop by the gallery to view the impressive array of artworks by your fellow Pottery students! The student exhibition is up until April 30. Don’t miss your chance to see it!

Vestibule Gallery

Make sure to stop by the Vestibule Gallery to check out work by Student Liaison Suzy Goodelman, on view until April 26!

At-A-Glance: Upcoming Calendar Reminders

April 8 – 30: GHP Artist Exhibition

Sunday, April 17: Last Day of Glaze Grace Period

Monday, April 18: Bisque Toss Day; all bisqueware from winter term must be removed by this day.

Saturday, April 30: Spring Sidewalk Sale, 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Monday, May 2: Glaze Toss; All glazeware from winter term must be taken home by this date.

 

SPRING TERM-WEEK 1- APRIL 4, 2022

Welcome

We hope that you had a nice week off and we are excited to have everyone back! There is a lot to know when working in a community studio so whether you are new or returning, we ask that you carefully read the student guidelines for studio information and policies. Each week in class, teachers will read Pottery Notes, which contain all the updates you should know. If you miss hearing them read aloud, check online or on the bulletin boards weekly to make sure you are up to date.

How do I get signed up?

Everything you need can be found on the Current Students page of our website: studio session signup, glazing appointments, firing credit, pottery notes, etc…(greenwichhousepottery.org/current-students). Each bulletin board at the pottery has a list of QR codes that will lead you to each of these pages as well. To register for additional classes you will always visit the Class registration page: (greenwichhousepottery.org/classes). Either of these pages can be found on the pottery dropdown menu on the main GH website.

Winter Term Firing Slips

Looking for your glaze firing slips from last term? They will live in your fall class pouch until the end of the glazing period. Please stop by the liaison office for assistance locating them.

Make Space for New Work in the Spring Term

All work made during the winter term that remains on the bisque shelves the morning of Monday, April 18 will be discarded to make space for new work, regardless of individual students’ spring enrollment status! Bisqueware must be glazed and dropped off at the measuring station no later than April 17 at 5:30 p.m.

Note from the Staff

With the help of a few volunteers, we busted booty getting drywall scraped and sanded, fresh paint on walls, polyurethane on tables; but we can only do so much. We ask our community members to please take a moment each class or studio session to invest in the studio. Clean some extra wareboards, sort the studio canvas, wipe the gnarly clay out of the sink and dump it in contaminated reclaim, remove dusty plastic, stir the clay slips and snap on the cap, wipe down an extra surface. A clean studio is a happy studio and we cannot do it without your help

Happenings

GHP Artist Exhibition

Join us for the online opening on Friday, April 8 at 5:00 p.m.! Celebrate the incredible work our community has been making this year and find out who out of the 114 participants will go home with one of the four prestigious show awards. Yes, four awards! In addition to the traditional Madeline Sadin, Anna Siok, and Director’s Choice Awards, this year we inaugurate the Hiroe Hanazono Award for slipcasting! Be sure to sign up online to join us for a fun-filled evening!

Spring Sidewalk Sale

Takes place on Saturday, April 30, 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. with a May 1 rain date. Those interested in donating pottery to the sale can drop off their work under the glaze room sink to the left of the spray booth. Please, no chipped, cracked, or unground work. Interested in volunteering to help set up and sell?  We’ll need assistance with a 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. shift, and a 1:00-5:00 p.m. shift. Email Megan at mmlee@greenwichhouse.org.

At-A-Glance: Upcoming Calendar Reminders

April 8 – 30: GHP Artist Exhibition

Friday, April 8: GHP Artist Exhibition Online Opening at 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, April 17: Last Day of Glaze Grace Period

Saturday, April 30: Spring Sidewalk Sale, 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

 

WINTER TERM-WEEK 12- MARCH 21, 2022

Hot Tips

Finish Up!

Students and faculty, please take a moment to evaluate the class shelf, look at all the class pieces and check that pieces in progress have not been forgotten or abandoned. Unwanted, bone-dry pieces should be deposited in reclaim, boards and bats cleaned and returned for community use. The term is winding down and you should be wrapping up, and focusing on getting work fired and glazed. Taking a moment to assess this week will make end of term cleaning a much simpler process!

Single Firing Slips

Students must get permission to submit a single-firing slip with their greenware. If you’ve been approved, please write “approved by [staff member name] for single firing” clearly on the slip so it doesn’t get held up!

Names on Slips

Make sure to include your first and last name on your firing slips, as we have many students who share names!

Note from the Techs

London Fog

We have a new limited edition glaze! London Fog is a misty purple color. Check out the test tiles on the cone 10 glaze board. Available while supplies last, so don’t miss your chance to try it out!

Beware the Black Wash

Use a firing tray when you put black wash on your piece! Making a slab to use as a firing tray is simple and protects your work and our shelves. Kiln wash can be found below the measuring table, and ensures that your piece will not stick if glaze or wash runs and kiln furniture will not be ruined!

Happenings

GHP Artist Exhibition

GHP Artist Exhibition drop-offs start Thursday! Pick up the full instructions and your participation form in the liaison office today, and be sure to plan a time to drop off your work in the gallery during the March 24-28 drop-off window. Out of town at that time? Ask a Pottery friend to drop it off for you!

Call for Volunteers

Our Sidewalk Sale is approaching and we’re looking for volunteers to help staff it! The sale will take place on Saturday, April 30,11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. with a May 1 rain date. We’ll need assistance with a 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. shift, and a 1:00-5:00 p.m. shift. Interested in chipping in? Email Megan at mmlee@greenwichhouse.org.

Those interested in donating pottery to the sale can drop off their work under the glaze room sink to the left of the spray booth. No chipped, cracked, or unground work, please!

At-A-Glance: Upcoming Calendar Reminders

March 24 – 28: Drop off work for GHP Artist Exhibition

March 28: Cone 2 Drop-off Deadline

March 28: Final Day of Winter term

March 29 – April 3: GHP Closed for Spring Break

April 4: Spring Term Begins
April 8 – 30: GHP Artist Exhibition

April 8: GHP Artist Exhibition Online Opening at 5:00 p.m.

April 30: Spring Sidewalk Sale, 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

 

WINTER TERM-WEEK 11- MARCH 14, 2022

Add Us to Your Email Contacts!
We have noticed a number of Gmail bounce backs on our confirmation emails. Regardless of which email service you use, add pottery@greenwichhouse.org to your contacts to ensure that you will not miss out on any messages from our system.

Spring Studio Sessions and Glaze Appointments
We are excited to announce that we are adopting a new registration software called Sawyer for spring studio sessions and glazing! If you’re enrolled in the spring term, you can expect an email with more details once the current term concludes. As a reminder, only currently enrolled students may book studio time with us. When you sign up for spring sessions or glazing with this new software, you will be prompted to create a new account and fill out a series of one-time questions.

Note from the Techs
Grinding Schedule
Grinding happens about once a week, whenever the shelf is full. Finished pieces will be placed back on the glaze pick up shelves. If your grinding issue is not obvious, please leave a note on what you want ground.

Happenings
Last week to see Judd Schiffman’s show!
This is the last week to see Judd Schiffman’s solo show Outline in the gallery before it comes down on Friday, March 18. Be sure to see it before it’s gone! If you missed his online artist talk, never fear! It is posted on our YouTube channel.

In the Vestibule Gallery
Pottery Director Fabio J. Fernandez’s work is featured in the Vestibule Gallery until March 28! Be sure to check it out if you have not done so already.

GHP Artist Exhibition
It’s almost that time of year! You should all be thinking about what piece you plan to put in the student show. Pick up the full instructions and participation form in the liaison office today, and be sure to plan a time to drop off your work in the gallery during the March 24-28 drop-off window. Out of town at that time? Ask a Pottery friend to drop it off for you!

Community Open-Call
GHP community member Kristina Libby is organizing “In Plain Sight: Animals of New York,” a two-day exhibition in partnership with the Greenwich Village Alliance in mid-June. This exhibit, inspired by the whimsical and historic use of animals in arts and architecture, will be a celebration of the resilience, courage and creativity of New Yorkers of all walks of life. Local artists are invited to create animal pieces inspired by and in response to their lives in New York City. Those interested in contributing artwork can find more details on the community bulletin board in the stairwell leading to the basement and fill out the online submission form here.

At-A-Glance: Upcoming Calendar Reminders
February 18 – March 18: Outline, Judd Schiffman
March 24 – 28: Drop off work for GHP Artist Exhibition
March 28: Cone 2 Drop-off Deadline
April 8 – 30: GHP Artist Exhibition
April 30: Spring Sidewalk Sale, 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

 

WINTER TERM-WEEK 10- MARCH 7, 2022

Glaze Room Etiquette

Students and faculty need a glazing appointment in order to work in the room, whether that’s a faculty demo reservation or an individual appointment. If there’s space and you need to glaze (even briefly), please see a liaison so we have a record for contact tracing purposes. Please be conscious of your footprint in the space, as others are also working in the room.

Spring Studio Sessions & Glazing Grace Period

Spring studio sessions will be available to registered spring students through our new registration software called Sawyer beginning March 29. You will also be able to register for glazing appointments during our glazing grace period through this platform. You can expect an email announcement with more instructions as the launch date approaches.

Note from the Techs

Clay Loops

If you use the steel loops to get clay, make sure to wipe them off and hang them up after each use to avoid getting dry clay bits in the supply

Wareboard Shortage – help!

Please do not store wareboards on your class shelf unless you’re actively using them! They should be returned to the communal wareboard storage for your fellow community members to use.

Happenings

Artist in Residence

We are excited to welcome Alva Mooses as our next artist in residence. Alva is a New York-based multidisciplinary artist and educator who uses geological materials such as rammed earth and cast concrete along with cultural symbols and personal experiences to critique the impact colonialism has had on our social and physical environments. She will be with us through May 13, so be sure to stop by the residency studio to say hi and see what she’s working on!

GHP Artists Exhibition

It’s already March, which means the GHP Artists Exhibition is right around the corner! This exhibition is a celebration of all the amazing work this community has been making over the past year. Each student who has been enrolled in a Summer 2021, Fall 2021, Winter 2022 or Spring 2022 class is invited to participate. Full details can be found in the liaison office and all artwork must be dropped off in the gallery March 24–28. We are not able to accommodate submissions before the aforementioned dates.

At-A-Glance: Upcoming Calendar Reminders

February 18 – March 18: Outline, Judd Schiffman
March 3: Judd Schiffman Online Artist Talk at 5:00 p.m.
March 11: Spring Financial Aid Applications Due
March 24 – 28: Drop off work for GHP Artist Exhibition
April 8 – 30: GHP Artist Exhibition

April 30: Spring Sidewalk Sale, 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

 

WINTER TERM-WEEK 9- FEBRUARY 28, 2022

Cone 2 Firing

We will be offering one Cone 2 firing at the end of the winter term. Those who wish to participate must drop off their bone-dry work for measuring by March 21. Please clearly write “Cone 2” on your firing slips in bold letters when you fill them out. The firing will take place during the interterm break, and work will be available for pick-up when we re-open for the spring term on April 4. Please consult your teacher for more information on Cone 2 firings and techniques!

Glaze Your Bisqueware

We have lots of excellent student work flowing through the studios, which means the bisque shelves are getting crowded. Make sure to book your glazing appointments online before the room is all booked. The longer student work remains on the bisque shelves, the greater the risk of accidents!

Notes from the Techs

Tools in Reclaim

Recently the techs have encountered an extraordinarily high volume of sharp and dangerous tools in reclaim. Please take care not to dump your tools in the reclaim buckets, as they can be very hazardous to the safety of our team and your classmates.

Lustering at GHP

As a reminder, all students who wish to luster must do so in the spray booth with the fan on for ventilation. To reserve the spray booth, you must book a glazing appointment and then write to pottery@greenwichhouse.org to request the booth during your specific glazing time.

Hot Tip

Firing Slips Online

Did you know we have firing slips available online? If you need to drop off a large volume of work, you can save time by filling out your firing slips on your computer, printing them out at home, and submitting them with your pots just as you would a handwritten slip.

Happenings

Judd Schiffman Outline Artist Talk

Join us for an online artist talk and opening reception with Judd Schiffman on Thursday, March 3, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. Register to attend on our website.

Sidewalk Sale

Save the date for our Spring Sidewalk Sale! The sale will take place on Saturday, April 30 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. with a May 1 rain date. We are accepting sellable artwork donations in the bin under the glaze room sink to the left of the hospital shelf! Please note that we are unable to accept chipped, cracked, or unground pottery.

At-A-Glance: Upcoming Calendar Reminders

February 18 – March 18: Outline, Judd Schiffman
March 3: Judd Schiffman Online Artist Talk at 5:00 p.m.
March 11: Spring Financial Aid Applications Due
March 24 – 28: Drop off work for GHP Artist Exhibition
April 8 – 30: GHP Artist Exhibition

April 30: Spring Sidewalk Sale, 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

 

WINTER TERM-WEEK 8- FEBRUARY 21, 2022

Door Code

Currently enrolled students may enter during our open hours using the door code 5-3-1. Please note that the deadbolt will be locked before 9:00 a.m. each morning, so please do not try to enter the building before then.

Glazed Work Drop-Off

Make sure to circle your glaze firing temperature when you drop your work off for the second firing! If you don’t do so, we are not able to move your work through the kiln room until you make the correction.

$5 Friday Nights

Did you know that Friday evening studio sessions in all classrooms are $5 per reservation? Advanced registration required. Sign up online today!

Note from the Techs

Clay Care

The radiators are on and the air in the classrooms is dry. In order to ensure clay is workable for yourself and your classmates, please take care to cover clay with its respective wet towel and firmly shut the buckets. If you use a scoop to get your clay, make sure to clean it after each use.

Happenings

Judd Schiffman: Outline

The Jane Hartsook Gallery is pleased to present Rhode Island-based artist Judd Schiffman’s first solo exhibition in New York City. The work in this show is a selection from his larger series of the same name, in which he uses clay to explore personal narrative, especially as it pertains to rites of passage and fatherhood. Outline is on view February 18 through March 18, and Schiffman will give an online artist talk on Thursday, March 3 over Zoom. Register online to join in for the talk.

Vestibule Gallery

Have you taken a look at our rotation of staff pieces in the “Vestibule Gallery” located in the entrance to the Pottery? Currently up is Studio Manager Ryan Rennie, whose work will be on display until March 7. The Vestibule features a different GHP staff member’s work each month.

GHP Merch

Want to show off your love for GHP outside of the studio? We have merchandise available for purchase in the liaison office! Don’t miss your chance to get your hands on a t-shirt, tote, or apron designed by our very own Taylor Stone. Other merchandise includes GHP reusable masks, steins, and canvas tool pouches.

At-A-Glance: Upcoming Calendar Reminders

January 3—February 25: Shellyne Rodriguez Residency

February 22: Shellyne Rodriguez Online Artist Talk at 5:00 p.m.

February 18 – March 18: Outline, Judd Schiffman
March 3: Judd Schiffman Online Artist Talk at 5:00 p.m.
March 11: Spring Financial Aid Applications Due
March 24 – 28: Drop off work for GHP Artist Exhibition
April 8 – 30: GHP Artist Exhibition

WINTER TERM-WEEK 7- FEBRUARY 14, 2022

Welcome, D-Section Students

For those of you who are beginning your six-week class, welcome to the Pottery! A student liaison and tech will come around during week 2 of your class meeting to offer some pointers on measuring slips and workflow.

Who Does What?

Please take a look at the staff bulletin board on the left-hand side of the basement stairwell to get an idea of who’s who and what each of us can help you with.

Have questions about registration, firing slips, or want to purchase a tool in the store? Reach out to the liaison office! Need help moving a piece, or have a question about a glaze, notice missing or misbehaving equipment? Let the tech team know!

Clean-Up

Always leave classrooms cleaner than you found them, and remember that each class demands a clean and fresh workspace! We don’t want plaster dust contaminating our Nerikomi class’s porcelain, glass casting wax in clay, etc.

Class Chips

Remember to put your class chip in your greenware when you drop it off for measuring! Work without chips will end up on the unlabeled bisque shelf, which is getting increasingly crowded. Please make sure to take this crucial step to keep the studio orderly and your work safe.

Happenings

Online Artist Talk: Shellyne Rodriguez

Join resident Shellyne Rodriquez via Zoom on Tuesday, February 22 from 5:00-6:00 p.m. to learn about the project she worked on at GHP. During her residency, Rodriguez created a series of ceramic reliefs that focused on the disappearing and increasingly dispossessed people and places of her community in the South Bronx. Register to attend on our website!

Judd Schiffman: Outline

The Jane Hartsook Gallery is pleased to present Rhode Island-based artist Judd Schiffman’s first solo exhibition in New York City. The work in this show is a selection from his larger series of the same name, in which he uses clay to explore personal narrative, especially as it pertains to rites of passage and fatherhood. Outline is on view February 18 through March 18, and Schiffman will give an online artist talk on Thursday, March 3 over Zoom.

Have you signed up for Spring term? Now is the time.

At-A-Glance: Upcoming Calendar Reminders

January 3—February 25: Shellyne Rodriguez Residency

February 22: Shellyne Rodriguez Online Artist Talk at 5:00 p.m.

February 18 – March 18: Outline, Judd Schiffman
March 3: Judd Schiffman Online Artist Talk at 5:00 p.m.
March 11: Spring Financial Aid Applications Due
March 24 – 28: Drop off work for GHP Artist Exhibition
April 8 – 29: GHP Artist Exhibition

WINTER TERM-WEEK 6- FEBRUARY 7, 2022

6-Week Class Students

We hope you enjoyed your class at the Pottery! You have a two-week glazing grace period built into your registration from February 14 to 28 to wrap up. Book your glazing appointment via the Current Students page of the website.

Spring Classes are filling up!

If you plan to return for Spring term (April-June) be sure to sign up today. Many classes are already full. Don’t forget to consider our Special Topic offerings; color explorations, surface techniques and slipcasting classes all still have space! Please note, GHP offers both payment plans and financial aid to those who need assistance. Please speak with a Liaison or visit the website for more information.

Sign Your Work

In order to avoid confusion when you pick up your pieces, please makes sure to sign or stamp your work! We do not want students to mistakenly glaze or take home work that was made by someone else.

Classroom Washes

Help us keep the studio orderly by leaving the washes in their respective classrooms. If you find an empty wash, let a tech know and they’ll provide a refill.

Hot Tips from the Liaisons

Greenware Drop-Off

When you drop off your work for the bisque firing, please try to consolidate it into one area if possible. This will help liaisons measure all of it in one go and avoid sending you multiple invoices. Please do not leave boards on the shelves. All ware boards should be cleaned and returned to the classroom they came from.

Glazed Work Drop-Off

Have glazed work with a stamped firing slip? You can drop your work off on the shelves to the left of the kiln room doors. When you do so, make sure that you’ve circled the correct glaze temperature on the slip. If you forget to do so, our staff cannot fire your work!

Happenings

In the Gallery
Outline, Judd Schiffman

The Jane Hartsook Gallery is pleased to present Judd Schiffman’s first solo exhibition in New York City. In this show, Schiffman explores personal narrative, especially as it pertains to rites of passage and fatherhood, through a series of high relief tiles. With imagery inspired by illuminated manuscripts, medieval bestiaries, his young daughter’s drawings, and his own inner life, these clay “drawings” are both playful and eerie. The exhibition will be on view from February 18 through March 18, and there will be an online artist talk on Thursday, March 3 at 5:00 p.m.

GHP Artists Exhibition

The annual GHP Artists Exhibition is just around the corner! This exhibition is a celebration of all the amazing work this community has been making over the past year. Each student who has been enrolled in a Summer 2021, Fall 2021, Winter 2022 or Spring 2022 class is invited to participate. Full details can be found in the liaison office and will be announced in Pottery Notes closer to the date.

At-A-Glance: Upcoming Calendar Reminders

January 3—February 25: Shellyne Rodriguez Residency

February 24: Shellyne Rodriguez Online Artist Talk at 5:00 p.m.February

18 – March 18: Outline, Judd Schiffman

March 3: Judd Schiffman Online Artist Talk at 5:00 p.m.

March 11: Spring Financial Aid Applications Due

March 24 – 28: Drop off work for GHP Artist Exhibition

April 8 – 29: GHP Artist Exhibition

WINTER TERM-WEEK 5- JANUARY 31, 2022

“C” Section Students: Wrap Up!

As we enter Week 5 of classes, please make sure to finish up all wet work and have it bisqued, especially if you are not signed up for the second six-week session of the winter term. There will be a two-week glazing grace period after the conclusion of your class for those who are not returning. You can make your glazing appointment by visiting the Current Students section of the website.

If you are not registered for D session of the term, please make sure to clear out your locker and class shelf by the end of your last class to make sure none of your belongings get tossed.

Missing work?

Are you looking for your bisqueware or glazed work? Don’t forget to look on the Unlabeled Bisque Shelf to the left of the kiln room door and the Hospital Shelf to the left of the spray booth! Work without a class chip will be placed on the former, and broken work will be placed on the latter.

If you forgot to mark your glaze firing temperature or dropped off work without firing slips, liaisons will place your work on the shelves above the measuring table. Please take a look at all of the spots listed above before approaching a staff member for help searching for your piece.

Important Note: Winter Storm Closures

In the event of a winter storm, it is our policy to cancel classes in accordance with the NYC public schools.  If NYC public school classes and/or programs are cancelled, our classes are cancelled and the Pottery will be closed.  This policy holds for daytime, evening and afterschool programs.  Special assessments will be made if a storm occurs on a weekend.  Weather closures are always announced by email, Facebook and on the weather closure options on our phone system (212-242-4106, option 5).  If you hear that NYC public schools are closing, please confirm that we are closed by checking one of those sources.

Clean Studio, Happy Studio

Always be mindful of your classmates and fellow community members by making sure to clean up after yourself! Please take time to leave the classroom in even better condition than you found it in. This includes community tools, the sink, and your individual workspace.

In the Store

The Greenwich House Pottery Clay and Glaze Handbook is back in stock. If you want to know the chemistry behind GHP clay and gaze formulas this is a must have for your toolbox. Printed on waterproof paper, they are way cool and retail for $30.

Lost and Found

A gold wedding band was found. If you lost one please email a description and your phone number to Fabio (ffernandez@greenwichhouse.org)

Happenings

GHP Artists Exhibition

The annual GHP Artists Exhibition is just around the corner! This exhibition is a celebration of all the amazing work this community has been making over the past year. Each student who has been enrolled in a Summer 2021, Fall 2021, Winter 2022 or Spring 2022 class is invited to participate. Full details can be found in the liaison office and will be announced in Pottery Notes closer to the date.

At-A-Glance: Upcoming Calendar Reminders

March 11: Spring Financial Aid Applications Due
February 18 – March 18: Outline, Judd Schiffman
March 24 – 28: Drop off work for GHP Artist Exhibition
April 8 – 29: GHP Artist Exhibition

 

WINTER TERM-WEEK 4- JANUARY 24, 2022

Around the House
Fragile Plumbing

It is imperative that the only material flushed down the toilets is toilet paper. Any hygiene products, wipes, paper towels or other items will cause a backup resulting in flooding and sewage on the floors. This is a very serious matter that the staff has been dealing with on a recurrent basis.

Masking

If you need to take a drink while in the Pottery, please be mindful of others. Make sure you’re at least 6 feet away from other community members while you have your mask down. As a reminder, eating is still not allowed in the Pottery.

Notes from the Tech Team

Glazed Work Pick-Up

Pick up glazeware from fall term before January 31 so we can make way for your new projects!  Pink stickers indicate glazeware is from fall term, if these pieces are not picked up they will be donated or discarded on February 1.

Clay Care

The radiators are on, which means our classrooms are drier than ever! Please do your part in keeping our clay hydrated by covering the clay with the damp towel and snapping the lids shut when you’re done getting it.

Hot Tips

Firing Procedure

All students must pay for both bisque and glaze firings at once! Be sure to fill out both halves of your measuring slips when you drop off your work for bisque. If you only need to fire your work once (i.e. a re-fire, bisque for firing elsewhere, etc.), please show a technician or liaison and make a clear note on your firing slip. Failing to do so means your work may take longer to move through the firing process.

Class Chips

Don’t forget to put your class chip in any and all pottery you submit for bisque firing. This helps the techs put your pieces on the proper class shelf when you work is fired. Student pieces without chips will wind up on the Unlabeled Bisque Shelf. However, be sure to never use these chips in glazed work.

 

Volunteer Opportunity

Looking for a way to give back remotely? Consider signing up for Greenwich House’s partner, the Neighbor Network. Created in the early days of the pandemic, the Neighbor Network focuses on matching volunteers with seniors across the city to fight isolation and connect them with critical resources like food, transportation, vaccines, and access to healthcare. If you’re interested in volunteering or know someone who would benefit from this service, visit their website.

At-A-Glance: Upcoming Calendar Reminders

January 3—February 25: Shellyne Rodriguez Residency

January 7—February 4: The Architecture of Solace, Eliza Au

January 31: Deadline to Pick Up Fall Term Glazeware

 

WINTER TERM-WEEK 3- JANUARY 18, 2022

Don’t Forget to Register

Registration is open for the spring term and classes are filling up! Be sure to register online to claim your spot.

Limited Edition Glaze

The techs have been hard at work developing fun lineup of limited edition glazes. Next up is Appaloosa Pony, a white cone 6 glaze with blue-gray speckles. Check out the test tiles on the Cone 10 glaze wall, but make sure to fire it to Cone 6.

Glazing Calendar

Winter glazing appointments are now available! Your instructors have booked glazing demo time for in-person classes, but you can reserve time to work outside of class using the Sign Up to Glaze calendar on the Current Students section of the website.

Clay Karma!

A clean studio is a happy studio. When class or studio time ends, consider taking on one community task to improve the studio for the next group. Every little thing goes a long way! For example, consider:

  • wiping down wedging tables
  • rinsing and squeezing out the sponges
  • making sure the clay is covered with the towel and shutting the lids
  • cleaning the bucket lids and handles, wiping down the slips and washes
  • organizing the canvases, bats, or boards

Kiln Size Limit

Please note that 22″ is the maximum height that our kilns can accommodate. Please do not build bigger than this, or speak to your instructor about building your work in parts.

New Slab Roller Canvas

Attention handbuilders! Check out the new and labeled slab roller canvas. Each clay body has its own set of canvas in each handbuilding classroom. Please make sure to not move the slab roller canvas from its designated classroom. Please reroll sets of used canvas when you are done with it.

End of Night Routine

Help us out by tucking the studio in for the night. Please keep an eye on time and make sure you are packed up and out of the studio by closing time each night—do not wait until the last minute to pack and clean up. In the evening all chairs should be raised onto tables and stools, pedals and yoga blocks placed on wheels. If you’ve used a wheel, please remember to switch it off before you leave.

No Wet Work at Measuring Station

All student work must be bone dry before you drop it off for measuring. Wet or leather-hard work is almost guaranteed to crack in the fluctuating kiln room temperatures.

Glazed Work Pick-Up

Pick up glazeware from fall term before January 31 so we can clear the shelf for more of your amazing work to be safely unloaded!

Emergency Contacts

If you have not already done so, please take a moment to update your emergency contact by stopping by the liaison office.

At-A-Glance: Upcoming Calendar Reminders

January 3—February 25: Shellyne Rodriguez Residency

January 7—February 4: The Architecture of Solace, Eliza Au

January 19: Online Opening and Artist Talk for The Architecture of Solace, Eliza Au, 5:00-6:00 p.m.

January 31: Deadline to Pick Up Fall Term Glazeware

 

WINTER TERM-WEEK 2- JANUARY 10, 2022

Door Code

Enrolled students may access the front door using the code “5 then 3 then 1”.

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.

Important to Note: Winter Storm Closures

In the event of a winter storm, it is our policy to cancel classes in accordance with the NYC public schools.  If NYC public school classes and/or programs are cancelled, our classes are cancelled and the Pottery will be closed.  This policy holds for daytime, evening and afterschool programs.  Special assessments will be made if a storm occurs on a weekend.  Weather closures are always announced by email, Facebook and on the weather closure options on our phone system (212-242-4106, option 5).  If you hear that NYC public schools are closing, please confirm that we are closed by checking one of those sources.

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.

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 January 16 at 5:30 p.m. even if you are registered for the winter term! The bisque shelves will be completely cleared the morning of January 17; 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. If you absolutely must leave it in the glaze room, make sure to clearly label it with your first and last name and “WINTER 2022” in bold letters.

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 Glaze section of the Current Students page on our website.

Fall Glazed Work Pick-Up

Fall students must pick up their glazed work by January 30! We will be tossing any finished fall pieces left behind on January 31 to make room for new projects.

Clay and Glaze Handbook

Did you know that the GHP Clay and Glaze Handbook is accessible for free online? Take a look to learn more about our clay and glaze recipes. This is a great way to formulate a plan before you get to the glaze room to make the most efficient use of your time!

Firing Logs and Measuring Updates

Students must 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!

Glazed Work Drop-off

Do you already have a stamped slip for your glazed piece? Drop it off on the shelf to the left of the kiln room doors when you’re ready to have it fired.

Fall Measuring Slips

Looking for firing slips from the previous term? They will remain in your previous faculty member’s pouch until Sunday, January 16, after which you can find them in the liaison office.

Hot Tips

It’s getting cold in here! While we have the heat on the classrooms, we will continue to crack windows for air circulation. Please come prepared by dressing layers.

Happenings

In the Gallery

Join us on Wednesday, January 19 for an online artist talk and opening reception with Eliza Au, whose solo show is on view in the Jane Hartsook Gallery now through February 4. Learn more about the way Eliza combines methods of handbuilding, slipcasting and computer aided design to create her installations. Sign up now online or in the liaison office!

At-A-Glance: Upcoming Calendar Reminders

January 3—February 25: Shellyne Rodriguez residency

January 7—February 4: The Architecture of Solace, Eliza Au

January 16: Fall glazing deadline

January 17: Bisque Toss

January 19: Online opening and artist talk for The Architecture of Solace, Eliza Au, 5:00-6:00 p.m.

January 31: Deadline to pick up fall term glazeware

WINTER TERM-WEEK 1- JANUARY 3, 2022

Welcome!

We hope that you all had a happy, safe holiday break and we are excited to have everyone back! Whether you are new or returning, we ask that each student carefully read the student guidelines for studio information 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, check online or on the bulletin boards weekly to make sure you are aware of important announcements or 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 as soon as possible.

Mask Etiquette

With the spread of the omicron variant, proper masking is more important than ever. Please make sure your mask covers your nose and mouth. Repeated failure to comply with our masking guidelines is grounds for dismissal from the Pottery.

Glaze Grace Period: Fall 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 January 16 5:30 p.m. The bisque shelves will be completely cleared the morning of Monday, January 17; anything left on the shelves will be discarded to make space for new work regardless of individual students’ enrollment!

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 Sign Up to Glaze section of the Current Students page on our website. Glaze room occupancy has been increased to 8 students per glazing time.

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 now cost $10 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 “Winter 2022 Studio Sessions” from the “Term” dropdown menu. Studio Session capacity is 8 students per room in handbuilding and 9 in wheel classrooms, per session.

In an attempt 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. Requests for single firing slips must be approved by the liaison office or tech team, and must have a written reason for the single firing on or attached to the slip. 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.

Glaze Memos

Cone 04 glazes, some of which have been discontinued due to low usage, have been moved to new buckets with brand new whisks. These glazes are formulated for painting and are a little thicker than our other glazes. Cone 10 glazes Scherzer’s Red and Dark Celadon will be discontinued after this term to make way for new limited edition glazes, so use them while they’re still here!

Fall Term Firing Slips

Looking for your glaze firing slips from last term? They will live in your fall class pouch until the end of the glazing period. Please stop by the liaison office for assistance locating them.

Town Hall

Those who missed our December 13 town hall can watch the recorded meeting on our YouTube channel to catch up on community updates.

Artist-in-Residence

The Pottery is thrilled to welcome Shellyne Rodriguez as the first resident of 2022! Rodriguez is a Bronx-based artist, educator, writer, and community organizer who works in a variety of media, including drawing, painting, collage, and sculpture. During her residency, Rodriguez will create a series of ceramic reliefs that will focus on the disappearing and increasingly dispossessed people and places of her community in the South Bronx. Be sure to stop by the residency space to say hello when the “Resident is In” sign is up.

In the Gallery

The Architecture of Solace, Eliza Au

The Jane Hartsook Gallery is pleased to present Eliza Au’s first solo exhibition in New York City. Au’s installation consists of a series of ceramic lattice screens, which use ornament and repetition to reexamine sacred space. She uses computer-aided design (CAD) to create repeated abstract patterns that she translates into clay, constructing forms that evoke architectural units like bricks, tiles, and pillars to inspire a sense of meditative rhythm.

At-A-Glance: Upcoming Calendar Reminders

January 3—February 25: Shellyne Rodriguez residency

January 7—February 4: The Architecture of Solace, Eliza Au

January 16: Fall glazing deadline

January 17: Bisque Toss

January 19: Online opening and artist talk for The Architecture of Solace, Eliza Au, 5:00-6:00 p.m.

 

FALL TERM – WEEK 12- DECEMBER 6, 2021

Important End-of-Term Business!

Lockers

Please stop by the liaison office to renew your locker for the winter term! You must be enrolled in a winter class in order to keep your locker.

If you are not returning for the next term, you must clear out your locker by Sunday, December 12. Any items left in lockers that are not paid for will be discarded.

Returning Winter Students: Label Your Work!

If you are returning for the winter term, make sure to label your work before the end of the term with the orange tape available in each classroom. Labels must include your first and last name, winter class number, and phone number. Those who are not returning for winter classes must move their work through bisque by the end of the current term. Unlabeled work will be discarded during interterm cleaning.

End of Term Pick-Up Dates

We know that everyone is eagerly awaiting work from the kilns in hopes of having handmade holiday gifts in hand. The good news is, Moby is up and running! However, there is a continued backlog of work to fire. Please have patience with our team as kilns are being fired as quickly as possible. Realize that work that is not yet on the shelf for cone 10 firing may not be out in time for the holidays.

While the term ends on December 11, we will be open for glazing appointments on Sunday, December 12 and will offer the pick-up dates below throughout the winter break.

Monday, December 13, 1:30–7:00 p.m.

Thursday, December 16, 10:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.

Monday, December 20, 10:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, December 29, 12:00–7:00 p.m.

Bisque Toss

There is a 2-week Glazing Grace Period at the start of the winter term to allow spring students one last chance to finish up. Bisqueware left in the glaze room after 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 16 will be tossed! Be sure to glaze or take home any bisqueware even if you are enrolled in a winter class to ensure your work doesn’t disappear.

The winter term glazing grace period calendar is now available online. Please be mindful of other students when booking your appointments, and make sure to write the liaison office if you would like to use the spray booth during your time slot. If you expect to be 20 minutes late or more to your appointment, inform the liaison office to ensure your spot is not given away.

Happenings

Sidewalk Sale This Weekend

Our winter Sidewalk Sale is this Saturday, December 11 from 11:00 a.m.to 4:00 p.m.! Join us to browse a range of pieces by our community members priced to sell, just in time for the holiday season. All proceeds directly benefit the Pottery.

 

We’re still accepting donations of student work for the sale until Friday, December 10! Please drop off sellable work in the bin underneath the glaze room sink. Thank you in advance for your support!

 

Community Town Hall

We will be holding a virtual community town hall on Monday, December 13 from 6:00 to7:00 p.m. via Zoom to have an open conversation about recent changes and future aspirations for the Pottery. You will receive an email invitation this week with a question submission form, please feel free to send on questions and concerns that you would like addressed. As always, please check your spam folder for communications from us.

At-A-Glance: Upcoming Calendar Reminders

December 11: Holiday Sidewalk Sale, 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

December 13-January 2: Pottery closed for holiday break

January 3: Winter Term begins

 

FALL TERM – WEEK 11- NOVEMBER 29, 2021

Holiday Rush & Firing Schedule

We understand that many students are feeling the holiday rush, but please remember that GHP is a community studio, which means our staff members are handling thousands of objects a day and cannot guarantee work will be out of the kilns in accordance with individual student deadlines. We will offer a few pick-up dates during our holiday closure. As we enter the final weeks of class, please use your time to finish up works in progress rather than begin new pieces!

Pick-up dates:

Monday, December 13, 1:30-7:00 p.m.

Thursday, December 16, 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.

Monday, December 20, 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, December 29, 12:00-7:00 p.m.

Returning Winter Students: Label your work!

If you are returning for the winter term, make sure to label your work before the end of the term with the orange tape available in each classroom. Labels must include your first and last name, winter class #, and phone number. Unlabeled work will be discarded. Those who are not returning for winter classes must move their work through bisque by the end of the current term. Unlabeled work will be discarded during interterm cleaning.

Glazing with GHP

Make sure to book your glazing appointments for the remainder of the term now! If you’re not able to find an appointment that fits your schedule, fear not! There is a two-week “glazing grace period” from January 3-16 during the first two weeks of the winter term. Spots will be available at the end of the current term.

Limited Edition Glaze

Check out our new cone 10 limited edition glaze, Goblin Sky! It’s a hazy purple hue, and is stored in a gray 5-gallon bucket in the glaze room. You can view a few glaze tests on the glaze wall. Use it now because once it’s gone, it’s gone for good!

Community Town Hall

We will be holding a virtual community town hall on Monday, December 13 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. via Zoom to have an open conversation about recent changes and future aspirations for the Pottery. You will receive an email invitation this week with a question submission form, please feel free to send on questions and concerns that you would like addressed. As always, please check your spam folder for communications from us.

Sale Donations and Volunteers

Our December 11 Sidewalk Sale is quickly approaching! Consider donating saleable pieces to our sale-no chips or unground glaze, please! Proceeds directly benefit the Pottery. Interested in volunteering? Reach out to Megan at mmlee@greenwichhouse.org

At-A-Glance: Upcoming Calendar Reminders

November 24–28: Pottery closed for Thanksgiving break

December 3: Winter financial aid applications due

December 11: Holiday Sidewalk Sale, 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

December 12-January 2: Pottery closed for holiday break

January 3: Winter Term begins

 

FALL TERM – WEEK 10- NOVEMBER 15, 2021

Thanksgiving Studio Closures

The Pottery will be closed from Wednesday, November 24 until Sunday, November 28 for the Thanksgiving holiday. Please take care to cover your work properly to prevent it from drying too much in your absence!

Clay Care

Temperatures are changing in the building as we move into winter, so please make sure clay is covered with a damp towel and lids are securely closed! This is generally best practice, but is even more important at this time of the year.

Yield to Faculty Demos

Students must have an appointment to use the glazing room. If a faculty member has reserved the room for a demo, you may not glaze unless granted explicit permission from the instructor and the liaison office. Glazing demos are crucial for students to know how to navigate the glaze room safely for themselves and their work, so let’s keep interruptions to a minimum.

Financial Aid Applications

Financial aid applications are due December 3! Classes are filling up, so if you are a candidate for need-based aid, please get your application filled out and submitted ASAP. The spring application is also available on our website.

In the Gallery

Coil Pot Show Opening Reception

Mark your calendars for our first in-person artist reception since 2020! Join us this Friday, November 19 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. for the opening reception of the Coil Pot Show, a group exhibition curated by Anjuli Wright. To comply with Greenwich House’s COVID policies, only small groups will be allowed in the gallery at a time, but an additional reception area will be provided in the studio. We look forward to seeing you there!

At-A-Glance: Upcoming Calendar Reminders

November 19: Coil Pot Show exhibition opening, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

November 24–28: Pottery closed for Thanksgiving break

December 3: Winter financial aid applications due

December 11: Holiday Sidewalk Sale, 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

December 13-January 2: Pottery closed for holiday break

January 3: Winter Term begins

 

FALL TERM – WEEK 9- NOVEMBER 8, 2021

Take Home Finished Work

This is a reminder that glazeware that is not picked up in a timely fashion is subject to discard or donation. Less crowded glaze shelves minimizes accidents and make it easier for everyone to find their work.

Glaze, Glaze, Glaze

The holidays are coming and it’s about to get busy in the kiln room! Make sure to book your glazing appointments by visiting the “Current Students” page of our website.

Moldmaker Memo

Next week marks the end of our nine-week slipcasting session. Slipcasters: before the end of the term make sure to clean, consolidate, and using the orange masking tape provided, clearly label any molds or works in progress with your name, class number and “winter 2022” . You may only leave these items in the slipcasting room if you are registered in a moldmaking class for the winter term.

Spring and Summer Slips

If we have your unused firing slips from the spring and summer terms, please make sure to get them from a liaison at your earliest convenience! These uncollected slips from prior terms are subject to discard at the end of this term.

In the Gallery

Coil Pot Show Opening Reception

Mark your calendars for our first in-person artist reception since 2020! Join us on Friday, November 19 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. for the opening reception of the Coil Pot Show, a group exhibition curated by Anjuli Wright. To comply with Greenwich House’s COVID policies, only small groups will be allowed in the gallery at a time, but an additional reception area will be provided in the studio. We look forward to seeing you there!

Happenings and Other News

Call for Donations and Volunteers

As we gear up for our December 11 Holiday Sidewalk Sale, we’re looking for community donations and student volunteers to help us run the show! You can donate lovely but unwanted work in the bin under the glaze room sink. While we love all student work, we cannot accept broken, chipped, or cracked donations. Those interested in volunteering should write pottery@greenwichhouse.org.

Give the Gift of a Sampler

If you’re looking for a holiday gift for a pottery-curious individual, consider gifting them a spot in one of our Saturday Sampler classes in the winter or spring! Samplers are introductory one-off 2-hour handbuilding or wheel classes held on the second Saturday of every month from 2:00-4:00 p.m. Registration for the remainder of the year is available online now

At-A-Glance: Upcoming Calendar Reminders

November 19: Coil Pot Show exhibition opening, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

November 24–28: Pottery closed for Thanksgiving break

December 3: Winter financial aid applications due

December 11: Holiday Sidewalk Sale, 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

December 13-January 2: Pottery closed for holiday break

January 3: Winter Term begins

FALL TERM – WEEK 8- NOVEMBER 1, 2021

Door Code

Currently enrolled students may enter during our open hours using the door code 5-3-1. Please be mindful of our daily closures between 1:00 and 1:30 p.m. and 5:30 and 6:00 p.m. each day.

Keep our Techs and Equipment Safe!

Please help us out by taking extra care to make sure no tools end up in reclaim. Blades and other sharps are not allowed in the studio for this reason. Just this week alone, the tech team found 4 metal ribs and an X-acto knife lid in the clay. These items can harm techs, students, and the equipment we depend on to make clay.

Community Clean-Up

Those in evening classes can lend a hand to our cleaning team by putting stools up on the classroom tables or wheels after wiping down your work area.

Layer Up

Make sure to layer for warmth as we approach winter! Not only is it season for fluctuating temperatures, but we are also continuing to maintain an open window in each class room for ventilation.

Class Chips

Always put your class chip in work you drop off for bisque. This helps techs sort your work onto its proper class shelf when they unload the kiln. Class chips are available on the left-hand side of the entrance to the glaze room, and should never go into the glaze firing (they’ll stick to your work if they do!) Those who forget their class chip can find their work on the unlabeled bisque shelf to the left of the kiln room doors.

New Merch

We have brand new merchandise available for purchase in the liaison office! Don’t miss your chance to get your hands on a t-shirt, tote, or apron designed by our very own Taylor Stone. Other merchandise includes GHP reusable masks, steins, Ceramics Now Catalogs, and handmade ceramics by Julie Knight, Luc Hammond-Thomas and Dustin Yager. All proceeds benefit GHP’s operations.

In the Gallery

This is the last week to see Magdolene Dykstra’s all gilded landscapes and glistening shows fade! Make sure to stop by the gallery if you have not done so already. In case you missed it, Magdolene’s artist talk is available on our website; check it out!

Sidewalk Sale

Save the date for our next sidewalk sale on Saturday, December 11 from 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. It’s the perfect time to get holiday gifts for your loved ones (or yourself!)

Did you know?

GHP has a community bulletin board? It is the perfect place to post or learn about your studio mates’ upcoming exhibitions, pottery sales, studio equipment for sale, or anything else that you think the community might find of interest. This can be found just below the staff photos on your way to the dressing room.

At-A-Glance: Upcoming Calendar Reminders
October 8–November 5: all gilded landscapes and glistening shows fade exhibition open

October 31: Pottery Closes at 1:30 p.m. for Halloween Parade

November 24–28: Pottery closed for Thanksgiving break

December 3: Winter financial aid applications due

December 11: Holiday Sidewalk Sale, 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

FALL TERM – WEEK 7- OCTOBER 25

Welcome, B-Section Students

For those of you who are beginning your six-week class, welcome to the Pottery! A student liaison and tech will come around during week 2 of your class meeting to offer some pointers on measuring slips and workflow.

Who Does What?

Please take a look at the staff bulletin board on the left-hand side of the basement stairwell to get an idea of who’s who and what each of us can help you with.

Have questions about registration, firing slips, or want to purchase a tool in the store? Reach out to the liaison office! Want technical help or notice missing or misbehaving equipment? Let the tech team know!

Clean-Up

Always leave classrooms cleaner than you found them, and remember that each class demands a clean and fresh workspace! We don’t want plaster dust contaminating our Nerikomi class’s porcelain, glass casting wax in clay, etc.

Winter and spring term registration

Reminder that registration for the winter and spring terms is open! If you would like to claim your spot and are not necessarily ready to pay in-full, please visit the liaison office about setting up a payment plan.

Financial Aid Deadline

The winter financial aid application deadline is December 3 at 12:00 p.m. EST. Please note that all financial aid is granted on a need-based basis.

Saturday Samplers

Looking to get your loved one into clay? Searching for a holiday gift? We offer Saturday Samplers, one-time 2-hour classes in wheel or handbuilding for complete newbies, on the second Saturday of every month. Visit our website for more information!

Pose for Artist-in-Residence Kelly Chang

Current resident Kelly Chang is looking for some volunteers to help him with part of his project. He would like to make some 3D models of people’s hands, faces, and torsos. The sitting would take around 10-20 minutes of your time and result in a 3D photograph he would use to create molds or 3D prints to use in his artwork.

Anyone interested in sitting for Kelly can sign up for a timeslot on the door of the residency space.

At-A-Glance: Upcoming Calendar Reminders
October 8–November 5: all gilded landscapes and glistening shows fade exhibition open

October 31: Pottery Closes at 3:30 p.m. for Halloween Parade

November 24–28: Pottery closed for Thanksgiving break

December 3: Winter financial aid applications due

FALL TERM – WEEK 6- OCTOBER 18

About GHI

As you know, the Pottery offers classes, exhibitions, and artist residencies to makers from across the country. Besides its venerable history within the field of ceramics, the Pottery is part of a larger non-profit, Greenwich House, which offers both social services and arts programming to all. Greenwich House also operates a Methadone Treatment Clinic, Senior Citizen Centers, and a Music School. It is a unique nonprofit with a mission to help and to teach.

Health & Safety

Feeling under the weather? Stay home! For your safety and the safety of your classmates, please do not come to the Pottery if you are feeling unwell. Those who display any symptoms consistent with COVID-19 must provide negative PCR test results in order to attend class with us, regardless of vaccination status.

Sign Your Work

In order to avoid confusion when you pick-up your pieces, please makes sure to sign or stamp your work! We do not want students to mistakenly take home work by someone else.

Gas Firings

Please note that while we have test tiles for all of our glazes, there will always be variation in the glaze results when firing to cone 10 in the gas kilns. This is part of the beauty of gas firings!

6-Week Class Students

We hope you enjoyed your class at the Pottery! You have a two-week glazing grace period built into your registration, which runs from October 25 to November 8. Book your glazing appointment via the Current Students page of the website.

Happenings

In the Gallery
Join us on October 22 at 5:00 p.m. for an online artist talk with Magdolene Dykstra, whose solo show is currently up in our Jane Hartsook Gallery. Learn more about the raw clay installation she shipped to us all the way from Canada, as well as her work on paper. Sign up online or in the liaison office.

At-A-Glance: Upcoming Calendar Reminders
October 8–November 5: all gilded landscapes and glistening shows fade exhibition open

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

October 31: Pottery Closes at 3:30 p.m. for Halloween Parade

November 24–28: Pottery closed for Thanksgiving break

December 3: Winter financial aid applications due

 

FALL TERM – WEEK 5- OCTOBER 12

“A” Section Students: Wrap Up!

As we enter Week 5 of classes, please make sure to finish up all wet work and have it bisqued, especially if you are not signed up for the second six-week session of the fall term. There will be a two-week glazing grace period from October 25 to November 7 for those who are not returning. You can make your glazing appointment by visiting the Current Students section of the website.

If you are not registered for the second 6-week session of the fall term, please make sure to clear out your locker and class shelf by the end of your last class to make sure none of your belongings get tossed.

Missing work?

Are you looking for your bisqueware or glazed work? Don’t forget to look on the Unlabeled Bisque Shelf to the left of the kiln room door and the Hospital Shelf to the left of the spray booth! Work without a class chip will be placed on the former, and broken work will be placed on the latter.

If you forgot to mark your glaze firing temperature or dropped off work without firing slips, liaisons will place your work on the shelves above the measuring table. Please take a look at all of the spots listed above before approaching a staff member for help searching for your piece.

Clean Studio, Happy Studio

Always be mindful of your classmates and fellow community members by making sure to clean up after yourself! Please take time to leave the classroom in even better condition than you found it in. This includes community tools, the sink, and your individual workspace.

At-A-Glance: Upcoming Calendar Reminders
October 8–November 5: all gilded landscapes and glistening shows fade exhibition open

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

October 18: Glaze Toss

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

October 31: Pottery Closes at 3:30 p.m. for Halloween Parade

November 24–28: Pottery closed for Thanksgiving break

December 3: Winter financial aid applications due

 

FALL TERM – WEEK 4- OCTOBER 4

Indigenous Peoples Day Closure

The Pottery will be closed Monday, October 11 for Indigenous Peoples Day.

Register for Winter and Spring Now

Winter and spring registration is open! Don’t miss your chance to grab a spot in your favorite class. Sign up online today.

The Glaze Toss Cometh

The tech team will toss any and all glazed work left over from the summer term on Monday, October 18. Please make sure to take home your work by 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 17.

Notes from the Techs

Size Limit

Student work should not exceed 23” in height in order to fit in our electric kilns for bisque.

Throwing Clay

Our throwing clay has a heavier grog than usual, but is still useable. Please bear with us as we troubleshoot the issue.

Hot Tips

Measuring Drop-Off

For the safety of your work, please make sure your pieces are bone dry before you drop them at the measuring station. The fluctuating temperatures in the kiln room put wet or leather-hard work in danger of cracking.

Firing Procedure

All students must pay for both bisque and glaze firings at once! Be sure to fill out both halves of your measuring slips when you drop off your work for bisque. Failing to do so means your work may take longer to move through the firing process.

Happenings

In the Gallery
The Jane Hartsook Gallery is pleased to present new work by Magdolene Dykstra. In the artist’s first solo show in New York City, Dykstra combines raw clay sculpture with works on paper to invoke the sublime and to encourage us to remember the fragility of the natural world. The exhibition opens on October 8, and there will be an online artist talk and opening reception on Friday, October 22 at 5:00 p.m. Sign up online or in the liaison office.

New Resident: Kelly Chang, October 4–December 10
Kelly Chang is a New York-based art director, animator, and designer, who is developing his art practice in clay. Using his background in computer graphics and 3D modeling and animation, Kelly employs 3D printing in plastic, 3D scanning, photography, and computer simulation to create his slipcast ceramic sculptures. Kelly is a familiar face at the Pottery, since he has also been a student with us before. Please stop by the residency space on the first floor by the spray booth to welcome him and see what he’s working on.

Kiani’s Thesis Show!

Kiani, one of our Student Liaisons, is having a thesis exhibition! She would love to see you there. The opening is Tuesday, October 12th, from 6-8 pm at the Cooper Union Foundation Building. The show is in the 7th floor lobby. If you can’t make it to the opening you, can also visit during open hours: Tuesday 6:00-8:00 p.m., Wednesday 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Thursday 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Friday 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., and Saturday 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Masks and proof of vaccination are required.

At-A-Glance: Upcoming Calendar Reminders
October 8: all gilded landscapes and glistening shows fade exhibition opens

October 11: Pottery Closed for Indigenous Peoples Day

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

October 18: Glaze Toss

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

October 31: Pottery Closes at 3:30 p.m. for Halloween Parade

December 3: Winter financial aid applications due

 

FALL TERM – WEEK 3- SEPTEMBER 27

Staff Updates

Both Lou Howard and Hae Won Sohn have stepped down from their positions as technicians, but luckily they will stay in the GHP community as faculty members. We want to extend a heartfelt thank you to them for all of their hard work.

We have two new technicians joining us. Wren Macdonald started on Monday, September 20, and Isolina Minjeong Alva starts on September 27! Make sure to say hello and introduce yourselves when you see them around the Pottery. Please bear with the tech team in the weeks ahead as they train our new hires.

Door Code

Enrolled students may enter the Pottery during our open hours (posted on the door) using the code 5-3-1.

Glazing Appointments

The glazing calendar for the rest of the fall term is now available on the Current Students page of our website! Please be considerate of your fellow students when you book your appointments, and remember that everyone needs glazing time. If you need to cancel your appointment, please do so at least 24 hours in advance so we can make the time slot available to other students.

Glazed Work from Summer

All work fired during the summer term must be taken home by 5:30 p.m. on October 16 or it will be tossed to make room for new student work.

Don’t Forget to Register!

Registration is open for the winter and spring terms. Make sure to sign up online so you don’t miss out on a seat in your favorite class!

October 11 Closure

The Pottery will be closed on Monday, October 11 for Indigenous Peoples Day.

Broader Greenwich House Services 

For all our new students – Greenwich House Pottery is part of Greenwich House, a non-profit organization that offers arts/culture, social services, and health services to community members. If you need social, health, or economic help please contact Director Fabio J. Fernández at FFernandez@GreenwichHouse.org

Note from the Techs

Glaze Room

When using the glaze area, please make sure to clean up when you are done. Tables should be wiped down, tongs put back in their appropriate place, and buckets rolled back underneath tables.

Hot Tips

No Wet Work at Measuring Station!

All student work must be bone dry before you drop it off for measuring. Wet or leather-hard work is almost guaranteed to crack in the fluctuating kiln room temperatures.

Looking for Your Work?

Make sure to check the Hospital Shelf (to the left of the spray booth), the Unlabeled Bisque Shelf (to the left of the kiln room door) and the Measuring Slip Error Shelf (over the measuring table in the glaze room) before approaching a staff member for help.

At-A-Glance: Upcoming Calendar Reminders
October 8: all gilded landscapes and glistening shows fade exhibition opens

October 11: Pottery Closed for Indigenous Peoples Day

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

October 18: Glaze Toss

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

October 31: Pottery Closes at 3:30 p.m. for Halloween Parade

 

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