Pottery Notes

June 14-Spring Term II

Summer Registration

Registration for the summer term is open! We are offering a variety of in-person and online classes, from surface techniques to glass casting. Don’t miss your chance to sign up.

In addition to class programming, we will also be offering workshops and new one-time classes for students who are new to the Pottery! You can read more about our summer classes on our website or by picking up a brochure from the liaison office.

Any tuition credit remaining on your registration account must be used, donated, or transferred to your firing log by June 25th. Please note that firing credits are non-refundable, but never expire!

Wrapping Up

As we approach the end of the term, please finish up all wet work and send it through to bisque if you have not done so already! Don’t forget to put your class chip in bisqued work. Paying for two firings at once will move your work through the studio faster (see “Hot Tips” for more information).

There is a two week glazing grace period for students who are not enrolled in the summer term between July 6 and 19th. The glaze calendar for this grace period will be made available during the final week of the spring term.

Make sure to stop by the liaison office to renew your locker if you are returning for the summer. Students who are not returning must empty their lockers and remove all belongings and work from the studio or it will get tossed.

Staff Updates

We are so grateful to the amazing Jenni Lukasiewicz for all of her hard work and leadership as Interim Director. We are pleased to announce that she will continue at the Pottery as Associate Director moving forward.

We are happy to welcome Hae Won Sohn on board as our new tech starting Wednesday, June 16! Hae Won is serving double duty as a faculty member as well. She will be teaching a Wednesday evening beginning handbuilding class and a Thursday evening beginning moldmaking and slipcasting class with us this summer. You can read more about Hae Won and her work on our website.

Join us in welcoming two interns Ike Lobel and Aleda Katz, who will begin working with us starting Wednesday, the 16th. Aleda returns to GHP after previously interning for us in winter of 2020.

Notes from the Techs:

  • We are currently operating with three techs until Hae Won joins the team. Please be patient as the flow of student work has not adjusted proportionately to the amount of work each tech has on their plate.
  • If you are making your own firing tray, please be sure to clearly mark your name on the bottom with red wash so it doesn’t get placed on the community firing tray shelf. Please also make sure to return community firing trays to said shelf after use.

Hot Tips

Firing Slips

We highly recommend paying for two firings at once by filling out both halves of your firing slips. The second half will be returned to your instructor’s class pouch. If you choose not to go through with the second firing, you can ask a liaison to credit the amount back to your log.

 

Glazing Appointments and Studio Session Reservations

Make sure to double check your dates and make sure you received a confirmation email when you book a glazing appointment or studio session online. We have had a few instances of students showing up on the wrong day or at the wrong time, and we want to make sure everyone can make use of their appointments!

Happenings

Artist Talk

Artist fellow Meiasha Gray will give her online artist talk on Thursday, June 24 from 4:00-5:00 p.m. Register to attend on our website!

Juneteenth Jubilee

Join us for a free celebration of Juneteenth: America’s Independence Day on Friday, June 18 from 4:00-5:30 p.m. We will honor the contributions of Black American culture through music, art, dance, puppetry, and storytelling.

At-A-Glance: Upcoming Calendar Reminders

May 21-June 18: Teapot: The Allan Buitekant Collection

June 14: Summer Term Registration begins, Financial Aid Applications due

June 18: Juneteenth Jubilee 4:00-5:30 p.m.

June 24: Meiasha Gray Online Artist Talk 4:00-5:00 p.m.

June 26: Last Day of Spring Term

June 27-July 4: GHP Closed for Inter-term Recess

June 7-Spring Term II

Summer Registration

The summer term schedule is now available this week. We are offering a variety of in-person and online classes, from surface techniques to glass casting! Registration will begin online on June 14 at noon.

Masks

The Pottery is still a mask-mandatory indoor space regardless of vaccine status. In signing up for a class at GHP, students entered into agreement on this policy. Please do not make staff have to police this issue; wear your mask properly while inside the building and protect the vulnerable members of our community!

Notes from the Techs:

Please take home your glazed work! The shelves are getting very crowded and we do not want anyone’s work to get broken!

The Resident is in!

We are excited to be welcoming Rachel Farmer as the next fellowship artist at GHP. She will be working at the Pottery June 1 through August 6. Rachel Farmer is an artist who uses ceramics and quilts to re-examine histories that get passed down through families, institutions, and pop culture—such as the mythology of the American West, and the artist’s own Mormon pioneer ancestry—with a queer, feminist bent. During her summer fellowship, Farmer will continue a body of work she has been making that features miniature sculptures of pioneer women in action in diorama-like scenes that question the dominant narratives of the American West.

Community Announcements

Have a show coming up? Organizing an open call? Let us know at least a week in advance and we will give you a shout in our Instagram stories! As always feel free to post flyers on our community message board — a great place to sell a kiln, learn about an exhibition, or find a studio rental!

Hot Tips

Firing Slips

Paying for two firings at once makes the measuring and firing process much faster! You can do so by filling out both halves of your firing slips. The second half will be returned to your instructor’s class pouch. If you opt not to go through with the second firing, you can ask a liaison to credit the amount back to your log.

At-A-Glance: Upcoming Calendar Reminders

May 21-June 18: Teapot: The Allan Buitekant Collection

June 14: Summer Term Registration begins, Financial Aid Applications due

June 25: Last Day of Spring Term

June 26-July 4: GHP Closed for Inter-term Recess

June 1-Spring Term II

Staff Updates

We are temporarily short-staffed while we continue our search for a new studio manager and tech. We appreciate your patience as each staff member is carrying a heavier workload than usual, particularly the tech team.

Note from the Techs:

  • When you are getting your clay from the classroom buckets, please be sure to cover the clay with the wet towel and close the bin when you’re done so the clay doesn’t dry out.
  • If you want to use clay from outside GHP, you must get approval from Lead Tech Taylor Stone to ensure it’s compatible with our kilns. Please email a product link to tstone@greenwichhouse.org to verify
  • As the weather gets hotter, the techs will need to be in the kiln room without masks. Please do not enter for your safety and theirs!
  • Please make sure to put your dry or unusable clay in the correct corresponding reclaim bucket to avoid contaminating the supply.
  • Student work cannot exceed 23” in height! Larger work will not fit in the electric kilns.

Glazing Appointments

  • The glazing calendar for the remaining weeks of the C/D session is now available on the Sign Up to Enter the Pottery 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 via your confirmation email or by emailing the liaison office so we can make the time slot available to other students.
  • Many teachers have reserved glaze demo time for their classes. Please make use of this time to glaze your work.
  • If you do not show up to your glazing appointment within the first 30 minutes, we will assume you are a no-show unless we hear from you! Please email or call the liaison office if you’re running late so we don’t give your spot away.

Meet the Director

Thank you to everyone who joined us for Fabio J. Fernández’s community introduction. If you weren’t able to attend, you can view a recording of the talk on our website.

Hot Tips

Class Chips

Don’t forget to put your class chip in your work for bisque! You can find your class chip on the left hand side of the hall as you walk into the glaze room. Class chips should never go into the glaze firing since they’ll stick to your piece.

Hospital and Unlabeled Bisque Shelves

Looking for your work? Make sure to check both the Hospital shelf and the Unlabeled Bisque shelf! Damaged pieces or work that’s been improperly labeled prior to firing will be placed on the Hospital Shelf to the left of the spray booth.

In the Gallery

Teapot: The Allan Buitekant Collection is on view in the Gallery. If you missed the online opening reception and talk by Brian Wright, you can catch the recording on our website.

At-A-Glance: Upcoming Calendar Reminders

May 21-June 18: Teapot: The Allan Buitekant Collection

June 14: Summer Term Registration begins, Financial Aid Applications due

May 24-Spring Term II

Staff Updates

Our wonderful tech Thea is leaving New York and will wrap up at GHP at the end of this week. She will be missed!

Be sure to wish her well if you see her around the Pottery.

Kiln Updates

One of our large bisque kilns is up and running again and we’re gradually catching up with the backlog of bisque firings. We appreciate your continued patience.

Hot Tips

Drop-Off Measuring

Please try not to leave large and heavy works on the very top of the measuring shelves. These pieces can be difficult for the liaisons to lift. If you have a cumbersome piece, a liaison can accommodate by measuring an oversized piece in your classroom when they have a moment. Once the piece is measured, you can coordinate with a liaison or tech about where to place it downstairs.

Wrapped and wet work should be stored in your classroom until it’s dry, not on the measuring shelves. Please refrain from moving your work downstairs until it’s ready to be fired. Work that is still wet will be more prone to cracking if placed in the hot kiln room too soon. Don’t forget to include your class chip with work you’re sending through to bisque!

Happenings

Save the Date: Meet the Director

We’ll be hosting an opportunity to get to know GHP’s new Director, Fabio J. Fernandez over Zoom on May 26 from 4:00-5:00 p.m. You can register to attend by visiting the “Calendar” page on our .

Summer Term

We are putting finishing touches on our summer term course catalogue, and you’ll receive an email when it’s available.. Registration will open on June 14 at 12:00 p.m. Financial aid applications are due the same day.

T-Shirt Design Competition

This is the last week to submit a design for a new GHP t-shirt! The winner will receive a $25 firing credit and bragging rights. Entries are due by 5:30 p.m. on May 29. Illustrator files are preferred, but jpegs are also welcome. Please send designs to pottery@greenwichhouse.org.

Memorial Day Weekend

GHP will be closed on Sunday, May 30, and Monday, May 31 for Memorial Day.

In the Gallery

Teapot: The Allan Buitekant Collection is now on view in the Gallery. Be sure to stop by and check it out. Teapots from the collection are for sale, with 100% of the proceeds going to support GHP. You can browse the catalogue in our online store.

At-A-Glance: Upcoming Calendar Reminders

May 21-June 18: Teapot: The Allan Buitekant Collection

May 26: Meet the Director Zoom 4:00-5:00 p.m.

May 30-31: Memorial Day, GHP closed

June 14: Summer Term Registration begins, Financial Aid Applications due

May 29: Cone 2 Firing Drop-off Deadline; T-shirt design competition entry deadline

May 17-Spring Term II

Welcome!

Whether you’re a new or returning student, we’re excited to have you with us for the second half of the spring term. New students should consult the information trifold passed out by your instructor for important studio rules and guidelines. You can also learn more about making studio session and glazing appointments, our drop-off measuring system, and other helpful tips and tricks in an email sent out to registered students on Monday, May 17th.

Glazing

Due to social distancing guidelines, only a limited number are allowed in the glazing room at a time unless otherwise noted. In order to glaze, students must make an appointment by using the online calendar. Teachers will also reserve a time for your class to glaze together toward the end of the term.

Need the spray booth? Book your appointment slot and then email the liaison office to confirm spray booth availability. Is your preferred time all booked up? Join the waiting list by emailing the liaison office.

Food and Drink

Eating and drinking is not permitted in the Pottery in order to maintain a masked population! If you need a snack or sip, please step out front.

Pay-What-You-Wish Studio Sessions

As part of our ongoing efforts to make pottery more financially accessible to our community, we’re excited to announce that Friday evening studio sessions from 6:00-10:00 p.m. will be Pay-What-You-Wish for the second six weeks of the spring term!

Pre-registration is required. Spots are limited to 6 students per studio in accordance with occupancy guidelines, and you can reserve your spot by visiting the Class Search section of our website and selecting “Studio Time” from the “Class Type” dropdown menu.

Students who fail to cancel their studio session reservations 24 hours in advance or are no-shows will automatically be charged $5.00.

Cone 2 Firing

We are offering one Cone 2 firing for students enrolled in either session of the spring term! Students must drop off work to be measured by May 29. No glaze allowed in the firing, but slips, underglaze, saggars, and reasonable amounts of gersley borate and washes are ok.

Note from the Techs

  • We are currently down to one bisque kiln while repairs to the other one are underway, so all students should expect delays. We appreciate your patience.
  • When you’re done working in the studios, please make sure to return your unused or dried out clay to the correct reclaim bin! Putting your clay in the wrong reclaim contaminates the supply for everyone.

In the Gallery

Teapot: The Allan Buitekant Collection

The Jane Hartsook Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of teapots from the late Allan Buitekant’s collection. Buitekant was a long-time supporter of GHP, where he took classes with Jim Crumrine. This collection of handmade teapots represents Buitekant’s years of collecting and his interest in Yixing teapots. Made out of clay from deposits around Lake Tai in China since the 16th century, Yixing teapots are prized for their fine craftsmanship and for the way their clay enhances the flavor of brewed tea. Please join us for the online opening for this exhibition on May 21 at 5:00 p.m. Register online or in the liaison office.

Happenings

Save the Date: Meet the Director

We’ll be hosting an opportunity to get to know GHP’s new Director, Fabio J. Fernandez over Zoom on May 26 from 4:00-5:00 p.m. Stay tuned for an email invitation with registration information.

Summer Term

This summer, you can look forward to expanded offerings such as glasscasting, surface decoration, virtual workshops and artist talks. The course catalogue is in the works and registration will open on June 14 at 12:00 p.m. Financial aid applications are due the same day.

T-Shirt Design Competition

Students are invited to submit a design for a new GHP t-shirt! The winner will receive a $25 firing credit and bragging rights. Entries are due by 5:30 p.m. on May 29. Illustrator files are preferred, but jpegs are also welcome! Please send designs to pottery@greenwichhouse.org.

Memorial Day Weekend

GHP will be closed on Sunday, May 30, and Monday, May 31 for Memorial Day!

At-A-Glance: Upcoming Calendar Reminders

May 17-June 1: Glazing Grace Period

May 21: Online opening reception, Teapot: The Allan Buitekant Collection 5:00-6:00 p.m.

May 21-June 18: Teapot: The Allan Buitekant Collection

May 26: Meet the Director Zoom 4:00-5:00 p.m.

May 30-31: Memorial Day, GHP closed

June 14: Summer Term Registration begins, Financial Aid Applications due

May 29: Cone 2 Firing Drop-off Deadline; T-shirt design competition entry deadline

 

May 10-Spring Term I

Join Us in Welcoming the New Director!

We’re excited to welcome Fabio J. Fernandez as the new director of the Pottery starting Monday, May 10. You can read more about Fabio in the community-wide email sent to you all on Monday. He’ll be working on-site Monday through Wednesday for May while he completes his move to New York from Boston. Please make sure to say hello if you see him around the Pottery!

Wrapping Up

It’s hard to believe that the end of the session has already arrived! If you are not returning for the C/D session of the term, please make sure to either take your greenware to the measuring shelves or put it in the correct reclaim bucket to make room for future student work. Students enrolled in the A/B session can book glazing spots through May 28 as part of our “glazing grace period.”

Studio Updates

  • The T-1 pug mill is up and running again! You can expect consistently plastic clay in the studios.
  • We’re still eagerly awaiting the arrival of our new electric kiln, Virginia. In the meantime, our electric kilns are struggling to keep up with the flow of student work. Please factor in delays when making your glazing appointments.

Summer Registration

In order to make an informed decision on safely facilitating summer classes given the city’s July 1 reopening, we are postponing registration for the summer term until June 14 at 12:00 p.m. The scholarship application deadline has also been extended until this date. Students with any remaining registration balance must use their credits towards registration, firing, studio sessions, or have the amount refunded minus a $50 administrative fee by June 30.

Cone 2 Firing

Due to popular demand, we are offering one Cone 2 firing for students enrolled in either session of the spring term! In order to partake, students must drop off work to be measured by May 29. If you’re interested in participating, please ask your instructor for guidelines. No glaze is allowed in the firing, but slips, underglaze, saggars, and reasonable amounts of gerstley borate and washes are ok.

Happenings

T-Shirt Design Competition

Students are invited to submit a design for a new GHP t-shirt! The winner will receive a $25 firing credit and bragging rights. Entries are due by 5:30 p.m. on May 29. Illustrator files are preferred, but jpegs are also welcome! Please send designs to pottery@greenwichhouse.org.

At-A-Glance: Upcoming Calendar Reminders

March 8-May 14: Meiasha Gray Fellowship

May 11: Taste of Greenwich House, 8:00 p.m.

May 17-June 1: Glazing Grace Period

June 14: Summer Term Registration begins, Financial Aid Applications due

May 29: Cone 2 Firing Drop-off Deadline; T-shirt design competition entry deadline

May 3-Spring Term I

Bisque Your Work!

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. There will be a two-week glazing grace period from May 17 to June 1 for those who are not returning. You can make your glazing appointment by visiting the Sign Up to Enter the Pottery section of the website.

Preparing for the C/D Session 

If you are not registered for the C/D session of the spring 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.

If you are returning for the second half of the spring session, please consolidate and label your work on your class shelf. We ask that students enrolled in both sessions move as much work through bisque as possible prior to the start of the second session to avoid overwhelming staff (and the kilns) at the very end of the term.

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.

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 or work with incomplete firing slips will be placed on the latter.

In the Gallery

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s GHP Artist Exhibition! Participants should plan to pick up their work from the gallery by Thursday, May 6. The galley door will be closed but unlocked for your convenience. Please visit the calendar to make an appointment, or pick up your work during your regularly scheduled class time. Unclaimed work will be moved to the glaze shelf in the hallway. And the winner of the Student Choice Award is…Lindsay Bergquist! Congratulations!

Happenings

T-Shirt Design Competition

Students are invited to submit a design for a new GHP t-shirt! The winner will receive a $25 firing credit and bragging rights. Entries are due by 5:30 p.m. on May 29. Illustrator files are preferred, but jpegs are also welcome! Please send designs to pottery@greenwichhouse.org.

At-A-Glance: Upcoming Calendar Reminders

March 8-May 14: Meiasha Gray Fellowship

May 1-6: GHP Artists Exhibition Pick-Up

May 11: Taste of Greenwich House, 8:00 p.m.

May 17-June 1: Glazing Grace Period

June 14th: Summer Term Registration begins, Financial Aid Applications due

May 29: Cone 2 Firing Drop-off Deadline; T-shirt design competition entry deadline

 

April 26-Spring Term I

Cone 2 Firing

Due to popular demand, we are offering one Cone 2 firing for students enrolled in either session of the spring term! In order to partake, students must drop off work to be measured by May 29. If you’re interested in participating, please ask your instructor for guidelines. No glaze allowed in the firing, but slips, underglaze, saggars, and reasonable amounts of gersley borate and washes are ok.

Friendly Reminder

Eating and drinking is not allowed inside the Pottery! Please respect the health and safety of the staff, faculty, and your classmates and step outside if you need to have a bite or sip.

Summer Course Survey

We’re in the process of deciding what classes to offer this summer! Please check your inboxes this week for a brief survey on student interest in summer classes, both in-person and online. Your input is greatly appreciated.

Note from the Techs:

Student work cannot exceed 23” in height! Larger work will not fit in the electric kilns.

In the Gallery

Student Choice Award & Artwork Pickup

Make sure to cast your vote for the winner of the Student Choice Award by Friday, April 30! You can vote by visiting the gallery or our website.

You can pick up your work from the GHP Artists Exhibition between May 1 and May 6. Students can make a pick-up appointment by visiting the Sign Up to Enter the Pottery section of the website.

Happenings

Sidewalk Sale

Don’t forget that our Spring Sidewalk Sale will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 1! In addition to handmade pottery by your fellow students, you’ll have the opportunity to browse GHP merch and purchase tulips courtesy of our friends at Jefferson Market Garden! Tell your friends, buy some pots, and support GHP!

T-Shirt Design Competition

Students are invited to submit a design for a new GHP t-shirt! The winner will will receive a $25 firing credit and bragging rights. Entries are due by 5:30 p.m. on May 29. Illustrator files are preferred, but jpegs are also welcome! Please send designs to pottery@greenwichhouse.org

At-A-Glance: Upcoming Calendar Reminders

March 8-May 14: Meiasha Gray Fellowship

April 9-30: GHP Artists Exhibition

May 1: Sidewalk Sale, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

May 1-6: GHP Artists Exhibition Pick-Up

May 11: Taste of Greenwich House, 8:00 p.m.

May 29: Cone 2 Firing Drop-off Deadline; T-shirt design competition entry deadline

 

April 19-Spring Term I

Make Sure to Register!

We still have spots available in select classes for the second half of the spring term, which takes place May 17 through June 26. Reserve your seat now before it’s too late!

Glazing Appointments

The glazing calendar for the remaining six weeks of the A/B session is now available on the Sign Up to Enter the Pottery 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.

If you do not show up to your glazing appointment within the first 30 minutes, we will assume you are a no-show unless we hear from you! Please email or call the liaison office if you’re running late so we don’t give your spot away.

Staff Updates

Studio Manager Pedro Ramirez is leaving GHP to pursue other professional endeavors. We thank him for everything he’s done for us during his time here, we could not have made it into 2021 without him! Meanwhile, Taylor Stone has been promoted to Lead Technician, and will be in the studio full-time moving forward. We look forward to welcoming a new Studio Manager in the coming weeks.

Notes from the Techs:

  • Please make sure to put your dry or unusable clay in the correct corresponding reclaim bucket to avoid contaminating the supply.
  • If you are returning wet and usable clay to the original clay bin, please make sure to wedge it first! Never put slabs back into the bucket, as they dry out extremely quickly and can ruin the consistency of the clay.
  • Please be considerate of others and do not touch or move another artist’s work. We understand that accidents happen, but if you damage someone else’s work, leave a note!
  • If you leave work on the grinding shelf, please leave a note specifying what you’d like ground off.

Hot Tips

Hospital and Unlabeled Bisque Shelves

Looking for your work? Make sure to check both the Hospital shelf and the Unlabeled Bisque shelf! Damaged pieces or work that’s been improperly labeled prior to firing will be placed on the Hospital Shelf to the left of the spray booth. Bisqueware missing a class chip will end up on the Unlabeled Bisque Shelf to the left of the dumpster in the glaze room.

Winter Term Firing Slips

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

Happenings

Save the Date!

A Taste of Greenwich House will happen on May 11 at 8:00 p.m. Join iconic Greenwich Village personalities for an interactive virtual tour of the best of Greenwich Village—peek inside the kitchens of famous chefs, visit iconic landmarks, see fabulous performances and win a gift card to a local restaurant – all while supporting Greenwich House’s community programs for children, families, adults, and older adults.  Plus, this year, a portion of the proceeds will benefit local restaurants hard hit by the pandemic. Stay tuned for an email invitation to purchase your tickets—if you or your company are interested in sponsoring this event, please shoot an email to our GHP Director.

In the Gallery

The 2021 GHP Artists Exhibition is now open! Be sure to visit the Gallery and cast your vote online for the Student Choice Award.

At-A-Glance: Upcoming Calendar Reminders

March 8-May 14: Meiasha Gray Fellowship

April 9-30: GHP Artists Exhibition

April 16: GHP Artists Exhibition Virtual Opening, 5:00 p.m.

April 30-May 6: GHP Artists Exhibition Pick-Up

May 1: Sidewalk Sale, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

May 11: Taste of Greenwich House, 8:00 p.m.

April 12-Spring Term I

Final Week of Bisque and 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 through the Calendar page or use QR codes around the building.

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 April 18 at 6:00 p.m. even if you are registered for the spring term! The bisque shelves will be completely cleared the morning of April 19; 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.

Make Sure to Register!

Did you know you can sign up now for the next 6-week session of classes? C and D sessions of the spring term take place May 17 through June 26. Reserve your seat now before classes fill up.

Hot Tips

Drop-Off Measuring

For those of you returning from the pre-COVID days, our measuring system looks quite different! Instead of in-classroom measuring, students must fill out their firing slips and leave their work on one of the measuring shelves in the glaze room. If you’re putting your work through to bisque, make sure to put your class chip in your piece. Class chips should never be in work dropped off for glazing, as they’ll stick to your piece!

Firing Slips

If you have questions about filling out your firing slips, please consult the firing slip guidelines located in every classroom, or ask your teacher or a liaison for assistance. Incomplete or incorrectly filled out slips will delay the firing process. Your work will be placed on the hospital shelf until we can contact you to resolve it.

Want to see how it’s done? We have an instructional video available on our YouTube channel.

Firing Logs!

Add credit to your firing log by visiting our online store or stopping by the liaison office. If your firing log does not have sufficient funds to cover firing expenses, you will be emailed an invoice. Save yourself time and energy by purchasing a larger sum of firing credit online before dropping off your work.

Winter Term Firing Slips

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

Happenings

In the Gallery

The 2021 GHP Artists Exhibition is now open! Join us for our online opening reception on Friday, April 16 at 5:00 p.m. You can register by visiting our website.

Students should vote for the student choice award for the GHP Artist Exhibition! You can cast your vote by visiting our website or by stopping by the gallery.

At-A-Glance: Upcoming Calendar Reminders

March 8-May 14: Meiasha Gray Fellowship

April 9-30: GHP Artists Exhibition

April 16: GHP Artists Exhibition Virtual Opening, 5:00 p.m.

April 30-May 6: GHP Artists Exhibition Pick-Up

May 1: Sidewalk Sale, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

April 5-Spring Term I

Welcome to the Spring Term!

We hope that you all had a happy, safe spring break and we are excited to have everyone back! Whether you are a new or returning student, we ask that each student carefully read the student trifold 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, please check online or on the bulletin boards weekly to make sure you are aware of important announcements or deadlines.

As we return to the studios for the spring, all of our safety guidelines remain in place regardless of individual staff members’ and students’ vaccination status. You can find this information and more on the Current  s page on our website.

  • We ask that all students be mindful of social distancing while moving around the studios and hallways, and when interacting with staff.
  • You will find sanitization stations in each classroom–red buckets with bleach water and rags for cleaning. When it’s time to clean up at the end of your class, remember to sponge down your work area twice with water—first to remove clay and a second time to get the surface clean—and then sanitize.
  • Students are accountable for their work spaces, but in between classes, staff will also be sanitizing frequently touched surfaces from the top to the bottom of the building. This is why it is crucial that students leave their classes on time.
  • For the safety of the whole community, proper mask wearing is mandatory. Masks must cover one’s nose and mouth at all times. We are taking health precautions very seriously and failure to comply with this policy is grounds for dismissal from the Pottery.

Glaze Grace Period: Winter 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 April 18 at 6:00 p.m. The bisque shelves will be completely cleared the morning of April 19; anything left on the shelves will be discarded 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 Sign Up to Enter the Pottery section of the Current Students page on our website.

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 “Studio Time” from the “Class Type” dropdown menu.

Hot Tips

Firing Slips

If you have questions about filling out your firing slips, please consult the firing slip guidelines located in every classroom, or ask a liaison for assistance. Incomplete or incorrectly filled out slips will delay the firing process. Your work will be placed on the hospital shelf until we can contact you to resolve it.

Want to see how it’s done? We have an instructional video available on our YouTube channel.

Firing Logs!

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.

Winter Term Firing Slips

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

Happenings

In the Gallery

The 2021 GHP Artists Exhibition opens April 9! Join us in celebrating the unique works produced by the GHP community during this anything-but-normal year. We’ll be having an online opening reception on Friday, April 16 at 5:00 p.m. You can register by visiting our website.

Sidewalk Sale
Looking for the perfect Mother’s Day gift or new piece to spruce up your space for spring? Look no further than our ceramics Sidewalk Sale, which will take place on Saturday, May 1 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. All proceeds benefit the Pottery!

At-A-Glance: Upcoming Calendar Reminders

March 8-May 14: Meiasha Gray Fellowship

April 9-30: GHP Artists Exhibition

April 16: GHP Artists Exhibition Virtual Opening, 5:00 p.m.

April 30-May 6: GHP Artists Exhibition Pick-Up

May 1: Sidewalk Sale, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

 

March 22-Winter Term II

End of Term Business

GHP will be closed to all students from March 29-April 5. If you are not returning for the spring term, you must have all of your greenware out of the studio by the 29.

Students returning for the spring term should have all their greenware and bisqueware consolidated and clearly labeled with their Name, Spring Class Number, and “Spring 2021” or it will be discarded.

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.

We have opened up a glazing appointment waitlist, which you can sign up for by stopping by, calling, or emailing the liaison office.

Spring Glazing Appointments

As we prepare for the spring term, we ask that students be mindful of how precious glazing time is due to the circumstances created by COVID-19. Starting April 5, we ask that students limit their glaze appointments to one day a week to ensure that everyone can have time to glaze throughout the term.

Note from the Techs:

  • We’ve noticed that the clay bin lids have been consistently left ajar. Please make sure to fully close the bins after you get your clay in order to keep it from drying out.
  • If you suspect there is an issue with the glazes in the studio, including thickness, simply ask a tech or staff member for help. Under no circumstances should students try to rectify issues with glazes on their own.
  • To afford the technicians social distance, the kiln room is off-limits to students except those heading up to slipcasting.

Hot Tips

Firing Slips

If you have questions about filling out your firing slips, please consult the firing slip guidelines located in every classroom, or ask a liaison for assistance. Incomplete or incorrectly filled out slips will delay the firing process. Your work will be placed on the hospital shelf until we can contact you to resolve it.

Firing Trays

If you are firing a piece that is difficult to handle, please place it on a firing tray to avoid mishaps during measuring. If you are firing multiple tiny pieces, a firing tray may save you money and make it easier to fine your pieces.

Happenings

Reminder: GHP Artists Exhibition

Don’t forget to participate in the GHP Artist Exhibition! Make an appointment to drop off your work using the gallery calendar on our website during our regular open hours March 24 – 29. Students must leave a filled out entry form with their submission. Entry forms are available in the liaison office, or in the current student section of our website.

At-A-Glance: Upcoming Calendar Reminders

March 8-April 23: Meiasha Gray Fellowship

March 24-29: GHP Artists Exhibition Entries Due

March 30-April 4: Pottery Closed for Spring Break

April 5: Spring Term Begins

April 9-30: GHP Artists Exhibition

April 16: GHP Artists Exhibition Virtual Opening

April 30-May 6: GHP Artists Exhibition Pick-Up

May 1: Sidewalk Sale

 

March 15-Winter Term II

End of Term Business

As we approach the end of the term, it is important that you have the following steps on your radar before classes end on the 29th.

  • Make sure class shelves are clear of work and personal items.
  • Bring work to the measuring station for firing. Take any glazed pieces home.
  • Clean out your locker if you don’t plan to come back for the spring term. For students who plan on returning, stop by the liaison office to renew your locker.
  • We prefer that students leave classroom shelves empty and clear out bisqueware and molds. However, if you must leave it behind and are returning in the Spring, please consolidate your work to a single area and clean the surrounding shelf. Work must be clearly labelled with your NAME, SPRING CLASS #, and SPRING 2021 or it will be discarded.

Winter term students can return in the first two weeks of the Spring term (April 5-18) for the glaze grace period. The Spring Term glazing calendar is now available.

We know that the Winter term glaze calendar is quite full, so we ask that students make use of your allotted class glazing time if your instructor has reserved the room.

Note from the Techs:

  • If you are returning clay to the clay bins rather than reclaim, make sure to wedge it first. Slabs deposited in the clay bin dry out quickly and ruin the consistency of the clay.

Glazing Appointments

If you do not need or may miss a glaze appointment, please call or email the Pottery to cancel so that your spot can be offered to someone else. You can also cancel your appointment via the appointment confirmation email you received when making the reservation. Please do so at least 24 hours in advance, if possible.

Entering the Pottery

When you arrive for your class or appointment with us, please be mindful of social distancing in the entryway. For the safety of both our staff and students, we ask that there be no more than four students in the entrance hallway at a time.

Respirators in the Studio

If you are using a respirator in the GHP studios, you must wear a mask underneath it. Respirators may protect the wearer, but do not prevent particles from spreading externally.

Hot Tips

Firing Slips

Are you looking for your firing slips? If you have switched instructors or sections since the end of the A/B session, your slips may be in the liaison office! Please stop by and a liaison can help you locate them.

Always ask a liaison for help retrieving your slips from the faculty mailboxes if you need them outside of class time. This helps us avoid losing slips.

Happenings

GHP Artists Exhibition

If you are interested in contributing work to the GHP Artists Exhibition, please stop by the liaison office to pick up an entry sheet. Entries are due March 24 – 29. Students are responsible for packing their own work for drop-off and pick-up. We cannot accept student work any earlier than the 24th.

At-A-Glance: Upcoming Calendar Reminders

February 19-March 19: Taili Wu Exhibition

March 8-April 23: Meiasha Gray Fellowship

March 24-29: GHP Artists Exhibition Entries Due

April 9-30: GHP Artists Exhibition

April 16: GHP Artists Exhibition Virtual Opening

May 1: Sidewalk Sale

 

March 8-Winter Term II

Note from the Techs:

We have been finding student work on classroom counters, especially in the wheel rooms. If your work doesn’t fit on your class shelf, please utilize the overflow shelves for safe storage.

Spray Booth Reservations

If you would like to use the spray booth during your glazing appointment, please write the liaison office at pottery@greenwichhouse.org to make a reservation.

Studio Session Registration

Students who register for a studio session from their home computer or smartphone should always check to make sure they’ve received an email receipt for their booking! Please reference said email receipt to confirm the time and date of your session so you can make sure you show up on the right day.

Register for Spring Classes

Registration for the Spring Term is open and classes are filling quickly! Sign up now to make sure you have a spot in one of our many in-person or online courses.

Happenings

Heidi Lau Artist Talk

Join us for Heidi Lau’s online artist talk on March 12 at 5:00 p.m. During Heidi’s fellowship this winter, she created a multi-part vessel for the W.O.W. Project in conjunction with the Met to celebrate the Lunar New Year, and she also began a series of large-scale sculptural fountains inspired by the mausoleum of Emperor Qin Shi Huang, which is most famously known for the terracotta warriors surrounding it. Hear more about Heidi’s art practice and these projects by signing up for her online talk in the liaison office or on our website.

New Fellow: Meiasha Gray, March 8 – April 23
Please welcome new GHP Fellow Meiasha Gray to the Pottery! Meiasha is a New York City-based artist who works primarily in ceramics and performance art. In her work, Meiasha is interested in the ephemeral—one of the reasons she is drawn to clay as a material—and in the domestication of space. During her fellowship, she will develop a body of work that integrates other media, including photographs, into her clay practice. She plans to investigate the relationship between people and objects in this project, and ultimately make approximately eight life-sized sculptures.

Save the Date!

We will be having our Spring Sidewalk Sale on May 1 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Mother’s Day will be right around the corner, and there’s no better place or time to find a handmade gift made by a GHP community member!

GHP Artists Exhibition

If you are interested in contributing work to the GHP Artists Exhibition, please stop by the liaison office to pick up an entry sheet.

At-A-Glance: Upcoming Calendar Reminders

February 19-March 19: Taili Wu Exhibition

March 8-April 23: Meiasha Gray Fellowship

March 12: Heidi Lau Artist Talk

April 9-30: GHP Artists Exhibition

April 16: GHP Artists Exhibition Virtual Opening

May 1: Sidewalk Sale

 

March 1-Winter Term II

Pick up your Bisqueware!

The bisque shelves are getting way too full! Please make sure to take your bisqueware home or glaze it as soon as possible. You can sign up for glazing appointments or pick-up slots on our website through the Calendar page or by using the QR codes posted around the building.

Missing Work?

Are you having trouble locating your work? Occasionally, bisqued work without a class chip will end up on the “Unlabeled Bisque Shelf” on the lefthand side of the door to the kiln room. In some instances, damaged pieces or work with incorrectly filled out firing slips will be placed on the Hospital Shelf to the left of the spray booth. Make sure to check both spots when you’re looking for your pieces!

The GHP Artists Exhibition will take place in the Jane Hartsook Gallery April 9 – 30, 2021. Please pick up the Call for Entries information form in the liaison office if you’d like to participate. All currently enrolled GHP students are invited to participate. The opening reception will be held online over Zoom on Friday, April 16 from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Happenings

Our New Kiln!

We are so grateful for everyone’s participation in our kiln fund raffle. Thanks to your contributions and a very generous anonymous donation, we will be able to both buy a new electric kiln and have funds to maintain our existing ones! “Virginia” will arrive at the Pottery in the coming months.

In the Gallery
Make sure to stop by the Jane Hartsook Gallery to see Taili Wu’s New York City solo-show debut, Where is the Bike Shop? The show is on view until March 19.

Hot Tips:

Firing Credit

We highly recommend . You can add funds using the link in your firing log invoice email, visiting the Greenwich House Pottery Store online, or by stopping by the liaison office.

At-A-Glance: Upcoming Calendar Reminders

February 19-March 19: Taili Wu Exhibition

March 1: Spring Registration, Financial Aid Applications Due for Spring Term

March 12: Heidi Lau Artist Talk

 

February 15- Winter Term II

Final Week of Bisque and Glaze Grace Period

The bisque shelves are starting to get crowded and we are approaching the end of our grace period for glazing. You can sign up for glaze and pick-up appointments on our website through the Calendar page or use QR codes around the building.

 Is Something Wrong?

Are you missing soap in your classroom? Did your instructor not show up? Is Wheel 14 not working? Have the scrapers for the wedging boards have disappeared? Tell us! With COVID keeping us all at a safe social distance, we don’t see each other as much as we used to. If something is wrong, let us know and we will try to get it addressed as quickly as possible! If you can’t find a liaison or tech to inform, send an email to pottery@greenwichhouse.org.

Handling Student Work

While you should never deliberately handle other students’ work without their permission, if you mistakenly uncover another student’s unfired piece in the studios, please make sure to wrap it securely and leave it the way you found it! If you need help making space on a shelf or reaching your glazeware ask a technician or liaison for assistance.

Emergency Contacts

If you are a new student, please make sure to provide us with emergency contact information if you did not already do so during registration. You can update your emergency contact by visiting the liaison office.

Happenings

Keep it Lit: Last Week to Purchase Tickets!

We’re raffling off a $325 class credit and a $100 firing credit to raise funds for kiln repairs and maintenance! Our kilns are the backbone of GHP’s operations, and they require near-constant care. Tickets for the class credit are $25 each and tickets for the firing credit are $5 each. You can purchase tickets on our website or in the liaison office. Winners will be drawn on February 25.

In the Gallery
A new show is open in the Gallery! The Jane Hartsook Gallery is pleased to present Taili Wu’s New York City solo-show debut, Where is the Bike Shop? In her art practice, Wu brings a fresh eye to daily life, sculpting in a whimsical style that is influenced by her work in animation and computer art. In this body of work, she brings an array of “bike people” together from around the world. Originally inspired by the goose farmer, ice cream man, and maltose vendor of her childhood—all of whom got around by bicycle—Wu has included bike people and stories from India to the United States in this show. Join us on February 26 for an online artist talk and opening reception. Sign up online or in the liaison office.

Hot Tips:

Firing Credit

We highly recommend adding to your firing log balance ahead of time. You can add funds using the link in your firing log invoice email, visiting the Greenwich House Pottery Store online, or by stopping by the liaison office.

At-A-Glance: Upcoming Calendar Reminders

February 19-March 19: Taili Wu Exhibition

February 26: Taili Wu Online Artist Talk

March 1: Spring Registration, Financial Aid Applications Due for Spring Term

 

February 15- Winter Term II

Studio News

Welcome Back for the Winter Term, Part II!

Whether you are a new or returning student, we recommend reading the student trifold for studio information and policies. Each week Pottery Notes contains all the studio updates you should know. Teachers will read this in class, but if you miss hearing it, please check online or on the bulletin boards weekly to make sure you are aware of important announcements or deadlines. All of this information and more can be found on the Current Student page on our website.

With regards to some of these health and safety protocols, some reminders on new cleaning procedures:

  • You will find sanitization stations in each classroom—red buckets with bleach water and rags for cleaning. When it’s time to clean up at the end of your class, remember to sponge down your work area twice with water—first to remove clay and a second time to get the surface clean—and then sanitize.
  • Students should be accountable for their work spaces, but in between classes, staff will also be sanitizing frequently touched surfaces from the top to the bottom of the building. This is why it is crucial that students leave their classes on time.
  • For the safety of the whole community, proper mask wearing is mandatory. Masks must cover one’s nose and mouth at all times. We are taking health precautions very seriously and failure to comply with this policy is grounds for dismissal from the Pottery.

 A Note from the Techs:

Our sinks are only meant to accommodate water! During clean-up, large chunks of clay should go in their respective reclaim buckets or get wedged and returned to the original bin, not washed down the sink. The filters placed in each sink’s drain should stay in place in order to prevent clay and the occasional tool from slipping into our plumbing system. If clay accumulates in the pipes, we’ll face major plumbing issues.

Clay Care

If you find that you have a large amount of soft and workable clay left over at the end of your work session, please wedge it and place it in the original clay bucket instead of throwing it directly into the reclaim container. Additionally, make sure the clay in the clay bins is properly covered by the cloth each time you close the lid to ensure the clay retains its moisture.

Check your Spam!

It’s come to our attention that many of our important emails are getting filtered into students’ spam folders. Please make sure to check for emails from us in your “Junk Mail” or spam folder and add pottery@greenwichhouse.org to your contacts in order to ensure you don’t miss updates from GHP regarding closures, substitutions,make-ups, and the like.

Spray Gun: Clean it or Lose it!

Recently our spray gun has been neglected when it comes to cleaning. If you use it, please make sure to spray hot water through it during clean-up to avoid clogging the nozzle. If you are not sure how to properly do this, please ask your teacher! We cannot continue to purchase new spray guns each time this happens.

Happenings

Keep it Lit!

We’re raffling off a $325 class credit and a $100 firing credit to raise funds for kiln repairs and maintenance in the years to come! Healthy kilns are essential to our studio operations, and taking care of them requires lots of time and resources. Tickets for the class credit are $25 each and tickets for the firing credit are $5 each. You can purchase tickets on our website or in the liaison office. Winners will be drawn on February 25.

Studio Visits with the Fellow

This is the last week to visit our current fellow Heidi Lau in her studio! If you would like to stop by, look out for the “Fellow is In” sign on the studio door. Please remember to knock before entering.

In the Gallery
A new show is opening on Friday, February 19! The Jane Hartsook Gallery is pleased to present Taili Wu’s New York City solo-show debut, Where is the Bike Shop? In her art practice, Wu brings a fresh eye to daily life, sculpting in a whimsical style that is influenced by her work in animation and computer art. In this body of work, she brings an array of “bike people” together from around the world. Originally inspired by the goose farmer, ice cream man, and maltose vendor of her childhood—all of whom got around by bicycle—Wu has included bike people and stories from India to the United States in this show. Join us on February 26 for an online artist talk and opening reception. Sign up online or in the liaison office.

Hot Tips:

Firing Credit

We highly recommend adding to your firing log balance ahead of time. You can add funds using the link in your firing log invoice email, visiting the Greenwich House Pottery Store online, or by stopping by the liaison office.

At-A-Glance: Upcoming Calendar Reminders

January 11-February 19: Heidi Lau Residency

February 15: Presidents’ Day; GHP Open

February 19-March 19: Taili Wu Exhibition

February 26: Taili Wu Online Artist Talk

March 1: Spring Registration, Financial Aid Applications Due for Spring Term

Fall C&D Sessions

We still have openings in the second half of the Fall term! C&D sections run from October 27-December 12. C sections meet on the 2nd floor and D sections on the 3rd. If you have credit from the Spring term that you would like to use towards a class, you can email or call the office about registration in order to have your credit applied.

After the A+B sessions are complete, there will be a 2-week glaze grace period.

February 8- Winter Term I

Studio News

COVID Safety

The following protocols were outlined as requirements of community members who wished to return to the studio in-person. Please review these guidelines and recommit to abiding by them for the health and safety of our community at large. These protocols will be strictly enforced.

  • Wear a mask at all times. Masks must be snug-fitting and cover your nose and mouth at all times. Masks must not be removed in the Pottery, which means there is no eating or drinking allowed at the Pottery.
  • Upon entry to the Pottery, always:
    • Disinfect your hands
    • Complete a health questionnaire
    • Receive a temperature check
  • Maintain social distance at all times. This includes when:
    • Moving through the hallways and collecting glazeware
    • Working in the classrooms or glaze area
    • Watching instructor demos
    • Taking care of transactions at the liaison office
  • We require all studio members to sanitize workstations and community property after each use

Happenings

Keep it Lit!

We’re raffling off a $325 class credit and a $100 firing credit to raise funds for kiln repairs and maintenance in the years to come! Healthy kilns are essential to our studio operations, and taking care of them requires lots of time and resources. Tickets for the class credit are $25 each and tickets for the firing credit are $5 each. You can purchase tickets on our website or in the liaison office. Winners will be drawn on February 25.

Hot Tips

Firing Credit

We highly recommend adding to your firing log balance ahead of time. You can add funds using the link in your firing log invoice email, visiting the Greenwich House Pottery Store online, or by stopping by the liaison office.

Winter C&D Sessions

We still have openings in the second half of the Winter term which begins next week! C&D sections run from February 16-March 29. C sections meet on the 2nd floor and D sections on the 3rd. If you have credit from the Fall or Winter term that you would like to use towards a class, you can call or email the office about registration in order to have your credit applied.

As the current session comes to a close, there will be a 2-week glazing grace period from February 16 – March 1. If you are not planning on returning for the second session, please make sure to empty your locker.

At-A-Glance: Upcoming Calendar Reminders

January 11-February 19: Heidi Lau Residency

February 15: Presidents’ Day; GHP Open

February 19-March 19: Taili Wu Exhibition

March 1: Spring Registration, Financial Aid Applications Due for Spring Term

February 1- Winter Term I

Studio News
A Note from the Techs:
Our sinks are only meant to accommodate water! During clean-up, large chunks of clay should go in their respective reclaim buckets or get wedged and returned to the original bin, not washed down the sink. The filters placed in each sink’s drain should stay in place in order to prevent clay and the occasional tool from slipping into our plumbing system. If clay accumulates in the pipes, we’ll face major plumbing issues.

Clay Care
If you find that you have a large amount of soft and workable clay left over at the end of your work session, please wedge it and place it in the original clay bucket instead of throwing it directly into the reclaim container. Additionally, make sure the clay in the clay bins is properly covered by the cloth each time you close the lid to ensure the clay retains its moisture.

Spray Gun: Clean it or Lose it!
Recently our spray gun has been neglected when it comes to cleaning. If you use it, please make sure to spray hot water through it during clean-up to avoid clogging the nozzle. If you are not sure how to properly do this, please ask your teacher! We cannot continue to purchase new spray guns each time this happens.

Happenings
Keep it Lit!
We’re raffling off a $325 class credit and a $100 firing credit to raise funds for kiln repairs and maintenance in the years to come! Healthy kilns are essential to our studio operations, and taking care of them requires lots of time and resources. Tickets for the class credit are $25 each and tickets for the firing credit are $5 each. You can purchase tickets on our website or in the liaison office. Winners will be drawn on February 25.

Sidewalk Sale: This Saturday, February 6, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Browse a variety of handmade ceramics made by members of the Greenwich House Pottery community at our Winter Sidewalk Sale! Your purchase helps support GHP’s operations.

Last Chance!
This is the last week to catch Kate Roberts’s exhibition After Image, on view in the gallery until February 5. Make sure to stop by if you haven’t already seen it!

Hot Tips:
Firing Credit
We highly recommend adding to your firing log balance ahead of time. You can add funds using the link in your firing log invoice email, visiting the Greenwich House Pottery Store online, or by stopping by the liaison office.

Fall C&D Sessions
We still have openings in the second half of the Winter term! C&D sections run from February 15-March 29. C sections meet on the 2nd floor and D sections on the 3rd. If you have credit from the Fall or Winter term that you would like to use towards a class, you can call or email the office about registration in order to have your credit applied.

After the A&B sessions are complete, there will be a 2-week glaze grace period. If you are not planning on returning for the second session, please make sure to empty your locker.

At-A-Glance: Upcoming Calendar Reminders
January 8-February 5: Kate Roberts Exhibition
January 11-February 19: Heidi Lau Residency
January 29: Trevor King Artist Talk
February 6: Winter Sidewalk Sale
February 15: Presidents’ Day; GHP Open
February 19-March 19: Taili Wu Exhibition
March 1: Spring Registration, Financial Aid Applications Due for Spring Term

 

January 25- Winter Term I

Studio News
Clean Studio, Happy Studio!
Students are responsible for cleaning up at the end of class or studio sessions. For community areas or tools, such as the wedging tables, clean immediately after use for the next student. When it’s time to clean up at the end of your class, remember to sponge down your work area twice with water–first to remove clay and a second time to get the surface clean–and then sanitize. You will find sanitization stations in each classroom–red buckets with bleach water and rags for cleaning. Please do your part. Staff is cleaning all the frequently touched surface after you leave, but they cannot do it all. You are entirely responsible for your wheel or worktable.

Fellowship Artist Studio Visits
Current fellowship artist Heidi Lau welcomes visitors when she’s in her studio space. Feel free to knock on her door any time the “fellow is in” sign is up to see what she’s working on.

A Note from the Techs
One of our larger bisque kilns is out of commission, therefore the height limitation for work is now 22”. Students can consider firing work on its side if they are working on something that exceeds this limit.

Happenings
Keep it Lit!
We’re raffling off a $325 class credit and a $100 firing credit to raise funds for a new electric kiln! Starbuck, one of our kilns, is no longer operational. We depend on these kilns to bisque all student work, and for our cone 04 and cone 6 firings, so we need a new one as soon as possible! Raffle tickets for the firing credit are $5 each, and tickets for the class credit are $25 each. You can purchase tickets online, in person, or over the phone at (212) 242-4106 between January 25th and February 24th. We’ll announce our winners on February 25th!

Trevor King Artist Talk: Friday, January 29, 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Join us online for an artist talk with Trevor King to learn about the impressionistic documentary he created during his GHP fellowship. He spent his time interviewing staff, students, and artists and shooting video footage of daily life at the studio. Hear about how it all came together and maybe even see a short sneak preview! You can register through the “Calendar” section of our website.

Sidewalk Sale: Saturday, February 6, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Peruse affordable handmade ceramics by members of the Greenwich House Pottery community at our second Winter Sidewalk Sale! You’ll find everything from functional ware to sculptural pieces for yourself or your loved ones while also supporting GHP’s operations.

Hot Tips:
Firing Credit
Have you received an invoice because you owe money on your firing log? Through the invoice email, you can head to the Greenwich House Pottery Store to add extra money to your firing log. That way, you’ll have extra money on your account the next time you drop off work to be measured and it saves GHP from having to pay additional credit card processing fees. You can also stop by the liaison office to add firing credit.

You Can Pay for Two Firings!
Did you know that you can pay for your bisque and glaze firing at once? You’ll find that firing slips are printed with two sections. When you bring them to the measuring area, you can leave them connected. Be sure to circle “2 Firings”; the top will be for the bisque firing and the bottom will be for the glaze firing. Students often receive a greater discount by paying for both at once and it makes the measuring process easier for the liaisons.

At-A-Glance: Upcoming Calendar Reminders
January 8-February 5: Kate Roberts Exhibition
January 11-February 19: Heidi Lau Residency
January 25-February 24: Raffle ticket sales
February 25: Raffle drawing
January 29: Trevor King Artist Talk
February 6: Winter Sidewalk Sale
February 15: Presidents’ Day; GHP Open
February 19-March 19: Taili Wu Exhibition
March 1: Spring Registration, Financial Aid Applications Due for Spring Term

January 18- Winter Term I

Studio News
New Staff
We are excited to welcome 2 new staff members:
• Thea Zwiler joined the tech team last week.
• Megan Lee will join us as the Interim Education and Events Manager this week replacing Hannah. Hannah will be returning the liaison team as a part-time employee while she completes her degree.

Please, Please Leave On Time!
We mentioned this in last week’s Pottery Notes but we can’t say it enough! For classes, studio sessions, and glaze appointments ending at 1:00pm and 5:30pm, it is really important that students are out of the building by that time. If you have cleaning to do, need to make a pit-stop at your locker before leaving, or want to stop by the office or measuring station on your way out, try to finish up early. Liaisons really need the half hour for cleaning, because this ensures that the next group of students are walking into a space that has been thoroughly sanitized. Students at the Pottery in the evening should be out by 10pm. Please be courteous to our liaisons and techs working late so that they are able to get out on time.

Pick-Up Appointments
As a safety precaution, we do not allow drop-in appointments, and so students must schedule a pick-up appointment to come to the Pottery. Anyone looking to retrieve work, or drop off pieces for firing should use this calendar. The pick-up calendar can be found on our website on the Current Students page under Sign-Up to Enter Pottery. If you scroll down on the page, the pick-up calendar is below the calendar for glaze appointments. Staff has a daily calendar for these appointments, so it helps to know which students to expect daily, and is pertinent to contact tracing, should that ever be necessary.

Happenings
Register NOW!
The next 6-week session begins on February 16. Register now for a class before the C or D sections are all full!

Hot Tips:
Check Out Our Library Online!
Though students can’t peruse our library collection from the liaison office, you can still do so online. We have a wonderful collection available and the digital database can be found on our Student Resources page. If you find a book that you would like to check out, email pottery@greenwichhouse.org with the title, author, and call number and we are happy to put the book on hold for you.

Spray Booth
If you use the spray booth, please remember to clean the spray head well after using it. After washing all the parts, fill the canister with clean water and reconnect it to the hose. Spray a few times ensuring the water comes out glaze free.

At-A-Glance: Upcoming Calendar Reminders
January 8-February 5: Kate Roberts Exhibition
January 11-February 19: Heidi Lau Residency
January 18: MLK Jr. Day; GHP Closed
February 15: Presidents’ Day; GHP Open
February 19-March 19: Taili Wu Exhibition
March 1: Spring Registration, Financial Aid Applications Due for Spring Term

January 11- Winter Term I

Studio News

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 17 at 6:00 p.m. The shelves will be completely cleared the morning of January 18; anything left on the shelves will be discarded to make space for new work. New appointments have been posted on the glaze calendar for the next couple weeks.

Studio Safety

For the well-being of our community, and especially if you traveled over the holidays, we recommend that students get tested.

Bundle Up!

Our boiler for the glaze area and slip-casting studio is broken and it is uncertain when it will be replaced. We are taking extra measures to keep the building warm–we have space heaters running and are regularly firing the kilns–but be sure to bring warm clothing and layers because the building will be chilly.

Fall Firing Slips

If you were in a class last term and are missing some of your glaze firing slips, please see one of the liaisons. Glaze slips left in teachers’ mailboxes at the end of the Fall term are now being stored in the liaison office.

Messages from the Techs

  • If for some reason you can’t find a piece of bisqueware or glazeware, make sure to check the hospital shelf. Pieces are put there in the event of any damages or mishaps; liaisons will also now be putting work there if a firing slip is incorrectly filled out or missing information.
  • The bottom shelf of the hospital area is where work can be left for grinding. Once this is completed by the techs, work will be put on the glaze shelves.
  • All credit requests have now been processed, so if you put in a request please pick up your work as soon as possible.

Please Be on Time!

  • From 1:00-1:30 p.m. and 5:30-6:00 p.m., staff sanitize the building. Students must be out of the building on time in order for this to happen. If you need to stop by the office or bring work down to the measuring station before leaving the Pottery, do not wait until the last minute to do so.
  • Timeliness is also important at the end of the night. Students must be out of the building by 10:00 p.m., otherwise staff cannot leave on time at the end of the night.

New Open Studio Schedule

We have added additional open studio times and below is the most up-to-date schedule. A reminder that studio sessions are $25 for 4 hours:

 

Glaze Appointments

Glaze appointments are always in high demand! If you have a glaze appointment that you are unable to make you can either cancel the appointment via your confirmation email–the option to cancel is at the bottom of the email–or by calling or emailing the liaison office.

Happenings

In the Gallery
A reminder that a new show opened last week in the gallery. The Jane Hartsook Gallery is pleased to present Kate Robert’s first solo exhibition in New York City. In this new body of work, Roberts considers the massive destruction caused by forest fires that blazed across Oregon and much of the West Coast in 2020. Using clay dust to “paint” on transparent fabric, she recreates the smoked-out landscapes left behind by the raging fires. Join us this Friday, January 15, for an online artist talk and opening reception. Sign up online or in the liaison office.

New Fellow: Heidi Lau, January 11-February 19
Lau is a New York City-based artist who grew up in Macau. Her primary materials are paper and ceramic. In her research-based work, Lau explores nostalgia, memory, and the creation of history. Taoist cosmology influences much of her work, as do folk superstitions and Macau’s colonial history. Lau is particularly interested in burial chambers as a transitional space in which a body teeters between personhood and objecthood.

During her fellowship, Lau will create a series of large-scale sculptural fountains inspired by the mausoleum of Emperor Qin Shi Huang (259 – 210 B.C.) in Xian, China. Though the mausoleum is most famously known for the terracotta warriors surrounding it, Lau is taking inspiration for her project from the pools of mercury that historical accounts and archeological research indicate surround the main section of the as-yet unopened tomb.

Hot Tips:

If students choose to use stilts for their work, they must purchase their own and place their work on a firing tray that is twice as wide as the height of the piece in each direction. In the event that the work falls over, this will prevent it from damaging other student’s work.

At-A-Glance: Upcoming Calendar Reminders
January 8-February 5: Kate Roberts Exhibition
January 11-February 19: Heidi Lau Residency
January 18: MLK Jr. Day; GHP Closed
February 15: Presidents’ Day; GHP Open
February 19-March 19: Taili Wu Exhibition
March 1: Spring Registration, Financial Aid Applications Due for Spring Term

 

January 4- Winter Term I

Studio News

Welcome Back for the Winter Term!

We hope that you all had happy, safe holidays and we are happy to have everyone back! Whether you are a new or returning student, we recommend reading the student trifold for studio information and policies. Each week Pottery Notes contains all the studio updates you should know. Teachers will read this in class, but if you miss hearing it please check online or on the bulletin boards weekly to make sure you are aware of important announcements or deadlines. All of this information and more can be found on the Current Student page on our website.

With regards to some of these health and safety protocols, some reminders on new cleaning procedures:

  • You will find sanitization stations in each classroom–red buckets with bleach water and rags for cleaning. When it’s time to clean up at the end of your class, remember to sponge down your work area twice with water–first to remove clay and a second time to get the surface clean–and then sanitize.
  • Students should be accountable for their work spaces, but in between classes, staff will also be sanitizing frequently touched surfaces from the top to the bottom of the building. This is why it is important that students leave their classes on time.
  • For the safety of the whole community, proper mask wearing is mandatory. Masks must cover one’s nose and mouth at all times. We are taking health precautions very seriously and failure to comply with this policy is grounds for dismissal from the Pottery

Medbot

Students should receive emails by the end of this week to sign up for the Medbot app; these emails will come from noreply@mymedbot.lu, so look out for this sender and be sure to check your spam folders! Having the Medbot app will allow you to complete the health questionnaire ahead of time and will expedite entering the Pottery. Once you download the app, you can turn off notifications and only complete the questionnaire on days that you come to the Pottery. If you’ve had any trouble signing up for Medbot or do not receive the email, add your name and email to the clipboard at the front door on top of the radiator–a staff member will provide individual attention in setting up your account.

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 17 at 6:00 p.m. The shelves will be completely cleared the morning of January 18; anything left on the shelves will be discarded to make space for new work. New appointments have been posted on the glaze calendar for the next couple weeks.

Glaze Room Changes

We have done some rearranging in the glaze area:

  • As you walk into the glaze area, class chips are now to the left just before the cone 10 test tile wall. Hanging on the edge of the metal shelf with class chips, you’ll also find firing slips. Be sure to fill out your firing slips and get your class chip for the bisque firing before dropping off your work at the measuring station.
  • The test tiles in the glaze area have also been arranged for better visibility. The cone 10 tiles are in the same location, on the wall as soon as you enter the glaze area. Cone 04 tiles can be found just around the corner in front of the slipcasting bisqueware shelves.
  • If you have a glaze appointment, please stand in the center of the glaze area at your respective table; you will find dots for social distancing marked out on the floor. We want to be sure the walkways in front of the bisque shelves are kept clear for students and techs.

Studio Sessions

These are the studio sessions available thus far. There may be additional week day sessions added in the next few days and the schedule will be listed in next week’s Pottery notes and posted around the studio. Sign up here.

Happenings

Glaze of Our Lives
We are once again offering Max and Rose Katz’s Ceramic Material workshop. This is a self-guided, on demand exploration of glazes that is designed to help makers of all levels understand how clay and glazes work. This course is being offered at a discounted rate through GHP and includes 12 hours of content which can be downloaded and reviewed at your own pace for $85. Sign up online through our Course Catalog.

In the Gallery
A new show is opening on Friday, January 8! The Jane Hartsook Gallery is pleased to present Kate Robert’s first solo exhibition in New York City. In this new body of work, Roberts considers the massive destruction caused by forest fires that blazed across Oregon and much of the West Coast in 2020. Using clay dust to “paint” on transparent fabric, she recreates the smoked-out landscapes left behind by the raging fires. Join us on January 15 for an online artist talk and opening reception. Sign up online or in the liaison office.

Hot Tips:

Cone 2 Firing

Last chance cone 2 firing will occur on January 16. We are discontinuing cone 2 firings for the remainder of the year due to low interest. If you want to participate in this final firing get your work measured!

At-A-Glance: Upcoming Calendar Reminders
January 4: Winter Term Begins
January 8-February 5: Kate Roberts Exhibition
January 11-February 19: Heidi Lau Residency
January 18: MLK Jr. Day; GHP Closed
February 15: Presidents’ Day; GHP Open
February 19-March 19: Taili Wu Exhibition

 

December 7 – Fall Term II

Fall Term is Almost Over!
We’ve almost made it to the finish line, and we’re so grateful to have had our community together again this term despite being in the midst of a pandemic. Some reminders before classes end on December 12:
• Make sure class shelves are clear of work and personal items.
• Bring work to the measuring station for firing. Take any glazed pieces home.
• Clean out your locker if you don’t plan to come back for the winter term. For students who plan on returning, stop by the liaison office to renew your locker
• We prefer that students leave classroom shelves empty and clear out bisqueware, however if you must leave it behind and are returning in the winter term please consolidate your work to a single area, and clean the surrounding shelf. Work must be clearly labelled with your NAME and WINTER 2021 or it will be discarded.

*A reminder that fall term students can return in the first two weeks of the winter term (January 4-18) for the glaze grace period. Schedule your appointment now using the online calendar.

Winter Term
Registration for next term will open on December 15. Scholarship applications are due on the same date. Anyone registering who still has credit on their account deferred from the Spring term should email the liaison office with their class preference between December 12 to 15.

PotLUCK
Last chance to get your raffle tickets this week. The PotLUCK winners will be announced this Friday at noon. Join us through a livestream on Instagram and see if you’re a winner!

Pick-up Your Work Before the Holidays…
We realize many of you have made ceramic gifts for loved ones and are eager to get pieces back before the holiday. We are planning to offer an additional pick-up window on December 17 from 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. We’ll be posting appointments on our website soon!

Spray Booth Calendar
We will be getting rid of the spray booth calendar because it caused complications with glaze appointments. Instead, if you would like to use the spray booth during a glaze appointment please call or email the liaison office.

At-A-Glance: Upcoming Calendar Reminders
December 10: PotLUCK Exhibition Closes
December 11: PotLUCK Winners Announced
December 12: End of Fall Term
December 13-January 3: Pottery Closed; No building access for students
December 15: Winter Registration Open; Winter Scholarship Application Due
December 17: Pottery open 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. for Fired Work Pick-up
January 4: Winter Term Begins

November 30 – Fall Term II

Post-Holiday Reminder
We hope that all of you enjoyed the Thanksgiving break. We at the Pottery are reminded of how grateful we are for our staff, faculty, and students.

If you traveled out of state, please be sure that you follow NY state guidelines for testing out of the 14-day quarantine: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-travel-advisory. It is important that everyone follow this protocol out of respect and safety to the Pottery community. We recommend that anyone planning to sign up for the Winter term, which starts January 4, also reviews these policies following the Winter holidays.

With a Couple Weeks Left for C+D Sections…
The Fall term will end on December 12, so it is a good idea to finish up any work in progress; send greenware into the bisque firing, and get your bisqueware glazed! Some things to keep in mind over the next couple weeks:
• Clear your class shelves and start taking home personal items, tools and finished pieces. If any greenware is lingering on the shelves, either have it fired or stick it in the reclaim buckets if you don’t intend to keep it
• Empty your locker unless you plan on continuing next term, in which case you can stop by the liaison office to renew your locker
• Class evaluation forms can be found on the Current Students page on our website. Your feedback is appreciated
• Please clear out any work on the greenware shelves by the end of the day on December 12. Any work remaining on the shelves after this date will be discarded

Sidewalk Sale
It’s finally here! Stop by this weekend, December 5 and 6 from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., to peruse our selection of wonderful pots. With the holidays upcoming, you’re sure to find one-of-a-kind, handmade gifts! We are still looking for student volunteers; sign up by calling or stopping by the liaison office.

Glaze Appointments
Look out for January glaze appointments! This week, we will be adding the glaze grace period dates to the glaze appointment calendar. In the first two weeks of the Winter term, students that were registered for Fall classes will be able to sign up for glaze appointments to complete any unfinished work.

Cups + Cocktails
Join us online with your favorite cocktail in your favorite cup to toast GHP’s incredible faculty! They have done an amazing job adjusting their teaching methods to our new socially-distant world. Join us to cheer them on and have an online look at the work in our potLUCK raffle. Zoom info available online at: https://www.greenwichhouse.org/event/cocktails-in-cups-virtual-happy-hour/

At A Glance: Upcoming Calendar Reminders:

December 3, 5:00 p.m.: Cups + Cocktails Online Opening for potLUCK Raffle
December 5+6, 10 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.: Sidewalk Sale at the Pottery
December 10: PotLUCK Exhibition Closes
December 11: PotLUCK Winners Announced
December 12: End of Fall Term
December 13-January 3: Pottery Closed; No building access for students
December 15: Winter Registration Open; Winter Scholarship Application Due
January 4: Winter Term Begins

November 23 – Fall Term II

We Are Nearing the End of the Term…
After the Thanksgiving break, there will only be a couple weeks left in the term. It is important that students fire greenware as soon as possible, and instead of beginning new work, try to get your bisqueware glazed. We realize that the glaze calendar is very full, so we want to remind everyone that the glaze grace period will happen during the first two weeks of the Winter term. We also have a glaze appointment waitlist; stop by the liaison office to have you name added to the list should an appointment time become available.

With regards to the uncertainty of COVID post-holiday, we encourage students to be mindful that, while the Pottery can currently remain open, there is always the possibility that non-essential business must cease. If there is anything important that you usually leave at the Pottery, we advise students to bring these items home.

Kiln Room: Do Not Enter
Please remain out of the kiln room unless you pass through to slipcasting. Students should not use the restroom in the kiln room; we want to reserve that space for techs so that they are able to take off their masks as needed when kilns are firing. Please use the 2nd floor restrooms.

Sidewalk Sale: Help Us Out!
We still need volunteers for our Pot Sale on December 5 & 6. The sale will happen from 10am-4pm and volunteers will be assigned hour and half long shifts. To sign up, please call or stop by the liaison office.

Cleaning
Please clean your work space and any other dirtied areas of the classroom with a clean sponge first. Then use a towel and bleach water, provided at the sanitization stations in each room, to disinfect any surfaces you’ve touched.

Trevor King Fellowship
Do you have a Greenwich House story to tell? Are you interested in sharing more about your work and your experiences here?

During his fellowship, King will create an impressionistic documentary video that tells the story of how Greenwich House Pottery and its community are pushing forward the ceramic arts tradition. He will shoot video footage of daily life at the studio and conduct interviews with staff, students, and other affiliated artists, combining these two types of documentation to create a romantic video portrait that demonstrates the beauty of the Pottery and its community.

To get involved with the project, please sign up for an interview slot on the sign-up sheets outside of the artist-in-residence studio and/or contact Trevor directly at trevorkingart@gmail.com.

At A Glance: Upcoming Calendar Reminders

November 23: Trevor King Fellowship Begins
November 25-29: Thanksgiving; GHP Closed, No Classes or Open Studio
December 3: Cups + Cocktails Online Opening for potLUCK Raffle
December 5+6: Sale at the Pottery
December 10: PotLUCK Exhibition Closes
December 11: PotLUCK Winners Announced
December 12: End of Fall Term
December 15: Winter Registration Open; Winter Scholarship Application Due
January 4: Winter Term Begins

November 16 – Fall Term II

Glaze Appointments
The glaze calendar is full through the end of the term. If you do not need or may miss a glaze appointment, please call or email the Pottery to cancel so that your spot can be offered to someone else. Students can also cancel their appointment through the confirmation email they received for their glaze appointment which will open the time slot up for others to book. We now have a waitlist in the liaison office for glaze appointments.

A Note from the Techs:

  • Students must purchase their own stilts and they can only be fired at cone 10 if they are on a tray with walls
  • If you are glazing, please stand on the designated circles in the center of the glaze area. This allows space for the techs to unload bisque work and for students to find work on their class shelves.

Thanksgiving Break
The Pottery will be closed November 25-29 for Thanksgiving; this means there are no in-person or online classes and no building access on these days.

Please be aware of Greenwich House’s policy for traveling to other states and how that may affect returning to the Pottery:

  • States that are contiguous to New York (including Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Vermont) continue to be exempted from quarantine protocol
  • Anyone that has traveled elsewhere in the United States must get tested within 3 days prior to landing in New York in whichever state they are visiting, must quarantine for at least 3 days upon arrival in New York, and must get tested on day four of arrival. If the traveler receives a negative test on day four of quarantine they may exit quarantine once they receive this result.
    All travel advisory details can be found on the NY Gov website: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-travel-advisory.

We also encourage students to get tested who plan to gather with friends and family for the holiday.

As COVID Numbers Rise in NYC, What Happens to the Pottery?
GHP’s weather emergency policies will continue to align with public schools, however we will now follow guidelines for Phase 4 industries as to whether we shut down due to COVID. We plan to stick to the policy laid out when we reopened in July which is as follows:

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

PotLUCK Opening
Purchase tickets for the potLUCK raffle to support Greenwich House Pottery! As a small arts nonprofit, we need all the help we can get to stay open during this unprecedented time. Help us raise funds by purchasing raffle tickets, and encouraging your friends and family to do the same! Each ticket is a chance to win a fantastic work by one of our faculty members. Stop by the liaison office to purchase tickets today, or buy them through our online store where you can also see pictures of all the prizes! Visit https://www.greenwichhouse.org/pot-luck-raffle/.

At A Glance: Upcoming Calendar Reminders
November 20: PotLUCK Exhibition opens
November 23: Winter Term Financial Aid Applications Due, Trevor King Fellowship Begins
November 25-29: Thanksgiving; GHP Closed, No Classes or Open Studio
December 1: Winter Registration Open
December 3: Cups + Cocktails Online Opening for potLUCK Raffle
December 5+6: Sale at the Pottery
December 10: PotLUCK Exhibition Closes
December 11: PotLUCK Winners Announced
December 12: End of Fall Term
January 4: Winter Term Begins

November 9 – Fall Term II

MedBot
It seems that more and more students are catching on to the new MedBot app. Students received invitation codes to join the app from noreply@mymedbot.lu, so be sure to check your inboxes and spam folders. You can use the app as a replacement to the hard copy of the health questionnaire you would normally fill out at the door. Instead, just flash the completed questionnaire on your phone before having your temperature taken. If you are having issues getting signed up for MedBot, stop by the liaison office for assistance.

A Note from the Liaisons…

  • Be sure that all information is filled out completely and legibly on firing slips, including name (first and last) class number, date, firing type, and that the number of firings is circled along with drawing a picture of your piece. If you opt to do both firings at once, make sure that both slips are filled out completely for the bisque and glaze firings. Newer students can consult their teachers or a liaison for guidance on filling out firing slips.
  • If you are having trouble finding work on the bisque and glaze shelves, don’t forget to check the hospital shelf. Work left to be measured without a firing slip or with an incomplete firing slip will be placed there.

Winter Term
The Winter term is January 4 to March 29. We should have the schedule for classes available soon and registration will open on December 1. For students that plan on signing up with credit still on their accounts from deferring the Spring term, please contact the liaison office to register for Winter classes once the schedule has been released.

Pottery Sale
Since we were unable to have our open house and Made in Clay will not be possible, we are planning a pop-up sale in front of the Pottery on December 5 and 6 for fundraising. We are hoping to enlist volunteers to help us run it. Please email pottery@greenwichhouse.org if you would like to help out. In anticipation of colder weather, shifts will be an hour and half to two hours long.

PotLUCK
Support the Pottery and get the chance to win work by your favorite Greenwich House Pottery faculty members! GHP, like many small arts nonprofits, has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic and needs your support. Purchase raffle tickets for the chance to win work by Kathy Erteman, Dave Gibson, Luc-Hammond Thomas, Hiroe Hanazono, Trevor King, Kate Missett, Eun-Ha Paek, Pedro Ramirez, Ryan Rennie, Andrew Robinson, Elise Siegel, Julie Terestman, Gina Tibbott, Derek Weisberg, Anjuli Wright or Lu Zhang. Raffle tickets cost $25 for one, $100 for five, or $250 for fifteen. Raffle ticket purchasers are eligible to win any of the prizes in the drawing and you may buy as many tickets as you would like. The exhibition of work will be on display November 20 through December 10. Winners will be drawn December 11. Visit the website for more details and tickets can be purchased in the liaison office or through GHP’s new online store.

At A Glance: Upcoming Calendar Reminders

November 11: Veteran’s Day; GHP Closed, No Classes or Open Studio
November 20: PotLUCK Exhibition opens
November 23: Winter Term Financial Aid Applications Due, Trevor King Fellowship Begins
November 25-29: Thanksgiving; GHP Closed, No Classes or Open Studio
December 1: Winter Registration Open
December 10: PotLUCK Exhibition Closes
December 11: PotLUCK Winners Announced
December 12: End of Fall Term
January 4: Winter Term Begins

 

November 2 – Fall Term II

New Staff and Faculty!
As many of you know, Pedro Ramirez is now our Studio Manager. This session, we also have new faculty– Eun-Ha Paek, who is teaching two online courses, and Jessica Stoller, who teaches the in-person Intermediate/Advanced handbuilding class on Saturday mornings.

It’s Getting Colder…
Remember to bring layers when you come to the Pottery. We can always turn up the heat in the building, but one window in each classroom will need to stay cracked to allow fresh air to flow in and out.

Glaze Area
Please try to stand on the designated markers in the glaze area which are towards the center of the room. That way other students can access the bisque shelves and abide by social distancing.

Additional Studio Sessions
Below is our updated weekly schedule for studio sessions through the remainder of the Fall term. Available sessions can be found on the registration page by selecting “Fall 2020” as the term, and “Studio Time” as the Class Type:

Firing Log Invoices and the GHP Online Store
A reminder that we are now using Shopify for credit card transactions. Moving forward, if you have a balance on your log you will receive an invoice; the email gives you the option to pay the exact balance or you can use the button for the GHP Store to add additional money to your firing log. You can also visit the store through our website at any time to add money to your firing log. There you will also find tools kits and clay, books and zines, and gallery items for sale.

At A Glance: Upcoming Calendar Reminders

November 6: Didem Mert Exhibit Closes
November 11: Veteran’s Day; GHP Closed, No Classes or Open Studio
November 23: Winter Term Financial Aid Applications Due, Trevor King Fellowship Begins
November 25-29: Thanksgiving; GHP Closed, No Classes or Open Studio
January 4: Winter Term Begins

October 26 – Fall Term II

Welcome C+D Fall Sections
We are happy to have new and returning students at the Pottery for the second half of our Fall term! For anyone that wasn’t able to join us for the A+B sections, we encourage you to read the new student trifold; it includes information about the Pottery and all of the health and safety procedures we have implemented. This information is also available on the Pottery Reopening Information page.

Medbot
Students were sent an invitation code to MyMedBot from Greenwich House Inc. This is not spam! The app can be downloaded and used as a paperless alternative to the health questionnaire you would normally fill out at the door. Simply use the app before coming to the Pottery and flash the completed questionnaire to staff before having your temperature taken.

A Message from the Techs
We know students are very excited to get back their bisqued and glazed pieces but please be mindful that turnaround time can be up to 2 weeks. We are firing as fast as possible! Remember, the glaze grace period lasts until November 9 so you can finish up glazing after your class is complete.

Firing
Liaisons will return to charging for 2 firings (both the bisque and glaze will be calculated at 6 cents per cubic inch) when they measure student work. Glaze slips will be passed along to teachers who will distribute glaze slips to students during class time. If you are in an online class or forgot to include your class number, you can pick up the slips from the liaison office.

Firing Log Invoices and the GHP Online Store
We have a new credit card system. Moving forward, if you have a balance on your log you will receive an invoice; the email gives you the option to pay the balance or to add additional funds to your log through the new GHP online store.
You can visit the store online through our website at any time to adding money to your firing log. There you will also find tools kits and clay, books and zines, and gallery items for sale.

Reserving the Spray Booth
Our online glaze calendar will now include a reservation option for the spray booth. Each day, the 9:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 6:00 p.m. glaze appointments will have one of the four slots allocated to the spray booth. This ensures that you will know the spray booth is available for you to use when you come in. You can reserve one hour at a time, there is a maximum of 2 hours per person on any given day.

Re-arranged Measuring Station
You may notice we have rearranged in the glaze area. The community glazing counter and some of the low fire glazes have swapped places with our measuring station over by the spray booth. The measuring shelves are now side by side, so please take note of signs on the shelves to know where to place your pieces. Keep your work consolidated to ensure that your pieces are measured and head into the kiln room together.

Gallery Updates
Didem Mert’s FUN-damentals exhibition is open! This show is a must-see for students interested in surface design. Didem has used a combination of terra sig, underglaze, wash, glaze, and luster to create rich surfaces you’ll need to see to believe. Make an appointment to visit the show on our website, or stop by the gallery when you’re at the Pottery to check it out. Gallery capacity is three people at a time, but we can usually accommodate drop-ins.

At-A-Glance: Upcoming Calendar Reminders
October 31: Halloween; GHP closes at 3pm
November 6: Didem Mert Exhibit Closes
November 11: Veteran’s Day; GHP Closed, No Classes or Open Studio
November 23: Winter Term Financial Aid Applications Due, Trevor King Fellowship Begins
November 25-29: Thanksgiving; GHP Closed, No Classes or Open Studio
December 12: End of Fall Term

 

October 19  – Fall Term Week 6

With a Week Left for A+B Sections…

The first half of the Fall term is winding down, and so this is the last week to finish any incomplete projects. It is time to wrap things up by:

  • Tidying your class shelves and taking home personal items, tools, and finished work
  • Bringing work to the measuring area to be bisqued or glazed
  • If you are not continuing, please empty your locker during your last class and let a liaison know that it is empty
  • Class evaluation forms can be found on the Current Students page on our website. Your feedback is appreciated

Instructor Changes for C+D Sections

We are excited to have Pedro Ramirez as our new Studio Manager! He will continue to teach his Wednesday evening beginning wheel class, but Anjuli Wright will be taking over his Wednesday afternoon beginning handbuilding class. The new teacher for the Saturday morning intermediate/advanced handbuilding class will be announced soon.

Firing Slips

Firing slips can be found in your classrooms and we encourage students to fill out slips before bringing their work down to the measuring station

Online Classes

A few of our online classes have been extended through the second part of the Fall term – Kate Missett’s Ancient Art to Contemporary Artists, Gina Tibbott’s The Chemistry of Craft, and Derek Weisberg’s History of Post WWII Ceramics in California. Eun-Ha Paek will be teaching two new online classes – Alternative Materials, a look into new mediums beyond clay and Behind the Scenes, which explores applying for artist residences.

Farewell to Lu Zhang

We want to express our gratitude to Lu who has been a liaison at the Pottery for 5 years. She is departing the Student Liaison role and will be away for a few months, but upon her return will continue to teach at GHP. Her Fall online class, Chinese Ceramics Through the Ages: Migration, Adaptation and Experimentation, begins October 27th and there is still space to register.

Glaze of Our Lifes

We are again offering Max and Rose Katz’s Ceramic Material workshop. This is a self-guided, on demand exploration of glazes that is designed to help makers of all levels understand how clay and glazes work. This course is being offered at a discounted rate through GHP and includes 12 hours of content which can be downloaded and reviewed at your own pace.

 

At-A-Glance: Upcoming Calendar Reminders

October 31: Halloween; GHP closes at 3pm

November 6: Didem Mert Exhibit Closes

November 11: Veteran’s Day; GHP Closed, No Classes or Open Studio

November 23: Winter Term Financial Aid Applications Due, Trevor King Fellowship Begins

November 25-29: Thanksgiving; GHP Closed, No Classes or Open Studio

December 12: End of Fall Term

 

October 12  – Fall Term Week 5

Notes from the Liaisons:

  • Please make sure that your last name is printed clearly on firing slips
  • Do not leave work on the table where the liaisons measure
  • When you bring work down to be measured, do your best to keep your work together on the shelves. If you are really struggling to find space, you can ask a liaison or tech to help move pieces on the shelves
  • Remember to put class chips in work to be bisqued

Glaze Appointments

If you have work that has been bisqued, you can sign up for glaze appointments through our online calendar. If you would like to glaze during your class time, you will still need to sign up through the calendar. After the A+B sessions are complete, there will be a 2-week glaze grace period.

Gallery Updates

Didem Mert’s FUN-damentals Exhibition opened on Friday! Be sure to sign up for the online artist talk & opening on October 16 from 5-7pm. Register for this event or to visit the show in-person through the gallery page on the GHP website.

Studio Sessions

If you would like to sign up for studio sessions, you can do so through the registration page. You will select “Fall 2020” as the term, your technique selection (wheel, handbuilding, slipcasting), and then “Studio Time” as the Class Type. Not all days are the same and there are various times available during the week except Thursdays.

Fall C&D Sessions

We still have openings in the second half of the Fall term! C&D sections run from October 27-December 12. C sections meet on the 2nd floor and D sections on the 3rd. If you have credit from the Spring term that you would like to use towards a class, you can email or call the office about registration in order to have your credit applied.

 

At-A-Glance: Upcoming Calendar Reminders

October 12: Indigenous People’s Day, GHP Open: Classes meet as usual

October 16: Didem Mert Online Artist Talk & Opening, 5-7pm

October 31: Halloween; GHP closes at 3pm

November 11: Veteran’s Day; GHP Closed, No Classes or Open Studio

November 25-29: Thanksgiving; GHP Closed, No Classes or Open Studio

 

October 5 – Fall Term Week 4

Health & Safety

  • Students must wear properly fitting masks that cover their nose and mouth at all times
  • Eating is not allowed in the Pottery. Food and drinks must be consumed outside of the building

Studio Reminder

It is hard to believe that we are heading into the fourth week of the term. Make sure that you get some work through the bisque kilns so that you’ll have work to glaze before your class ends.

For students not continuing into a C or D section class, by the end of your last class:

  • Make sure to finish all your work in progress
  • Clear off all items from your class shelf
  • Get work measured by leaving it at the drop-off measuring station
  • Take home all personal items
  • Empty your locker and let a liaison know when you have done so
  • Send us feedback about your class at pottery@greenwichhouse.org

There is a glaze grace period available for two weeks after your class is complete in order to finish up glazing.

Not ready to go just yet? Spots are still available for the next six weeks of classes but sign up soon because they are filling up fast! A reminder that dates for the C&D sections of the Fall term are October 27- December 12. Check out the online course catalogue to peruse all the online and in-person class options.

Health App

Skip the line by downloading the MedBot app. Complete the questionnaire on your phone each day that you come to the studio. When you arrive, you will simply pause to flash your confirmation screen and get a temperature check.”

In the Gallery
Bay-Area ceramics artist Didem Mert’s first NYC solo show is opening in the gallery on October 9! In this new body of work, Mert emphasizes the “fun” of ceramics by playing with basic pottery skills to reimagine vessel forms in ways that express her personality. Handbuilding students and anyone looking for surface-design inspiration will be especially interested in this show. Visit our website to make an appointment to visit the gallery and see the show. Didem will also be giving a virtual artist talk followed by an online opening for the show on October 16 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Visit the liaison office or our website to register.

At-A-Glance: Upcoming Calendar Reminders

October 9: Didem Mert FUN-damentals Exhibition Opens

October 12: Indigenous People’s Day, GHP Open: Classes meet as usual

October 16: Didem Mert Online Artist Talk & Opening, 5-7pm

October 31: Halloween; GHP closes at 3pm

November 11: Veteran’s Day; GHP Closed, No Classes or Open Studio

 

September 28- Fall Term Week 3

New Staff

Welcome to our new staff! Kiani Ferris and Cara Jean McCarthy have joined our liaison team, and Lindsay Howard and Taylor Stone are the new studio techs.

Arriving For Class

Especially as we enter colder months, we ask that students do not arrive too early for their classes. Staff need the time in between class sessions to sanitize the building, and so we will not be able to let students in early.

 A Note from the Liaisons & Techs…

  • Please make sure that your first name and last time are printed legibly on firing slips
  • If clay is still soft and wedgeable, please return it to the clay bins rather than sticking it into the reclaim bucket
  • For wheel students, please try to remove as much water from your buckets before putting any clay into the reclaim bins

 Additional Studio Sessions Available:

We have added week day studio sessions. Available sessions can be found on the registration page by selecting “Fall 2020” as the term and “Studio Time” as the Class Type. Below is our updated schedule for weekly studio sessions:

Private Lessons

We are offering private lessons on Mondays. Private lessons are $100 per hour, for a minimum of two hours, and can be booked between 9am and 8pm. Lessons are offered for handbuilding, wheel, mold-making/slipcasting, and glazing at all levels. If you are interested in signing up for a private lesson please contact Hannah Westerman at hwesterman@greenwichhouse.org.

 We have a Library!

If you would like to borrow a book, visit the Current Student Section of our website to view the library catalogue. Since we are trying to keep social distance in the Liaison Office, please email the title, author and call number to pottery@greenwichhouse.org and we will hold the book for you.

 

September 21- Fall Term Week 2

FINAL WEEK of Bisque and Glaze Grace Period

Work currently on the bisque and glaze shelves needs to be removed before September 28. Sign up for glaze and pick-up appointments on our website through the Reopening Information page or use QR codes around the building.

Measuring

Students will now bring work down to the shelves on the first floor near the spray booth for drop-off measuring. Firing fees will be debited from student logs and you will be called if you have insufficient funds. Students should not enter the kiln room. Liaisons and techs will move measured work from the measuring space to the kiln room for firing. You may stop by the office to add funds to your firing log.

Don’t forget to put your class chip in your work! Be sure that slips are properly filled out including name, class#, date, and the firing of your choice. A reminder that work will now be charged separately per firing, so students select 1-firing.

Health & Safety Guidelines at the Pottery

  • Sanitize your hands upon entry and compete the health and safety questionnaire at the door
  • Wear a mask at all times
  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly in the studio
  • Maintain a distance of 6 feet between yourself and other students

These and other rules can also be found online on our Pottery Reopening Information page.

Timeliness for Clean-Up

It is of utmost importance that students are out of the classroom when their class ends. In between classes and studio sessions, staff will be sanitizing classroom surfaces and it is important that they have adequate time to do so.

Studio Sessions

If you would like to work in the studio outside of your scheduled class time, you must register for a studio session. Only enrolled students (online or in-person) are eligible for these sessions, limited to 6 students per studio. Studio sessions are 4-hours for $25. Additional sessions are being added. You can sign-up using our class registration page; search Fall 2020, Studio Time and your preferred technique to find available sessions.

The Pot Shop in the Jane Hartsook Gallery – Closing this Week!
Dave Gibson, Luc Hammond-Thomas, Julie Knight, Gina Tibbott, Dustin Yager, September 14 – 25, 2020

Help support the Pottery today by making a purchase at the Pot Shop! These limited edition works were all made by GHP staff and faculty during the pandemic. All proceeds go to keep your favorite local ceramic arts center (GHP) running and supporting our community of ceramic artists. Schedule a visit on the online calendar. Three visitors maximum. The gallery is open Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

New Resident
Trisha Baga

Greenwich House Pottery has a new artist in residence! Trisha Baga will be working in the residency studio from August 31 through October 23. Feel free to stop by the studio when she is in and see what she is working on.

Trisha Baga is an artist who works in Stereoscopic 3D video installation, clay, consumer grade electronics, and community performance. During her residency, Baga will create a series of clay sculptures with embedded electronics that will perform an operatic documentary about American History as a way of investigating the way a physical object can be invested with powerful symbolism largely through happenstance.

 

September 14 – Fall Term Week 1

Welcome to the New School Year

We are pleased to welcome you back to the Pottery! These are uncertain times, but we are excited to resume classes and to have the community come together again. We ask that students read the new student trifold; it includes information about the Pottery along with new policies and procedures to keep our student body safe in the midst of COVID-19. These include:

  • Sanitize your hands upon entry and compete the health and safety questionnaire at the door
  • Wearing a mask at all times
  • Washing your hands frequently and thoroughly in the studio
  • Maintaining a distance of 6 feet between yourself and other students

These rules can also be found online on our Pottery Reopening Information page.

Bisque and Glaze Grace Period

Work currently on the bisque and glaze shelves needs to be removed before September 28. Under the Reopening Information section on the website, students can make an appointment on our website to sign up to pick-up work or to glaze.

Lockers

Don’t forget to bring locker payments to the office! Returning students, please use the envelope found on your locker.

Measuring

Measuring will no longer take place in the classrooms. Instead, students will bring work down to the shelves on the first floor near the spray booth for drop-off measuring. Work will now be charged separately per firing. Firing fees will be debited from student logs and you will be called if you have insufficient funds. Students should not enter the kiln room. Liaisons and techs will move measured work from the measuring space to the kiln room for firing. You may stop by the office to add funds to your firing log.

Timeliness for Clean-Up

It is of utmost importance that students are out of the classroom when their class ends, so please be conscientious of the time you need to get your work spaces clean. In between classes and studio sessions, staff will be sanitizing classroom surfaces and it is important that they have adequate time to do so.

Studio Sessions

If you would like to work in the studio outside of your scheduled class time, you must register for a studio session. Only enrolled students (online or in-person) are eligible for these sessions. Studio reservations are specific to the room that you select. (For example, if you register for a handbuilding studio session, you may not work in a wheel studio). Studio sessions are available Friday through Sunday, and each 4-hour session costs $25. Studio sessions are limited to 6 students per studio.

The Pot Shop in the Jane Hartsook Gallery
Dave Gibson, Luc Hammond-Thomas, Julie Knight, Gina Tibbott, Dustin Yager, September 14 – 25, 2020

Help support the Pottery today by making a purchase at the Pot Shop! These limited edition works were all made by GHP staff and faculty during the pandemic. All proceeds go to keep your favorite local ceramic arts center (GHP) running and supporting our community of ceramic artists. Gallery is by appointment only. Contact Gallery and Residency Manager Kaitlin McClure to schedule a visit or use the online calendar. Three visitors maximum. The gallery is open Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.