Pottery Notes

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.