Pottery Notes

FALL TERM-December 5, 2022

Finish Up!

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

When you drop off your work for firing, please bring your clean wareboards back up to your classroom: the measuring station is not a wareboard storage area!

If you are returning for the winter and must leave work in progress, you must label any and all greenware on the class shelves with your name and “Winter 2022” or it will be thrown into reclaim. We encourage you to finish pieces and send them to the kilns, as any work in progress will dry out during the closure. 

Glazing Grace Period and Bisque Toss
There will be a two-week glazing grace period for fall students from Tuesday, January 3 until Sunday, January 15 at 5:30 p.m. Glazing appointments will be available on our glazing calendar in late December. Any bisqueware from fall remaining on the class shelves on Monday, January 16 will be tossed to make room for new work. 

Winter Break Pick-Up Dates

We are offering glazed work pick-ups on the following dates during our winter closure. Students will not be allowed in the building outside of these times:

Tuesday, December 13, 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
Friday, December 16, 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, December 20, 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. 

We Need Help!

Volunteer to help with interterm clean up! Grab some pals and sign up for our community clean-up day over the break, Friday, December 16 from 11 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Pitching in will allow techs to keep firing kilns and allow time for finishing the rebuilding of our beloved kiln QQ! Email pottery@greenwichhouse.org to let us know you want to help!

 Firing Slips

Don’t forget that your faculty members have your glaze slips! When you glaze your pots, the stamped bottom half of your firing slip is your ticket into the glaze firing. You teacher will pass these out during your class, or you can stop by the mailboxes outside the liaison office to pick them up. Glazed pieces with stamped firing slips should be dropped off on the metal shelf to the left of the kiln room doors.

 Circle Your Glaze Temperature!

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

Happenings

Wansoo Kim: Vessels

It’s the last two weeks to see Wansoo Kim’s solo show debut in the gallery! Come by to see some physics-defying decoration on the interiors of these vessels and try to puzzle together exactly how Wansoo was able to make these forms. If the gallery door is open, feel free to stop in! Want to bring some friends by to see the show? Make an appointment to ensure a staff member is available to open the gallery by emailing kmcclure@greenwichhouse.org.

At-A-Glance Dates and Deadlines

Monday, December 5: Winter Sunday Sampler registration opens, 12:00 p.m.

Saturday, December 10: Holiday Sidewalk Sale, 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Tuesday, December 13, 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.: GHP open for pick-ups
Friday, December 16, 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.: GHP open for pick-ups

Friday, December 16, 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.: Community clean-up day

Monday, December 19: Winter registration opens, 12:00 p.m.

Tuesday, December 20, 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.: GHP open for pick-ups

Tuesday, January 3-Sunday, January 15: Fall glazing grace period

Monday, January 16: Fall bisque toss

 

FALL TERM-WEEK 11-12—November 21 & 28, 2022

Holiday Rush & Firing Schedule

We understand that many students are feeling the holiday rush, but please remember that GHP is a community studio, which means our staff members are handling thousands of objects a day and cannot guarantee work will be out of the kilns in accordance with individual student deadlines. We will offer a few pick-up dates during our holiday closure. Exact dates TBD.

Returning Winter Students: Label Your Work!

If you expect to return for the winter term, make sure to label your work before December 10. Labels must include your first name, last name, and phone number. Unlabeled work will be discarded during interterm cleaning.. Those who are not returning for winter classes must move their work through bisque before the end of the current term.

Clay Dust is a Health Hazard

Please make every effort to minimize clay dust when working in the studio. Do not carve or scrape bone-dry clay. If you need to dry-sand, please use the spray booth, step outside, or better yet, use wet/dry sand paper or blocks to prevent any dust. Always use a clean wet sponge to clean your work space; never brush or scrape dry clay. Cleaning as you work will to help to reduce dust!

Using the Dremel

When using the Dremel, please remember that it must be used inside the spray booth and with the vent ON! Any student is allowed to use the Dremel. If you need a demo, please ask the tech on duty. This is a great way to resolve small issues. If your piece needs heavy duty grinding, please leave it on the grinding shelf.

Firing Slips

When you drop off work for bisque firing, please do not roll up your firing slips and place them in your work! It’s much easier for the liaison team to measure your work if the slip is placed flat beneath or on top of your pieces.

 Firing Trays

If you’re dropping off many small pieces for bisque firing, consider making and using a firing tray to keep your work safe and consolidated. Ask your faculty member for assistance!

Glazing with GHP

Make sure to book your free glazing appointments for the remainder of the term now! If you’re not able to find an appointment that fits your schedule, fear not! There is a two-week “glazing grace period” from January 3-15 during the first two weeks of the winter term. Sign-up for spots during the glazing grace period will become available at the end of the current term.

 Artist-in-Residence Seeking Housing

One of our spring residents, Jenny Day, is looking for leads on housing during her stay. She will be in NYC from May 1 to June 16, 2023. Do you have an extra room to rent or know of an affordable long-term rental close to the Pottery? If so, please email Gallery and Residency Manager Kaitlin McClure at kmcclure@greenwichhouse.org.

At-A-Glance Dates and Deadlines

Wednesday, November 23-Sunday, November 27: Pottery closed for Thanksgiving Holiday

Friday, December 2: Financial aid applications due

Monday, December 5: Winter Sunday Sampler registration opens, 12:00 p.m.

Saturday, December 10: Holiday Sidewalk Sale, 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Monday, December 19: Winter registration opens, 12:00 p.m.

 

FALL TERM-WEEK 10-November 14, 2022

Your patience is appreciated

As we move into a busy end of term, please be patient when awaiting your fired pieces. If you plan on gifting work for the holidays, glaze it sooner rather than later to avoid a kiln delay. Our techs and liaisons are working hard to move work through the system quickly and safely. Check the whiteboard in the glaze hallway for unloading schedules.

Fall Term is Almost Over

We’ve almost made it to the fall finish line! Some reminders before classes end on December 10:

  • Make sure class shelves are clear of work and personal items.
  • Bring work to the measuring station for firing. Please take all of your 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. If you would like to wait and see if you get a spot in class before emptying your locker, you are welcome to keep it until the end of the glazing grace period (January 3-15)
  • We prefer that students leave classroom shelves empty and clear out all 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 2023 or it will be discarded.

Studio Sessions

You must sign up for studio sessions in the classroom you plan to work in in advance. Students who are on waitlists for sessions will be contacted by our office if a spot opens up. Waitlisted/unregistered students who show up for a session will be asked to leave regardless of whether the session is fully occupied, as the original registrant reserves the right to their spot at any time during the studio session window.

Clay Care

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

Yield to Faculty Demos

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

Financial Aid Applications

Financial aid applications for the winter term are due December 2! If you are a candidate for need-based aid, make sure to both fill out the application (available online) and email your supporting documents to pottery@greenwichhouse.org to complete the application process. Incomplete applications will not be considered for aid.

Sidewalk Sale Volunteers

We are still in need of volunteers for the afternoon shift of our December 10 Sidewalk Sale from 1:30-5:00 p.m. It is an opportunity to meet other members of our community and to share your enthusiasm for clay with the public.

At-A-Glance Dates and Deadlines

Wednesday, November 23-Sunday, November 27: Pottery closed for Thanksgiving Holiday

Friday, December 2: Financial aid applications due

Saturday, December 10: Winter term ends; Holiday Sidewalk Sale, 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Monday, December 19: Winter registration opens, 12:00 p.m.

 

FALL TERM-WEEK 9-November 7, 2022

Studio Sessions
A reminder that you can sign up for studio sessions to practice your craft outside of class time. You need to sign up online or at the office, $10 for a four-hour session, Friday evening sessions are $5.

Take Home Finished Work
Glazeware that is not picked up in a timely manner is subject to be discarded or donated. Less crowded glaze shelves minimize accidents and make it easier for everyone to find their work.

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

Community Studio Etiquette
Please do not handle other students’ work on the glaze or measuring shelves. When dropping off greenware, put it to the back of the shelf to avoid other students having to move your work. If you break someone else’s work, leave a note! Kindness and thoughtfulness are essential ingredients in our community.

Moldmaker Memo
As we reach the end of our nine-week slipcasting session. Slipcasters: before the end of the term, make sure to clean, consolidate, and use the orange masking tape provided, to label molds or works-in-progress with your name, class number and “winter 2022”. Only those registered for winter 2022 slipcasting classes can leave work in the classroom.

Happenings and Other News
Greenwich House 120th Anniversary
We are a week away from our 120th anniversary party! Join us to celebrate the rich history of this extraordinary organization on Tuesday, November 15th at the Tribeca Rooftop. Tickets available online.

Call for Donations and Volunteers
As we gear up for our Saturday, December 10th Holiday Sidewalk Sale, we’re looking for community donations and student volunteers to help! You can donate lovely but unwanted work in the bin under the glaze room sink. Please, no broken, chipped, or cracked pieces. Interested in volunteering? write to Jenni at jlukasiewicz@greenwichhouse.org.

Give the Gift of a Sampler
If you’re looking for a holiday gift for a pottery-curious individual, consider gifting them a spot in one of our Sampler classes! Samplers are introductory one-off 2-hour handbuilding or wheel classes held on select Sundays of the winter term. Sampler registration opens Monday, December 19th.

At-A-Glance Dates and Deadlines
Tuesday, November 15: Greenwich House 120th Anniversary Gala, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Wednesday, November 23-Sunday, November 27: Pottery closed for Thanksgiving Holiday
Friday, December 2: Financial aid applications due
Saturday, December 10: Holiday Sidewalk Sale, 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Monday, December 19: Winter registration opens, 12:00 p.m.

 

FALL TERM-WEEK 8-October 31, 2022

Door Code

Currently enrolled students may enter during our open hours using the door code 5-3-1.

Winter Schedule

The winter 2023 schedule is now available to browse online via the Classes section of our website. Registration opens Monday, December 19 at 12:00 p.m. EST. Financial aid applications are online, and due Friday, December 2 at 12:00 p.m.

Keep our Techs and Equipment Safe!

Please help us out by taking extra care to make sure no tools end up in reclaim. Blades and other sharps are not allowed in the studio for this reason. These items can harm techs, students, and the equipment we depend on to make clay.

Class Chips

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

Glazed Work Drop-off

This is a friendly reminder that we have a designated glazed work drop-off shelf for those who have stamped firing slips! The shelf is located to the left of the kiln room doors. Make sure to circle the temperature of your firing.

Lost and Found

It is a large plastic bin in the basement atop a bank of lockers. Lost your tools, eyeglasses, misc. stuff? Check the bin.

Happenings

Thanksgiving Closures

The studio will be closed Wednesday, November 23 through Sunday, November 27 for the Thanksgiving holiday. Make sure to take care of any time-sensitive components of your in-progress projects before then!

Wansoo Kim Artist Talk & Opening Reception

Join us on Friday, November 4 for an in-person artist talk and opening reception to celebrate Wansoo Kim’s debut New York City exhibition Vessels in our gallery. In his work, Kim joins traditional and contemporary vessel forms with unconventional ornamentation to encourage us to think about metaphysical dichotomies. There will be an artist talk in the glaze room from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m., followed by a reception in the gallery. Register in advance for the talk online.

At-A-Glance Dates and Deadlines

Friday, November 4: Cone 2 Firing deadline
Friday, November 4: Wansoo Kim: Vessels artist talk and exhibition opening reception, 4:00-7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, November 15: Greenwich House 120th Anniversary Gala, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Wednesday, November 23-Sunday, November 27: Pottery closed for Thanksgiving Holiday
Friday, December 2: Financial aid applications due
Saturday, December 10: Holiday Sidewalk Sale, 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Monday, December 19: Winter registration opens, 12:00 p.m.

 

FALL TERM-WEEK 7-October 24, 2022

Hello/Goodbye

Please join us in welcoming our new tech, Tyler Green (they/them). They are a current student at Hunter and the winter resident artist at BKLYN Clay. Say hi and introduce yourself when you see them around!

Saggar Deadline

The saggar firing drop-off deadline is November 4th please have your pieces at the measuring station and write “Cone 2” on your firing slip. Clearly indicate if you would like a single firing otherwise liaisons will charge for two firings.

No Wet Work at the Measuring Station

While we understand that everyone wants to move their work through bisque as quickly as possible, please do not drop off work that is wet or leather hard at the measuring station. In addition to the risk of cracking due to fluctuating kiln room temperatures, wet work runs the risk of exploding in the kiln, damaging your and other students’ projects.

Top Off Your Firing Log!

In order to move efficiently through the firing process (and to avoid pesky emails from us), we recommend topping off your log before dropping your work off for firing. Do this online via our store or in-person in the office. Adding a firing balance means that we deduct from it as we measure your work. You will receive an email invoice if you owe a balance.

Those with large unpaid balances will have their work put on hold until it is paid. As written in our policies, we will automatically charge those with unpaid balances at the end of each term.

Layer Up!

It’s that time of the year again! The heat is on, but we need to keep the windows cracked for circulation. We will not adjust the thermostat based on individual student requests. Come prepared for chilly temperatures by wearing layers.

New Limited Edition Glaze!

In time for Halloween, check out our new limited edition Cone 10 glaze, Creepy Crawl! This neutral crawl glaze will add texture to any piece. Note that it is not food safe and should not be used on the inside of functional wares. It is located in a white Cone 10 glaze bucket. Also, don’t forget about the Cone 6 limited edition glazes, Peacock, Forest Moss, and A Train Blue! See test tiles on the Cone 6 glaze board.

Happenings

120th Anniversary Gala

Did you know that the Pottery is part of a historic New York City settlement house? From the economic devastation of the depression era, to the artistic vibrancy of the ‘60s, to the unfathomable loss during the AIDS crisis, to the widespread isolation during COVID-19, Greenwich House has been here to serve and support, to enrich and enliven the people across the West Village and beyond. Join us to celebrate the rich history of this extraordinary organization on Tuesday, November 15 at Tribeca Rooftop. Tickets available online, proceeds support GH mission and programs.

At-A-Glance Dates and Deadlines

Monday, October 31: Halloween (Pottery closed due to MTA closures and neighborhood congestion)
Friday, November 4: Cone 2 Firing deadline
Friday, November 4: Wansoo Kim: Vessels artist talk and exhibition opening reception, 4:00-7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, November 15: Greenwich House 120th Anniversary Gala, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Wednesday, November 23-Sunday, November 27: Pottery closed for Thanksgiving Holiday
Friday, December 2: Financial aid applications due
Saturday, December 10: Holiday Sidewalk Sale, 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Monday, December 19: Winter registration opens, 12:00 p.m.

 

FALL TERM-WEEK 6-October 17, 2022

Glaze Drop-off

Do you have stamped measuring slips? Once you glaze your work, please drop it off on the glaze drop-off shelves to the left of the kiln room doors. If you are re-firing your glazed piece or do not have the glaze half of the firing slip, you can leave it on the regular drop-off shelves.

Bisque Ride-Alongs

If you intend to stack your greenware in the bisque firing, be sure to fill out a half glaze slip for each stowaway piece. This will help your work travel through the firing process much faster!

 A-Section Wrap Up

For those enrolled in the first 6-week session of the term, it’s time to pack up! If you’re not continuing with the next 6-week session, please vacate your locker, move your work to the measuring shelves, and pay any lingering firing invoices.

Note from the Techs

Please make sure you are putting your unusable clay in the correct reclaim buckets. The techs have noticed lots of mixing in the reclaim. If you have added colored slip or made a marbled piece, please put it in the CONTAMINANTED reclaim bucket (black bucket), located on each floor.

Happenings

Artist Talk

Beth Campbell will give an in-person talk about the project she is working on during her GHP residency This Wednesday, October 19, 4:00-5:00 p.m. in the slipcasting room. Beth is experimenting with doing “burn outs” where she will coat natural materials in clay and then fire them so the organic material burns away, leaving behind their form and texture in ceramic. Sign up online or through the liaison office to join us for the talk. It is free and open to the public.

 Upcoming Studio Closures

GHP will be closed on the evening of October 31 (Halloween) due to neighborhood congestion, and Wednesday, November 23 through Sunday, November 27 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Save the Date!

Mark your calendars! Join us for our December 10 Sidewalk Sale from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Interested in volunteering? Email Jenni at jlukasiewicz@greenwichhouse.org.

 Sweater Weather is Upon Us!

We have a couple more Pottery sweatshirts in stock! Get yours while supplies last. Sweatshirts are available for $45 in the liaison office.

At-A-Glance Dates and Deadlines

Wednesday, October 19: Beth Campbell artist talk, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Monday, October 31: Halloween (Pottery closed due to MTA closures and neighborhood congestion)
Friday, November 4: Cone 2 Firing deadline
Wednesday, November 23-Sunday, November 27: Pottery closed for Thanksgiving Holiday
Friday, December 2: Financial aid applications due
Saturday, December 10: Holiday Sidewalk Sale, 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Monday, December 19: Winter registration opens, 12:00 p.m.

 

FALL TERM-WEEK 5-October 10, 2022

End Dates for A-Section Classes

As we approach the end of six-week classes, please note that in-person and online Thursday and Friday 6-week classes conclude on October 20 and 21, and Tuesday and Wednesday in-person classes wrap up on October 25 and 26. Students enrolled in 6-week classes may only sign up for studio time during the run of their class, so please wrap up any work in progress and empty your locker if you are not returning for the B section.  There is a 2 week glaze grace period to finish glazing your pieces if they are not yet out of the bisque kiln by the time your class ends.

Winter Registration

The winter schedule is in the works and we hope to make it available to the community in mid-November. Online registration opens Monday, December 19 at 12:00 p.m. and financial aid applications are due on December 2. The application will be available once our schedule is complete.

Overflow Shelves

Friendly reminder that overflow shelves are for works-in-progress, not personal supplies, boards, etc. Kindly relocate these items to your locker so everyone can have space to store their work.

Notes from the Techs:

  • All students and instructors should promptly take work home once it comes out of the glaze firing! Leaving it on the shelves creates a back-up in the studio flow, and your work runs the risk of getting accidentally damaged by a fellow student. Work left on the glaze shelf for longer than 1 month during any given term will be discarded.
  • If your work in progress does not fit on your class shelf, please kindly utilize any of the overflow shelves in the classrooms.
  • Worried about a runny glaze? Experimenting with wash? It’s never a bad idea to use a firing tray! Ask your teacher how to make one for your piece. Any piece with black wash, MUST be on a firing tray. If you didn’t bisque your work on a tray, you must have it re-measured before the glaze firing. You can have the second firing from your original slip refunded to your log in the liaison office. 

Wet Work at Measuring Station

Kindly wait until your pieces are firing-ready before bringing them downstairs for measuring. Projects that are wet or even leather hard may begin to crack due to fluctuating temperatures in the kiln room and glaze room.

Happenings

Join us for an artist talk with Beth Campbell

Beth Campbell will give an in-person talk about the project she is working on during her residency at Greenwich House Pottery on Wednesday, October 19, 4:00-5:00 p.m. in the slipcasting room. During her residency, Beth is experimenting with doing “burn outs” where she will coat natural materials in clay and then fire them so the organic material burns away, leaving behind their form and texture in ceramic. Beth is also experimenting with tinting porcelain slip with colorants to achieve different colorful surfaces. Sign up online or through the liaison office to join us for the talk. It is free and open to the public. Please note that there is no slipcasting studio session this afternoon.

Sampler Registration Incentive

Know someone curious about clay? Current students who refer a friend to sign up for a Sunday Sampler with us get a $20 firing credit! Just have your friend enter your name at check-out and we’ll credit your firing log.

At-A-Glance Dates and Deadlines

Sunday, October 16: Summer glazeware pick-up deadline, 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, October 19: Beth Campbell artist talk, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Monday, October 17: Summer glaze toss
Monday, October 31: Halloween (Pottery closed due to MTA closures and neighborhood congestion)
Friday, November 4: Cone 2 Firing deadline
Friday, December 2: Financial aid applications due
Saturday, December 10: Holiday Sidewalk Sale, 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Monday, December 19: Winter registration opens, 12:00 p.m.

 

FALL TERM-WEEK 4-October 3, 2022

Town Hall

Those who could not make our Zoom Town Hall can watch the recording here for updates on construction plans and timelines.

Glaze Toss

Now that the fall term is well underway, we need everyone to take home their glazed summer pots! Make sure to take home your glazed work from the summer term by 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 16. We will be tossing any and all glazed pottery remaining from summer on Monday, October 17. Please note that work glazed and fired during the current term will be safe from the toss.

Summer Firing Slips

Now that the summer glazing grace period has concluded, you can find your remaining summer firing slips in the liaison office. Please see a staff member for assistance.

Greenware Storage

Please do not leave in progress work on the community countertops/work tables. Any in progress work must be stored on your class shelf or overflow shelves.

Respirators

We now stock particulate respirators in our office store for $31.23 + tax. Stop by if you’d like to purchase one.

Hot Tips

Firing Procedure

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

Class Chips

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

Wareboards

When you drop your work off for measuring, make sure to wipe off and return your wareboards to your classroom for another students to use! Please do not stash them under the measuring table.

Cone 2 Firing
There is an upcoming D2 firing. The deadline to have your work to the shelves in Friday, November 4. D2 is used for saggar firing, burnouts, and is sometimes used for a stronger first firing of delicate materials (ie. paper-thin paperclay). There is no glaze allowed in D2 but you can use underglazes, slips and wash. Be sure to write cone D2 on your firing slip!

Hello/Goodbye
Isolina Minjeong Alva will be leaving their position as Technician on October 7. Isolina has been part of the tech team since fall of 2021, and has been a vibrant part of the studio in their time here. We wish them the best of luck with their future endeavors!

At-A-Glance Dates and Deadlines
Tuesday, October 4: Yom Kippur (no PM classes; GHP open for glazing and studio time)
Wednesday, October 5: Yom Kippur (no classes; GHP open for glazing and studio time)
Sunday, October 16: Summer glazeware pick-up deadline, 5:30 p.m.
Monday, October 17: Summer glaze toss
Monday, October 31: Halloween (Pottery closed due to MTA closures and neighborhood congestion)
Friday, November 4: Cone 2 Firing deadline

 

FALL TERM-WEEK 3- September 26, 2022

Town Hall
Join us this Thursday, September 29, 6:00-7:00 PM on Zoom for important construction project updates from Pottery Director Fabio J. Fernández. Register to attend online.

Bicycles
Our neighbors have asked that bikes not be chained to their gate; please locate somewhere else on the block.

Circling Your Glaze Firing
Let’s all work to avoid glaze disasters by circling the correct firing temperature on your firings slips! Incorrectly circled slips can lead to melted work and damaged kiln shelves (not to mention damaging other student’s work!)

Studio Sessions and Glazing Appointments
Enrolled students can book additional time to work in the studio for $10 per four hour session. Friday evening studio sessions are offered at the reduced rate of $5 per reservation! Perfect Practice makes Perfect! Studio sessions are non-refundable. If you cannot make it to your studio session, you may transfer by emailing pottery@greenwichhouse.org and providing the date and time you would like to switch to at least 24 hours in advance.

You can find studio sessions, glazing, firing credit, and Pottery Notes on the Current Students page of our website.

Credit Card Minimum
Effective Monday, September 26, we will start charging a $0.35 credit card fee on all purchases under $10. We do not often have exact change on-site, to avoid this fee consider topping off your firing log to meet the minimum.

Older Adult Services
For those who are not aware of our parent organization, we are a part of Greenwich House Inc., which provides an array of social services to older adults including (but not limited to) hot meals, social programming, and health services for seniors. The hot meal menu and older adult services locations is posted on the Community Board.

Happenings
Call for Bowl Donations
Have extra pottery kicking around? We are accepting donations for the Hillside Food Outreach Empty Bowl fundraiser, which will take place in early November. The final pick-up date is November 1, so please drop off your pottery before then if you’re interested in participating. You can learn more about this event on the Community Board. Drop off your bowls in the labeled box under the glaze room sink. Questions? Email Miriam at miriampatterson@earthlink.net.

Please read the following dates carefully for upcoming holidays (FOR WHICH CERTAIN CLASSES WILL NOT MEET)
At-A-Glance Dates and Deadlines
Monday, September 26: Bisque Toss/Rosh Hashanah (no classes; GHP open for glazing and studio time)
Tuesday, September 27: Rosh Hashanah (no AM classes, GHP open for studio time and glazing)
Thursday, September 29: Virtual Town Hall, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, October 4: Yom Kippur (no PM classes; GHP open for glazing and studio time)
Wednesday, October 5: Yom Kippur (no classes; GHP open for glazing and studio time)
Monday, October 31: Halloween (no PM classes—Pottery closed due to MTA closures and neighborhood congestion)

FALL TERM-WEEK 2- September 19, 2022

Town Hall

Join Pottery Director Fabio J. Fernandez for important updates on our construction project on Thursday, September 29 6:00-7:00 p.m. via Zoom. Register here.

Door Code
Currently enrolled students may enter the front door using the code 5-3-1 during our business hours. Please do not attempt to enter the building or ring the doorbell before 9:00 a.m. each morning.

Final Week of the Glaze Grace Period
We’re approaching the end of our grace period for glazing! Make sure to sign up for glazing time to move your pieces through the studio.

All work on the bisque shelves must be glazed and dropped off at the measuring station no later than September 25 at 5:30 p.m. even if you are registered for the current term! The bisque shelves will be completely cleared the morning of September 26; anything left on the shelves will be discarded to make space for new work.

Glazed work from the spring term should be taken home no later than Sunday, September 25 at 5:30 p.m. Any work left after that date will be removed from the studio.

Once the glaze grace period ends and faculty have made demo reservations, all glazing appointments for the rest of the term will be posted. You can book yours by visiting the Current Students page on our website, where you can also book studio sessions.

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

Measuring Slip Updates
Our measuring slips got a mini makeover during the break! Please consult the guides in each classroom for filling out your firing slips, and make sure to write your first and last name on each slip, as we have many students with the same last name.

Sunday Samplers
Know someone who is curious about clay? We are offering one-off Sunday Sampler classes for the first 8 Sundays of this term. Participants can sign up for a 2-hour handbuilding or wheel throwing class, and can get a feel for the material and our space! Sampler registrations are $95 per person.

Artist in Residency Beth Campbell
We are thrilled to welcome Beth Campbell as our new artist in residence. Beth is a New York-based artist who creates drawings, sculptures, and architectural interventions that challenge our perception of the world by reworking everyday objects in surprising or startling ways. During her residency, Beth will experiment with doing “burn outs” where she will coat natural materials in clay and then fire them so the organic material burns away but leaves its form and texture behind in ceramic. Beth will also experiment with tinting porcelain slip with colorants to achieve different colorful surfaces. Be sure to stop by the residency studio (on the first floor by the spray booth) to see what she is working on!

At-A-Glance Dates and Deadlines
September 13-25: Glazing Grace Period
Monday, September 19: Beth Campbell Residency begins
Sunday, September 25: Rosh Hashanah (no classes; GHP open for glazing and studio time)
Monday, September 26: Bisque Toss/Rosh Hashanah (no classes; GHP open for glazing and studio time)
Tuesday, October 4: Yom Kippur (no PM classes; GHP open for glazing and studio time)
Wednesday, October 5: Yom Kippur (no classes; GHP open for glazing and studio time)
Monday, October 31: Halloween (GHP Closed)

FALL TERM-WEEK 1- September 12, 2022

Welcome!
We hope that you all had a happy, safe inter-term 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 studio information and policies. Each week in class, teachers will read Pottery Notes, which contains 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.

Current Student Page
When visiting our website, the current student page is key to scheduling studio time, glaze appointments, reading pottery notes and accessing all of our other student resource. Please take a moment to scan the QR code on the class bulletin board so that you can bookmark this page!

Glaze Grace Period: Summer Students Finish Up
A reminder that all work on the bisque shelves must be glazed and dropped off at the measuring station no later than September 25 at 5:30 p.m. The bisque shelves will be completely cleared the morning of September 26; anything left on the shelves will be discarded to make space for new work regardless of individual students’ enrollment!

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 $10 per booking, and the session calendar and registration instructions are posted in each classroom.

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

Firing Logs and Measuring Updates
You’ll notice that our firing slips have had a little bit of a make-over! All students must pay for both bisque and glaze firings at once. Requests for single firing slips must be approved by the liaison office or tech team. If you choose not to use your second firing slip, a liaison can assist you in refunding the second firing to your log.

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

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

Porcelain Reclaim
The porcelain reclaim formerly located in Wheel 3 has moved over to the 3rd floor handbuilding studio! If you need to access the reclaim, please do so in a way that is not disruptive to classes in progress.

Happenings
In the Gallery
Join us for an IN-PERSON artist reception to celebrate the opening of the new exhibition Dirty Work on Friday, September 16 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. This group show features work by 12 interdisciplinary NYC artists who are using the medium of ceramics as a vehicle to illuminate and unpack layered personal histories.
Please see reverse side for important dates

At-A-Glance Dates and Deadlines
September 13-25: Glazing Grace Period
Friday, September 16: Dirty Work reception, 5:00-8:00 p.m.
Monday, September 19: Beth Campbell Residency begins
Sunday, September 25: Rosh Hashanah (no classes; GHP open for glazing and studio time)
Monday, September 26: Bisque Toss/Rosh Hashanah (no classes; GHP open for glazing and studio time)
Tuesday, October 4: Yom Kippur (no PM classes; GHP open for glazing and studio time)
Wednesday, October 5: Yom Kippur (no classes; GHP open for glazing and studio time)
Monday, October 31: Halloween (no PM classes)