Pottery Notes

WINTER TERM-WEEK 2- JANUARY 18, 2022

Don’t Forget to Register

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

Limited Edition Glaze

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

Glazing Calendar

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

Clay Karma!

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

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

Kiln Size Limit

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

New Slab Roller Canvas

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

End of Night Routine

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

No Wet Work at Measuring Station

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

Glazed Work Pick-Up

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

Emergency Contacts

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

At-A-Glance: Upcoming Calendar Reminders

January 3—February 25: Shellyne Rodriguez Residency

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

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

January 31: Deadline to Pick Up Fall Term Glazeware

 

WINTER TERM-WEEK 2- JANUARY 10, 2022

Door Code

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

Proof of Vaccination

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

Important to Note: Winter Storm Closures

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

Final Week of the Glaze Grace Period

We’re approaching the end of our grace period for glazing! You can sign up for glaze and pick-up appointments on our website via the “Current Students” page.

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

All work on the bisque shelves must be glazed and dropped off at the measuring station no later than January 16 at 5:30 p.m. even if you are registered for the winter term! The bisque shelves will be completely cleared the morning of January 17; anything left on the shelves will be discarded to make space for new work.

If you’re a currently enrolled student and you plan to glaze your work later in the term, please remove your bisqueware from the studio so it doesn’t get tossed. If you absolutely must leave it in the glaze room, make sure to clearly label it with your first and last name and “WINTER 2022” in bold letters.

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

Fall Glazed Work Pick-Up

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

Clay and Glaze Handbook

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

Firing Logs and Measuring Updates

Students must pay for both bisque and glaze firings at once. Requests for single firing slips must be approved by the liaison office or tech team. If you choose not to use your second firing slip, a liaison can assist you in refunding the second firing to your log. Are you planning on stacking your greenware for bisque? Fill out half-slips for each stowaway piece so you don’t have to have them re-measured later! This will be faster for you and our team.

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

Glazed Work Drop-off

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

Fall Measuring Slips

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

Hot Tips

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

Happenings

In the Gallery

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

At-A-Glance: Upcoming Calendar Reminders

January 3—February 25: Shellyne Rodriguez residency

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

January 16: Fall glazing deadline

January 17: Bisque Toss

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

January 31: Deadline to pick up fall term glazeware

WINTER TERM-WEEK 1- JANUARY 3, 2022

Welcome!

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

Vaccination Verification

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

Mask Etiquette

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

Glaze Grace Period: Fall Students Finish Up

A reminder that all work on the bisque shelves must be glazed and dropped off at the measuring station no later than January 16 5:30 p.m. The bisque shelves will be completely cleared the morning of Monday, January 17; anything left on the shelves will be discarded to make space for new work regardless of individual students’ enrollment!

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

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

Studio Sessions

Want to work outside of your class time? You can book studio sessions, which are 4-hour appointments in your respective classroom. Studio sessions now cost $10 per booking, and the session calendar and registration instructions are posted in each classroom. You can book your session by visiting the Class Search page of our website and selecting “Winter 2022 Studio Sessions” from the “Term” dropdown menu. Studio Session capacity is 8 students per room in handbuilding and 9 in wheel classrooms, per session.

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

Firing Logs and Measuring Updates

All students must pay for both bisque and glaze firings at once. Requests for single firing slips must be approved by the liaison office or tech team, and must have a written reason for the single firing on or attached to the slip. If you choose not to use your second firing slip, a liaison can assist you in refunding the second firing to your log.

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

Glaze Memos

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

Fall Term Firing Slips

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

Town Hall

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

Artist-in-Residence

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

In the Gallery

The Architecture of Solace, Eliza Au

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

At-A-Glance: Upcoming Calendar Reminders

January 3—February 25: Shellyne Rodriguez residency

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

January 16: Fall glazing deadline

January 17: Bisque Toss

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

 

FALL TERM – WEEK 12- DECEMBER 6, 2021

Important End-of-Term Business!

Lockers

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

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

Returning Winter Students: Label Your Work!

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

End of Term Pick-Up Dates

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

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

Monday, December 13, 1:30–7:00 p.m.

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

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

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

Bisque Toss

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

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

Happenings

Sidewalk Sale This Weekend

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

 

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

 

Community Town Hall

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

At-A-Glance: Upcoming Calendar Reminders

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

December 13-January 2: Pottery closed for holiday break

January 3: Winter Term begins

 

FALL TERM – WEEK 11- NOVEMBER 29, 2021

Holiday Rush & Firing Schedule

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

Pick-up dates:

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

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

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

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

Returning Winter Students: Label your work!

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

Glazing with GHP

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

Limited Edition Glaze

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

Community Town Hall

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

Sale Donations and Volunteers

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

At-A-Glance: Upcoming Calendar Reminders

November 24–28: Pottery closed for Thanksgiving break

December 3: Winter financial aid applications due

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

December 12-January 2: Pottery closed for holiday break

January 3: Winter Term begins

 

FALL TERM – WEEK 10- NOVEMBER 15, 2021

Thanksgiving Studio Closures

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

Clay Care

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

Yield to Faculty Demos

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

Financial Aid Applications

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

In the Gallery

Coil Pot Show Opening Reception

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

At-A-Glance: Upcoming Calendar Reminders

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

November 24–28: Pottery closed for Thanksgiving break

December 3: Winter financial aid applications due

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

December 13-January 2: Pottery closed for holiday break

January 3: Winter Term begins

 

FALL TERM – WEEK 9- NOVEMBER 8, 2021

Take Home Finished Work

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

Glaze, Glaze, Glaze

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

Moldmaker Memo

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

Spring and Summer Slips

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

In the Gallery

Coil Pot Show Opening Reception

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

Happenings and Other News

Call for Donations and Volunteers

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

Give the Gift of a Sampler

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

At-A-Glance: Upcoming Calendar Reminders

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

November 24–28: Pottery closed for Thanksgiving break

December 3: Winter financial aid applications due

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

December 13-January 2: Pottery closed for holiday break

January 3: Winter Term begins

FALL TERM – WEEK 8- NOVEMBER 1, 2021

Door Code

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

Keep our Techs and Equipment Safe!

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

Community Clean-Up

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

Layer Up

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

Class Chips

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

New Merch

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

In the Gallery

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

Sidewalk Sale

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

Did you know?

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

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

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

November 24–28: Pottery closed for Thanksgiving break

December 3: Winter financial aid applications due

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

FALL TERM – WEEK 7- OCTOBER 25

Welcome, B-Section Students

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

Who Does What?

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

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

Clean-Up

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

Winter and spring term registration

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

Financial Aid Deadline

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

Saturday Samplers

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

Pose for Artist-in-Residence Kelly Chang

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

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

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

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

November 24–28: Pottery closed for Thanksgiving break

December 3: Winter financial aid applications due

FALL TERM – WEEK 6- OCTOBER 18

About GHI

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

Health & Safety

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

Sign Your Work

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

Gas Firings

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

6-Week Class Students

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

Happenings

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

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

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

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

November 24–28: Pottery closed for Thanksgiving break

December 3: Winter financial aid applications due

 

FALL TERM – WEEK 5- OCTOBER 12

“A” Section Students: Wrap Up!

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

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

Missing work?

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

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

Clean Studio, Happy Studio

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

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

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

October 18: Glaze Toss

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

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

November 24–28: Pottery closed for Thanksgiving break

December 3: Winter financial aid applications due

 

FALL TERM – WEEK 4- OCTOBER 4

Indigenous Peoples Day Closure

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

Register for Winter and Spring Now

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

The Glaze Toss Cometh

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

Notes from the Techs

Size Limit

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

Throwing Clay

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

Hot Tips

Measuring Drop-Off

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

Firing Procedure

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

Happenings

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

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

Kiani’s Thesis Show!

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

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

October 11: Pottery Closed for Indigenous Peoples Day

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

October 18: Glaze Toss

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

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

December 3: Winter financial aid applications due

 

FALL TERM – WEEK 3- SEPTEMBER 27

Staff Updates

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

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

Door Code

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

Glazing Appointments

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

Glazed Work from Summer

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

Don’t Forget to Register!

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

October 11 Closure

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

Broader Greenwich House Services 

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

Note from the Techs

Glaze Room

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

Hot Tips

No Wet Work at Measuring Station!

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

Looking for Your Work?

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

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

October 11: Pottery Closed for Indigenous Peoples Day

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

October 18: Glaze Toss

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

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

 

FALL TERM – WEEK 2 – SEPTEMBER 20

Proof of Vaccination

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

Final Week of the Glaze Grace Period

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

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

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

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

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

Pick Up Your Glazed Work!

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

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

Mask Up!

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

Hot Tips

Firing Logs and Measuring Updates

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

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

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

Summer Term Firing Slips

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

At-A-Glance: Upcoming Calendar Reminders

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

September 27: Bisque Toss

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

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

October 18: Glaze Toss

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

FALL TERM – WEEK 1 – SEPTEMBER 13

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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