Pottery Notes

Pottery Notes is for currently registered students. It is their resource for all Pottery news and is updated weekly. Pottery Notes is read in class each week, available here and on the Message Center in the studio.

Community Updates in Response to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Curbside Pick-Up Information
Weekly Wednesday Update (June 24)
Weekly Wednesday Update (June 17)
Weekly Wednesday Update (June 10)
Weekly Wednesday Update (June 3)
Weekly Wednesday Update (May 29)
Weekly Wednesday Update (May 27)
Weekly Wednesday Update (May 20)
Weekly Wednesday Update (May 13)
Weekly Wednesday Update (May 6)
Weekly Wednesday Update (April 29)
Weekly Wednesday Update (April 22)
Weekly Wednesday Update (April 15)
Weekly Wednesday Update (April 8)
Weekly Wednesday Update (April 1)
Spring Decision
Weekly Wednesday Update (March 25)
Looking Forward…
GHP is Open Online
Letter to the Community
Update for Students
Efforts for Studio Preparedness


June 6, 2020

Great news! Although we still can’t fully open for in-person classes, based on the City’s phased re-opening plans we CAN begin to provide several valuable curbside services. At this time we do not have the ability to allow anyone into the studio to use our glazes on site or to retrieve any other items, but we will be able to do so by appointment during the NYC Phase 4 reopening which is slated to begin July 20th. Please stay tuned for that information in the coming weeks.

Specifically, beginning on Thursday, July 9, and under controlled measures, students and friends of the school will be able to purchase and pick up clay, drop off pieces for firing, and winter and spring students will be able to pick up locker contents. All visits must be reserved in advance.

Instructions for making an appointment:
Use the online calendar to select a time slot in which you will pick-up locker contents, pre-purchased clay or drop-off work to be fired.
Drop-off and pick-up times are available in 10-minute windows.
Thursday, July 9, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 12, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Friday, July 17, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 19, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
To purchase clay: You must place an online order for materials to be picked up on-site. Available materials, including clay, slip and terra sig can be found here.

If dropping off greenware to be fired, each piece must contain a slip of paper with your name and class number. Place your work on the table just inside the door with paper slip identifying each piece. We will measure your work later and debit the firing fee from your log. If you are running a negative balance we will contact you for payment.

Instructions for day-of drop-off/pick-up:
Wear gloves and a mask at all times.
Remain socially distanced from staff and others that you may encounter in line.
Come to the Pottery during your designated time slot.
Pick up purchased materials and locker contents. Locker contents and purchases that you request in advance will be waiting at the table for you to pick up and take home. (A staff member will have collected the contents of your locker beforehand and have it waiting for you at your pick-up appointment.)
​We thank you for your time, patience, and support. Please remain safe and continue to make art. If you have not, please take a look at our Greenwich House Pottery Online offerings and join us over Zoom in July.

Sincerely,

Adam Welch


June 24, 2020
Dear GHP Friends!

Hi! Chang here! How’s everyone’s 2020 bingo card looking? On behalf of the staff and faculty, I can honestly say nothing compares to the hustle and bustle of GHP and you are sorely missed. I hope this letter finds you all in high spirits or soon to be.

In preparation for the classes you’ve all registered for, we are offering another round of clay deliveries. This offer is thanks to GHP’s partnership with Ceramic Supply and is eligible for all local residents. These are the available clay bodies and prices include front door delivery:
50 lbs of 182 White Stoneware: $40
50 lbs of English Porcelain : $55
1 Gallon of Cone 6 Porcelain Casting Slip: $35
The deadline to take advantage of this deal is Saturday, June 27. Please note that this opportunity is only available for people living in NYC boroughs. Ordering can be completed on our registration page. Once you order, make sure to email a current phone number and delivery address to our studio manager, Anjuli Wright, at awright@greenwichhouse.org. Delivery will occur July 1 – 2 or 6 – 10, and you will be emailed the night before your delivery is coming.

There is no substitute for tromping up and down the stairs and digging in the clay buckets; but I hope this helps you keep your practice alive given current times. I wait with curious anticipation for the work we’ll produce in person and in each other’s company. We at GHP are grateful for the continual support from all our students, faculty and staff. Until we meet anon, stay healthy and safe everyone!

Sincerely,
Chang
Studio Technician
P.S. There’s still time to sign up for tomorrow’s Gay for Clay, a LGBTQ+ fundraising presentation by Dustin Yager. Click for more details!


June 17, 2020
Hello GHPeeps,

This is Lu, long-time liaison at the Pottery. Right now, I am working from home in Flushing. I miss being together with everyone at the studio. I miss seeing the projects you are working on as they develop and being able to discuss creative ideas and thoughts with you. I know some of you are with us in our virtual classes and digging into some of the amazing online resources on our website.

I am very excited to share that our Online Classes are now open for summer registration. We created a beautiful catalog with class descriptions and images for our 40+ classes. Check it out today!
I am really looking forward to this summer’s online courses, because I will be teaching a hand-building class on Monday nights that explores the expressive possibility of the still life objects around us. Most of us are staying at home now, so it is a perfect time to turn the ordinary into inspiration.

Interested in developing the conceptual side of your practice? Share your creative ideas and critique with the support of teachers like Whittney Klann and Ryan Rennie, or get to know visiting artists with Trevor King, Kathy Erteman or Derek Weisberg.

You don’t need clay to find out Why Did It Come Out This Way? with Suzy Goodelman as she demystifies the ceramic process, or hit the books with Ryan Rennie in Ceramics History: A Crash Course. You can dig local clay and learn about wood firing in a mud kiln in Luc Hammond-Thomas’s Source & Stoke class or about building an anagama kiln with Adam Welch.

Stay connected and continue your pottery practice with your beloved teachers in Wheel with Haakon Lenzi; Demos with Dave Gibson; Studio Practice with Will Coggin; Wheelwork: Drawn and Decorated with Julie Knight; or Mold Making, Prototypes and Slipcasting with Hiroe Hanazono. Some of our teachers are offering more than one class so if you like their courses, sign up for more!

Although we are apart physically, the GHP team is working together with you to stay connected and creative. Please join us and these amazing teachers over this summer. We’ll continue sharing knowledge and ideas, and provide a supportive space for each other.

Lu Zhang

P.S. Stay up-to-date on the ways Greenwich House is working for social justice here. Do you have thoughts on how to make the Pottery a more inclusive space? Email us to let us know!


June 10, 2020
Dear GHP Community,

I am very excited to announce the next round of Greenwich House Pottery Online! Though we all must remain away from our beloved studios for the time being, our extraordinary faculty members have developed a new curriculum in an online format to maximize your ceramic learning experience.

Our instructors have taken this time to really focus on teaching many of the topics and techniques that can sometimes be overlooked in the classroom. There are over 40 classes, lectures and workshops available for registration beginning at noon on June 15th.

Regardless of whether or not you can get your hands in clay, there is something for you. The offerings are extensive: from re imagining tableware to building kilns, design classes to archaeology. We have unique classes on ceramic history, color theory, critique, Claymation and gold leaf application, in addition to handbuilding at home and our classic wheel demonstrations. Beyond having these new and creative topics to choose from—an unexpected upside to the pandemic—you do not have to be in New York City to take advantage of Greenwich House courses that typically are only offered in person at the Pottery. From wherever you are, you can join us for the very first time or return to your long-time community. We will all be learning together—from a safe social distance.

The online course catalog can be found here.

Wishing you a creative summer,
Jenni Lukasiewicz
Education & Events Manager
Greenwich House Pottery

PS. We know you may be eager to collect belongings, pick up clay and drop off work to be fired. As a non-essential business, we must be patient. We are preparing our required COVID-19 health and safety plan and will let you know as soon as we are allowed to reopen.


June 3, 2020
Dear GHP Community,

Like many of you, we are saddened by the injustices that overwhelm our country. Greenwich House has a legacy of fighting for social justice and will continue to do so. The Pottery’s values are aligned with those of our parent organization, Greenwich House, in the following statement:

Greenwich House stands in solidarity with the social justice activists protesting the senseless killing of black and brown people by police officers. George Floyd’s murder is not an isolated incident: it is a part of America’s racist legacy that we must reckon with.

We affirm our commitment to serving as allies, listening when challenged, and leveraging what power and privilege we have to fight systematic racism, but words without effort and actions are more insulting than silence.

We are working with our fellow community organizations around the city to advocate for social, justice, and economic reforms that could begin to stem the tide on our nation’s systematic oppression of people of color.

Black Lives Matter.

We have and will continue to stand on the side of justice in the fight for equity. We have begun with the following efforts:
We Are Calling on Mayor de Blasio to Invest in Human Services, Not Over-Policing Our Communities

United Neighborhood Houses Statement on Police Brutality and the Murder of George Floyd

An Open Letter to Mayor DeBlasio: Human Services Workers Are Always Essential Workers


May 29, 2020
Greetings to the Greatest Community,

We are all eager to know when we can be together at the Pottery again. Like the rest of New York City, we are waiting for word from Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio and other borough officials before we begin opening back up. When we can reopen, we will—I promise you.

We have your finished and unfinished work on our minds, and will do whatever we can to provide time to wrap-up the work that was left unfinished before we closed and opportunities to fire the work you have created at home while quarantined. Our leadership team has discussed many strategies about a socially distanced and responsible way to reopen once it is allowed. We know you would like to get your tools, check your lockers and look for glazeware, but we have to continue to abide by all public health and safety protocols.

As we eagerly await the right time to open for in-person work, we continue to develop new ways to connect and help support our community and the field. We are committed to continuing to serve you, therefore we are excited to announce the next round of Greenwich House Pottery Online! We will have a range of classes, from one-day workshops to eight-week courses, from history lectures to demos. We will continue to provide access to clay through Ceramic Supply and any work created with GHP approved clay can be fired in our kilns when we reopen. Our online classes will offer you old favorites as well as innovative new options that take advantage of the virtual setting. This is an excellent opportunity to expand and change the way we think, talk, teach and learn about clay—together!

Online registration will go live on June 15. We will send you an email once we have course descriptions and class details available. Until then, be sure to check out our Online Resource page often, as we update things daily. And it is never too late to pop into a Zoom class—they will continue to be offered free to all until the term ends on June 27.

Thank you all for your continued support and encouragement. Thank you to everyone who attended the online exhibition opening. It was great to hear your voices, listen to your stories and take a step back together. We all miss you. I miss you.

Sincerely,
Adam Welch


May 27, 2020
Hi everyone,

It’s Deb, long-time liaison at the Pottery, working from home, missing you all. I hope you are well and safe. It was wonderful to see those of you who came to the GHP Artist Exhibition opening reception last Friday!

One of the things that strikes me as remarkable during this time is the resilience, creativity and spirit of the seniors I’ve been checking in with on behalf of Greenwich House Senior Services, and how important the Greenwich House Senior Centers have been to them. It reminds me of the importance of GHP as a creative and interactive community. The GHP community remains incredibly cohesive and vibrant even while virtual, as demonstrated by the terrific GHP Artist Exhibition and jam-packed online reception.

I’d like to tell you about a new offering on the GHP Online Resources page, called Inspirations, that’s ripe for you to explore. When I have spare time, I love to browse the work of ceramics artists I admire, and to discover new artists whose work I find exciting and inspiring. Browsing other artists’ work expands and enriches ideas for my own work, and it’s fun!

To facilitate your ceramics-related browsing, the new Inspirations section highlights a curated selection of links to many online shops and galleries that show available work by ceramics artists. For links to museums and galleries that showcase ceramics exhibits and collections, see Virtual Museum/Gallery Visits on the Online Resources page.

Of course, there are additional options for online ceramics browsing, including googling favorite artists, or searching for specific artists on Etsy or similar websites. Checking out the followers of Etsy artists can lead to other artists of interest.

Go directly to Inspirations on the Online Resources page here. Whatever your browsing preferences, we hope Inspirations will make it easy and fun to do!

I look forward to seeing you at upcoming GHP community zooms, and in person at GHP as soon as it becomes possible. In the meantime, stay well and safe, and happy browsing!

All best,
Deb Reed


May 20, 2020
Hi everyone,

Hannah here, the newest liaison at the Pottery. I hope that everyone is staying safe and healthy. Though I know we all miss the studio, it’s been amazing to talk to and hear from students—there is so much care and compassion within the community, and I feel more and more lucky to be a part of it.

The 2020 GHP Artists Exhibition will be opening this Friday, May 22! Very happy that the show will go on…I look forward to seeing everyone’s work. A reminder: you will be able to see the show on the day of the event at this link, and we hope that people will join us for the opening reception over Zoom on Friday, May 22 at 5:00 PM (Meeting ID 861-1927-2872, Password: 54321). Awards will be granted, with the exciting new addition of the Student Choice Award which will be selected by all of you! There will be a link on the gallery page once it goes live where you can cast your vote. Voting ends on May 29.

Also, I wanted to share some of my favorite content from the Online Resources page this week:
I think I lived vicariously through Ryan Rennie’s video on Foraging Clay as he takes us on a virtual field trip. I’ve done a little foraging myself, but I learned some geology and environmental markers to look for when you’re in nature in search of clay.
If you’re a Bauhaus fan, I recommend Marguerite Wildenhain by Rollie Younger. Truthfully, I hadn’t heard of her or seen her work previously. This interview takes us to Marguerite’s school, Pond Farm Pottery, in California. As a ceramic student of the Bauhaus, she gives us a true historical perspective and shares her insightful educational philosophies.
I was lucky enough to see this show in person, but Arlene Shechet’s virtual tour of Skirts at Pace Gallery holds up online. I am such a fan of her work, and these are beautiful and monumental examples of how clay can be combined with other materials.

Hope to all be back at the Pottery together soon!

Hannah Westerman

P.S. Check out our new page of Parent + Kid Clay Activities. It’s full of clay and clay-themed activities to keep you and your little ones entertained. More content will be added in the weeks ahead, so keep an eye on it!


May 13, 2020
Dear Pottery Friends,

I cannot wait to celebrate the very first online GHP Artist Exhibition at our Zoom opening reception with you all next week!

One of my favorite things about the GHP Artist Exhibition is getting to see what each one of you has been working on over the past year, and this May has been no different. It’s been so fun to see the photos of all of your great work flooding into my inbox.

If you haven’t sent your image and information to me yet, do so by the end of the day today (Wednesday, May 13) to make sure your piece is included in the online exhibition. All the information you need to be part of the show can be found here. Anyone who was enrolled in at least one of the following terms: Summer 2019, Fall 2019, Winter 2020, or Spring 2020 is eligible to participate.

Whether or not you participate in the exhibition, be sure to join us for the Zoom opening reception on May 22 at 5:00 p.m., meeting ID: 861 1927 2872 with password: 54321. The exhibition itself will open earlier that day, Friday, May 22, for everyone to see at this link. No peeking! The link will not work until opening day.

Director Adam Welch will award the Madeline Sadin and Anna Siok Awards as always this year, but be sure to vote for the new Student Choice Award! The link will be available on the online gallery page once it goes live.

Looking forward to celebrating with you all!

Sincerely,

Kaitlin McClure


May 6, 2020
Dear GHP community,

Good news! We didn’t want to miss out on our annual GHP Artist Exhibition, so in the spirit of remote learning and increased online communication, we will be hosting the exhibition online this year. Given these new challenges of working apart and from home, this online student show will allow us to reminisce on past projects and pieces, while highlighting the ways that we as makers can use our creative energies to continue working at home.

All the information for this online exhibition, as well as how to submit the photo of the piece you would like to include, can be found here. Anyone who was enrolled in at least one of the following terms: Summer 2019, Fall 2019, Winter 2020, or Spring 2020 is eligible to participate. You must submit by Wednesday, May 13, as the gallery will go live Friday, May 22 for all to view and enjoy. A link will be provided for you to share with loved ones near and far!

We had been excited to display the awesome work of our beautiful community prior to this time of social distancing, but now we have the opportunity to be a part of an online artistic discussion that brings us all a little closer even while we’re apart.

Whether or not you submit an image for the online gallery display, be sure to join us for the GHP Artist Online Exhibition Opening Reception over Zoom on May 22 at 5:00 p.m. (Meeting ID: 861-1927-2872.) Looking forward to celebrating the extraordinary artwork that makes GHP so unique!

Chloe Theodosiou


April 29, 2020
Hey all,

I hope you all are doing well and that you’re still making art however and whenever you can. In case you don’t know me yet, I’m one of the newest studio technicians, Lilli. As time in quarantine goes on, I’m missing the studio more than ever. Most of all, I miss our community, as I’m sure you do too. I’m just happy we’re able to communicate virtually at the very least!

Even though we can’t be together right now, we can at least get our hands in some clay! We are once again offering the chance for you to buy clay and get it delivered right to your door if you are still local. Thanks to GHP’s partnership with Ceramic Supply, delivery is super affordable. And better yet, now you have a choice of some different clay bodies. These prices all include front door delivery!
50 lbs of 182 White Stoneware: $40
50 lbs of English Porcelain : $55
1 Gallon of Cone 6 Porcelain Casting Slip: $35
The deadline to take advantage of this deal is Sunday, May 3. Please note that this opportunity is only available for people living in NYC boroughs. Ordering can be completed on our registration page. Once you order, make sure to email a current phone number and delivery address to our studio manager, Anjuli Wright, at awright@greenwichhouse.org. Delivery will occur on weekdays between May 6-15, and you will be emailed the night before your delivery is coming.

Otherwise, just keep on staying connected and keep on enjoying our online classes through our online resources page. It is frequently being updated with videos, classes, demos, etc. (even though there’s already enough stuff there to keep you occupied for the next few months thanks to faculty and staff). Staying connected and staying involved in art through GHP has already helped me through this time, and I hope it’s been helping you too.

I’m so proud and grateful to still be on the GHP team, I don’t know what I would do without this community. Quarantine would be a much lonelier place, that’s for sure. I’m so excited for when we can all be together in person again, making incredible things.

Hopefully that will be soon!! 😊

Lilli Helling


April 22, 2020
Hi GHP,

Wow. You all are such a fantastic community. It is an understatement to say these last two months have been strange, but it has been heartwarming to see how everyone is stepping up. Our staff has switched over to working remotely: putting together online resources, calling to check in on all of our students weekly, as well as senior citizens for Greenwich House, and even delivering meals to those who need it.

I am especially proud of the incredible online program our faculty has put together in such a short time. Faculty are leading classes over Zoom that are free and open to everyone regardless of your enrollment status, so don’t miss out on them! Whether you deferred, rode the wave, or donated your tuition, these classes are for you. They are posted at the top of our Online Resource page.

Click the class link when it’s time and use the password 54321 to join in. Faculty are presenting a range of exciting content, from throwing demos with Dave Gibson and Julie Knight to ceramic art history lectures with Jessi Li and Derek Weisberg.

We are recording these zoom classes, so don’t worry if you miss one! They will be posted on the Online Resource page as well. We already have some great ones posted like a class on surface decoration by Kathy Erteman and one on different slip decoration techniques by Dustin Yager. Don’t forget to keep scrolling down the resource page to see all the great demos our faculty and staff have been making. There is a lot of good stuff!

Stay safe and well.

Sincerely,

Adam Welch


April 15, 2020
Hello Pottery Peeps!

Most of you know me, but for those who don’t, I’m Suzy—Student Liaison and teacher of Beginning Handbuilding and also a couple of the Special Topics classes.

Since this strange and surreal quarantine started, I have dearly missed the close connection and lively interactions with our awesome community—especially all the ways in which students inspire and help and share with each other. To that end, I dreamed of a place online where everyone could post stuff and interact…kind of like an online space where we could all be together…kind of like the amazing Online Resource page but where students could post as well. I happily heard from Jenni a few days ago that they were going to set up a Facebook group where we could all meet and that could happen!

Well, it’s happened! Yay! And here’s the link:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/221529485837099/

Please do visit and share all things you love—videos, pictures of favorite exhibitions, pictures of your work, pictures of others’ work—anything clay related, art related, creativity related that you want to share. Post things you’d like feedback on, post technical questions, post techniques you want to show off—all of it! We may not be able to be together in person but we can still be together online and meet in that amazing space that is the creative process and the love of clay and community.

Here’s a memory of mine that says a lot to me about what GHP is for so many of us: a long time ago, while I was still just a student and hadn’t yet joined staff or faculty, I would go to open studio whenever I could. One day, there were several of us there who often met in open studio—just like so many do today—and there we were—working, making stuff, chatting, visiting—it was lovely. One of the women there said to the room, “Now THIS is my idea of a good party!” I totally and completely agree. That really said it for me. So let’s take the party online.

Hope to see you there!

And if you haven’t yet checked out the Online Resources Page go do it! Here’s the link to that party! And don’t forget: there you will find many zoom meetings to take advantage of this week! All passwords are set to 54321 unless otherwise noted.

All the best to you,
Stay safe and well,

xo

Suzy


April 8, 2020
Hello clay people!

As we continue to charter into territory unknown, I know many of us have been venturing into other media: drawing in our sketchbooks, taking photos of the beauty that we find in the world on those sparse outdoor adventures and stitching together face masks. Although it has been great to learn to sew personal protective ware, the ware that many of us are seeking is stoneware. But for some, the thought of paying more for delivery than for the clay itself seems like a deal breaker. Alas, let us fret not! GHP is excited to announce that we have teamed up with our friends at Ceramic Supply to offer 50 lbs of white stoneware with front door drop-off for just $40. More details and ordering can be done through our online registration page. If you are interested, please order no later than Sunday, April 12.

As all of our GHP instructors continue to create online content, we invite everyone who is interested to join in with your would-have-been and could-still-possibly-be Spring class to enjoy the companionship of your community as well as video demos, instructional handouts, alternative creative projects and other entertainment that will be continually added in the coming weeks. Teachers may reach out to their roster lineup for regularly scheduled class meetings or check-ins but we will also list any live zoom classes that are open to all. Even if you have had to defer or withdraw—whether it’s by distracting you with instruction, helping you to find another creative outlet or connecting through meaningful conversations—we are still here to support you in any way that we can. (Just to be clear, our zoom meetings and online resources are offered free of charge and will not be deducted from any future credit if you are opting to defer.)

On a final note, I’d like to invite everyone to come together on zoom for GHP’s first ever Cocktails in Cups Happy Hour! This will be a chance to focus on something we love—handmade ceramics—and be united from afar. Grab a drink in your fav handmade vessel, tell us about how it was made and by whom and while toasting to our community. The event will take place at 5:00 p.m. on Friday April 17th on Zoom with meeting ID 711-820-112 or by clicking this link: Cocktails in Cups Happy Hour.

I am missing the Pottery & all of the spirit you bring to it.

Hope to see you soon!

Jenni Lukasiewicz
Education & Events Manager

P.S. Wave-Riders and invested students will keep receiving these emails into the spring. If you do not fall into one of these two categories but still want to keep receiving these weekly updates, sign up here.


April 1, 2020
Hey GHP Friends!

I’m Anjuli, currently your Interim Studio Manager, Beginning Handbuilding Teacher, and usually the random person singing in the clay mixing room. I know I speak for all of the staff and faculty when I say that we miss your clay-loving selves! This week, I get to send your Weekly Wednesday update to tell you about my favorite picks on the awesome Online Resource page our staff and faculty have been working away on.

Since we are on Spring Break this week, we don’t have any live zoom webinars scheduled, but make sure to stay tuned because there are more to come. BUT! There are still amazing things to check out! I’m mesmerized by all of the videos posted on our page but here are a few I want to highlight:

  • A Glimpse in the Fire takes you through a Wood Firing that our rock-star studio tech, Collyn did in Peter’s Valley last year.
  • Lisa Chicoyne’s Paperclay Demo gives you an opportunity to see an expert at work! Lisa teaches a Paperclay class at GHP. SPOILER: there is a hand saw involved in this video!
  • And to take you outside of the GHP world, I suggest Arlene Shechet’s Art 21 segment. Interesting to hear another perspective on working with clay and see an artist at work. This might lead you down an Art 21 rabbit hole, but you won’t be mad about it.

Another exciting resource we have made available for our students is a subscription to Studio Potter, an online journal specifically for the discussion of ceramics. Just login using these credentials:

Username: Greenwich House
Password: SPmember

This will give you access to a whole bunch of thoughtful articles and interviews all surrounding our one true love: clay.

Okay all, I hope you enjoy! I know that it is hard to be away from each other and the studio, but know that we are thinking of you and grateful that all of our students, faculty and staff are corona-free at this point. After sitting in on some of the zoom classes our faculty have hosted this week I’ve been extremely moved by our community and the care you all have shown to each other and to the faculty and staff. I thank you for your support and am excited for the day we will all be reunited in the studio.

Best,
Anjuli
Interim Studio Manager


March 28, 2020
Dearest GHP Community,

Thank you all for your continued support and patience. Your outpouring of support has been a bright spot in a dark time. I appreciate all the phone calls and emails and I hope that this message addresses any questions you have at this time.

As indicated in our last email, we are not going to be able to open on time (April 6) for spring term. I do not know when we will be able to reopen, but I am hopeful that we will open at some point during spring term. With that in mind, along with our upcoming (March 30) refund deadline, I am asking that you review these options and, if you have not already, let us know ASAP which you decide. In abiding by our current policies on refunds and transfers, your decision will be defaulted to Option 3 if we do not hear from you.

Option 1) INVESTMENT (DEADLINE MARCH 30)
Stay engaged by exploring the online programming we are developing, and consider your tuition an investment. In the event that classes do not begin on time, tuition for missed classes will be recognized as a donation to the Pottery. For example, if we open up partway through the spring term, you will resume attending class in the studio as normal and you will receive a letter acknowledging your donation in the amount equivalent to the portion of classes that you missed while we were closed during spring term. If we are not able to open at all during the spring term, you will receive a letter acknowledging the full amount of your tuition as a donation to the Pottery. (GH has the resources to pay staff and faculty through April 10 after which time the agency has to make fiscal decisions about the best way to move forward. Leaving your spring tuition in place is the option that will ensure some—hopefully all—staff and faculty continue to get paid. The number of students that stay enrolled as “investors” in the spring term will have a direct impact on our ability to sustain staff and faculty employment. Greenwich House is a larger social service organization, and it will be an agency-wide decision.)

OPTION 2) REQUEST REFUND (DEADLINE MARCH 30)
In accordance with our regular refund policy, if you require a refund, you will get all of your tuition back less $50, if requested by March 30. Submit your request in writing to pottery@greenwichhouse.org. Although we will try to expedite these requests, refunds can take 4 to 6 weeks to process.

OPTION 3) RIDE THE WAVE (DEADLINE MARCH 30)
With everything so uncertain, you can simply leave your registration as is. When we have a date set to open, you will have two options to choose from at that time:

  • You can continue in the spring term. We will recalculate the cost of the term and the amount that we discount will be retained as firing credit, or
  • Defer your full tuition to a future term (summer 2020, fall 2020, winter 2021 or spring 2021 terms).
    *If you choose to ride the wave, there will be no later options for refunds.

In light of the uncertainty of our situation and in gratitude of your dedication to the Pottery, we hope this is the most sensible compromise that we can make to sustain our community and get you back into the studio.

We do not yet know what the future holds. As a small arts nonprofit, donations are always vitally important. If you have the means, any contribution that you can make is deeply appreciated.

I hope that we can open our doors very soon. I am looking forward to when we will all be pinching, coiling, throwing, trimming, and glazing together in the studio instead of online. I hope that you are well and have been enjoying the content we have uploaded onto our website. We have started offering zoom classes throughout the week, uploading teacher demonstrations, handouts, and artist presentations and plan to continue to offer these until we can once again meet in person. I am so thankful to our incredible staff and faculty who have jumped right in to do whatever they can in this new situation, and I am thankful to you, our students, for your outpouring of support and care for us and for each other.

This is a time full of uncertainty, but your support and strength make me hopeful and confident in the future.

I hope you are holding up and staying healthy.

Sincerely,
Adam Welch


March 25, 2020
Dear GHP Community,

Our incredible staff and faculty have been hard at work using their regular GHP teaching hours to make demos and curate interesting content for you! Many of you have already been enjoying our Online Resource page, but if you haven’t checked it out yet I encourage you to take a look soon. It is full of demos, artist talks, podcast recommendations and more to keep your creativity flowing. The page will be updated with more content every day, so keep an eye on it!Once a week a different staff member will be emailing you their top picks from the page. This week, I get to do it! I’m Kaitlin McClure, your friendly Gallery and Residency Manager. I don’t have a home studio, so I’ve been spending my time developing skills that will be useful to my practice when GHP re-opens and I can get back to it!

  • First up, Alan Caiger Smith and Michael Casson’s  Decoration Part 1 and Part 2 from “The Craft of the Potter.” Alan Caiger Smith demos how to practice different brush strokes and really learn what each one of your brushes is capable of. I’ve been using watercolors to practice this at home.
  • Next up, learn the technical side of firing at GHP with Trevor King! What are pyrometric cones, anyway? What is the difference between oxidation and reduction firing? What is an updraft kiln? All of this information can help you better understand your medium and influence the creative choices you make.
  • Lastly, have a blast from the past with “Let’s Take a Trip” from CBS and check out what GHP was like in 1958!  Meet Jane Hartsook, who was a GHP director for 40 years and see how much the studio has (or hasn’t!) changed in 62 years.

In addition to these great videos, we can also be together while we’re apart! Join any of the following webinars to engage with your GHP faculty and studio mates in the coming days:

As always, don’t hesitate to reach out to us with questions, concerns, or just to stay in touch!

Wishing everyone health and safety,
Kaitlin

P.S. Don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel!


March 23, 2020
To the Greatest Community,

The Pottery has been my home for 16 years. For many, it has been your home for much longer than that. On March 12th, we celebrated Lilli Miller’s 99th birthday together. Lilli has been at the Pottery since the 1950s. Marianne Yoors, who is only a decade her junior, says “If not for the Pottery, I wouldn’t be alive.” More than half my clay-life has been shaped by this community, and I know that so many of you share that sense and appreciation of community we have cultivated.That is also why even though it was the right decision, it was such a tough initial call to close our doors for several weeks—because we know the sense of fulfillment and connection that so many of you draw from your interactions with our faculty, staff, and other students. I have no doubt we will persevere. In our 116 years we’ve survived wars, depression and many other calamities, but it will take a dedicated effort to ensure that our community comes through this time stable and even stronger than we left off.

Despite our present situation, I’m quite excited about the work our beloved faculty and staff already have underway to help stimulate, enrich and bring some beauty and peace to you, our dedicated students, during this challenging time. We are hoping that you will stay with us and support us during these truly uncharted times.

We have already begun to create and share content (from social media to online videos and demos), make studio improvements, and explore ways that we can safely provide additional resources for you to utilize during this time. It is important that we find ways that Pottery faculty, staff and community might support others in need during this difficult time.

To that end, it is unlikely we will be able to start our spring term on time. I would direct you to the following possible options for consideration:

  1. If you have already enrolled in our spring semester, do nothing at this time. I am asking that you stay engaged with us, explore the programming we are developing, and consider your tuition an investment. An investment in the community that has and will again sustain you. A community who has mixed your clay and carried your work throughout the years. A community of teachers, staff and fellow potters and artists teaching and sharing knowledge. As they have supported so many of us, we hope to continue to be able to support them. For the next few weeks we will be providing enrichment, guidance and resources, and hope to get back to work in our building as soon as is reasonably possible. In the event that classes do not begin on time, consider donating the tuition for your missed classes to the Pottery.
  2. If you are disinclined to stay with us this spring, I would ask that you allow us to retain your tuition as a credit to a future class at the Pottery.
  3. If you require a refund, we will surely provide it if requested by March 30, in accordance with our refund policy; submit your request in writing to pottery@greenwichhouse.org.
  4. If you are able to make a donation to the Pottery, now is the time. Donate now at https://www.greenwichhouse.org/pottery-about/donate-to-the-pottery/

We know that this is an uncertain time and that things are changing moment by moment, but we are also reminded in times like these that Greenwich House Pottery is part of a historic legacy of service to our community. We want you to know that we are doing everything we can to ensure the welfare and well-being of our faculty, staff, students and those in need around us. Moments like these are when a community and a small nonprofit organization are put to the test.

We cannot do this without your support. Be well and be safe. We will be pinching pots and commiserating over Shino together soon.

Your devoted director,
Adam


March 20, 2020
Dear Students,

Although we cannot be together in the studio we are thinking of you and want to continue to stay connected and engaged with clay. The past few days our staff and faculty have been hard at work researching, compiling, and creating online content for your continued education and enjoyment. We are proud to announce, GHP is officially open online!

Visit our new ONLINE RESOURCE page
Video learning, webinars, GHP artist talks, interviews and so much more—now available on our website.This will be a valuable resource for all students now and after life returns to normal. You can visit the page by clicking the link above or you can find the page by visiting Greenwich House Pottery’s website at https://www.greenwichhouse.org/pottery-about/home/; click CURRENT STUDENTS, STUDENT RESOURCES and then ONLINE RESOURCES. We will add new content daily and additional resources from our faculty as it becomes available.

Join the conversation on Instagram: #ArtistsOfGHP
Turn social distancing into an opportunity to get to know each other’s work and process. Post one image of your work to Instagram each day (a finished piece or work in progress) and follow along to see other’s pieces.Use the #ArtistsOfGHP hashtag and tag @greenwichhousepottery. Share info about clay body, glazes and firing temperature. Ask questions and give feedback. After you post, click the hashtag and hit follow—every time someone posts, it will show up in your feed.

Share with us!
If you’ve found something interesting that you would like to share with our community, send us a link! You may see it show up on our page!We cannot be together in the studio, but we are still the strong community we have always been. GHP is officially open online so join us for online demos, artist talks, and more! We appreciate you bearing with us during these difficult times. And as always, our staff is here for you by email.
Be well, stay healthy & don’t hesitate to reach out.Warmly,
Your Pottery Staff

General Inquiries:

EMAIL THE POTTERY
pottery@greenwichhouse.org

Executive Staff:

ADAM WELCH
Director
awelch@greenwichhouse.org

JENNI LUKASIEWICZ
Education & Events Manager
jlukasiewicz@greenwichhouse.org

KAITLIN McCLURE
Gallery & Residency Manager
kmcclure@greenwichhouse.org

ANJULI WRIGHT
Studio Manager
awright@greenwichhouse.org


March 14, 2020
Dear GHP Community,

For 116 years, Greenwich House has been looking after its community with singular focus on its health and happiness. Today you remain our top priority and due to the challenging and complex situation of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we have decided to temporarily close Greenwich House Pottery. The Pottery will close Monday, March 16 through Sunday, April 5, 2020.

Beyond our own operations and logistics, we are even more concerned for our community and its safety, for you personally and for those with whom you interact. To be clear, we do not have a report of infection within the Greenwich House community. We are closing at a time when city and state officials are universally recommending social distancing and limiting movement around New York City.

As an historic provider of important health and human services to our community, Greenwich House, and Pottery, continue to follow the recommendations provided by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), the New York City Department of Education, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). That said, we ask that you please be patient with us during this time. This is all truly new territory for us.

Additionally, and in case you were worrying about our faculty and staff, we are working to provide at least temporary supports for all staff (including part-time and faculty) during this shutdown, to ensure that they don’t experience any undue financial burden as we all do our part during this global health crisis.

If you have questions or concerns about this situation, please contact us at pottery@greenwichhouse.org. We sincerely hope these measures help reduce the spread of the virus in New York City and keep our most at-risk community members safe. We look forward to welcoming you back as soon as this pandemic subsides.

Stay healthy and be well.
The Pottery Crew


March 13,2020
Dearest GHP Students,

Beginning Monday, March 16, the Pottery will close for three weeks. If you are enrolled in the current semester, you have the rest of today until 6:00 p.m. and tomorrow from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to pick up, wrap up, and glaze up your work. There will be an additional liaison measuring both days. Take the opportunity, if you are healthy and available to come in, to finish things up or take care of something for a fellow potter. If you do come in, please label and consolidate any work in progress with your name an spring class number as it will be very helpful to clear up confusion when we resume next term.

We will not be open to the public until we re-open on April 6th; there will be no work pick-up or locker or studio access. We are anticipating opening on time at the start of the spring term but we will be monitoring the situation with care and caution.

Don’t worry about your glazed ware and bisqueware. Your glazed pots aren’t going anywhere and we will allow for the usual glaze grace period in the two weeks following our reopening. We will not throw away any work during the closure.

Since the pottery is completely closed to students beginning this Sunday evening until spring classes resume on Monday, April 6,  and the Gallery is also closed, we will not be open to accept work for the Member’s Exhibition. The exhibition opening will be postponed and the duration of the show abbreviated. We will do what we can given the situation we are in. We will provide an updated timeline once the details have been ironed out.

We have also had to postpone our residency and fellowship program. Our current Fellow, Biata Roytburd only just started working on her first piece in our studio this week. Since she is scheduled for only a 2-month fellowship, we have decided to postpone her residency and reschedule for another time.

As for the Spring Term, as is our refund policy, if you are to decide to withdraw from your spring class, you must do so 7 days before the start of the class. We understand and respect your decision. As always, we need to receive a written request for refunds, which you may email to  pottery@greenwichhouse.org. Full details of the refund policy can be found on our website under Registration Policies. It is important to note that we will not be able to hold your spot if you withdrawal. Again, ideally, we will resume spring term as planned, however do not yet have a scenario worked out if we are to have a delayed opening.

We understand these are uncertain times and that uncertainty causes confusion and panic. We appreciate your patience and support at this time. While we would love to be open and keep providing you with access, it simply is not prudent to do so out of concern for those that are most at risk.

While we look out for our community, we know you are looking out for us. We appreciate your concern and support. GH has expressed its support of its employees and allowing us to continue to find ways to keep things moving forward. We are working with staff and faculty to come up with content that will be useful to us all whether through social media or online, or content that will pop up in the classrooms in the terms to come. We will make something good out of this mess.

We know how hard and disappointing that this is for you. Again, we think that through social distancing we will slow the progress of the virus and will allow our healthcare system to keep up with things and that we will soon return to our studio practice.

With Love,
Your Pottery Crew


March 4, 2020
Dear Pottery Community,

The Coronavirus has been at the forefront of the news and has now become classroom conversation. I want you to know the Pottery is taking the warnings seriously. There is speculation about statistics and dangers or lack thereof; nevertheless, none of us really know the complexity of this issue. As is always our policy, if you are feeling sick, stay home.

The precaution recommended by the CDC is that if you have come in contact with someone who has been sick after traveling to an area of known infection, you should allow two weeks to ensure you are not sick before returning to your regular activities.

Though this might seem like an extreme precaution, our community has a large population that is more susceptible to the effects of this virus. The same goes for the common cold or the flu; if you are feeling under the weather, stay home. We need to think about everyone.

Below is information distributed by Greenwich House who have been paying very close attention to this matter. Please read it over carefully.

Thank you very much for your attention on this matter.

Sincerely,

Adam Welch, Director
Greenwich House Pottery


Dear Greenwich House Community:

The health and safety of our clients, students, members, staff, faculty, partners, and friends is a top priority at Greenwich House, and so we continue to remain alert and are actively monitoring information and directives shared by local, national and international public health organizations.

All of our programs and sites are aware of and following protocols as directed by various licensing and regulatory entities for our social service and childhood education programs, and we are extending similar approaches to our arts programs. In addition, we are taking proactive steps to increase the frequency of general cleaning disinfection, especially in shared spaces and on high-touch surfaces.

Beyond the steps that we are taking, we are also encouraging our clients, students, families, members, partners, and friends to follow the recommendations from key health professionals as we go about our daily lives. These steps are generally the same (if more vigilant) health and safety precautions as we would take during cold and flu season including, but not limited to:

  • Wash your hands well and often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
  • If you are sick or feeling sick, please stay home.
  • Minimize inter-personal contact such as handshakes during this heightened period of sensitivity.

In addition to the general illness prevention practices:

  • If you or a member of your household has recently returned home from one of the countries that have confirmed cases, please notify the Program Director, and we will assist in assessing whether your specific situation might require you to stay home for a period of 14 days according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s interim guidance.
  • If you ever have concerns regarding your health and safety while you are at Greenwich House, please speak to the Program Director at your site.

For more information on coronavirus and to stay up-to-date on the evolving situation, visit:
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/summary.html
New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene:
https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/health/health-topics/coronavirus.page
New York State Department of Health:
https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/coronavirus/
The World Health Organization:
https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019