Pottery Notes

Week 3 – January 21st

Studio News
End of Night Routine
When you leave the studio at the end of the evening please help to tuck in the studio for the night; make sure to:

  • Return community molds, banding wheels, boards and bats
  • Clean up and take home any snacks
  • Makes sure clay is covered by the damp towel and the lid is firmly on the buckets
  • Place stools on tables
  • Turn off wheels, place pedals, blocks and stools on the wheels
  • Make sure you’ve moved work from the measuring station to the appropriate shelf.

Workable Clay
The studio technicians at Greenwich House Pottery make 120,000 pounds of clay each year. Please take only what you need from the clay buckets and return usable workable clay to the bucket to be used by someone else rather than dumping it in reclaim. If you are not sure, ask your teacher.

New Faces
This week we welcome Paolo Mentasti as a temporary Studio Technician and Hannah Westerman as a Student Liaison. You may recognize them both, as Paolo was an intern in 2018 and both have been students with us in the years since. Say hello when you see them in the studio!

From the Registration Office
Make sure to register for Spring term. Registration opened in August and classes at GHP fill up fast. Many of the April classes are already full, so sign up today!

Happenings
Simple Mold Workshop
Lisa Chicoyne will lead a one-day, hands-on workshop on Friday January 24th that will introduce you to working with plaster to make a one-part slump mold. This type of mold is ideal for many of the paperclay techniques Lisa covers in class, as well as traditional handbuilding methods. This is also the perfect opportunity to make a customized mold, such as a mold with a built-in foot. If time permits you will be able to make more than one mold. Register online or in the Liaison Office.

Carly Slade Workshop
The Jane Hartsook Gallery is pleased to present City Wide, Carly Slade’s first solo exhibition in NYC. This is an exhibition not to be missed: Slade constructs buildings skewed by two-point perspective to tell universal stories about the way architecture communicates our hopes and lived experiences. If you like the show you will not want to miss Slade’s two-day workshop on February 7th and 8th. Please register online or in the liaison office.

The Resident is In!
Dolores Furtado is a sculptor who creates work that focuses on materiality. She uses technical research and experimentation to create forms that expose the unique qualities of her materials, and she views her sculptures as the documentation of process and action. Furtado will develop a series of 15 medium-scale ceramic sculptures based on her previous experiments casting paper pulp. Stop by the residency studio on the first floor to see what she’s working on.

At-A-Glance: Upcoming Calendar Reminders

  • Friday, January 24: Mold Workshop w/ Lisa, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., No Open Studio SlipCasting 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, January 30: Glaze Clinics, 2:30-3:30 p.m. & 5:30-6:30 p.m., Glaze Area reserved
  • Friday & Saturday, February 7-8: Carly Slade Workshop, 9:30 a.m.-10:00 p.m., No Open Studio in SlipCasting
  • Monday, February 17: Presidents’ Day, GHP Open 6:00-10:00 p.m., Classes Meet As Usual


Week 2

Studio News
Class Interruptions
We know that your locker or work in progress may be stored in a classroom, however please enter and exit the classroom quietly and do not interrupt when class is in session.

Glaze Grace Period: Fall Students Finish Up! As a reminder, all work on the bisque shelves must be glazed and placed in the kiln room (or taken home) no later than January 19th at 4:45 p.m. The shelves will be completely cleared; anything that remains will be discarded to make space for new work.

Work in progress should now be on your class shelf.  Teachers have permission to discard any work on the class shelf that has a Fall 2019 sticker.

Raise the Bottom Line!
Glaze runs; please make sure you are leaving enough room at the bottom of your piece. When you use more than one glaze make sure to leave even more space at the bottom (1/4”) as glazes in combination run more. If you are unsure if your piece will run make a firing tray or small bisque cookie on which to fire your piece.

Work That Needs Grinding
When work has a drip or blemish techs happily grind pieces each day. If a piece is a complete kiln disaster is not worth grinding and will most likely break. Please be reasonable with grinding requests as we know many of these pieces end up in the bizarre bin.

Happenings
Simple Mold Workshop
Lisa Chicoyne will lead a one-day, hands-on workshop on Friday January 24th which will introduce you to working with plaster to make a one-part slump mold. This type of mold is ideal for many of the paperclay techniques Lisa covers in class, as well as traditional handbuilding methods. This is also the perfect opportunity to make a customized mold, such as a mold with a built-in foot. If time permits you will be able to make more than one mold. Register online or in the Liaison Office.

Carly Slade Workshop
The Jane Hartsook Gallery is pleased to present City Wide, Carly Slade’s first solo exhibition in NYC. This is an exhibition not to be missed: Slade constructs buildings skewed by two-point perspective to tell universal stories about the way architecture communicates our hopes and lived experiences. If you like the show you will not want to miss Slade’s 2-day workshop on February 7th and 8th. Please register online or in the liaison office.

The Resident is In!
Dolores Furtado is a sculptor who creates work that focuses on materiality. She uses technical research and experimentation to create forms that expose the unique qualities of her materials, and she views her sculptures as the documentation of process and action. Furtado will develop a series of 15 medium-scale ceramic sculptures based on her previous experiments casting paper pulp. Stop by the residency studio on the first floor to see what she’s working on.

Upcoming Book Talk
Janet Koplos will visit GHP on January 16th at 3:00 p.m. to discuss and sign her new book What Makes A Potter, Functional Pottery in America Today, which features numerous GHP faculty and alum. Sign up online or in the liaison office.

At-A-Glance: Upcoming Calendar Reminders

  • Thursday, January 16: Janet Koplos Book Talk 3:00-4:00 p.m., No Open Studio 2nd Floor Handbuilding 2:30-4:30 p.m.
  • Monday, January 20: Martin Luther King Day, GHP CLOSED
  • Friday, January 24: Mold Workshop w/ Lisa, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., No Open Studio SlipCasting 9:30am-4:30pm
  • Thursday, January 30: Glaze Clinics, 2:30-3:30pm & 5:30-6:30pm, Glaze Area reserved
  • Friday & Saturday, February 7-8: Carly Slade Workshop, 10:00am-4:00pm, No Open Studio in SlipCasting
  • Monday, February 17: Presidents’ Day, GHP Open 6:00-10:00pm, Classes Meet As Usual

January 6 – Week 1

Studio News
From the Director: Happy New Year!
Welcome to Winter Term 2020. Another year under our belt! We look forward to another creative and productive term. Fall was a full schedule of classes and events; Made In Clay 2019 was the most successful in recent years. We’ve had some great and compelling exhibitions and the work you all are producing is pushing us forward in new and imaginative ways. We cannot wait to see what Winter brings. So welcome and welcome back!

Studio Management
With the new year, comes a search for a new Studio Manager. After four years in the role, Danny Crump has moved on to pursue other opportunities. Danny has helped us smoothly and effectively transition through a very busy period of growth and change. He has helped spearhead some new and successful initiatives. We wish him all the best in his future endeavors.

We are pleased to announce that, for the time being, Anjuli Wright has accepted the position of interim studio manager until we hire someone on a permanent basis. Anjuli will also be taking over the supervisory role that comes with that position so feel free to direct any studio questions to her.

We also are saying goodbye to Brett Murphy. She has been a liaison for several years and will be missed. She continues to pursue her career in art and design, and isn’t leaving town, so you will likely cross paths with her. Lacy Draper, too has moved on from the Afterschool class, accepting a full-time position working with another non-profit, Creative Art Works.

Construction Update
We have finally made it through the Department of Buildings audit and are now resubmitting our paperwork through the expeditor to the Borough. With everything in order, it looks like we will be resuming construction in the near future. Only now that it is winter, it will be a much colder process. We thank you for your infinite patience through this process and appreciate your continued support and enthusiasm. If you are interested in learning more about the project we are undertaking, your teacher has a detailed handout.

New Student Information
Welcome to GHP! Your instructor will hand out a pamphlet of important studio basics during the first class. Please read it. Highlights of some important safety and courtesy reminders:

  • The CURRENT STUDENTS page on our website contains Pottery Notes (which is your weekly source for all studio news), Open Studio Hours and Measuring Times. This information can also be found on all of the bulletin boards throughout the studio.
    No cell phones. Please turn off phones or set to vibrate and take calls outside, not in the stairwell or hallway. There is free wifi available in the building. See the bulletin boards for network password.
    Cleaning is a very important aspect of sharing a productive and healthy studio. Your teacher will be taking time to teach you proper clean-up methods, but if you have questions about clean-up or reclaim procedures don’t be afraid to ask a studiomate or staff member.
    No dry sanding in studios. Clay dust is a health hazard. Do not scrap dry clay and always use the spray booth for any dry sanding.
    No X-ACTO KNIVES or any tools with removable blades.  They pose too great a safety risk to both students and staff.

Returning Students: Welcome Back!
Glaze Grace Period
As a reminder, all work on the bisque shelves must be glazed and placed in the kiln room (or taken home) no later than January 19th at 4:45 p.m. The shelves will be completely cleared; anything that remains will be discarded to make space for new work.

The glaze shelves are overflowing. Please take home your fired pieces to prevent overcrowding and breakage.

Work in progress should be moved to your class shelf.  As long as work was labelled it is still on the shelf. It may have been moved for cleaning, but should be easily located within the class shelf. We were quite generous, as we did not discard work that looked like it was recently made but had not been labelled; however any work that has a sticker that says “Fall 2019” must be claimed or it will be discarded next week.

Happenings
Artist in Residence
Please welcome current artist in residence, Dolores Furtado! Dolores Furtado is a sculptor who creates work that focuses on materiality. She uses technical research and experimentation to create forms that expose the unique qualities of her materials, and she views her sculptures as the documentation of process and action. Furtado will develop a series of 15 medium-scale ceramic sculptures based on her previous experiments casting paper pulp. Stop by the residency studio on the first floor to see what she’s working on.

In the Gallery
The Jane Hartsook Gallery is pleased to present City Wide, Carly Slade’s first solo exhibition in NYC. Slade constructs buildings skewed by two-point perspective to tell universal stories about the way architecture communicates our hopes and lived experiences. The exhibition will be on view through February 7. She will be giving an artist talk on Friday January 10 from 4:00-5:00 p.m. that is free and open to the public. Please register online or in the liaison office.

Upcoming Book Talk
Janet Koplos will visit GHP on January 16th at 3:00 p.m. to discuss and sign her new book What Makes A Potter, Functional Pottery in America Today, which features numerous GHP faculty and alum. Sign up online or in the liaison office.

At-A-Glance: Upcoming Calendar Reminders

  • •Friday, January 10: Carly Slade Artist Talk 4:00-5:00 p.m., No Open Studio 2nd Floor Handbuilding 3:30-5:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, January 16: Janet Koplos Book Talk 3:00-4:00 p.m., No Open Studio 2nd Floor Handbuilding 2:30-4:30 p.m.
  • Monday, January 20: Martin Luther King Day, GHP CLOSED
  • Friday, January 24: Mold Workshop w/ Lisa, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., No Open Studio SlipCasting 9:30am-4:30pm
  • Thursday, January 30: Glaze Clinics, 2:30-3:30pm & 5:30-6:30pm, Glaze Area reserved
  • Friday & Saturday, February 7-8: Carly Slade Workshop, 9:30am-10:00pm, No Open Studio in SlipCasting
  • Monday, February 17: Presidents’ Day, GHP Open 6:00-10:00pm, Classes Meet As Usual

 

 


GHP 2019-2020 Calendar

August 22: Online Registration Begins
Aug 26 – Oct 18: Sindy Butz Residency
Aug 30 – Sept 27: Chris Staley Exhibition
September 7: Open House 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
September 9: Fall Term Begins
September 30: GHP Open, No Evening Class
October 1: GHP Open, No Class
October 8: GHP Open, No Evening Class
October 9: GHP Open, No Class
Oct 11 – Nov 8: Breaking the Plane Exhibition
October 31: GHP Closes at 3 p.m.
Nov 4 – Dec 6: Donna Green Residency
November 11: Veteran’s Day, GHP Closed
Nov 22 – Dec 20: Janice Jakielski Exhibition
November 27: GHP Closes at 3:00 p.m.
Nov 28 – Dec 1: Thanksgiving, Pottery Closed
December 12: Fall Term Ends
December 13: Made In Clay, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
December 14: Made In Clay, 12:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Dec 13 – Jan 5: Interterm Recess, GHP Closed
January 6, 2020: Winter Term Begins
Jan 6 – Feb 21: Dolores Furtado Residency
Jan 10 – Feb 7: Carly Slade Exhibition
February 7-8: Carly Slade Workshop
January 16: Janet Koplos Book Talk
January 20:
 MLK Jr. Day, GHP Closed
Feb 21 – Mar 20: Jennifer Rochlin Exhibition
Mar 3: Malene Barnett Artist Talk
Mar 9 – Apr 24: Biata Roytburd Residency
March 30: Winter Term Ends
Mar 31 – Apr 5: Interterm Recess, GHP Closed
April 6: Spring Term Begins
Apr 10 – May 1: GHP Artists Exhibition
April 12: Easter, GHP Closed
April 18:Misty Gamble Workshop
May 4:
Summer Registration Begins
May 11 – June 12: Jenny Day Residency
May 22 – June 19:  Raven Halfmoon Exhibition
May 25: Memorial Day, GHP Closed
June 22 – Aug 7: Rachel Farmer Residency
June 27: Spring Term Ends
June 28 – July 5: Interterm Recess, GHP Closed
July 6: Summer Term Begins
July 10 – Aug 7: Resident Artist Exhibition
August 14: Summer Term Ends