The Ceramic Studio is a relaxed and friendly environment, but we do need some rules in order for our classes to run efficiently.

Studio Times

Morning session: 9.30am-12.30pm

Afternoon session: 1pm-4pm

Evening session: 7pm-10pm

General Housekeeping

  • Please note the start and end time for your session and be aware that tutors and staff have a short window to ensure that the studio is prepared for the next session.

  • Ceramics is not an exact science. Results can vary and can be unpredictable.

  • We take photos/videos of life at the studio as well as of student work. These are often used on social media. If you would rather not be involved in this please let us know.

  • If you need to miss a session, please contact us (details at the end) and we will do our best to organise a catch-up session. There is a separate catch-up area, which will be untutored. A calendar will be provided with available dates. We are however unable to carry sessions over from one term to the next.

  • If you decide not to continue to the next term, we require a notice period of 6 weeks.

Equipment & Workspaces

  • Please ensure any tools you have used are cleaned and put back where they belong.

  • Please make sure that you clean your workspace when you have finished your session and leave it how you would like to find it.

  • Please do not remove any tools, books or other equipment from the studio without prior permission.

Health & Safety

  • Please wear appropriate clothing, including suitable ‘closed toe’ shoes.

  • The first aid cabinet can be found in the toilet on the wall above the radiator.

  • Masks are provided for sanding and this should always be done outside or over a sink with running water.

  • Please refrain from eating and drinking around the work areas.

  • When cleaning the wheels please ensure that they are switched off.

  • Always clean with a damp sponge/cloth and do not sweep as clay dust can be bad for your health.

  • Please ensure that corks are replaced on any sharp tools after use.

  • The extruder handle should always be removed after use.

  • Always wear a mask when using oxides and do not use if you are pregnant (it is important that you inform staff if you are pregnant).

  • There is no unauthorised entry to the kiln area.

  • The meeting point in the event of an evacuation from the studio is at the rear of the brown containers.

Glazing

  • If any slips, stains, oxides or glazes are running low please speak to staff. We may well have more elsewhere or we will do our best to replenish as soon as is possible.

  • The Botz brush on glazes only work well for small intricate decorating, please do not use these in large quantities. We have stains and slips that work much better on bigger pieces (and at a fraction of the cost).

  • Check with staff before double-dipping or combining glazes.

  • Please make sure that the bases of your work are well wiped and free from any glaze.

  • Any work which damages the kiln shelves, due to a glazing error, will incur a surcharge of 50% of the cost of the damaged piece/s glazing charge.

  • When using glazes, slips and oxides please use the glazing sink to clean your equipment.

Fired Work

  • We may refuse to fire work if we consider that this would be a risk to other work and/or our kilns.

  • We do not offer a firing service for work produced outside of the studio.

  • There is a small charge for fired work. Please see a member of staff at the beginning of your session to pay for your glazing. Charges are as follows:

£1.50 per lb for bisque fired work

£3.00 per lb for glaze fired work

(weights over 9oz are rounded up to the next lb)

Additional charge of £1.50 per lb for oxides

Student Work

  • Please be very careful when moving your work or looking for your project. Do not pick up work that doesn’t belong to you.

  • Any work thrown on the wheel needs to be left on the shelves and will be wrapped up the following day. This is because newly thrown work can get distorted.

  • Wrapped bags contain fragile student work.

  • Any work that has not been bisque fired is extremely delicate.

Recycled Clay

  • We have different recycling bins provided for clay (ie bins for soft clay, bins for hard clay, bins for slurry). Please make sure clay is placed in the correct bin. If hard clay is mixed with soft clay it is very difficult to recycle (please ask if you are not sure).