Pottery Notes – Jones Street

IMPORTANT STUDIO UPDATE:

Dear Pottery Community,

We are writing with an important update: due to necessary and unexpected repairs, the gas service at our historic Jones Street building will be interrupted until further notice.

As a result of these required repairs, hot water and gas kiln firings will be unavailable for the remainder of Spring term, as well as the upcoming six-week term beginning July 8. We understand the impact of this unexpected outage, we are committed to resolving this as soon as possible and apologize for the inconvenience.

As you know, after decades of deferred maintenance, our home at 16 Jones is in need of significant repair, renovation, and modernization; which is exactly the goal of the Shape the Future campaign. And we had already begun investing those dollars in infrastructure upgrades to the site earlier this year, including to our gas system – which will help shorten this current outage.

However, until we raise full funding to modernize the facility, similar issues are likely to recur in the coming months, and we appreciate your patience as we move through them together. Thank you in advance for your flexibility and partnership.

Related to this current gas service interruption, please read the following carefully so we can proceed with supporting your work in the best way possible:

We will pull the ∆10 glazes temporarily and will not accept any additional pieces glazed for ∆10 until the gas is restored. We have identified alternative, albeit suboptimal, options for those of you who have already dropped off your work for ∆10.

 If you already dropped off work for ∆10, you can: 

  • Switch to ∆6 Palette: There is a wide range of ∆6 palette options that work well with our electric kilns. You can switch from ∆10 to ∆6 by retrieving and washing off your work, which will be re-glazed for ∆6 firing. It is critical that your piece is completely dry prior to re-glazing; we recommend 24 hours. After re-glazing, adjust your firing slip to say “∆6” and drop-off on the ∆6 shelf. Alternatively, you can drop off your ∆6 work at our Chelsea location for a faster turnaround.
  • Outside Firing: To take advantage of this option, you must bring your work to Powerhouse Arts in Gowanus by June 20. To receive a firing fee waiver, email GHP Studio Manager Ryan Rennie at rrennie@greenwichhouse.org prior to delivering.
  • Postpone Firing: Firing slips can be brought to a liaison, and the credit for glaze firing will be placed onto your firing log.
  • Wait for ∆10 Firings to Resume (date TBD): Store your glazed bisque-ware on the very top of the bisque-ware shelves in the glaze room. Cover your piece with plastic and, label with orange tape: NAME, PHONE NUMBER, and ∆10. Please note – if your work is placed anywhere other than the very top shelf, it may get confused with the spring bisque-ware that is subject to discard during our summer bisque toss.

We share your frustration with this disruption and truly appreciate your patience and understanding.

Thank you for bearing with us!

Sincerely,

Jenni Lukasiewicz 

Associate Director, Pottery

SPRING WEEK 11 – June 17

Summer Registration is Open
Registration is available online now for classes in both of our locations. We have spots available in many beloved classes, sign up today AND tell a friend…in fact: If you encourage a friend to sign up for their first class at either GHP location this summer, you get five free studio sessions!  Just be sure they enter your name in the “how did you hear about us” field when they register.

Summer Workshops
We are pleased to announce two summer workshops at Jones Street! Both will take place over two days on Saturday, July 20 and Sunday, July 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Carson Culp, our current resident and newest faculty member, will host a hands-on, two-day throwing marathon focusing on cylinders and extensions, like handles and spouts. This workshop will favor process over product, and attendees will cut their thrown vessels in half to better understand their technique.

Emma Kaye will host a hands-on two-day handbuilding workshop! Students will learn to utilize hollow-building techniques to articulate and exaggerate volume, contour, and void.

Seats are $300 for currently enrolled summer students and $325 for outside students. Sign up online today!

Staff Farewells
After many years of dedication to the Pottery, Chang, Taylor, and Hannah are stepping down from their respective roles within the next month to pursue new career paths and life endeavors. We are so grateful for everything they have done during their time here, as all three worked through the pandemic and beyond. Fear not, Chang and Taylor are still on our teaching rosters for the summer!

New Techs
On that note, we would like to introduce our two new hires on the Tech Team: Ollie Oliva and Rudra Schultz-Ray. Ollie joins us from the Maryland Institute College of Art and Rudra from Alleghany College. If you see Ollie and Rudra around the studio, please say hello!

Renew your locker!
Returning for the summer term? Make sure to stop by the office to renew your locker before the term wraps up. If you’re not returning, kindly vacate your locker and let a liaison know that you’ve cleared out. Belongings left in un-renewed lockers over the break will be discarded.

Other End-of-Term Business
If you plan on returning for the next term and must leave work to dry, clearly label any and all works-in-progress in the classrooms with your full name and “Summer 2024” with the tape available in each classroom.

GHP will be closed for inter-term break from June 23 through July 7. We will however be open on July 1, 10:00 – 7:00 p.m. for anyone to stop by and pick up their glaze ware. Not possible? Do not worry; your pots will be here when we reopen for summer term!

GHP Jones Street At-a-Glance Dates
Tuesday, May 27Friday, August 9: Carson Culp Residency
Saturday, June 22: Spring term concludes
Friday, June 28: Last Day of Casey Whittier Exhibition
Monday July 1: GHP Open for Pick-ups 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Monday, July 8: Summer term begins

SPRING WEEK 10 – June 10

Service Disruption
All students should have received an email last week informing you of the gas service interruption at our 16 Jones St. location. This disruption will prevent us from firing cone 10 reduction for the foreseeable future and leaves us without hot water. For those of you awaiting ∆10 firing, the email outlines all of the options available as to how to proceed with the work for which you are awaiting firing. There is a printed copy of this email on the classroom bulletin boards and it is also posted within the Pottery Notes section of our website. We apologize for this disruption and appreciate your patience.

It is unlikely that gas service will be restored in time for the six-week summer term starting on July 8. Only ∆6 and ∆04 glaze options will be available until gas service returns, at which time we will bring back the current Δ10 glaze offerings.

Elise Siegel’s Retirement
After an illustrious 40-year career teaching at the Pottery, Elise Siegel is retiring! We will be hosting a potluck in her honor on Tuesday, June 18 from 1:00 to 2:30 in the glaze room. We hope you can join us. 

Measuring System Changes
Student measuring is coming to Jones Street! Starting this summer, students will use our new measuring system (implemented and refined at GHP Chelsea) to account for their own work in the studio. Students will be responsible for measuring their own pieces, and will have access to an online portal to view their piece prices, dimensions, and other notes.

If you have an existing positive balance, that will carry over to the new system. If you have outstanding invoices for firing, please pay them and zero out your log ahead of the end of the term. More information to come!

Use the Rolling Stepladder!
If you need to reach a high-up shelf, please use the rolling stepladder. Standing on stools is dangerous and puts yourself and your fellow community members in danger.

The True Return of Made in Clay!
This December we plan to host Made in Clay—at both locations! Made in Clay is an opportunity for community members to sell their work at the Pottery and celebrate this great community. Participation will be by lottery but we expect we can host 70+ artists. Stay tuned for more details in the fall.

 

GHP Jones Street At-a-Glance Dates
Tuesday, May 27Saturday, July 27: Carson Culp Residency
Monday, June 10: Summer registration opens, 10:00 a.m. for existing community members, 12:00 p.m. for public
Saturday, June 22: Spring term concludes
Friday, June 28: Last Day of Casey Whittier Exhibition
Monday, July 8: Summer term begins

SPRING WEEK 9 – June 3

Registration Day
Summer term registration is right around the corner! Registration for existing community members will open on Monday, June 10 at 10:00 a.m. for Jones Street classes and 5:00 p.m. for Chelsea classes. We’re defining “existing community members” as folks who have taken classes with us at any point over the last two years. You can expect a link to arrive via email the morning of registration.

We have updated our summer schedule slightly, welcoming our current resident Carson Culp to faculty for the Monday evening Intermediate/Advanced Wheel class. Dave Gibson will also be returning this summer for Tuesday evening Intermediate/Advanced Wheel.

Moldmaker Memo
We are reaching the end of our 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 “summer 2024” if you plan on returning for the next term. You may only leave these items in the slipcasting room if you will register in a moldmaking class for the summer.

Glaze, Glaze, Glaze
Make sure to check the Glazing page of the website to make sure the room is available before you come in! As always, faculty demos have priority. If you want to glaze while a demo is taking place, you must get approval from the teacher.

Dusty Surfaces
Clay dust is a health hazard! Please take care to wet sponge your boards, shelves, and tabletops after each use to minimize airborne clay particles in the studio. A clean studio is a healthy studio!

Unlabeled Bisqueware
Don’t forget to put your class chip into your bisqueware. If you are not able to locate your bisque, be sure to check the unlabeled bisque shelf!

GHP Jones Street At-a-Glance Dates
Tuesday, May 27Saturday, July 27: Carson Culp Residency
Monday, June 10: Summer registration opens, 10:00 a.m. for existing community members, 12:00 p.m. for public
Saturday, June 22: Jones St. Spring term ends
Monday, July 8: Summer term begins at Jones St and Chelsea

SPRING WEEK 8 – May 28

Summer Class Schedules Available
The summer schedules for Jones Street and Chelsea classes are now available! Pick up copies in the office, or browse online today. Registration opens on Monday, June 10:

For 16 Jones – registration opens at 10:00 a.m. for existing community members, 12:00 p.m. for the general public

For Chelsea – registration opens at 5:00 p.m. for existing community members, 7:00 p.m. for the general public

Practice Time
Sign up for practice time outside of your class meeting. Session cost $10 for a four-hour chuck of time, and we have ‘$5 Fridays’. Slipcasting studio sessions are also available throughout the week.

Cancelling/Transferring Studio Sessions
If you cannot make it to a studio session that you booked, please let us know! While sessions are non-refundable, we can often transfer requests as long as they are made more than 24 hours in advance. Letting us know allows us to make a seat available to someone on the waitlist, which your community members always appreciate!

Pick Up Your Glazed Work
Please take your work home as soon as you have identified it on the hallway shelves. Work left for over a month will be considered a donation to the Pottery’s Sidewalk Sale. Pieces will be discarded one month from the date listed on the piece’s sticker.

Phone Call Etiquette
We appreciate students taking phone calls outside in accordance with studio rules. However, please be mindful of our neighbors when you do so and consider standing away from residential windows and doorways.

Carson Culp Residency
Join us in welcoming our new resident Carson Culp (he/him), who will be with us through July 27. Culp is a Portland, OR-based potter who believes in bringing modern approaches to traditional pottery techniques. During his residency, he will  explore and grow his voice as a potter. Trained in the tradition of Bernard Leach, a British studio potter respected for simple and utilitarian forms, Culp will experiment with how he might incorporate the influence of contemporary art—especially street art, like wheat paste posters—into his work.

GHP Jones Street At-a-Glance Dates
Tuesday, May 27Saturday, July 27: Carson Culp Residency
Sunday, June 2: Summer financial aid applications due, 12:00 p.m.
Monday, June 10: Summer registration opens, 10:00 a.m. for existing community members, 12:00 p.m. for public

 

SPRING WEEK 7 – May 20

Summer Schedules Available!
The summer schedules for both locations are now available online and in the office. Financial aid applications for classes at both locations are due Sunday, June 2 at 12:00 p.m. Registration opens June 10!

Memorial Day Studio Closure
Please note that GHP will be closed on Sunday, May 26 and Monday, May 27 for Memorial Day. Enjoy the holiday!

Class Chips
Help us (and yourself) keep track of work in the studio! Don’t forget to include your class chip in your greenware when you drop it off for the first firing. Class chips are on the left-hand side of the glaze room entrance. Pieces without class chips will end up on the “Unlabeled Bisque” shelf.

Bring Down Large Reclaim
Do you have large sculptures or pots bound for reclaim? Please bring them directly downstairs to the big reclaim buckets in the glazed work pick-up hallway.

Blast from the Past
Did you or someone you know attend the demonstration Peter Voulkos gave at Greenwich House Pottery in 1978? We are trying to connect a researcher to anyone who was there and is willing to share their memories of the event. Please contact Kaitlin McClure at kmcclure@greenwichhouse.org

 

 GHP Jones Street At-a-Glance Dates
Sunday, May 26 & Monday, May 27: Pottery Closed for Memorial Day
Sunday, June 2: Summer financial aid applications due, 12:00 p.m.
Monday, June 10: Summer registration opens, 10:00 a.m. for existing community members, 12:00 p.m. for public

SPRING WEEK 6 – May 13

Sidewalk Sale
Thanks to all who donated pieces to last Sunday’s Sidewalk Sale and to those that volunteered. Proceeds from our Sidewalk Sales fund the Financial Aid we are able to offer, this sale raised $7,100, Our next Sale will be this summer.

Yield to Faculty Demos
If you’re planning to glaze, please consult the glazing calendar online and in the glaze room before setting up. If a faculty member has the room booked, you must ask them for permission to glaze as their students have priority.

Student Notes
Did you accidentally break a fellow student’s piece? Please do the right thing and leave a note. If GHP staff damages a piece, they will always leave it on the hospital shelf with a note.

Casey Whittier Artist Talk and Exhibition Opening
Join us this Thursday May 16 for an artist talk with Casey Whittier, followed by an opening reception for her NYC solo debut in our Jane Hartsook Gallery. Casey has adapted processes from a variety of craft disciplines to create mixed-media work that straddles weaving and sculpture to explore interdependence and the truths it reveals. Her artist talk will be at 4:00 p.m. and the opening will run from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Both are free and open to the public.


GHP Jones Street At-a-Glance Dates
Tuesday, May 14: Taste of Greenwich Village, 7:009:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 16: Casey Whittier Artist Talk (4:005:00 p.m.) and Opening Reception, (5:007:00 p.m.)
Sunday, May 26 & Monday, May 27: Pottery Closed for Memorial Day

 

SPRING WEEK 5 – May 6

Summer Teen Wheel
Registration for summer teen wheel at both Jones Street and GHP Chelsea is now live! Teens ages 13 through 18 can sign up for any of our four two-week sessions. Potters of all experience levels are invited. Seats are $515 and include all materials, tools, and firing fees. The session dates are as follows:

Jones St.
Session 1: July 8–18
Session 2: July 22–August 1

GHP Chelsea
Session 1: August 5–15
Session 2: August 19–29

Lots of Studio Time Available
There are many opportunities to work independently outside of class time. Students can book studio sessions at $10 for 4 hours of work time, $5 on Friday nights. Sign up online or at Liaison Office. Remember ‘perfect practice makes perfect!’

Spray Booth Clean-Up
The spray booth is available for student use by appointment. If you use the booth, please take care to wipe down all surfaces when you’re done so as to leave it nice and tidy for the next person! Those who use the studio’s spray guns should run hot water through the spray gun to prevent clogging.

Building Hours
As a reminder, GHP’s hours are as follows. We do not allow students in the building on Mondays before 6:00 p.m. as we have our afterschool program in the building.

Mondays: 6:00 p.m.10:00 p.m.
TuesdaysFridays: 9:30 a.m.10:00 p.m.
Saturdays & Sundays: 9:30 a.m.5:30 p.m.

Lost and Found
Did you know we have a lost and found? Items like sweaters, tools, and water bottles will go in the general lost and found in the basement on top of the first bank of lockers. Any valuables like electronics, jewelry, etc. that are turned in will be in the liaison office, so please see a staff member for assistance if you’re missing items of that nature.

Happenings
Casey Whittier Artist Talk
Mark your calendars to join us next week, Thursday May 16, for an artist talk with Casey Whittier, followed by an opening reception for her NYC solo debut in our Jane Hartsook Gallery. Casey has adapted processes from a variety of craft disciplines to create mixed-media work that straddles the weaving and sculpture to explore interdependence and the truths it reveals. Her artist talk will be at 4:00 p.m. and the opening will run from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

GHP Jones Street At-a-Glance Dates
Tuesday, May 14: Taste of Greenwich Village, 7:009:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 16: Casey Whittier Artist Talk (4:005:00 p.m.) and Opening Reception, (5:007:00 p.m.)
Sunday, May 26 & Monday, May 27: Pottery Closed for Memorial Day

SPRING WEEK 4 – April 29

Studio Session Time Slots
Students interested in working in the studio outside of their class time must register for a studio session in advance. You can view the session calendar online via the ‘Current Students’ page of our website, or by scanning the QR code on the schedule in the classrooms. Remember, ‘perfect practice makes perfect!’

If you sign up for a studio session, please be mindful of class start and end times. Take care to look at your session time slot, and do not enter the classroom early or stay late. As always, please clean up your area and the community sink.

Check Out Our Cone Six Glazes
Please note a new area on the glaze pick-up shelves designed to highlight work coming out of the kilns with our new cone six glazes. We hope to put a large amount of the cone six work in this designated area to showcase the new and exciting possibilities of these offerings on the work made within our very own community.

Drop-Off Shelves in the Glaze Room
Make sure that your work is ending up on the correct shelf! Cone 04, 6, and 10 shelves are along the windows for glazed work, but anything that needs to be measured or is re-glazed should be placed at the measuring station.

Make Sure Your Wheel is Turned Off
Upon finishing at any pottery wheel in the studio please make sure the wheel is in the off position before setting any stools on top of the wheel head. This helps protect your fellow classmates from stools flying off of a wheel that turns on unknowingly, preventing injury and damaging works of art.

Happenings
Spring Sidewalk Sale
Our spring Sidewalk Sale will take place this Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. here at our 16 Jones St. location! Stop by to browse an inspiring array of pots and sculptures made and donated by our community members. It’s the perfect place to get something special for the people in your life who are hard to shop for. (p.s. Mother’s Day is coming up!)

Special Taste of Greenwich Village Community Pricing
Join us on Tuesday, May 14, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. as Taste of Greenwich Village celebrates its 22nd year! As valued community members, we’re offering you a special rate on tickets to join us for this all-you-can-taste and drink affair. Your ticket directly supports Greenwich House and its vital work in arts and education, older adult services, behavioral and mental health, and workforce development. This ticket link isn’t available on the main event webpage; it’s only available to our friends and community members! Join us if you can to celebrate Greenwich House by enjoying some tasty treats!

Join us this week for the Saito/Boyer Collection Fundraising Sale!
The sale opens this Wednesday, May 1 at 5:00 p.m., and will run through Sunday, May 5. Many of the available works were collected from renowned artists during their exhibitions or workshops at Greenwich House Pottery over the years, and include work by Posey Bacopoulos, Paulus Berensohn, Fong Chow, Karen Karnes, Warren Mackenzie, and Byron Temple. All proceeds go to support GHP’s Capital Campaign.

 

GHP Jones Street At-a-Glance Dates
Wednesday, May 1: Gifts from Friends Sale Reception, 5:007:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 5: Spring Sidewalk Sale, 11:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday, May 14: Taste of Greenwich Village, 7:009:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 26 & Monday, May 27: Pottery Closed for Memorial Day
Thursday, May 16: Artist Talk with Casey Whittier, 4:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 16: Opening Reception for Casey Whittier’s solo show, Systems of Reliance, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

 

SPRING WEEK 3 – April 22

GHP Chelsea Registration is Open!
Know someone who is interested in starting out in clay, or someone who is ready to make a return to the medium? Registration for our studio at 80 Eighth Avenue is now open, and we have seats available in handbuilding classes of all levels and in mixed-level and intermediate/advanced wheel classes. The Chelsea spring term starts April 29!

Door Code Reminder
Students may enter during business hours using door code 5-3-1! Please use the code rather than ringing the doorbell for entry.

Practice, practice, practice
You can sign up for time to practice your craft in the studios outside of class time. $10 for a 4-hour chunk of time, $5 on Friday nights!

Proper Clay Care
The reclaim buckets are for clay that is WAY too dry to be workable. Clay that’s a little too wet or a little too dry should be wedged and placed back in the big bins–with the wet towel over it–where it will homogenize with the rest of the clay.

Studio Cleanliness
An important part of working in clay is your own health and safety! Clean as you go, and be sure to wipe down surfaces and tools with a wet sponge when you’re done working. Please do your part in minimizing dust and generally cleaning off community tools and surfaces.

Town Hall
Thank you to those that joined our Town Hall last week. If you missed it, an email was sent on Friday via Mailchimp with a summation of questions posed along with responses. To see the recording please follow this link. The next Town Hall will be on August 1, 2024 at 6:00 p.m.

T-1 Sculpture Clay Fun Fact
Did you know that our beloved T-1 Sculpture Clay was developed by Takako (Toni) Saito? Saito took classes at GHP starting in the 1970s. Work from her collection and the collection of longtime faculty member Michael Boyer will be featured in the upcoming sale, Gifts from Friends. All proceeds from the sale will support GHP’s ongoing capital campaign. Join us on May 1 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. for the opening reception. Sale continues through Sunday, May 5.

Taste of Greenwich Village: Special Pricing for Community Members!
Taste of Greenwich Village celebrates its 22nd year! As valued community members, we’re offering you a special rate on tickets to join us for this all-you-can-taste and drink affair May 14, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Altman Building. Your ticket supports Greenwich House and its vital work in arts and education, older adult services, behavioral and mental health, and workforce development. This ticket link isn’t available on the main event webpage; it’s only available to our friends and community members via Pottery Notes online! Join us to celebrate the work of Greenwich House!

GHP Jones Street At-a-Glance Dates
Wednesday, May 1: Gifts from Friends Sale Reception, 5:007:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 5: Spring Sidewalk Sale, 11:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday, May 14: Taste of Greenwich Village, 7:009:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 16: Artist Talk with Casey Whittier, 4:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 16: Opening Reception for Casey Whittier’s solo show, Systems of Reliance, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 26 & Monday, May 27: Pottery Closed for Memorial Day

SPRING WEEK 2 – April 15

Winter Bisqueware Deadline!
All bisqueware from the winter term must be glazed or removed by 5:30 p.m. Sunday, April 21 to make space for new work made this spring term. All work that remains on the bisque shelves will be discarded.

Try Our Cone Six Glazes
As we finish out our glazing grace period this week, we encourage you to try our new cone 6 glazes. Because we’ve had to take our largest gas kiln offline, we now have less than half the capacity to fire cone ten work. We are still several weeks out from processing last term’s work and ask you to explore our cone six glazes as a means of taking some pressure off of our remaining cone ten kiln. All cone ten glazes will remain on site until the end of the glazing grace period, though any exploration in cone six greatly helps us process the work in a more timely manner.

Featured Cone Six Glaze Tips
We would like to feature one of our favorite new cone six glaze combinations: Loch Ness Teal over Milky way. Milky Way provides an opalescent off-white that makes for an interesting combination with almost any glaze! Loch Ness Teal provides a high amount of variation ranging from blue to purple with subtle brown, and looks similar to our cone ten Chun Blue. In combination, the interaction provides a dazzling array of teals, blues, and oranges. (Be sure to leave space at the bottom of your piece, as this combination may run!) Mourning the loss of Chun Red? Try our new cone six Chrome-Tin Primrose!

Class Shelf Space
Space is at a premium, please be a good classmate and share the space! Tools and personal items should be stored in lockers or taken home.

Grinding Shelf
When leaving work on the grinding shelf, please leave a note indicating what you would like to be done. Techs cannot remove firing trays or stilts; you will have to separate your piece from these before placing it on the grinding shelf. Grinding usually happens once per week. Pieces are then returned to the finished-work glaze shelves.

Chelsea Classes
Have a friend or family member interested in clay? We have open spots in wheel throwing and handbuilding classes of all levels at GHP Chelsea! Classes begin Monday, April 29. Talk to a liaison or visit our website to register.

Happenings
Save the Date! Boyer/Saito Collections Fundraising Sale
Join us on May 1 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. for the unveiling of Gifts from Friends, a sale from the collections of Takako (Toni) Saito and Michael Boyer to support the Pottery’s capital campaign. Many of the available works were collected from renowned artists during their exhibitions or workshops at Greenwich House Pottery over the years, and include work by Posey Bacopoulos, Paulus Berensohn, Fong Chow, Karen Karnes, Warren Mackenzie, and Byron Temple. The sale will continue through May 5, but be sure to join us on May 1 to get first pick!

Spring Sidewalk Sale
We will be hosting our annual spring Sidewalk Sale on Sunday, May 5 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Shoppers will be invited to browse hundreds of handmade objects made and donated by our very own faculty, students, and staff. Interested in volunteering? It is a great way to meet people! Email pottery@greenwichhouse.org.

GHP Jones Street At-a-Glance Dates
Sunday, April 21: Glazing Grace Period Deadline to Glaze Work from Winter Term, at 5:30 p.m. Bisqueware will be Discarded
Wednesday, May 1: Gifts from Friends Sale Reception, 5:00–7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, May 1–5: Gifts from Friends: Fundraising Sale continues through May 5 at 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 5: Spring Sidewalk Sale, 11:00 a.m.– 4:00 p.m.

GHP Chelsea At-a-Glance Dates
Saturday, April 20: Chelsea Spring Term Ends
Sunday, April 21–Sunday, April 28: Chelsea closed for interterm break
Monday, April 29–Saturday, June 29: Spring Term at GHP Chelsea

 

SPRING WEEK 1 – April 8

Welcome!
We hope that you had a fulfilling break, we are excited to have everyone back! Whether you are a new or returning student, we ask that you carefully read the student one-sheet 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 so that you are aware of important announcements and deadlines.

Cone 10 Update
As you know, we have recently taken our largest gas kiln offline. This has left us with a significant amount of work in line to be glaze fired. We are prioritizing getting all of the work from winter term through the firing process as quickly and safely as possible, however, there will be a wait while we catch up.

We will continue to have the full palette of ∆10 glazes available as you wrap up work from the past term throughout the glazing grace period, in addition to having the new cone 6 glazes. Beginning April 22, we will have fewer ∆10 glazes in order to provide speedier and more consistent firings as emailed in March.

Housekeeping
For students that left work in progress behind over the break, please wipe down your class shelf after bringing these items down to the measuring station.

Studio Sessions
Want to work outside of your class time? You can book studio sessions, which are 4-hour appointments in your respective classroom. Studio sessions cost $10 per booking, and the session calendar and registration instructions are posted in each classroom. You can book your session by visiting the Current Students section of our website and selecting Register for Studio Sessions.

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. 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.

Winter Term Firing Slips and Glazing Grace Period
Looking for your glaze firing slips from last term? They will be located on top of the water cooler in the entry hallway. Each class envelope’s contents are sorted alphabetically by last name, so help us out by keeping them in order!

Please note that winter students have until Sunday, April 21 at 5:30 p.m. to glaze work from last semester. Bisqued pieces left unglazed and unlabeled will be tossed on Monday, April 22.

Happenings
Capital Campaign Paperclay Workshop!
Beloved faculty member and former Assistant Pottery Director Lisa Chicoyne is teaching a special ‘Demystifying Paperclay’ workshop on Wednesday, May 22 from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. This workshop will feature a presentation on the possibilities of paperclay, as well as a brief hands-on component. Proceeds go towards the Capital Campaign. Register online today!

Natalia Arbelaez: La Encañado
Natalia Arbelaez’s New York City solo debut is on view in our Jane Hartsook Gallery! In this exhibition, Arbelaez has reinterpreted pre-Columbian Andean art and rituals, remixing them with elements from the American pop culture of her youth. Be sure to see this show before it’s gone!

New Resident: Melissa Joseph
Help us welcome our new artist in residence, Melissa Joseph! Melissa is a NYC-based interdisciplinary artist whose art practice in craft-based media—especially ceramics and textiles—addresses themes of diaspora, family history, and the politics of how we occupy spaces. During her April 4 – June 14 residency, Melissa will create ceramic inlay paintings and felt/ceramic hybrid works. Stop by the first floor residency studio to say hi to Melissa and welcome her to the community!

GHP Jones Street At-a-Glance Dates
Sunday, April 21: Glazing Grace Period Deadline
Monday, April 22: Winter Bisque Toss
April 4–June 14: Melissa Joseph Residency
Wednesday, May 1: Gifts from Friends: a Fundraising Sale from the Collections of Saito and Boyer Opening Reception               Sale continues through May 5
Sunday, May 5: Spring Sidewalk Sale, 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, May 22: Demystifying Paperclay Workshop, 2:30-5:30 p.m.

WINTER WEEK 11 – March 18

Renew your locker!
Returning for the spring term? Make sure to stop by the office to renew your locker before the term wraps up. If you’re not returning for the spring, kindly vacate your locker and let a liaison know that you’ve cleared out. Belongings left in unrenewed lockers over the break will be tossed!

Other End-of-Term Business
If you plan to return for the next term and must leave work to dry, clearly label all works-in-progress in the classrooms with your full name and “Spring 2024” with the tape available in each classroom.

Let us know!
This week you will receive an email link to our end-of-term feedback form. Take a moment to fill out the quick survey. We appreciate all feedback; our small but mighty staff works hard to improve our offerings every term. Let us know the ways in which our teachers and staff excel, and where we can make improvements.

Prompt Exits
Please note that the studio closes at 10:00 p.m. on weeknights and 5:30 on weekends. Make sure to leave enough buffer time to get cleaned up and out on time.

Slips and Washes
Please keep slips and washes in their designated classroom. Need more of something? Ask a tech!

Happenings
Natalia Arbelaez: La Encañado
Natalia Arbelaez’s NYC solo debut is on view in our Jane Hartsook Gallery! Arbelaez has reinterpreted pre-Columbian Andean art and rituals, remixing them with elements from the American pop culture of her youth. Be sure to see this show before it’s gone!

Last week to visit artist in residence, Daniel Barragán!
Be sure to stop by the residency studio on the first floor to see what resident Daniel Barragán is up to during his last week in the studios! During his time at GHP he has developed a project that uses southwestern pottery and imagery drawn from punk, rock, and metal music to turn a critical eye towards the U.S./Mexico border.

GHP Jones Street At-a-Glance Dates
Saturday, March 23: Winter term at 16 Jones ends
Monday, April 8: Spring term at 16 Jones begins
Tuesday, May 14: Taste of Greenwich Village

GHP Chelsea At-a-Glance Dates
Sunday, March 24: Chelsea financial aid applications due
Monday, April 1: Registration opens
Sunday, April 21–Sunday, April 28: Chelsea closed for interterm break
Monday, April 29: Chelsea spring term begins 

WINTER WEEK 10 – March 11

Spray Booth Etiquette
When you use the spray booth, take care to set up and clean up properly. Students should run warm water through the spray gun before and after they glaze their work in order to avoid clogging it. Please take care of our community tools so they’re in tip top shape for all to use!

Class Shelves
Keep works in progress on your class shelf or overflow, not on neighboring class shelves! Space is a hot commodity here at the Pottery, so do your part to make room for everyone. If your work is bone dry, time to move it down to bisque.

Firing Slips
Fill out both the top and bottom of the slips AND please use your best penmanship so our staff can read your writing!

Happenings

Spring Chelsea Schedule Available
The schedule for spring 2024 at Greenwich House Pottery Chelsea is now available to browse online! The term will run April 29 through June 29. Registration opens on Monday, April 1 and financial aid applications are due Sunday, March 24.

Taste of Greenwich Village
Save the date for Greenwich House’s annual “Taste of Greenwich Village” event, Tuesday, May 14 7:009:00 p.m. at the Altman Building. Funds raised benefit Greenwich House programs and services in arts and education, older adult services, behavioral and mental health, and workforce development. GH programs proudly support neighbors throughout the West Village, downtown area and beyond. Gather your friends, colleagues, or family to experience an evening of gastronomic delights, all in support of a great cause!

GHP Jones Street At-a-Glance Dates
Saturday, March 23: Winter term at 16 Jones ends
Monday, April 8: Spring term at 16 Jones begins
Tuesday, May 14: Taste of Greenwich Village

GHP Chelsea At-a-Glance Dates
Sunday, March 24: Chelsea financial aid applications due
Monday, April 1: Registration opens
Sunday, April 21–Sunday, April 28: Chelsea closed for interterm break
Monday, April 29: Chelsea spring term begins