Registration Policies – GHP Chelsea

Our new Greenwich House Pottery Chelsea location will offer a ceramics program for wheel throwers and handbuilders of all levels. Get started with the fundamentals of working in clay in a beginner class, build on existing skills in a mixed-level class, or refine your style with more ambitious projects in an intermediate/advanced class!  

GHP Chelsea features a handbuilding studio, a wheel-throwing studio, one mixed-use open studio room, 15 potter’s wheels, three front-loading electric car kilns, a horizontal slab roller, one extruder, and two pug mills. Two versatile cone 6 clay bodies will be available with an exciting array of vibrant cone 6 glazes. We hope you can join us for this historic new venture!  

REGISTRATION
GHP Chelsea’s winter registration opens Monday, January 15 at 12:00 p.m. EST! GHP Chelsea’s winter term will run from February 19 through March 20, 2024. Registration is available online. Payment is due at time of registration. Classes are designed for individuals 18 years and older.  

Students must be registered for a multi-week class at the GHP location at which they intend to work and fire pieces. Those who wish to work at both studios must register for a class at both locations. Students may not bring pieces between studios, as the locations will have different clay bodies, glazes, and firing temperatures. Those registered for online or off-site classes may book studio time only at 16 Jones St. 

FINANCIAL AID
The Pottery offers need-based financial aid. Applications (available at www.greenwichhouse.org/pottery/financial-aid) must be submitted each term. For those who do not qualify, payment plans are available upon sign-up. The deadline to apply for winter financial aid at GHP Chelsea is Monday, January 8 at 12:00 p.m. EST.  

STUDIO SESSIONS
Students may only book Studio Sessions at the GHP location at which they are enrolled in a multi-week class. To work at the Pottery outside of class time, currently registered students enrolled in classes at GHP Chelsea can register for a Studio Session for a fee. The designated mixed-use studio has 10 seats per session (5 handbuilding and 5 wheel) available every day and can be booked in 4-hour increments. We ask that students practicing in the mixed-used open studio room schedule no more than 3 sessions per week in advance and just one 4-hour studio session per day in advance. Should a seat remain open on the day of an additional session, only then can a student sign up for a second session. The mixed-use studio session times are as follows, but are subject to change at the Pottery’s discretion:  

Monday: 2:00–6:00 p.m.
               6:0010:00 p.m.  

Tuesday–Friday: 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
                              2:00–6:00 p.m.
                              6:00–10:00 p.m.  

Saturday & Sunday: 10:00–2:00 p.m.
                                 2:00–6:00 p.m.  

Studio time is also available in each classroom whenever classes do not meet (typically Saturday afternoons and Sunday mornings and afternoons). Consult Pottery Notes weekly for availability. 

GLAZING
Use of the glaze room is free for registered students during open hours. Students should visit the “Current Students” section of our website to determine glaze room availability based on faculty glazing demonstration dates. Students may be asked to limit their glazing time during high-traffic weeks of the term. 

FIRING POLICY
All students are responsible for paying for firing their work. Firing charges are $0.06 per cubic inch for both bisque and glaze firings. There is a $1 minimum charge on all pieces.  

PAYMENTS
Greenwich House accepts cash, checks, ApplePay, and credit cards. There is a returned check fee of $50.  

REFUNDS, REIMBURSEMENTS, AND TRANSFERS
Visit our website for complete guidelines.  

Refunds for In-Person Classes: All requests for refunds for classes must be made in writing. All refunds are subject to a $50 administration fee. For a 100% refund less the $50 fee, requests must be received one week prior to the first day of class. Written requests received less than a week and at least one day prior to the first class will receive a 50% refund less the administrative fee. Cancellations received less than 24 hours before the first class will not be refunded.  

Transfers: Students enrolled in classes are permitted to transfer to another class at GHP Chelsea within the same session, up to the second week of class, subject to instructor approval and provided there is an available seat. Transfers to alternate sessions are subject to refund and registration policies. Students are permitted to transfer from one location to another prior to either term starting provided that there is space. Visit our website for complete guidelines.  

Refunds/Transfers for Studio Sessions: There are no refunds available for Studio Sessions. Transfer is permitted to another Studio Session provided the request is made in writing at least 24 hours prior to the day of the session. We do not refund for missed sessions.  

MAKE-UP CLASSES
The Pottery is not responsible for issuing reimbursements or providing make-up classes for those missed due to illness, substitute teachers, or other events beyond our control. We do not prorate for missed classes. Attending an alternate class is not permitted. *During weather emergencies, GHP closes in accordance with the NYC public school system, as broadcast on the radio, 311, and the local TV news. Emergency closures are announced via email, social media, and can be retrieved by phone at 212-242-4106 ext. 5.