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Pottery Student Rules

  1. Please do not arrive more than 15 minutes before the start of class or benchtime.
  2. Every student is allowed ½ shelf. Please write your name on the shelf list.
  3. All glazed pots are fired to Cone 10. Do not purchase low fire clay unless you are in a class that is doing a separate firing.
  4. You may not bring work in from home or bring work home to work on. Only work made in the building will be fired.
  5. Student work has priority in kiln loading; put your work on the student shelves.
  6. Do not use glazes on the key member side of the pottery studio.
  7. Benchtimes are on Saturdays, Sundays and Tuesdays from 12:30 – 3 pm.  Clay and tools cannot be purchased during benchtimes. Be considerate of others waiting to use a wheel.
  8. Sign into and out of bench time. This is for safety and planning.
  9. From 3-4 pm on Saturdays and Sundays, an extra hour of benchtime is offered for a donation of $5. This fundraiser is for paying for the recent building upgrades of new boilers and new windows.
  10. Any deviation from the code of conduct or rules may result in a fine and/or dismissal from class with no refund.

Conduct in the Pottery Studio:

  1. Do not handle or touch anyone else’s pottery work in progress, unless you are loading or unloading a kiln.
  2. Only clay bodies purchased at Wesleyan Potters may be fired in our kilns.
  3. Do not store your work in the kiln room. Store bisque pots on your own shelf.
  4. Glaze work in a timely fashion so the kilns can be fired on a regular basis.
  5. Pick up your finished work within two weeks.
  6. Do not dispose of any clay down a sink. Splash pans and tools to be cleaned up at the wheel.
  7. Label the plastic covering work in progress with your name and the date.
  8. Write your name on all tools and clay.
  9. Dispose of broken pottery and shards safely. Take the broken wares directly to designated broken bucket or to the dumpster outside.
  10. Do not use the spray booth without a respirator with clean cartridges.
  11. Clean work area before clay and glazes have a chance to dry out and become airborne hazards.
  12. All should be aware of the risks and unpredictability of the ceramic process.
  13. Do not sand or grind bisque or green ware in the building (this is a safety issue).
  14. Do not store pots on bats unless you own the bats. Please use ware boards.
  15. In the fall semester there is a cut off day in October for wet work and a week later for glazing.