Studio rules

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 and we will do our best to organise a catch-up session. A calendar will be provided with available dates. We are however unable to carry sessions over from one month to the next.

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 can be found by the sink.
  • Masks are available for sanding and this should always be done outside or over a bowl of water.
  • Please refrain from eating and drinking around the work areas.
  • When cleaning the wheels please ensure that they are switched off and slip water is disposed correctly into the allocated blue drum.
  • Always clean with a damp sponge/cloth and do not sweep as clay dust can be bad for your health.
  • Please ensure that any sharp tools are stored correctly after use.
  • The extruder handle should always be removed after use.
  • When using heat gun always point away from yourself, others and potentially flammable materials.
  • Always wear a mask and eye protection when using Dremel or powdered oxides. Do not use oxides 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 building.


  • If any slips, 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.
  • Always use a tray, gloves and apron when glazing.
  • Check with staff before combining glazes. Glaze is not paint and mixing different glazes will not act as such. To achieve best results follow glazing advise and instructions on glaze container.
  • Please make sure that the bases of your work are well wiped and free from any glaze.
  • If student work damages the kiln shelves, due to a glazing error, or carelessness, we will request a contribution to repair or replace the damaged shelf or shelves.
  • When using glazes, slips and oxides please use the bowl in the sink to clean your equipment so clay does not damage our drains.

Fired work

  • We may refuse to fire work if we consider that this would be a risk to other work and/or our kilns.
  • Firing fees apply for firing service for work produced outside of the studio or finished/ detailed at home, also work completed during classes exeeding 30x30x30cm in size. Please measure your work as instructed and pay fees as per current firing pricelist prior to leaving your work for firing.

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 that has not been bisque fired is extremely delicate and must be handled as such.
  • Student work not collected/attended to within 6 weeks after firing and work with no signatures will be recycled, reused, gifted or disposed.

Recycled clay

  • We have different recycling buckets provided for clay (ie bins for soft clay, bins for hard clay, drum for wheel water and slip). 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).