General Studio Guidelines

Booking your sessions

-Please schedule and book your sessions online at

-Take the time to read the cancellation policy

-Read our COVID-19 safety measures (hard copy available in the studio)

-The classes and scheduled sessions end time is not flexible

-Plan on using at least the last 20 minutes of your shift for the cleaning process.  When you are done, the space should be as clean as you found it when you arrived.

Studio use, guidelines and maintenance

-Hand sanitizing upon arrival and waring face mask at all times are mandatory measures in the studio.  Distancing applies when possible.

-The clay provided for classes and studio sessions is to be used exclusively in studio sessions - taking clay home is not permitted.

-Glazing and firings are included in classes and studio sessions fees only for pieces made entirely in the Shaw Street Pottery studio.  Taking pieces home to work on them between sessions is not permitted.

-Pieces which have not been made in the Shaw Street Pottery studio can still be fired here.  Please see details on our website - 'Firing service' page.

-All tools and equipment are the property of Shaw Street Pottery and must remain in the studio - they cannot be borrowed.

-Potters are responsible to clean the work table, equipment and tools (dried and put away) within their class or session duration.

-Do not swipe clay crumbs and dust from the table to the floor - use a damp cloth and gently push it in a bowl of water.

-Always clean surfaces with a wet cloth - dusting or sweeping is not allowed as clay dust is very toxic.

-If crumbs, clay slip or glaze falls on the floor please wipe it immediately so that you or other potters don't step in it and spread it all over the studio floor.

-Using sanding paper on bisqueware is not permitted.  Use the grinding stone and work over a bowl of water - or wet the grinding stone and your bisqueware to eliminate the risk of airborn dust completely. 

Working with the wheel

After each use:

-Remove wheel splash pan and clean all sides of splash pan

-Clean wheel head (top, sides and under)

-Clean wheel shelf/table - top, sides, and around wheel head

-Clean all tools, wipe with sanitizing wipes, and place them back in their respective containers or shelf or hook.

-Wipe and dry stool seat if needed

-Do not drop/leave tools in the buckets of water - Thanks!

-If you have made a mess on the floor (it happens!), clean it with the mop and bucket of clean water provided.

-Remove all your pieces from the bats, clean and dry the bats

-Place your pieces on board(s) and cover if needed, label plastic covering(s) with your name - or sign your work.

-Turn off the wheel, and the overhead light.


-Always cover the table with newspaper (provided) when glazing

-Shake the glaze or underglaze containers very well before opening

-Open glaze or underglaze containers above a bucket of water so that glaze crumbs fall into the water

-Always use one brush per glaze or underglaze colour

-Do not mix glazes

-Clean brushes very well after each use and place them on the drying mat.

-Close glaze containers very well, and clean container to remove any drips on the outside.


Thank you!!!