It is very important to keep the studio free of clay dust. Clay particles are extremely fine and stay suspended in the air for up to four days.  Free silica which is part of this dust is hazardous to breathe.  Any bits of clay or clay slurry left on the floor or table will dry and eventually get crushed underfoot and quickly get swept up into the air we breathe. Please follow the cleaning procedure below.

  1. Wedging board: Scrape off any clay left on board with a wooden rib, remove with dustpan and brush and empty into garbage bin.  Swab down board with fairly wet sponge.  Wipe cutting wire clean.
  2. All surface areas should be wiped clean e.g. tables tops, counters, slab roller, shelving used.  Keep rinsing the cloths or sponges.
  3. All implements (including trimming tools) should be washed clean and returned to their correct compartments in the tool trolley
  4. Wheels: After tools have been washed clean, sponge up all the slurry in splash panaround wheelhead into water container and deposit into relevant “white clay” and “brown clay” slip bins. This way clay is recycled and the drains are spared from clogging.
  5. Most splash pans can be removed gently for rinsing in any of the four sinks.
  6. Take a clean container of water and sponge foot pedal and hand lever as well as wheel housing and underside of stool.
  7. Paint brushes should be washed gently under running tap and smoothed into shape before returning to container with brush end up.
  8. Shelves and counter that have housed your pots should be wiped clean after use.
  9. Bats should be scraped clean with scraper (attached to clay bin) and then washed and placed back on shelf. Sprits with diluted Clorex to prevent mould growth.
  10. Wash protective gear (apron, towel etc.) after each class.  Dried on clay produces dust.
  11. After glazing clean up splashes as these too will produce dust. Wipe glaze lid and rim of bucket.
  12. Tools and stirring brushes used in glazing should be rinsed in the glaze rinse bucket before using the sink – we recycle this mix into the mystery glazes
  13. Floors:  Can be left for cleaning staff.

Your cooperation will ensure a good healthy pottery practice.