Our terms and conditions

Studio Do is a relaxed and friendly environment but :

Classes are for over 18’s only

All current Covid Guidelines must be adhered too. Our risk assessment is below.

We reserve the right to cancel or change the date of a course where necessary or it is impractical for a course to run. By booking on any of our courses, workshops or single sessions you agree to abide by our rules and Terms & Conditions. We reserve the right to make amendments to the class tutor or content without notice. It is your responsibility to inform us in advance of any allergies or special requirements.

When we have classes available they will be publicised via the studio newsletter or social media.  Unfortunately due to high levels of demand, we are unable to take pre-bookings or sign-ups over the phone or by email.

Cancelling course bookings
‍Course fees are non-refundable from seven days before the course is due to commence, once the course you are enrolled into is sold out or when it has already started. It is important that you are sure that you can attend the complete course before you can book your place. If you are no longer able to attend your course, please do let us know as soon as possible and we will do our best to help. Note that we will only be able to issue a refund if we can find another person to take over your place on the course.

Missing lessons
It is imperative that you are sure that you can attend all course dates before you book a course. It is not possible to reschedule a missed lesson to another date - we do not hold spare places on any of our courses.

This same policy applies to lessons missed due to illness or self-isolating.

 

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.

  • For environmental reasons we encourage people to - as far as possible - only fire work that they know they want to keep. Firing is an irreversible process. Clay can be recycled until it is fired; unwanted fired work can at best be used as aggregate in building supplies, but at the moment is more likely to end up in landfill.

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

Students use the studio at their own risk and must be aware of the inherent hazards of a working pottery studio environment. These risks include the use of sharp tools, exposure to chemicals and high temperatures amongst other things.

  • All of our students will receive a short briefing on health and safety before commencing their session.

  • Please wear appropriate clothing, including suitable ‘closed toe’ shoes.

  • Bring an apron or old shirt to protect your clothing.

  • The first aid cabinet can be found in the toilet above the sink.

  • Masks are provided for any activity which may require one.

  • Masks are provided for sanding and this should always be done outside.

  • Please refrain from eating and drinking around the work areas.

  • When cleaning the wheels please ensure that they are switched off.

  • You accept that some chemicals used within the studio could be hazardous, especially if used in an inappropriate manner. Eg ingestion, inhalation etc. A first aid box is available above the sink in the toilets.

  • Always clean with a damp sponge/cloth and do not sweep as clay dust can be bad for your health.

  • You accept that there is a minimal risk of inhaling clay dust which is not good for health after prolonged exposure.

  • Please ensure that corks are replaced on any sharp tools after use.

  • The extruder handle should always be removed after use.

  • Always wear a mask when using oxides and do not use 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 opposite side of the yard.

  • Please note that we are not liable for any damage that occurs to clothing, property, vehicles or loss of valuables whilst you attend a class.

GLAZING

  • If any slips, stains, 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.

  • The brush on glazes only work well for small intricate decorating, please do not use these in large quantities. We have stains and slips that work much better on bigger pieces (and at a fraction of the cost).

  • Check with staff before double-dipping or combining glazes.

  • 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, we will request a contribution to repair or replace the damaged shelf or shelves.

  • Alcohol, cigarettes and drugs are not permitted on site. Substance use will not be tolerated.

FIRED WORK

  • We may refuse to fire work if we consider that this would be a risk to other work and/or our kilns.

  • We do not offer a firing service for work produced outside of the studio.

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 thrown on the wheel needs to be left on the shelves and will be stored the following day. This is because newly thrown work can get distorted.

  • Wrapped bags contain fragile student work.

  • Any work that has not been bisque fired is extremely delicate.

RECYCLED CLAY

  • 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).

 

 

 

 

 

We reserve the right to add to these terms and conditions without notice

Studio Do 2021