Pottery

Protocols for Operating During COVID-19

(last updated July 29, 2020)

 

Background:

We are hoping to resume limited use of our facility soon.  To enable this limited reopening the Executive of Kingcrafts has developed the protocols titled Operating Protocols - Stage 1 Reopening.  This memo provides additional protocols specific to the pottery group.

 

Pottery Specific Protocols:

The way we conduct ourselves during our scheduled times will be different to what we are used to.  With patience, respect and kindness we should be able to adapt to these expectations.

 

Facility Set Up:

We have three main areas, some of which are multi purposed making physical distancing a challenge.  We do need to access these areas while creating our pieces.  There should be only one person in the glaze area at one time and only one person in the slab rolling area at one time.  Through discussion members should be able to coordinate their need to access the shared areas and adhere to the expectation of physical distancing.

 

1.    The main area will be set up for workstations, the wheels and the far kitchen sink (for clean-up).  A map posted in the studio shows how five (5) people can work within this area.  The tables are numbered to match the map.

2.    The second area includes the glaze area, sink, and shelves for items to be bisque or glaze fired.

3.    The third area includes the wedging table and the slab roller, banding wheels and bats.

General

1.    Members will adhere to all Kingcrafts Operating Protocols-Stage 1, and as adapted to changing circumstances.

2.    Scheduling of individual assigned times will be done using the online system only. See the Kingcrafts website for these times as they may be modified.

3.    Each member is to bring a mask to wear inside and disposable gloves (use outlined below) and a bag for personal garbage.

4.    Gather your equipment, water and so on, respecting social distancing of six (6) feet.  Once at your workstation, please minimize your movements about the facility.

5.    Put on disposable gloves before using the glazes.  This will keep the high touch areas free of contamination and harmful chemicals.  When you are done, wipe the lid with a soapy sponge or cloth.  Be careful that soap does not contaminate the glazes.

6.    Put on disposal gloves when using the slab roller and mats.  This will keep the equipment free of contamination and free from damaging chemicals.

7.    You are responsible to dispose of your gloves in your personal garbage that you take with you when you leave.

 

Clean Up

1.    We do not want the glazes or equipment to be damaged by “Lysol” or bleach solutions.  Use soapy water and a cloth to wipe down all areas like glaze lids, slab roller wheel, countertop wedging table, and pottery wheels.

2.    Use only water to clean slab roller mats and plaster wedging table/slab.

3.    Clean all bats, band wheels and other Kingcrafts pottery equipment with soapy water and store in the proper locations.

4.    Clean your workstation tabletop using the general studio cleaning materials provided by Kingcrafts.

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