When using studio equipment and clay products it is essential to follow the studio guidelines and rules for your safety, and the safety of our staff and customers.
+ - Touching
If it is not yours, don't touch it, EVER! This includes pots, tools, glazes, supplies, etc.
+ - Cleaning
Your workspace must be cleaned and all your supplies put away before you leave the studio. This includes work surfaces, wheels, tools, equipment, towels, floor, etc.
+ - Music
Music is a personal choice, plan on using headphones to play your music while you work. If the studio is playing music, you have the right to request that it is turned off while you are here.
+ - Phones
Clay will ruin your phone. If you must access your phone in-studio, bring a plastic sandwich bag to protect it.
+ - Jewelry
Clay may loosen or damage set stones. Your bling may also leave scars in your work. We suggest removing your jewelry in the studio.
+ - Kiln
Access to the kiln area is restricted to OHP staff, ONLY.
+ - Drugs & Alcohol
We are an alcohol and drug free studio. We reserve the right to ask you to leave the studio if you are disruptive or appear to be under the influence of alcohol or recreational drugs.
Scholarships & In-kind Exchange
+ - In-Kind Exchange
OHP may occasionally have scholarships and/or in-kind exchanges available for membership, classes, or workshops for individuals who otherwise would not have the opportunity to participate in OHP activities.
+ - Evaluation
These are evaluated on a case by case basis, are not guaranteed to be available, and are offered entirely at the discretion of the owners.
+ - Right-to-Refuse
OHP reserves the right to bar, temporarily or permanently, any individual from use or access to the studio if that individual violates studio policies.
+ - Cancelations
OHP reserves the right to cancel membership if the member violates studio policies. In the event that OHP cancels a membership, the member will be refunded that month’s membership fee plus any prepaid membership fees.
+ - Special Events
OHP may occasionally open its studio for special events in support of local non-profit organizations. We encourage our members and students to volunteer and assist if they are able. Look for notices of upcoming events.
+ - Studio Dust
- Fine silica dust from clays and glazes may be the most hazardous thing the studio.
- There are no brooms allowed in the studio.
- Use only wet sponges to clean work surfaces.
- Use only the wet microfiber mops to clean the floor
- Use only hepa filter bags in the studio vacuum.
- Wear a mask when changing vacuum cleaner bags.
- We do not allow dry sanding or grinding of green ware, bisque or fired ware.
- Always wet sand your ware.
- If you are carving or cleaning your ware, use a container to keep trimmings off the floor.
- There are dust trapping walk-off mats in and out of the studio, do not track dust into the mall.
+ - Moldy Clay
- Ceramic clay is a wet product and may contain organic material that will naturally mold.
- Clay mold does NOT present an air-born hazard while the clay is moist.
- Clay mold is destroyed in the initial bisque firing.
- Some potters actually find clay mold desirable, claiming it improves the plasticity of the clay.
- If you are sensitive to mold, please let us know so that we can take steps to ensure that moldy bags of clay are not used while you are in the studio.
+ - Cleaning Supplies
OHP uses only environmentally safe cleaning supplies such as Simply Green brands.
+ - Wet Floors
Pottery is messy, we make mud and spills often happen. Clean up spills as soon as possible and use caution in the area around wheels, work tables, glazing tables, and the wash sink.
+ - Material Data Sheets
SDS and MSDS are stored in PDF format and can be printed or emailed to you upon request
+ - Food & Drink
- No alcoholic beverages allowed in the studio!
- There are no rules preventing you from keeping a drink nearby while you’re working.
- Unless there is an event that involves food, we discourage eating while you work. Neither clay or glaze is particularly good for your digestion.
+ - Clothing & Jewelry
- Wear comfortable clothing that can get dirty in the studio. We do have pottery aprons that will protect your clothes if you want to drop in during your lunch.
- We suggest you remove your bling before you play in the mud. The fine particles in clay can loosen or damage set stones. Rings and bangles can damage your work.
+ - Nails & Manicures
- OHP recommends short natural nails for working with clay. We are not responsible for damage to your manicure or artificial nails.
- Working with clay will mangle your manicure. It’s not impossible to work with clay if you have long fingernails but it can be frustrating.
- Artificial Nails: There is the potential for artificial nails to get ripped off when working on the wheel.
- Artificial nails are prone to trapping waste, make sure you clean them well.
+ - Kiln Access
The Kiln area is restricted. Only instructors and certified members are allowed in the kiln area, even when the kilns are not in use.