The Ceramics Studio

Health & Safety

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The Ceramics Studio – Health & Safety

Clay Hazards and Precautionary Measures

Clay dust is Enemy No.1. Clay and glaze contain silica which in their dry state are a potential health risk.

Fine dust particles (known as ‘respirable’ particles) containing silica are a major concern because they can:

  • be invisible to the naked eye under normal lighting conditions
  • be airborne for long periods of time in your breathing zone; and
  • penetrate deep into the lungs when inhaled. To inhale or ingest the dust of any clay, glaze or plaster materials is unhealthy.  


Easy Solutions


  • Avoid making dust as much as reasonably possible.
  • Never sweep, always wet mop or scrape up and wipe spills and general dirt.  
  • No sanding – go outside and wear a mask.
  • Thoroughly clean all aprons, wheels, tables, tools and equipment after use (regardless of whether someone plans to use them after you) and wash up any spills, splatters, or trimmings that land on the floor.
  • When decanting plaster, glaze, oxides or other powder please do so ‘softly’ to avoid cloud making. Wherever possible choose to use wet materials.


Other Hazards and their Solutions


  • Equipment.  All studio equipment is potentially hazardous. Please do not use anything without having been inducted.  Please keep yourself safe by wearing sensible clothes, foot wear and tying long hair back.
  • Kilns are dangerous and hot!  Do not use or touch them without an induction.
  • Only eat and drink in the provided clean area and always wash your hands first.
  • Cover cuts with plasters and/or gloves.
  • Never struggle lifting anything heavy – get help!
  • Store bags and coats in the area provided and not on stools or on the floor.
  • Alert everyone in the room if a floor area is wet. Use the wet warning sign.
  • Keep gangways clear.
  • Don’t stand on chairs or stools – use elephant foot or ask for help.
  • If in any doubt, please ask!

Welcome Information for New Students

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Harmony - friends throwing : )

Welcome to the Ceramics Studio

We really want you to enjoy your time at the studio and feel comfortable and relaxed.  Here are a few practical notes and some other possible questions answered.

Disabled Access to the Building

We are sorry but this is not good. We are on the first floor and the only way up is stairs. We do have an entrance with wide easy stairs and a good hand rail. In the warmer months we can bring equipment down to our little garden with a bit of pre-planning.

Potters Wheels

Most of our wheels are saddle style and require a bit of hip flexibility when mounting. If this may be a problem let us know so we can prepare one of a different style before you arrive. Trousers are best for this type of wheel.


Please bring your own apron and wash after every session.


I am afraid it is much easier without them, so please trim them as much as you can bare.


Regardless of aprons, clay will get everywhere when throwing. Most types wash out but terracotta on light clothes may stain. To help you relax please wear clothing you are not too precious about. Also, the studio is an old barn and it gets hot in the summer and cold in the winter so please come prepared so you are are comfortable.


Please bring shoes that cover your foot and, again, that you do not mind getting clay on.

Tea and Coffee

We do enjoy a nice cuppa at the studio and have a selection for you in the kitchen. We also have a microwave, so if you are bringing lunch or rushing after work you can make yourselves at home.

If you are joining us for a long session or course where we are offering food, do let us know if you have any food preferences or allergies.

You Tube

Often students like to do a bit of swatting up before hand, which is fabulous. We all come from different schools and techniques will vary, what we will do in the class is find what is right for you.  If you do want to research beforehand, I recommend Simon Leach’s videos. They are a little drawn out but are excellent standard.


To enjoy the vast potential of clay or simply to get some ideas, visit our Pinterest pages

Sketchbook / Notebook

It can be really handy to keep a notebook record of what you made, and what surface treatment you used.  Also to save ideas and inspirations. Or go digital and start your own Pinterest (pages can be private) and keep a photo log of what you make and what you plan to make.

Otis the Dog

Our team includes Otis who is in charge of HR and security. If you are allergic or nervous of dogs, please let us know before you visit.

We cannot wait to get started with you! Leyla & Team : )

Directions by Car to The Ceramics Studio

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Directions by car

Terms & Conditions

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The Ceramics Studio, Ettington – Course Booking Terms and Conditions

Please ensure you have read and understood these Terms and Conditions before the end of your 7 day cooling off period. By passing this period you are deemed to have read, understood and accepted them.

Contract of Sale

Completion of the booking process and acceptance of our terms and conditions forms your contract with Wigwam Ceramics trading as The Ceramics Studio.


Payment of the full course fees must be made in advance and should be made at the time of placing a booking. It is not possible to attend a course unless payment has been received.

Currently we accept payment by BACS, Paypal or cheque. For some clients, for example local authorities and schools, we can issue an invoice and payment may be made by BACS or cheque. Invoices must be settled within 7 days of the invoice date or in advance of the training course, whichever is sooner.


A voucher is valid for 12 months from the date on it and cannot be honoured after this time. All cancellation conditions apply to voucher holders.


Cancellations must be made in writing by post or email to

Cancellations will be subject to the following fees:

  • Cancellations within 14 days of the start date will be charged the full course fee.
  • Cancellations within 15-28 days of the start date will be charged 50% of the course fee.
  • Cancellations more than 28 days before the start date will be charged 20% of the course fee.

If the participant fails to attend the course the full course fees are payable.

Under the Consumer Protection (Distance Selling) Regulations 2000 (“Distance Selling Regulations”), you may cancel your purchase of a course within a period of 7 working days beginning on the day after we send your booking confirmation. However, there is no right of cancellation where the course begins within this seven day period.

Delegate Substitution

A substitute delegate may be named at any time before the course at no additional cost.


Requests to transfer to an alternative course or date must be made in writing by post or email. Transfers may be made up to 28 days before the course start date and will incur no additional fee. However, transfers are subject to availability and The Ceramics Studio is not obliged to ensure suitable alternatives are available. A booking can only be transferred on one occasion. Requests for subsequent transfers will be treated as cancellations.

Course content

The Ceramics Studio reserves the right to change the content, timing, date, venue or instructor of the course in order to provide a high quality service or where it is necessary for reasons beyond our control. The Studio reserves the right to cancel a course up to and including the date of the course if insufficient bookings have been received and will strive to give as much notice of this as possible. Individuals booked onto a cancelled course will be given the option of a full refund or of rescheduling to a future course date. The Studio will not be liable for any losses or expenses arising from amendments to the course or cancellations.


Late Attendance

It is to the discretion of the tutor to not accept a late arrival to a course if it is potentially detrimental to fellow students. This will be treated as a late cancellation.

Intellectual Property

Course materials are supplied only for your personal use. The Studio remains the owner of all intellectual property in course materials. No part of the materials may be copied or reproduced without our permission.

Disclaimer and Selling

Please note that all materials have been selected as they suit a range of pottery techniques and are for amateur use.  Materials are not tested and are not guaranteed. Fired pottery is for occasional or decorative use.  Classes are for leisure and no work made in these sessions should be sold online or in any retail situation.

Health and Safety

The Studio takes a diligent approach to health and safety for the sake of all staff and users. Students are agreeing to read and abide by the guidelines of our Health & Safety policy.  Repeated failure to do so will result in immediate termination of course without refund.

Technical Issues and Breakages

Experienced and trained staff only will handle and fire your ceramic work.  However, by the nature of ceramics there is always a risk of technical failure for which we cannot be held responsible.

Prolific Makers

Ceramics is an expensive process and we try hard to keep the costs down. We price the classes based on an estimated output.  Occasionally we will get someone who is a prolific maker. We do not want to cap people’s creativity so we will ask you to pay a cost price for any work you chose to fire over the set amount laid out by your tutor for your particular course or session.

Collection of Works

We recommend you collect your finished work as soon as possible after your course to help keep our storage area clear therefore avoiding damage.  If finished ceramic work is not collected within 3 months of the end of the course we will sadly have to dispose of it. If you attend a course from further afield we can post your wares to you for just the basic postage cost.

Data Protection

Any personal information you give to us will be processed in accordance with the Data Protection Act 2018. We will use the information to process your booking.  We will not share your contact details and any personal data you provide may be held securely on computer files.

Applicable Law and Jurisdiction

These terms and conditions are governed by and construed in accordance with English law and any dispute arising out of or in connection with them shall be settled by the English courts.

Studio Dog

Please note we have a studio dog, Otis, who is friendly and under control. If you are allergic or nervous of dogs then please give us a weeks’ notice to make an alternative arrangement.