This page contains useful information for Fireborn Staff. If you wish to comment, please do so in the comment section at the bottom of the page.
This web page is where we have our most recent Covid Guidelines. They are evolving so check here frequently for updates. REVISED July 6, 2020.
- droplets and masks
- duration of exposure
- air flow
- screening (taking temperature)
Miscellaneous (this is where I am adding the most recent updates)
- No coffee and snacks during Covid. Bring your own water bottle.
- Cloth Towels and Sponges: Bring your own. Don’t share. Students should have their own cloth towels for drying hands and sponges for cleaning their wheels and wiping glaze tables. Sponges 4x4x3″ sponges will be sold for $2.00. We have a limited supply of paper towels.
- Cloth towels by sinks will be washed between classes and replaced with freshly washed ones.
- Paper towels are located by all sinks. They are only for hands, not cleaning up wheels, clay and gaze.
- The thermometer will be stored by the pug mill. If not there, it may be on the sideboard in glaze room where people enter for class.
- After clean up, stools should remain on the floor and not stacked up. This enables us to know which stools need to be sanitized.
- Splash pans should be drained and quick-rinsed by students and then stacked by the washing machine and plaster table where they will be cleaned and sanitized. The reason for this change is to avoid a cluster of students at the sinks during clean-up.
- Students should continue to clean their wheels. They will be sanitized between classes.
- Mask at all times must fit properly – keep reminding students.
- Instructors may ask students to leave if they don’t use mask properly.
- Keep an eye on the waxing and glazing areas and don’t let them get too crowded.
- Rubber gloves are available in both studios. There are medium and large.
- Shared things like sponges and towels have been removed or limited.
- Bring your own towel and sponge.
- Giffin Grips have been put into storage. Trim wheels are gone.
- Students should wedge and trim on the aluminum wheel heads, not on the bats. Dry wheel head with a towel before wedging. Wedging on the wheel head avoids congestion at the wedging table. Demonstrating wedging on the wheel head is a great way to teach wedging to a bunch of beginners all at once. Later, if the plaster bat is available they can wedge there. Plaster is useful if you want to dry your clay a bit.
- We are not sanitizing the wood blocks used for propping the stools. Have students return the blocks to the box and wash hands afterward.
- We are putting fresh water on glaze table for each class. There are a few sponges in the bucket for sponging the bottoms of pots. There is a small amount of bleach in the water to kill germs. All students should wash hands with soap after glazing.
Every 30 minutes make Covid announcements
- Wash hands frequently using soap and water
- Wear masks at all times.
- Cough into arm
- Maintain social distance.
- There’s lots more things you can mention.
- Bring your towel and sponge and tools to class
- Sign your pots as instructed
Covid Terms agreed to when signing up for class
I agree to the terms : If students withdraw within 5 to 10 days of the start of the term, a $50 withdrawal fee will be charged. Within four days of the beginning of the term, a $100 withdrawal fee will be charged. Once classes have started there will be no refunds at all. NOTE: GREEN does not mean there are no restrictions. We are not out of the woods yet… Fireborn has made accommodations: we have allowed for social distancing; we have reduced class size; we have policies in place for sanitizing; we have eliminated make-up classes so groups don’t mix. ALL STUDENTS AND STAFF will be required to wear a properly fitting mask at all times. Students should bring their own personal towel. For more details see shop.fireborn.com
- take everyone’s temperature using forehead thermometer
- ask students to wash hands with soap upon entering
- Students will clean wheels as usual at the end of class, except splash pans. See below.
- Fireborn will sanitize wheels and all high touch surfaces between every class.
Covid Air Flow
Run an exhaust fan in window RATHER THAN USING AC whenever temperature permits. If AC is needed, then turn it off once an hour for 15 minutes and use an exhaust fan in window to flush air in the studio. The door to the backyard may be opened during class. The office door and the door leading into the carpeted upstairs of the house should be closed because that part of the building is air-conditioned, and also because dust from the studio will cover everything in the gallery, kitchen and bathroom. I suggest running the fan in the window as an exhaust fan, and allowing air to enter the studio from the back yard and the window by the bisque ware. To further stir the air in the studio, a second fan can be placed on the floor, where marked, blowing toward the other end of the room. That way it won’t be directly on anyone or their clay.
- Accurate attendance must be recorded for every class.
- The form is on the clipboard.
- Any staff or student who feels unwell should stay at home.
- No make-up classes during Covid. Stay with your group.
- Take temperatures upon arrival.
- Any staff or student who develops symptoms or tests positive should contact Fireborn.
Covid Temperature Taking
If temperature is elevated one degree above normal do not admit student to class. Learn about proper thermometer use and causes of distorted readings:
How to use PT3 thermometer
Covid Accommodations as per Fireborn and Governor Wolf
NOTE: GREEN does not mean there are no restrictions. We are not out of the woods yet… Fireborn has made accommodations: we have allowed for social distancing; we have reduced class size to 12; we have policies in place for sanitizing; we have eliminated make-up classes so groups don’t mix. ALL STUDENTS AND STAFF will be required to wear a properly fitting face mask at all times. Students should bring their own towel to class.
Using Heaters, AC, Alarm, and Thermostats