This course gives you all the information you need to run a studio safely, and also how to evaluate how much truth there is the many potter's tales about health and safety . It is intended for those who have at least some knowledge of pottery, and are looking to improve their use of their studio, or set up a studio. You will learn about how to identify and resolve risks in the studio, through the whole making process from dealing with clay and other raw materials, through making and firing work to final packaging. You will understand how to identify any potentially harmful materials in the studio, and how to deal with them. You will also get to understand good working practice in the studio, as well as appropriate clothing and the use of PPE. You will also be shown resources that you can use to help decide whether something is a significant risk or not. The course doesn’t deal with the specific legal responsibilities of having staff, or of running a teaching studio, though the health and safety aspects are covered. By the end of this course you should be able to… - Identify hazards in your studio, and develop a method of resolving them; be able to classify different levels of risk. - Understand the basics of how substances may enter into and be expelled from the body; chronic and acute exposure levels - Identify any potentially harmful substances in the studio, using the SDS, information on my web site and other information sources - Understand the risks of dust (including silica and other materials); how to minimise the creation of dust; and how to manage it safely - Decide on appropriate clothing and PPE for different activities, and how to use the PPE correctly - Assess any physiological risks from lifting, wedging, throwing and other activities, and how to deal with them - Understand the risks from various methods of firing, and how to manage them - Be aware of the risks of machinery that may be used in the studio - Know how to dispose of studio waste safely, being aware of any environmental risks - Have a good overall understanding of good studio practice from a health and safety viewpoint

What's included in the price?

Eight live sessions, each lasting an hour and a half, plus a discussion session Each session is recorded and put on the course web page for viewing PDFs of presentations can be downloaded Additional (optional) online reading material Course completion certificate Subscriber level access to the web site, which contains a great deal of health and safety information

What you will need

A computer, tablet or phone with broadband access.


12 hours

Cancellation policy

Easy - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts



Tim Thornton Ceramics

with Craft Courses since 2020

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Tim Thornton has been a potter for over 12 years. Coming from an earlier career in science and engineering, he is well suited to the technicalities of the craft. He has used this knowledge to create a series of courses that deal with the more technical aspects of ceramics.

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Teenagers
  • Wheelchair users
  • Limited mobility
  • Intermediate level
  • Advanced/pro level
  • Suitable for beginners
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This course is taught online