Pottery studio health and safety

Pottery studio health and safety


What is the course about?

This course gives you all the information you need to run a studio safely, and also how to evaluate how much truth there is in some of the claims on social media and elsewhere.
It is intended for those who have at least some knowedge of pottery, and are looking to improve their use of their studio, or set up a studio.

What will we cover?

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.

What will I achieve?
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 (M)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

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

Eight live talks and discussions, each lasting an hour and a half
Additional (optional) online reading material
Access to a forum dedicated to the course, where people can ask questions and discuss the course topics
A set of course notes
Subscriber level access to the web site, which contains a great deal of health and safety information
Access to the videos, forum and web site is free during the course and for up to 4 weeks afterwards. Beyond that, it is available for £3/month.

What you will need

A computer, tablet or phone with broadband access.


Tim Thornton at Tim Thornton Ceramics

This course is taught online

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Intermediate level
  • Limited mobility
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Wheelchair users


12 hours (7:00pm to 8:30pm)

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