Ceramic Studio

Coordinator, Nick Sevigney



1. Keep work areas clean. Cluttered areas invite accidents.

2. Wear proper apparel. Coveralls or a jumpsuit over your regular clothing is appropriate. Do not wear loose clothing, rings bracelets or other jewelry that can get caught in moving parts (such as a spinning potter’s wheel). Non-slip footwear is recommended. Use barrier cream on your hands while working with clay. Wear rubber gloves when mixing or using glazes.

3. Electrically ground all equipment. If equipment has a three-prong plug, it should be plugged into a three-slot receptacle. If an adapter is used to accommodate a two- slot receptacle, the adapter must be attached to the receptacle’s face plate. Never remove the third prong of a plug.

4. Gloves must be worn in the glaze lab.

5. Respirators must be worn in the glaze lab and clay mixing areas.

6. Respirators must be of the correct type, fit properly and be well maintained.

7. Each student must keep a notebook of safety and health hazards, hand-outs, periodical information, etc.

8. Materials and belongings must be stored above floor level so that all floors can be regularly and thoroughly cleaned.

9. No dry sweeping is allowed in the ceramic area. Wet mopping or wet vacuuming are the only ways to clean floors.

10. Wear protective clothing during clay mixing. Wash the protective clothing separately from other street wear clothing.

11. No eating, drinking or smoking is allowed in ceramics areas.

12. Fire-resistant clothing must be worn by all participants in Raku firings.


1. Loose clothing and hair can easily catch fire. Be careful, particularly with Raku firing!

2. Use only the specifically designated kilns for Raku firing or other processes that generate visible smoke. This will prevent false fire alarms.

3. Assume anything on or around a kiln is HOT.

4. Keep your face and hands back from spy ports.

5. Be careful looking into a yellow-hot kiln. The radiation may damage your eyes and even some types of glasses. Ultraviolet and infrared rated safety glasses are a good idea for everyone, and they make the pyrometric cones easier to see.

6. If you are exposed to excessive heat for long periods, drink lots of liquids, and eat a bit of high energy food, such as candy, every so often.

7. A kiln with a reduction atmosphere produces some carbon monoxide. If you start to feel dizzy GET OUT OF THE KILN ROOM AND SEEK MEDICAL HELP IMMEDIATELY.

8. Alcohol, drugs and medication impair control of the firing and clear thinking in case of a problem or emergency.


1. Check the structural condition of the kiln before any firing. Report any problems to the instructor or technician.

2. Clean the kiln before and after the firing.

3. Make sure the stacking of ware is stable and level.

4. Do not leave combustible materials anywhere near kilns.

5. Only students who have been authorized by an instructor may sign up for and fire kilns.

6. Never touch controls or make adjustments to kilns that you are not firing.

  1. Exhaust fans must be turned on during all firings.
  2. Kiln shelves and stilts must be returned to proper storage.
  3. Respirators and goggles must be worn when chipping and washing kiln shelves.


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Contact Us

Art Department

Nick Sevigney
Art Department Chairperson 2014-17
Ceramics Program Coordinator
Associate Professor of Art

Draper & Maynard Building, Room 207
Phone: 603-535-2201
Email: dlstalnaker@plymouth.edu (Debra Stalnaker, Administrative Assistant)
Fax: 603-535-2938

Mailing Address
17 High Street
MSC #21B
Plymouth, NH 03264