COVID Clay Volunteer Notes

Updated November 3 2020

ReOpening Information for Clay Volunteers:

Here are the building procedures/requirements for coming into the building at the moment:


  • Public access to the Cultural Centre will be limited to the front doors.
  • Signage will be placed on the Cultural Centre front doors with the following information:
  • Anyone entering the Cultural Centre will be required to wear a face mask
  • Anyone entering the Cultural Centre will be required to use the provided hand sanitizer or be wearing the provided disposable gloves.
  • Anyone entering the Cultural Centre will need to sign in with their name and contact phone number.
  • Anyone entering the Cultural Centre will be required to follow strict social distancing practices of keeping a minimum of two meters away from any persons that are not in their personal social isolation bubble.
  • Members of the public may not enter the building if they have any of the following symptoms:
    • Fever of 100.4 degrees or more
    • Chills
    • Cough
    • Shortness of Breath
    • Sore Throat
    • Painful Swallowing
  • Additionally, members of the public for whom any of the following is true must also refrain from entering the facility:
  • Anyone who is under the direction of the Provincial Health Officer to self-isolate
  • Anyone who has been out of the country in the last 14 days.


  • A Table will be placed immediately in front of the main doors with the following items:
    • Additional signage identifying the requirement that all persons entering the Cultural Centre have face coverings
    • A box of cloth non-medical face masks, each packaged separately in a disposable zip-lock bag.
    • A disposal bin for used cloth non-medical face cloths
    • Hand Sanitizer
    • A sign in sheet
    • pens


  • Each member of the public must sign in upon arrival. They are required to wear a cloth non-medical face mask and use the hand sanitizer after signing in.  The face mask must be worn at all times where there is the possibility of contact with staff members, instructors, students, or members of the public.


  • The used cloth non-medical face masks will be laundered after each use using commercial laundry detergent, and repackaged into a new, sealed, zip-lock bag.


  • Sign in sheets will be retained in the event that they are needed by Fraser Health for contact tracing.


And here are the requirements for the Clay and Ceramics Open Studio:

  • The number of wheels has been reduced from ten to four so that there will only be room for six people: four at wheels and two at the hand-building table. The additional six wheels have been removed from the studio.
  • Masks will be worn by everyone in the clay studio
  • Staff will wear gloves when handling clay pieces before they enter the kiln
  • Normally the Open Studio programming is on a drop in basis. This will change under phases 2 and 3 to prior registrations only.
  • Payment, sign-in, and punch cards will be handled exclusively by the Centre Box Office (see enhanced protocols above)
  • Tools will be immersed in a bleach and water solution before being returned to their storage spaces.
  • It must be remembered that those working in the clay studio are working with different thicknesses of mud. The work with the clay (mud) is done explicitly by hand, and as such patrons’ hands are typically covered in mud.  It is extremely unlikely that anyone working in the clay studio will touch their mouth, nose, or eyes with muddy hands – it is just something that you learn very quickly not to do.
  • There will be a maximum of one staff person at any given time in the clay studio.
  • Social distance must still be maintained even with a mask on, which will limit the number of people permitted in smaller spaces. Take note of the signs that specify the maximum number of patrons allowed in glaze room and bisque/greenware room


The reopening and pandemic documents regarding our policies and procedures are living documents, so if something needs to be changed, they can be.


Additional required tasks for clay volunteers:

  • Prepare the bleach solution as follows:
    • TUB – 1Tbsp bleach:1gallon water
    • SPRAY BOTTLE – 1teaspoon bleach then fill the spray bottle with water
  • Pour out the bleach solution at the end of the day from both containers.
  • Make sure new protocols are being followed, no tools are being shared, people are cleaning up after themselves, tools are sanitized and put away
  • Patrons should also spray then wipe down the plastic wheel head and trays after cleanup, as well as spray the wedging and work table
  • Pour water off buckets(no need to do the ones in the glaze room) and switch them out for clean ones(they’ll need access to the glaze room for this) and roll them into the glaze room in the area designated by the Clay Technicians.
  • Please also note that clay volunteers who come in on glaze days will not be asked to come in 30 mins early while we are in phase 2 and 3.
  • Clay volunteers will also not be required to do any additional work with the reclaimed clay for the time being


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