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Govanhill Baths Ceramics

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Terms and Conditions

These Terms and Conditions set out the terms on which Govanhill Baths Community Trust’s enterprise: Govanhill Baths Ceramics (the “Company”) provides the Services and allows a person to become a Student or Pottery Club Member. These Terms and Conditions apply to all Students and Pottery Club Members and to all applications for Courses taking place in the Studio.

Please review these Terms and Conditions carefully and make sure that you understand them. If you do not agree to these Terms and Conditions, you must not become a Student or a Pottery Club Member or apply to become a Student or Pottery Club Member. In the Terms and Conditions the following definitions apply:

“Course” means any timetabled, taught class or set of classes for Students;
“Class” means any individual period or portion of a Course.
“Student” means any person who is attending a Course;
“Pottery Club Member” means any person who has been attending Pottery Club regularly or who has had an application approved to join the weekly Pottery Club sessions.
“Company” means Govanhill Baths Ceramics;
“Studio” means the Company’s studio at 21 Nithsdale street, Glasgow, G41 GPZ.
“Terms and Conditions” means these terms and conditions.
“Week” means the period running from 00.01 on a Monday morning to 23.59 on the following Sunday evening.

References in the Terms and Conditions to the singular will include the plural and vice versa and references to the masculine gender will include references to the feminine gender and vice versa. These Terms and Conditions are incorporated into the Student and Pottery Club Registration Form.
The Company may at any time modify these Terms and Conditions. We will notify you of any changes to these Terms and Conditions either by emailing you and/or by posting a notice at the Studio. By continuing to use the Services after changes to these Terms and Conditions are made and notified to you, you agree to be bound by such changes.

You can review the most current version of our Terms and Conditions at any time by clicking on the “Terms and Conditions” link located at the bottom of the Website. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are familiar with the current Terms and Conditions. You are advised to check the above link on a regular basis.


Clay can be purchased by the bag directly from us or you can source it independently. If buying clay elsewhere please consult with a member of staff to ensure it is suitable for our facilities. If a member of staff hasn’t fully reviewed the product, it will not be allowed into the Studio.

Glazes and firing

Pottery Club Members are entitled to “fair usage” of the house glazes applied to pieces made in the studio only.
Externally sourced or self-made glazes must not be used in the studio until approved by a member of staff. In some cases, a test-firing may be required to ensure there will be no damage to the kilns, kiln furniture or other members’ work. Test-firings will be charged at the standard kiln-hire rate.

Pottery Club Members are entitled to 60 litres of kiln firing space per month in communal firings at the studio’s pre-set temperatures (1120C/1101C)
Only pieces made in the studio may be fired using your monthly allowance. Work made outside the studio can only be fired at additional cost and by agreement with a member of staff.

Unused firing allowance cannot be carried over to the following month.
Additional firing, including firing at temperatures out-with pre-sets can be arranged at an additional cost.
Glazed work must be fired on a bat to prevent damage to the kiln furniture.
Pottery Club Members are liable for any damage to the kiln or furniture caused by poorly produced ware and applied glazes.
Technicians have the right to refuse firing items they deem to be unsafe.


Course fees will be paid on acceptance onto a course and prior to the start date of the course.

Course fees include the first 3kgs of finished, fired work. Additional work will be charged at the rate of £3 per kg.

Courses will be delivered at the times and dates specified in the course information or, for individual tuition, at the time of booking.

Courses will be delivered by the teacher(s) specified in the course information unless illness or other unforeseen circumstance causes them to be absent in which case a substitute teacher will be provided. In the event no substitute teacher can be found, an additional session will be provided or, if this is not possible, an appropriate refund made for the session(s) not delivered.

Students will have access to all the studio’s facilities appropriate to their course content.

Non-attendance of sessions or courses will not be refunded or substituted.

In the event a Student cannot attend part of a course, they may offer their place to a friend for those sessions. In such a case the friend would also be considered a Student and subject to these terms and conditions.

Cancellations and Refunds

Refunds will only be given as follows: If we receive a cancellation more than 7 days in advance, we will pay a refund of the course fee minus £5 administration charge. If we receive a cancellation with 7 days or less notification, we will only refund the course fee (minus £5 administration charge) if we manage to re-sell the booking.

All students and members will be subject to the following Health and Safety procedures.

Health and Safety

Before using the Studio, all Students and Pottery Club members must complete a full induction to the studio and sign an induction form confirming that they have understood the issues covered and agreeing to follow to the Health and Safety recommendations detailed in the members’ handbook. Members must also comply with any health and safety instructions given by company staff at any time.

The company reserves the right to suspend or cancel any membership or student contract if any of these conditions are not met.
The company cannot be held responsible for any injuries caused through the misuse of the studio or equipment.


Most of the materials used in ceramics are hazardous and some are toxic. To maintain acceptable Health and Safety standards it is essential that all members clean up thoroughly and co-operatively. You should clean all tools and equipment you have used, wipe down all surfaces using plenty of water and mop / wet vacuum the floor around your work area and any communal areas. Any clay built up on tools should not be put down the sink but rather wiped off into a reclaim bucket or waste bin.

Members must not put clay down the sink, only the water/slop from the process from throwing. Clay should be reclaimed by yourself or disposed of in the waste bin.

Kiln Usage

If a member is found to have caused damage to the kilns (e.g. explosion or melt down) or other equipment through improper use they may be liable for costs of repair.