Our COVID Protocols
In order to operate the studio under the new COVID guidelines, we’ve made some important changes to how we’re doing things. Here’s the information you need to have:
- Class sizes are limited to nine students. We’ve made big changes to the studio and increased the amount of space each student has to work in. We’ve also installed acrylic panels between work stations and flexshaft systems for every student to reduce shared tools and equipment. Plus, all demonstrations will take place using our camera and TV system, so you can see them in detail right from your seat!
- Masks are required at all times in the studio! Please bring a mask that you will be comfortable wearing for the day. Except for eating and drinking, masks must be worn at all times.
- Wash your hands! We’ve made changes to the studio that will minimize the number of shared items you have to use. We’re also providing hand sanitizer, bleach disinfecting spray, and handwashing areas, so you can wipe down your tools and keep your hands clean throughout the day. If you would prefer to use gloves, please bring them.
- Cover your beverages! Open containers cannot be used during workshops or events. Our coffee bar will still be available and you are welcome to bring your own beverages, but bring a covered container for anything you’d like to drink.
- Communal, family-style lunch is suspended … for now. If you’ve visited with us before, you know that our family-style lunches are a big part of our workshop events. For now, we’ve suspended this part of our events, but there are several places close by that offer great lunch options. You’re also welcome to bring lunch with you.
- We’ll be taking your temperature. We have a contactless thermometer we’ll be using to check your temperature when you arrive each day, but we’re counting on you to stay home if you feel unwell or have any symptoms that might be illness-related. (We reserve the right to send you home if you appear to be symptomatic, in our sole discretion!)
- Wipe down your area and your tools! We’ve set up the studio to minimize the tools and equipment you need to share with others, and to do our best to help you observe social distancing guidelines. You’ll have a dedicated spray bottle of disinfectant to use on your tools, work surfaces, and anything else you come in contact with, and we’re counting on everyone to be mindful of others while in the studio.
- We have a new release form. We like to say that metalsmithing is a full-contact sport – working with tools, flame, metal and chemicals is inherently risky, and while we do everything we can to help you enjoy a safe experience, we make no guarantees. The same is true for the COVID virus. A copy of our new release form can be found here, and will be required for all participants in every workshop going forward. It would be a big help if you would please bring the completed release with you when you come.
If you are uncomfortable in any way with the risk of spending one or more days in close proximity with others, the most effective way to mitigate that risk is to stay home.