At Higher Fire, we want everyone to feel safe & comfortable working in our newly redesigned studio with social-distancing, increased ventilation, and revised cleaning protocols.

Our redesigned studio features ample space between workstations.

These changes are in accordance with requirements set forth by Santa Clara County Health Department, as well as recommendations by the CDC.

Our COVID-19 readiness plans are on file with the county and posted publicly at the studio. We invite you to review this information, and contact us with any questions.

  • Do not come into the studio if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, including fever, cough, loss of smell, or difficulty breathing.
  • If you feel that an individual in the studio is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms in the studio please speak with a staff member immediately and we will respond appropriately.
  • Upon arrival, everyone has their temperature taken and must use hand-sanitizer or wash hands for 20 seconds.
  • Hand sanitizer is available around studio for personal use.
  • Members must have an appointment and check-in (as above) upon arrival in order to work in the studio. This ensures we do not exceed our building’s maximum capacity as set forth by the county.
  • Everyone must wear a face covering inside the studio, at all times.
  • Masks must cover from the bridge of your nose to underneath your chin. Signage around the studio emphasizes proper mask-wearing.
  • In addition to regular clean-up, everyone must also disinfect any shared tools at our centralized cleaning station. Signage is posted, QR-Code video lessons are available, and teachers & staff are trained and available to guide everyone in their usage.
  • Pottery wheels, surrounding workspaces, and counters will be disinfected after each use.
  • All wheels & and hand-building stations are spaced at least 6 feet apart.
  • Both clean-up sinks and restrooms have additional hand soap and new paper towel dispensers.
  • Restroom exhaust fans are permanently on; lidded toilet seats have been installed to reduce risk of aerosols after flushing.
  • The studio is sprayed down with disinfectant in the morning before opening, and throughout the day as workspaces are cleaned & reset.
  • Extra fresh air & ventilation is provided by opening our double-wide front sliding doors, which produces a draft through the building, front-to-back, during regular business hours (and evening classes).
  • Overnight, two Bailey air filtration systems are run for 12 hours with HEPA filtering protection, 99.97% efficiency at .3 microns.
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