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Re: Ceramics Safety/ArtsEdNet

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Patricia Munce (pdmun)
Fri, 25 Apr 1997 23:23:21 -0800

Dear Diane,

Your best source for finding the information is at the Safey in the Arts,
Visual Arts Hazards web site.
Remember what is thought safe today may not be next week. That is why I
always go over board on the
side of "better safe than sorry."

Web site is

Every art teacher should check this one out periodically.

Good luck.

Pat Munce

>Hello! I have been teaching ceramics for several years and am VERY
>concerned about safety. I also believe that the safest place for the kiln
>is outdoors. Our kilns are in the classroom and have retractable hoods
>that fit over them.
>How do you convince a school system that you need a separate room for the
>I'm the one who had to get pregnant to get the retractable hoods! (and
>then, I had to produce a letter from my OB/GYN and a genetics counselor.)
>Your policy on pregnant students not glazing is most commendable. We use
>lead-free glazes and I warn students of the dangers of pregnant students
>using the glazes.
>Is there any source of information I can use to give me further insight
>into safety in the Ceramics classroom?
>Any advice would be greatly appreciated by me and my students. ( I teach
>High School, also.)
>Diane Wood