Wow, I'm glad that your school did all of that for your program. Awesome!
I'm good on the clay dust, etc... and all the general operating of
the kiln, just wasn't too sure about the requirements for a safe setup
for the kiln, itself. This one is a smallish one -- sort of looks
like an oversized dorm fridge. But I have tiny classes, so it works
as long as we keep projects small.
I love this listserv! I usually don't even post questions because I
always find the answers in the archives if I look long enough. It is
great to hear from experienced teachers and just to converse, too --
especially when you're the only art teacher in your school, like I am.
I can feel a bit isolated!
On Sat, Aug 30, 2008 at 9:59 AM, <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> I also had an old kiln when I took a new job. It was on a third
> floor of an old building, the floor was wood. There was a hood vent
> that went nowhere.
> If you look at OSHA regulations that will help you decide, YES
> technician. Not your out of pocket expense though.
> Since ceramics was part of the program, we had to get all new
> equipment, move it to a basement with a stone floor. It was a
> digital kiln (no cones) and we got an enviromentally approved vent
> to the outside that required construction.
> The school electrician was not up to the complexity of the wiring
> work and did it wrong. Technician had to come back and re-wire.
> Happy ending: After all that, the kiln worked great! The program was
> enhanced by results of new equipment. Popular!
> Other concerns have to do with clay and dust. This info is probably
> archived because last year there was a lot of discussion on the
> listserv about it. Clay dust is incredibly harmful, especially to
> your students with compromised upper respiratory systems or lung
> problems (asthma). You have to keep the area spotlessly clear of
> dust. If it is a general art room, all the more concern. If kids
> start throwing clay around or dropping it on the floor and tracking
> dust, you will have a short-lived program.
> I had to address all of the above. This listserv is just beyond
> helpful with such technical matters. Experienced colleagues.
> I hope it all works out for you. Students love ceramics.
> Jane in Brooklyn
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