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Here's my situation: I am a 3rd year middle school art teacher in a small
district with little money for upgrades. I have a very old kiln which is not
in great shape. The inside insulation is cracked and chipped, the element
holders are broken, exposing the elements, there is no ventilation in the small
room which houses the kiln and my sink except for a window and the doorway into
my classroom. When the kiln is on, everyone on this floor can smell it, and
all my students complain about it. Our janitors leave at about 8:00, so I am
forced to begin firing during the day. There is no way I would trust that kiln
to shut itself off. For the past couple of years, I have accepted this as "the
way that it is" while continually mentioning to my principal that the kiln
needed to be replaced. I really enjoy having the students working with clay,
but I am getting nervous about the fumes and other hazards.
If any of you have any first-hand knowledge or recommendations for me, let
me know. I don't want to just put up with this, then find out I have cancer
in 10 years.
Thanks in advance,