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Re: Glazes and safety

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Fri, 19 Feb 1999 07:11:34 EST

I am always VERY careful when my young ones are using glazes. We do a lot of
ceramic work especially in the younger grades---pre-k to 2. We always STRESS
with all grades that glazes are "chemicals" and that you must not get them
anywhere but the ceramic piece you are putting it on. Even if the jar says
"non toxic" we treat ALL glazes as if they were poison. The children really
understand this especially after several years of going over this warning. I
guess many might feel this is too radical, but we need to keep all children
safe. What makes me mad is that several years after saying a glaze is safe,
the company comes out and announces "we are recalling this glaze because of
safety reasons." The children know that no one eats in the art room, all
hands are washed after handling glazes, and anyone being silly with a glaze
brush in their hands is not given the privlege of glazing thier piece. This
works beautifully because all children love glazing, ---they don't want to sit
by while others are working. My colleague has been an art teacher for 40
years and has always impressed upon me safety in the art room, particularly
with glazes. We always tell the older children handling glazes is like
working with chemicals and that when they are working with chemicals in the
science lab safety comes first----the same as in the art studio.
All the best to everyone.....DeDe from NJ