You are absolutely correct. The reality is some of my kids at school ARE
THANK YOU for reminding me about teenage pregnancy. I always tell my adult
students about all the dangers concerning glazing, glaze materials and open
wounds at the beginning of the class and give reminders through out the
class. Naively I continue to think that only grown women with healthy
relationships have children.
The ceramics I am teaching at the high school is very limited but careful
hygiene and precaution can never be overstated.
San Leandro High School
San Leandro CA
At 04:30 PM 1/4/97 -0800, you wrote:
>I don't like the type of infected cuts I see from having your hands in
>clay. They get irritated and raw looking and this seems a poor practice so
>I am extra careful. Also I use a cream that is a water repellent liquid
>glove that protects hands from irritation for the students who have
>reactions to the clay. Its called Kerodex or something close to that. I
>get it at the drug store. Its about $6.00 a tube. I figure that any open
>wound is not a good thing about glazes and clays in the 1990's. Just being
>Also, I do not let any pregnant students work with any glazes at all. She
>will have to have a friend do the actual dipping or painting. Some come
>back after the baby is born, and if they are nursing, I still won't let
>them use the stuff. It may be over cautious, but in 10 or 20 years from
>now when they find that there is
>something in those glazes that can hurt a fetus, they will remember I did
>not allow them to touch the stuff.
>Have you noticed how many children born now have birth defects or problems?
>I see it all too often with these children having children. It is a small
>precaution for the health of a child, I think. Too bad I didn't tape their
>knees together. THAT WOULD BE CRUEL. HAH!!
>Madera High School