Karen, in the past I have used a stoneware and had a dust problem a lot like you are experiencing now. This year I switch to an earthenware clay and have noticed that the dust isn't nearly as bad and I have an extra ceramic class. I don't know if the earthenware is less dusty then the stoneware or if I am doing a better job at getting the students to work cleaner but I have noticed a definite improvement.
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From: Karen Chilman
Sent: Wednesday, May 12, 2004 9:11 PM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: clay dust
I have been using white clay the past two days with my 7th grade groups and find a dust has settled over absolutely everything. I did the same clay unit in the fall and didn't have nearly this amount of dust. When I went out of my room for lunch, I could see the tracks down the hallway...and when I made it back to my desk at the end of the day, my computers and EVERYTHING is just covered...could it be a different kind of clay. How do I stop the madness? without going mad!
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