1. Fire after school, making sure you have a back up plan (if you don't have a kiln setter) where the maintenance (janitor, whatever their titles might be), comes in at a prescribed time and turns it off. Cookies and brownies to them work wonders.
2. Have a firing "day", where you do art outside of your room for the day, and your kiln fires, and the fan, fans. "Outside your room for the day" might mean you have your little ones meet you in their room for a class related project, or you take them outside to do artwork, or you take them to your library to view slides, read books, see reproductions, talk about artists, etc.
> Date: Thu, 8 May 2008 07:40:15 -0500
> From: CosgrovS@cisdmail.com
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: [teacherartexchange] Kiln fumes
> Hello! My kiln is in a closet with a bottom vent. However, the rocket
> scientists that designed the building put the fire detector directly
> over the kiln. SO in order to fire I have to leave the closet open with
> a osculating fan in the door to blow the hot air into my classroom. I
> have no windows to open to circulate the air. Am I just imagining
> things or will the fumes make you a little light headed when you bisque
> fire. Every once and a while I feel that way. Wondering if I should
> investigate doing something. Love to hear your thoughts. P.S. I am
> planning to return to school next year pregnant.
> Sue Cosgrove
> Art Teacher
> Carroll Elementary School
> Success is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.
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