Most definitely there are fumes escaping during the bisque and the glaze
firing. One must consider that opening the door subjects even more
students and staff to the fumes. Also, firing with the door open leads
to another safety factor--firing without having a fire door enclosing
the fire-protected area of the kiln. In our school, that is an OSHA
Oconto Falls High School
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1. Kiln fumes
2. RE: Kiln fumes
3. Re: Online digital training and h.s. digital curriculum
4. Re: Best glaze for tile mural?
5. SchoolArts Invitation
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.
Carroll Elementary School
Success is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.
Subject: RE: Kiln fumes
From: San D Hasselman <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 8 May 2008 12:56:45 +0000
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: email@example.com
> 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
> 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
> 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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Subject: Re: Online digital training and h.s. digital curriculum
From: Ray Leal <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 8 May 2008 06:01:31 -0700
Look at the Digital Media Academy- http://www.digitalmediaacademy.org/
I have been to their workshops at the California CUE conference and
they are great- and always very popular.
On May 7, 2008, at 10:31 PM, Claire d'Anthes wrote:
> Our district is suffering from state budget cuts, local
> mismanagement, and declining enrollment. I've been asked to re-make
> myself, yet again, and to teach digital art next fall instead of all
> freehand drawing classes. I'd rather develop a fashion illustration
> or A.P. art history class, but I'm actually pretty excited since I
> know digital is the future and I'd like to incorporate it into my
> other classes anyway. However, my experience in desk-top publishing
> is outdated and I don't want the kids to suffer from our district's
> lack of vision. I've enrolled in a Photoshop class but I'm
> wondering if any of you know any good online tutorials in Flash and
> Dreamweaver or of any good intensive summer digital workshops in the
> West/Southwest. Also, any good books/sites for curriculum. Our
> school offers two other digital classes for the non-art oriented but
> this is a VPA course and we want it to stay that way.
> Claire d'Anthes
Subject: Re: Best glaze for tile mural?
Date: Thu, 8 May 2008 15:44:53 -0400
Do you have any photos of this project?
Barbara from Boston
Quoting "email@example.com" <firstname.lastname@example.org>:
> For the past three years I have worked with one of the 8th grade
> teachers on a mural in the courtyard (a wall a year!!) Kids created
> personal symbols and painted on tiles to include. We have been using
> Mayco Stroke and Coat. They go on well. One coat for a watercolor
> effect, 3 coats for opaque. They are bright, good variety of colors,
> fire evenly and get nice reds. Also, you don't need a clear glaze
> because they are glossy. Do make sure you seal the grout when
> finished! Good luck and share pictures!
> creatively, Linda in Oregon
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