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Re: [teacherartexchange] clay cleanup help


From: Diane C. Gregory (dianegregory_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sun Nov 20 2005 - 07:53:29 PST

Sounds like a very tough situation. I don't envy you. You were excited about
starting this ceramics program and now there is this problem. Don't lose site
of the wonderful excitement of the ceramics program. Don't let this put a
downer on everyone. I am sure you are focusing on the positive things that are
happening in your ceramics program.

Perhaps if the janitor can not mop the floors every day, perhaps they could do
it every other day. Janitors have a lot of hard work to do and are rarely
appreciated or consulted. Is there away to give recognition to the extra
effort that would be required by the janitorial staff? This sounds like one of
those times that unintended consequences have risen and everyone will need to
work together to solve the problem. Help everyone to join the spirit of
helping out.

Is there a way students could help with the mopping as well? I think mopping
more frequently would definately help. Or is there a way few students could
mop on a rotating basis.

Good luck!


Quoting Diane Davis <>:

> It is extremely rare that our floors get washed. I will talk to admin
> about that....but any other suggestions are great. I will try keeping
> the cloths cleaner by tapping them out every day. It is a tough
> situation. I want to give them clay, as they love it and they have
> become the best classes I've ever had. But the dust is worrying
> everyone.
> diane
> On Nov 20, 2005, at 10:01 AM, Rick Larson wrote:
> > Diane, the janitor should mop every day. Breathing the dust is very
> > unhealthy and could cause problems down the road.
> > Betsy
> > PS- my kids work on squares of canvas. They tap clay crumbs and dust
> > back into the bucket, then fold them and put them into a covered
> > cardboard box..
> > ----- Original Message ----- From: "Diane Davis" <>
> > To: "TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group"
> > <>
> > Sent: Saturday, November 19, 2005 6:31 PM
> > Subject: [teacherartexchange] clay cleanup help
> >
> >
> >> This is the first year we've offered ceramics in addition to our
> >> regular art classes in our middle school. We have kids working on
> >> clay every day. The janitor sweeps every day, but we still have so
> >> much dust that I leave footprints wherever I go. I have the kids
> >> using canvas squares to work on their projects, and to knead them. Is
> >> plastic better? Should I wash these cloth squares every other day?
> >> Right now we just tend to shake off small pieces from them into the
> >> trash or recycle. Is there anything that helps? I don't have them
> >> banging down the clay from great heights, and I have curbed most of
> >> the clay throwing or mischief that would have put clay on the floor.
> >> Any ideas?
> >> diane
> >>
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