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Re: [teacherartexchange] clay cleanup help


From: Diane C. Gregory (dianegregory_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sun Nov 20 2005 - 08:13:03 PST

Hi Diane,

You might also see if you can get/use a wet/dry vac. I had one and it helps not
only to keep dust under control, it can be used to dry up a wet floor very
quickly. You might also try to consolidate work areas where students work on
their clay projects, so that only a small area needs to be vacuumed and mopped.

Don't know if this is possible, but an idea.

Sears makes a good wet/dry vac. If the administration can not pay for it,
perhaps a ceramics club could start a fund raiser. Last time I checked it cost
about $250, but maybe you could get one for less on ebay. Good ones are on
wheels and have a variety of different attachments for floors and table tops.

You could also vacuum tops of tables and the student canvas squares to further
cut down on dust.

I would avoid sweeping if at all possible, because that just stirs the dust up.


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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