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  1. I feel your pain. I work in a communal Guild studio (in Canada) with about 100 members (about 40 actively working regularly) as well as up to 12 classes a week (so about 100 students through in a week). We have instituted and enforced the silica/dust issues and rules. Once we clearly explained the hazards of silica dust, people got it and complied. There really wasn't an issue with getting buy-in. Everyone that comes in comments on how clean the studio looks and asks do we actually work there. These are some of the ways we have addressed the issue: - No brooms (we threw them all out). ONLY wet mopping or wet sponge cleaning - Teachers are instructed to (and they do) talk to all students at the beginning of each class session about the hazards of silica and dust. Wheels, tables etc. are cleaned thoroughly at the end of each class and the class floor is damp mopped (sometimes 2-3 times a day). Members are responsible for mopping, sponging their work area every time they are in. - Teachers tell students they are not allowed to dry sand pottery only wet sand and that is discouraged as well. - Our members are so aware of the hazards of silica dust that they will tell anyone they see dry sanding that it is not allowed and to dry sand outside or wet sand. - Glaze making room is damp mopped and benches sponged and NO ONE is allowed in without a respirator/ N95 dust mask. We run regular glaze making sessions for members and health and safety and cleanliness are really covered and emphasized. - We have big posters in the studios the say - No Dry Sanding, Silica dust hazard - Our studio techs (2 quarter-time) or volunteers get up on ladders and damp sponge the duct work (exposed) and lights at least twice a year (of course they are wearing respirators). - All of our studio glaze etc components have a MSDS sheet and they are all collected in a binder and updated at least every 2 years. - We are in process of getting a WHMIS on-line course installed on Guild computers and will eventually require all members to take and pass a course. FYI - we are not a Guild of professional full-time and university or college educated potters and sculptors. Most of us came up through our classes and after a few courses of beginners, wheel I, wheel II, handbuilding etc courses, applied to be a member so we could work at our own schedule. Because we have a volunteer-run and maintained studio and as a Guild purchased our own building we feel a sense of ownership and pride so we work at keeping it nice and clean. In fact, we have found the worst ones for not cleaning up and keeping dust down are the ones who have come through the university/college system as they are used to having studio techs be Mom and clean up after them. - If there is something we have forgotten or if you have suggestions on what else we can do please let us know by commenting on this post.
  2. I have a personal preference for glazed bottoms (except the footring of course). To me, this gives a much nicer finished look and makes it a more valuable piece and a piece for which I am willing to pay more .. I also find that over time and much use a flat unglazed foot will accumulate stains and makes the foot look dirty. This is especially apparent with a white or pale clay body.
  3. All of the other replies assume you want to trace an image or images. If you just want to draw straight on the leather hard clay I usually use a very fine brush and food colouring. The food colouring can be wiped away with a damp sponge or if left on the piece will just burn off in the bisque firing. Terry