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  1. I have mentioned this very important 2016 article (from Ceramics Monthly magazine) many times here on the forum when the subject of studio dust and cleaning and respirators comes up. The full article is now online via the DOCTOR's personal website. This is MUST READ stuff if you are working with clay. Particularly in a "home studio" situation. Yes, it is a single study, and of course that alone has its limitations on how you can extend the validity of the data accumulated. But it was done well, and by a credible professional in the field (environmental epidemiologist and professor at McGill University and avocational potter). Right after it came out I had conversations directly with the author, since it is my professional duty to keep up with this stuff since I teach it at the college level. Both of us were concerned with what it appears to show. It "blows away" a lot of assumptions about dust generation in the studio and appropriate controls. Note the highest spike on the graph. It is from "sculpting leatherhard clay". An activity we all assume is not a high dust producing activity. (This study deserves WAY more research!) http://markgoldbergpottery.com/goldberg_studiodust-final.pdf best, ..........................john addendum edit: the link in the above post seems to have expired, article by the same author, Mark Goldberg, here. - Min
  2. Hi! I'm an art teacher in Pine, AZ. I've gotten approval to put a kiln outside my art room on a cement pad. There is limited space, so I was looking at purchasing a small metal shed to house it in. (5x6ft with 6ft ceiling). I've called Skutt and they said their only concern would be it getting too hot and shutting down. I was going to install 2 roof turbine vents at the top and fire with the doors open. Also, I'll be doing the majority of my firing during winter (which here is more in the 40-50 degree weather). It would be a Skutt KS1027 Kiln, a shorter/wider model. Does anyone have any experience with this? What would you suggest? and Thankyou!
  3. Hi There, I have an e23T L&L kiln. I have 1/4" holes in the bottom of the kiln. There are 2. I've been having trouble with bloating and pin holes during glazing. A colleague suggested I might need to drill a couple of holes in the lid to help with the air circulation. I read in the L&L manual not to add more holes. How can I tell if I need more holes or not? Thanks!
  4. I have a space I would like to fire in. 11x11, with concrete block walls, with a wood ceiling. I have thought to cover the wood with concrete board. It's a walk out basement area, so it only has a door to vent it, does any one have anything creative to vent the heat out of this space. I can put a box fan in the door way, short of that, I'm interested in any ideas.
  5. Hi all, I'm in Montreal and am wondering if people have had success with air purifiers in the studio. We have an air vent connected to the window which we use for sanding and glaze mixing (and for the kiln of course), but I'm talking about general dust buildup and air quality. Our studio has about 20 members (kind of works like a gym but for ceramics) so it gets dusty really easily. Do plug-in air filters/purifiers work to help take harmful dust particles out of the air? If so, which models do you all recommend? Low wattage is best as our electrical wiring is pretty sketchy and the fuse tends to break fairly often. Thanks!
  6. I am in the process of renovating a building for my studio. I am using a room in the basement for my electric kilns. There is a good sized window that is boarded up in that room. I have a kiln vent for one of my kilns, but I thought it might be beneficial to ventilate the room by installing some sort of exhaust fan in the window space. My contractor is suggesting an attic vent. This sounds like overkill and might be too noisy. Any suggestions based experience? Thanks! Elisa Stone
  7. I am setting up my own studio with an electric kiln and I'm looking at different venting systems. The most common is the down draft variety, but I am interested in feedback regarding a canopy hood. I have looked at round Vent-A-Kiln canopy hoods that pull down closely over the kiln when firing and raise up out of the way when not in use. They have the claims of being more efficient at eliminating fumes and heat. They overhang the edges of the kiln by 4-6" and come in either 265 CFM of 500 CFM. Does anyone out there use this system or have comment on the pros or cons of this system versus the downdraft system?
  8. I got lucky with this one and I wanted to post this as a reminder to folks to always check and make sure the kiln is FULLY in order before firing. My blog is about success AND failure so you get to learn from my mistakes. If I can help prevent one accident it is well worth the embarrassment. http://dreamsofearth.wordpress.com/2014/11/11/dont-let-this-happen-to-you/
  9. Hi I Need to buy a new kiln, and i was offer to install an orton vent master. Is it a good thing, what will be the advantages? or disadvantages? Right now i have a bathroom fan installed with a huge round ducking over the kiln. Will the colors of glazes change? Thanks Sylvain
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