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air quality

updated sun 11 nov 07



I have done enough study of air quality to know that we have to take things
like that seriously. I live in a rural county, but it has lots of industries,
and some of the most polluted air in the country. Call the American Lung
Association if you aren't convinced that we need even tighter air quality rules
than even the EPA is calling for. What we are finding here, is that big, pol-
luting industries are relocating in rural areas to get away from regulations.
There are so many more people here now than there were when the ancient potters
built their bonfires, that at some point, we do need to find new ways of doing
things. Unless individuals regulate air quality, the state will have to do it
for us. We all do breathe the same air. If we can cut back on our use of
the automobile, and simplify our lives, hopefully the future skies will be
clear enough for those potters who wish to fire with wood etc. But to insist
that air pollution isn't a problem, is a blindness of the highest order.
Sincerely, Jeanne Melchior. Having trouble breathing today in beautiful but
overly polluted rural Southern Indiana.

Larry Kruzan on mon 5 nov 07

Hi all!

I am doing my best to keep my studio a healthy place to work in=2C hosin=
g the floor=2C moping=2C vacuuming with a very high end hepa-vac system=2C=
running a air filtration unit and spray booth that is vented outside=2E=
Still I wonder about air quality=2E I know we work with mud =96 and =
face it =96 it=92s dirty but how much is too dirty=3F =


During long glaze sessions the floor becomes a real mess (I=92m sloppy I=
guess) and because of the wheelchair dragging it around the whole studi=
o is soon a mess=2E I normally keep the floor wet during these times to=
keep dust down and clean out the traps afterward=2E So what do you thi=
nk is =93safe=94 and how do you judge if you are doing all you can to be=
safe=3F =


Larry Kruzan
Lost Creek Pottery

John Sankey on tue 6 nov 07

"So what do you think is 'safe' and how do you judge if you are
doing all you can to be safe?"

If I can smell it, it needs cleaning! If I can see it, especially
if it tracks out of the studio, ditto.

(see for my background)

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Myrna Figueiredo on sat 10 nov 07

a good solution i think is not removing, but adding saw dust or shavings.
keeping it a little bit damp will minimize the air born dust and make it
easier to sweep afterwords.