Personal Safety

Contact with wheel :  Students with long hair should tie it back so that it can’t get tangled into the wheel while it’s spinning. Also, some of the wooden bats are wide enough to pinch your hands against the splash pan and/or give you a sliver while they are in motion.

Sharp tools in slop buckets or clay barrels :  Be careful inserting your hands into the center sinks or any standing slop buckets because they can contain sharp tools (razors, needles, knives) pointing upwards. Sharp items such as glass shards and needle points have also appeared in the clay periodically. Please keep this in mind and proceed into the clay with caution.

Slipping on wet floor : Spillage at the sink during cleanup can leave the floor slippery. Proceed with caution whenever the floor appears wet.

Access to upper shelves :         Use the step ladders provided by the studio to reach upper storage shelves. Do not stand on chairs, stools, wheels, benches, or other shelves to reach high areas since they are not intended for this purpose and may be unstable.

Tripping over obstacles : Brooms, mops, glaze buckets, mop pails are used by multiple students and may not be stored completely out of the travel path you’re used to. Each student should be sure to keep the aisles clear, but please be sure to keep your eyes open all the time to avoid tripping hazards.

Eye Protection: Do not use the studio grinder or Dremel tool without wearing the head mask or suitable eye protection.

High Speed Rotation:  The power mixers and grinding wheels can spin at high speed and with considerable momentum. Be very careful to avoid contact of the spinning shaft with loose clothing. Students with long hair should tie it back.

Extruders : The extruder handles are metal pipes that can protrude into the travel area near the wedging table while they are in use. They are not very noticeable and sit about the height of one’s forehead.

Kilns :       The surface of the kilns is very hot while they are firing and during most of the cooling cycle. The kiln temperature may not be apparent, so students are cautioned to keep a distance unless they are sure they are cool.

Sharp edges on Fired Ware :  Use care when picking-up or sliding ware around in the ware cabinet because some pieces may have very sharp edges around the foot.  This happens when glaze is applied too thickly and runs right off the pot during firing. The piece has to then be broken away from the kiln shelf to unload it, which often produces a sharp glass wedge.  

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2 Responses to Personal Safety

  1. Noah Procsal says:

    I know this if off topic but I’m looking into starting my own weblog and was curious what all is needed to get set up? I’m assuming having a blog like yours would cost a pretty penny? I’m not very web smart so I’m not 100% sure. Any suggestions or advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

    • Noah,
      The cawstudiopotter site is completely free to us. WordPress does charge a dime !
      All you need to do is follow the on screen prompts and start blogging. Sometimes the prompts are a little cryptic… but experiment with it…..eventually you’ll get it to work !

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