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This Weeks News

This week is the annual NCECA (National Council for the Education of the Ceramic Arts)  This year it’s a virtual conference with Rivers Reflection Reinvention as its’  theme.  Register Here   It’s always a great experience and a lot to see and learn from.  I hope when we can go back to having conferences in person they leave a virtual option open so folks who may not be able to make the trip can still take advantage of all the experiences it offers. 

Diamond Core Tools which have a variety of craving/trimming as well as diamond pads is offering a  10% discount during the conference with code DCTNCECA202 .  I am not an affiliate site I just like and use their products.

See you in the next blog


Recently the world has seen many disasters of all kinds from hurricanes, 

COVID 19, to most recently power outages and plumbing break downs, and water shortages.   

There is an organization that helps artists from disasters that may effect their incomes.   They also provide information and resources : such as “Studio Protection: The Artist’s guide to Emergencies”  and many more.  

The Organization is CERF+ (CERF PLUS) you may recall they were formally called Craft Emergency Relief Fund.    Please go to their website for resources if you need assistance or would like to make a donation.

As always please join my mailing list by going to my contact page and I will see you in the next blog

Air Filtration

Recently I read an article where lung cancer in non-smokers is increasing in the United States and people aren’t being tested for it as it’s generally not considered a risk.  As potters/ceramicists we may have an increased danger from free silica in our studios. 

We use a Molekular air purifier in our house.  We love it but it may not be heavy duty enough for the rigors of a studio.  (I’ll put the links below)

Bailey Pottery Ceramic  Supplies and Pottery Equipment sell air filtration systems.  (I’m sure other pottery equipment stores do as well I just haven’t researched them) 

Matthew Kelly Pottery uses Environklenz in his studio and speaks of it in a video.

An inexpensive temporary solution comes from Ask This Old House where they use a box fan and air filters for a solution in work shops.  

Keith Brown Maker of Things has several videos on his You tube Channel  Rag ‘N’Bone Brown  for dust extraction.  It’s a great DIY woodworking etc… channel.

Bailey Ceramic Supplies and Pottery Equipment

Matthew Kelly Pottery

Keith Brown Maker of Things “Rag”N”Bone Brown”

Ask This Old House Video

Please do your own  research, use the links below and find the solution best for your shop.  See You in the Next Blog

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