In the past 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. Also as potters and ceramicists we are at risk for silicosis which is a form of occupational disease caused by inhalation of crystaline silicadust. It is marked by inflammation and scarring in the form of nodular lesions in the upper lobes of the lungs. (Wikipedia)
We use a Molekular air purifier in our house. We love it but it is not heavy duty enough for the rigors of a studio.
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.
Please do your own research, use the links above and find the solution best for your shop. See You in the Next Blog