Ken Horstman Studios

Happy New Years

Happy New Years and Welcome back  My New Years Resolution is too get back to my regular weekly postings.  So please come back weekly to see the news from the studio.


Air Filtration Redo

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



Another You Tube Suggestion

Another in a series of You Tube channels that I subscribe to and suggest you give a try as well.  You probably heard e mention many of these before.  I don’t follow any one on any type of social media so with a little research you can easily find them.  

I’m not including any Bio info or why I enjoy these I think it’s best to watch several to see if it’s what you may find useful ib your studio practice 



Singleton Pottery

Link to their main You Tube Page

Link to a recent video Throwing a Pottery Cookie Jar

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