Mary, this is something I’ve been fighting for many years (wrong
things being taught). The problem is that once an idea gets into ‘the
system’, it is very difficult to get it changed, or have the proper
taught. It seems that when it comes to our “art” or our
"craft" we tend to operate on the basis of Myth, Superstition, and
Urban Legend. There doesn’t seem to be any rhyme or reason to some of
the things that are taught, only “it works for me”.
Fortunately, the ISGB (International Society of Glass Beadmakers) is
taking the right path. Every year at The Gathering, they hold a
Teachers Seminar. It is specifically designed for beadmakers who want
to teach. It lays out a course of recommended at the top
of which is safety, not only eye safety, but ventilation, safe
handling of fuel gasses, etc. To my knowledge, this is the only
course that is being taught on this subject world wide.
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