Another consideration in the shop is footwear! Especially now that
summer is approaching, we sometimes see students and others come into
the shop on a really hot day wearing flip-flops or sandals. While
that bit of air flow might be nice, a hot piece of solder, splash of
hot acid pickle, or bit of hot wire dropping off the soldering table
will definitely NOT feel so nice.
Between the possibility of dropped hot stuff, dropped hammers, and
other hazards, a sturdy closed-toe shoe is always a good idea.
With regard to fabrics, I’ve become very cautious about what I wear
to cast since one time a couple of years ago. Went to the casting lab
from a dressy presentation at work, wearing a nice synthetic blouse.
Usually I bring a change of clothes, but had forgotten to that night
and really needed to get a couple of flasks done. Even though I was
wearing an apron, when I opened the burnout oven door, I clearly felt
the blouse “crisp”… the fabric moved on its own, tightened up, and
became stiff. I backed away VERY quickly because instinct told me
that the next step was “poof.” Had someone else cast those flasks for
me and have been very aware of clothing issues ever since.
Also, as a school with multiple forms of the arts in a single
building, many of the instructors warn students about what they may
have on themselves as “residue” from their previous class(es). For
example, a student going from woodworking to jewelry on the same day
may have sawdust in his hair/clothes; someone from printmaking may
have chemical fumes/residue in fabric; someone from drawing may just
have sprayed a flammable fixative on their piece and gotten it on
Just a few thoughts to help us all stay safe and sound.
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