This course gives you all the information you need to run a studio safely, and also how to evaluate how much truth there is in some of the health and safety posts on social media and elsewhere.
You will learn about how to identify and resolve risks in the studio, through the whole making process from dealing with clay and other raw materials, through making and firing work to final packaging. You will understand how to identify any potentially harmful materials in the studio, and how to deal with them. You will also get to understand good working practice in the studio, as well as appropriate clothing and the use of PPE. You will also be shown resources that you can use to help decide whether something is a significant risk or not.
The course doesn’t deal with the specific legal responsibilities of having staff, or of running a teaching studio, though the health and safety aspects are covered.
- Eight live lectures with questions and discussions, lasting about 90 minutes each week - Recordings of all lectures for later viewing - Additional optional online course material, giving background info and greater depth - An end of course discussion session - Downloadable PDFs of all presentations - Premium level access to the Tech part of my web site, containing much more information, references etc. - Course completion certificate
You’re a maker in your favoured medium – ceramics, wood, metal, glass or whatever – and you want to make electric lamps.
This course will tell you everything you need to know beyond using your existing skills in making the lamp base – design considerations; bulbs, bulb holders and lampshades; wiring; testing; and all the standards and regulations that you need to conform to (covering UK and EU requirements).
Note that although I am a potter, the course is not centred round the use of ceramics (or any other material) in making your lamp base.
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You're a maker in your favoured medium - ceramics, wood, metal, glass or whatever ...
This course tells you all you need to know to make work that is safe for the user. This covers glaze stability and food safety, pots for the kitchen, and all the other aspects of producing good, safe, functional work. For those who make their own glazes, it doesn’t go into the glaze chemistry, which is now in a separate course.
All aspects of product safety are covered, giving you the underlying theory, the means to test pieces, how to improve the design, and the relevant standards and legislation.
A considerable proportion of the course covers making durable glazes, crazing, leaching and food safety. Attention is also given to all the items that may be used on the table or in the kitchen. Also producing pieces that are frost proof. And general considerations such as stability and waterproofness.
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This course tells you all you need to know to make work that is ...