Safety Hazards Associated with Ceramics

  • Dust
  • Slip and Trip
  • Heavy Lifting
  • Exposure to Chemicals
  • Fire / Burns
  • Cuts
  • Electrical Exposure

What MudFire Will Do To keep Us all Safe

  • MudFire Staff clean each day around member cleanups as well as their own work areas. MudFire uses wet cleanup methods. You may sweep leather hard clay. If you accidentally spill dry clay - Do not attempt to clean up any dry clay without asking a staffer for help with a wet clean up.
  • MudFire provides clean mops at multiple stations, and a variety of buckets and sponges.
  • MudFire changes filters 1 time per month to prevent dust.
  • Clays are labeled as well as signage in the studio regarding silicosis warnings and guidelines to do any sanding of greenware or glaze outside.
  • MudFire utilizes rubber mats near sink areas, a wet caution sign when inclement weather brings extra water near our outdoor areas and kiln room.
  • MudFire has followed guidance from the fire marshall to create a safe path in the kiln room along with areas marked for staff only. Kilns are ventilated for safe passage in the kiln room, by kiln vents as well as an overhead draw fan and two open doors.
  • MudFire has a closed toe show policy suggested everyday but enforced if you are firing raku or soda kilns. If you are not dressed appropriately with long sleeves, long pants, and closed toed shoes you will not be allowed to participate.
  • MudFire has safety gloves, tongs, goggles, etc if you are working on a project that requires those - please ask.
  • MudFire staffers wear appropriate N95 or P100 rated masks and gloves when mixing glazes, and when sieving to minimize exposure to any raw materials.
  • MudFire does not use toxic materials in glazes (lead, barium, etc..) Any glazes marked not for food are marked as such because of soft surfaces, crazing, or other such glaze defect or use of colorants in too high an amount for functional glazes.
  • We keep a well lit studio to provide high visibility. For this reason if the power is out the studio must close.
  • MudFire provides a designated snack area and outdoor patio for eating. Please do not eat at your wheel, hand-building tables, or slab rolling area.

What members are expected to do to keep us all Safe

  • We recommend synthetic fiber aprons where possible. If you use a cotton apron please take it home to launder regularly, as well as any towels used for throwing. Cotton absorbs more water/clay so it is a good option if washed regularly. If you know that isn't your thing - bring a polyester apron instead.
  • Clean up your personal shelf and cubby 1 time per month. If we see that your cubby/shelf area is getting too dusty we will issue you a studio warning. If 3 studio warnings are issued you will be asked to leave MudFire. 
  • Please clean up as instructed during your first visit. This includes your wheel, surrounding area (floor and table), all tools you used and any common studio space. Please reserve 15-20 minutes to adequately complete this process.
  • If you need help carrying a large object to the kiln room we have carts and will also help you. If you need help carrying your clay to your work area please let us know.
  • Wear close toed shoes with good traction. 
  • Keep hair, long necklaces, and cords out of the way when you are throwing on the wheel.
  • Please do not pass the safety boundaries in the kiln room. We have used signage and cords to mark staff only areas in the kiln room. 
  • We recommend an N95 or P100 dust mask or respirator if you will be spraying glaze, working outside with any dry glaze or clay, and if you are working with a staff member to mix any dry materials.
  • Do not bring in outside glazes or materials.
  • Do not stuff work with paper or any combustible material.
  • Do not use heat guns or torches on any wooden or plastic surface.
  • Please do not break any work in indoor trash receptacles. Sharp points in plastic bags can hurt our staff.
  • Do not throw blades or glass into said trash areas.