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School will not allow air drying clay. Why?

Discussion in 'Design and technology' started by senteacher20, Sep 5, 2020.

  1. senteacher20

    senteacher20 New commenter

    I started a new job this week in SEN. I had a meeting with the art co-ordinator regarding our Christmas enterprise. I said I would like to make clay coasters using air-drying clay. He told me it is not allowed in schools but was unsure of the reason.

    Does anyone know why? Google is letting me down on finding a reason.

    Thank you.
     
  2. cosybear

    cosybear New commenter

    As always with Google it is a matter of coming up with the right words
    This search
    air-drying clay safety
    brings up lots of links to safety data sheets, .which seem to imply it is safe to use

    The only thing that I could think of is that it may not be "food safe"
     
  3. Andy Mitchell

    Andy Mitchell New commenter

    Clay is a pretty inert material and particularly if you are obtaining form a ceramics supplier, can be guaranteed not to contain anything nasty I would have thought. My guess, as he does not know the reason for it being not allowed, is it goes back to a decision being made sometime in the past where there was an 'issue'. But that does not mean it was H&S one. I suspect they are frightened off the potential mess. Could it be to do with the environment you are hoping to work in? Clay work is really common in primary schools where they seem to manage perfectly well in non specialist teaching areas. You should continue to pursue this. It's certainly not acceptable for you to be told not to do it with there being no reason supplied.
     
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