Art Studios

Whether you own or work in an art studio, or simply enjoy art as a hobby, you may be exposing yourself to chemicals and solvents that could potentially affect your health. Working safely means becoming more knowledgeable about the hazards of the media that you work with, making changes in how you select and handle your art materials, and creating a healthier environment to work in.

With constant exposure to products that have a high level of toxicity, Modern Alchemy Air Purifiers strongly encourages the use of an air purifier for any artist concerned about their health and well-being. By operating a unit with medical-grade HEPA filtration and deep-beds of specially blended activated carbon, you can help to protect yourself, as well as your fellow artists, from odours, toxic chemicals and most importantly, dangerous airborne volatile organic compounds.

Find out more about the specific air quality issues associated with the media that you work in, and their impact on your health:

Pigments
Water-Based Paints
Non Water-Based Paints
Dry Drawing Media
Liquid Drawing Media
Airbrushing and Spraying
Clay
Glazes
Kilns
Glass Blowing

Pigments

Pigments are found in oil paints, acrylics, watercolour paints, gouaches, tempera paints, encaustics, casein paints, enamels and epoxy paints.

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Water-Based Paints

Water-based paints include watercolour, acrylic, gouache, tempera and casein.

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Non Water-Based Paints

Oil paints, encaustics and tempera paints require the use of mineral spirits for thinning paint and turpentine for brush clean-up.

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Dry Drawing Media

This includes dust-creating media such as charcoal, chalks and pastels that are often fixed with aerosol spray fixatives.

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Liquid Drawing Media

This includes solvent-based pen and ink media and felt tip markers.

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Airbrushing and Spraying

Artists use many products in spray form, including paints, fixatives, retouching sprays, varnishes and adhesive sprays.

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Clay

Clays are minerals composed of hydrated aluminum silicates, often containing large amounts of crystalline silica. Sometimes, talc, sand, vermiculite, perlite, grog (i.e., ground firebrick) and small quantities of minerals such as barium carbonate and metal oxides are added to enhance clay properties.

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Glazes

Glazes used to colour or finish clay pieces are a mixture of silica, fluxes and colorants. Common fluxes include lead, barium, lithium, calcium and sodium.

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Kilns

At or above stoneware firing temperature, lead, antimony, cadmium, selenium and precious metals vaporize and the metal fumes can either escape from the kiln, settle inside of it, or on the ceramic ware itself. Nitrogen oxides and ozone can also be generated by the firing process.

The early stages of bisque firing involve the oxidization of organic clay matter to carbon monoxide and other combustion gases. Sulphur breaks down later, producing highly irritating sulphur oxides. Also, nitrates and nitrogen-containing organic matter break down to nitrogen oxides.

Galena, cornish stone, crude feldspars, low grade fire clays, fluorspar, gypsum, lepidolite and cryolite can release toxic gases and fumes during glaze firings. As carbonates, chlorides and fluorides are broken down, they release carbon dioxide, chlorine and fluorine gases.

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Glass Blowing

The art of glass blowing comes with its own set of health hazards. General ventilation may not be enough to adequately protect the artist from exposure to silica, lead, dry metal powders, toxic dust, and a variety of gases and fumes.

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Talk to Modern Alchemy Air Purifiers about affordable ways to help protect yourself from the multiple health hazards and potential long-term health risks associated with working in an art studio and with artist materials. Depending on the media you work with, specialty air purifiers such as the AllerAir AirMedic Pro 5 Plus Vocarb and the AllerAir AirMedic Pro 6 Ultra are possible choices for making your working environment a healthier one.

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