I made new curtain walls for my pottery booth, which I will use at the ACC Baltimore show for the first time. My existing curtain walls were just fine, except that they weren't fire retardant. There are a lot of show venues, including the Baltimore Convention Center, where all of your booth materials must meet fire code standards. The exhibitor manual for this show literally says that a fire inspector is allowed to try to set your booth on fire, just to make sure they can't. The first time I did the ACC Baltimore show, back in 2007, I bought a gallon of fire retardant chemicals and treated all the fabrics in my booth. By the end of the show, my throat was burning from the harsh smell of the chemicals, and I was pretty sure I had shortened my life span by a little. I also never caught whiff of any fire inspectors. So since then, I've been doing shows with untreated fabric curtains, and just crossing my fingers that the fire inspectors wouldn't notice me. But not anymore. I found an affordable, white fabric from Rose Brand, a company that sells theatre backdrop supplies. It is made of fibers that are inherently fire retardant, rather than chemically treated. It doesn't smell like anything, and this also means I can wash and dry it without affecting the fire retardancy. Now I'm hoping a fire inspector will visit me!
Also, notice the name I applied to the backdrop. The name of my company is still Good Elephant Pottery, but from now on I'm going to use this shorter version whenever it makes sense. Such as when someone is standing inside my booth at any show, I think the word "pottery" will go without saying.
Mea Rhee (mee-uh ree),
American Craft Council Baltimore
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