“Once inside the lungs, it causes swelling (inflammation) and gradually leads to areas of hardened and scarred lung tissue (fibrosis).”

The Enviroklenz website explains: “There are a few practices that should become standard for you to perform as a smart potter to lessen your chance of developing Silicosis […].

“Providing an additional means of filtration to your pottery study can do the heavy cleaning that a simple HVAC system is incapable of.

“Quality air purifiers will capture the silica dust particle and retain them in their filters, which can significantly reduce a potter’s exposure to the silica, further lessening their chances of developing the illness.”

This story originally Appeared on Express.co.uk