JJHerb@aol.com on tue 3 dec 96
This will represent my final contribution on this frayed thread: the two
sentences below from my first post contain the points I was trying to make.
While I may have allowed it to be inferred, I did not write, in spite of
what some say, that a crazed pot ever KILLED anyone. I must admit that I
don t see it as much of a danger. About like the 170 ppb mercury in ball
clay. Let us now pause to read the quoted passages.
"I believe we should remove as many hazards as possible from the products we
produce. If your customers really want food poisoning, let them get it off
the salad bar at De**y s - not from a poorly executed pot."
This indicated that I was writing about food poisoning. The assumed dead
villagers were a tie-in to a previous post.
"It would be hard to argue against the impression that there are some number
of producing potters who don t know enough or who don t care enough to make
pottery that is safe to use. If that impression is true, then the
difficulties of selling "hand-made" pots can only increase with time. More
and more consumers will be confronted with so-called functional pots that
demand scrutiny and deserve skepticism."
This indicated my concern to be able to sell functional ware to customers who
have not been frightened or worried by incompetently produced pottery.
Potters of a certain age can testify to the difficulty of selling anything
during the Mexican Lead Glaze Mug Scare era. (1970?)
Finally, I hope, there have been a number of demands that I prove the truth
of a statement I didn t make. In deed some effort to challenge me to prove a
negative. It can t be done, so I won t try. But, consider this. The next
time you have to make that surprise trip to the small room on a urgent basis,
prove to yourself the source of your distress wasn t your famous tea cup,
your lovely celedon bowl, or the tuna hotdish inoculated by the crazed
casserole and further incubated in the microwave. Just a thought.
Kevin, probably won t stop, name calling is more fun at a distance.
Hluch - Kevin A. on fri 6 dec 96
Alas, we have come full circle and have concluded one thing:the risk of
illness and/or death in the everyday use of crazed pottery is not known.
Joseph, certainly by quoting yourself you are unassailable in terms of
accuracy and tenacity. However, that route to a reasonable conclusion
appears to be a dead end.
I also retreat to my first question...What is the danger of using crazed
pottery? Thus far, I have not received any information (anecdotal,
factual, statistical, or heresy) from anyone of the list that cites any
individual becoming ill from crazed pottery. If anyone has heard of such
a thing...please let me know.
I have it by good authority that manna falls from heaven and that evil
spirits can be driven from men into beasts. I have also heard that
cows can jump over the moon, but I would prefer to see or hear evidence
of this before I believe it.
In conclusion, if any of you have in your posession and are fearful of
becoming sick or dying from any crazed pottery created by the likes of
Chris Staley, Warren MacKenzie, Jeff Oestreich, Linda Christianson, or by
potters of lesser or higher abilities please feel free to UPS (I do not
accept C.O.D.) those objects to me. I will gladly dispose of them in a
thoughtful and judicious fashion.
In this way, we can finally rid ourselves of this terrible problem.
Kevin A. Hluch
102 E. 8th St.
Frederick, MD 21701
P.S. We can all be certain of lessening the chance of illnes by "washing
up" each time we use the wee room. And Joseph, this means you too!
On Tue, 3 Dec 1996 JJHerb@aol.com wrote:
> ----------------------------Original message----------------------------
> "I believe we should remove as many hazards as possible from the products we
> produce. If your customers really want food poisoning, let them get it off
> the salad bar at De**y s - not from a poorly executed pot."
> This indicated that I was writing about food poisoning. The assumed dead
> villagers were a tie-in to a previous post.
> "It would be hard to argue against the impression that there are some number
> of producing potters who don t know enough or who don t care enough to make
> pottery that is safe to use. If that impression is true, then the
> difficulties of selling "hand-made" pots can only increase with time. More
> and more consumers will be confronted with so-called functional pots that
> demand scrutiny and deserve skepticism."
> Joseph Herbert