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crackled dinnerware

updated sat 30 nov 96


Doug Gray on mon 25 nov 96

I have one small plate that was made in Japan that I use all the time.
It is a typical celadon blue color, but has the most beautiful feathered
crackle pattern I've ever seen. In answer to your question about how
safe it is to eat off these plates, I think that it probably is not that

I have noticed that as I use the plate, the crackle pattern starts to
fade. At one point it all but disappeared. I was concerned, but after
a pass through the dish washer (I usually just wash by hand) the pattern
came back.

What that says to me is that the cracks were filling up with food
particles, grease, etc. Probably not very sanitary and probably a
disappointment to those who buy your work because of the glaze.

On the other hand, people have been eating out of less sanitary
containers for thousands of years. Some "primative" cultures use very
porous clay which is sealed by such means. Some cultures even soak
their wares in milk for a few days to speed up the process. The result
is unsanitary by our standards, but water tight.

My point, if there is a point to be made, is that selling dinnerware
with crackle celedon may not be the wisest marketing approach to use.
Having said that, I still use my favorite plate.

Doug Gray
Alpine, TX