Mason Batchelder on mon 26 apr 99
Your tales remind me of one on my mother-in-law(rest her dear soul)
I gave her a teapot in the '70's and mentioned it should be preheated with
hot water before brewing in it each time.When I went to visit her in Florida
I noticed she had it on the little wood stove on the enclosed patio/florida
room and the stove was hot.I immediately told her to take it offf as the
teapot was not intended as a teakettle just a teapot for brewing the boiled
water and teabag dipped into it.She poo pooed me and said she had been
boiling her tea in it for the last couple years..noooooo problems.Itried to
tell her just because it had been fired to cone 10 in the gas kiln did not
mean that she was correct in cooking with it on her stove.I feared it would
explode on her as a piece being refired that has not been sufficiently dried
before loading.She never changed and i had a hard time restraining myself
form "STEALING" it to protect her.
She died of other causes but I never felt well when she had it.
.I juried a high school art exhibit in the 70's and found they were having
an annual student fundraising drive using bowls all glazed in
cad.reds,yellows and oranges in the ceramics school kilns.I asked the
instructor to see the receipes when i saw the work and right on the bags in
bold letters were all the proper warnings against use for food
objects!!!!!!I TOLD THE INSTRUCTOR, THE PRINCIPAL , THE LOCALS IN CHARGE OF
ORDERING SCHOOL SUPPLIES, BUT NO ONE EVER TOOK ME SERIOUSLY, AT THE TIME, AND
I AM CERTAIN THOSE BOWLS WERE SOLD AGAIN THAT YEAR.
I can't tell you how many raku goblets and barium glazed bowls and caseroles
I have seen for sale over the years to mention a few.No wonder the media
every so often gives us ALL WORKING IN CLAY a black eye.
Even tho some may have issues over Monona's delivery style at times I feel
she serves an invaluable service to informing us for both our own sakes and
our customer's sakes.
My 2 cents worth.