Earl Brunner on sat 26 may 01
I am adamant with the students in the art cneter where I supervise, that
they not put unsafe glazes on any pot that may EVER be used for food.
The problem is, that once sold (or even given away) little disclaimers
on paper or otherwise do not travel well. That is, they seldom remain
long with the pot. You CANNOT control how pots are used once they leave
The bottom line is that finally I removed most harmful (the more serious
ones) from the lab, and from most glazes. Some I suspect may still
leach, but I have tried to minimize the risk, by excluding entirely, the
more dangerous ones. However we still use copper carb and cobalt some.
Nothing is entirely risk free, but since they won't listen to me, I
removed the glazes.
Carenza Hayhoe wrote:
> A difficult question because I understand that in the UK a visit from a
> Trading Standards Officer or Health Inspector might be very embarrassing -
> whether for the gallery owner, or maker I am not sure and I should find out.
> All work from my gallery is sold with the statement "Bought as seen" but I
> fear that is probably no safe guard in law. Smoke fired pots are sold with
> a card stating they are porous and not suitable for food and where I know
> that a piece has a dodgy glaze and might be used for food I also attach a
> warning - but one doesn't always know!
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "John Hesselberth"
> Sent: Friday, May 25, 2001 1:17 AM
> Subject: Re: An ethical question
>> Hi Jennifer,
>> The vinegar test might work on this one too. Then you don't get bogged
>> in the safety questions for which there are no hard answers. It is not
>> unreasonable to expect, though, that functional pottery should be durable
>> exposure to mild acids like they might see in use. Try it on a few
>> questionable pieces see what you get.
>> Regards, John
>> Web site: http://www.frogpondpottery.com Email: john@frogpondpotterycom
>> "The life so short, the craft so long to learn." Chaucer's translation of
>> Hippocrates, 5th cent. B.C.
>>> From: Jennifer F Boyer
>>> Reply-To: Ceramic Arts Discussion List
>>> Date: Thu, 24 May 2001 12:11:21 -0400
>>> To: CLAYART@LSV.CERAMICS.ORG
>>> Subject: Re: An ethical question
>>> Our feet are
>>> stuck in the mud, because we know of no other galleries that
>>> have glaze safety critieria. Does anyone out there deal with a
>>> gallery who has such a policy?
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