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dinnerware: crackle/raku ( now "france"!)

updated thu 2 aug 01


Philip Poburka on tue 31 jul 01

Dear Richard,

You mention...

> "French crackle"?
> give 'em a break! I know you got it from us in the grand old U of K, but
> I'm getting heartily fed up with the way "French" crops up as a derogatory
> term in the English language....
> I know, Andie - it's not your fault. This isn't aimed at you - neither am
> on some sort of PC bender. Just one of those buttons that get pressed.
> Richard
> Bournemouth UK seems really very seldom that it does...'crop up'.

As someone who is very fond of France and of the French People, and who got
to spend some weeks there long ago and I was happy as a bug... I would
notice I think, if it did crop up much...

But so far as things 'cropping-up'...the 'Dutch' seemed to have been the
ones most favoured:

As...a 'Dutch - rub'...a 'Dutch - wife'...a 'Dutch - oven'...a 'Dutchman'
(being among other things, a veneer 'patch' or other solid patch in Wood
A 'Dutch - baby'...a 'Dutch - courage'...'Dutch - treat'...'Dutch -
comfort'...'Dutch - out'...and 'being - IN - Dutch'...and occasionally, the
rather seldom but at least
sometimes mentioned of, the 'Dutch - Complaint'...

Anyway...long hot day, and I know there are several more...of 'Dutch' things
'in' English...or at least in 'American' English...that go way back...but
that's about all I'm good for just now. far as happy 'French' things...

One must not forget the 'French-Kiss'...The 'French-Braid'...the 'French -
Tickler'... the 'Menege-a-toi'...the 'French - plait' (well, that is maybe a
lot like the 'braid'...)
The 'French - Curve'...the 'French - Heel'...'Frenched' (as to set in ones
'headlights' in early Custom Car modifications...) 'French - Seams'...on and
on...pretty near all happy things.

Or, too - so far as those 'A.E.F' boys were concerned...the phrase from
the song, "How ya gunna keep 'em...back-on-the-Farm...after they seen


Las Vegas

----- Original Message -----
From: "Richard Jeffery"
Sent: Tuesday, July 31, 2001 12:39 PM
Subject: Re: Dinnerware: Crackle/Raku

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Ceramic Arts Discussion List [mailto:CLAYART@LSV.CERAMICS.ORG]On
> Behalf Of Andie Carpenter
> Sent: 31 July 2001 17:23
> Subject: Dinnerware: Crackle/Raku
> I would love an education in this.
> I have noticed the MFA Boston catalog selling raku dinnerware & what they
> call
> "French Crackle". I had been taught that both raku and crackle surfaces
> unsafe
> for food service of any kind, but they claim these are
> food/oven/microwave/dishwasher safe. Wish I knew if I could be using my
> crackles
> for food service.
> In another catalog I noticed pottery being sold as food ware that had a
> shiny,
> metallic surface (not oil spot, more like a metallic raku). I wondered
> leaching, but they seem to be selling lots of it.
> The paint-your-own-pottery place where I teach a summer camp class has
> dozens of
> people a day paint underglazes on coffee mugs, bowls, platters, vinegar
> bottles,
> even oven casseroles. These are then dipped in cone 08 clear glaze (which
> crazes
> the first time you pour hot coffee into it) fired, and sent home with
> Irresponsible? They say it's lead free, so it's safe, crazing or no. Are
> they ill
> educated because they are a small business? I have noticed Starbucks sells
> coffee
> mugs that are low fired, craze the second time you use them...and I
> heard
> of anyone dying.
> As much time as I spend worrying about crazing, making sure my crackles
> aren't on
> the inside of anything, and testing glazes for chemical leaching, I wonder
> if I was
> taught by a hypochondriac. EVERYBODY else seems to be selling this stuff -
> Any thoughts? Feel free to email me off list.
> Andie Carpenter
> Handful of Earth Pottery
> Lorraine Pierce wrote:
> > There is much handmade dinnerware with crackled glaze photographed for
> > glossy pages of food magazines these days. And many many people are
> > influenced and 'educated' by these beautiful pictures. This ware is used
> > both to sell products and illustrate artlcles. It would be extremely
> > productive if the new council could 'educate' the designers and
> publishers
> > in the serious error of their ways! This is not said 'tongue in
> > cheek', and I imagine many potters would find it hard to turn down a
> > commission that gave them this much exposure. Lori Pierce in New
> > Richey, Fl.
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