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newbies! school teachers: regarding lead

updated sun 6 feb 05


Craig Clark on fri 4 feb 05

Just to add to what Lily has said. USING LEAD IN ANY MANNER BUT THE
The reason that I have responded in this manner practically every
time the subject has come up is because I watched a friend's fathe die,
rather painfully, in his late fifties. He had been a plumber. It was the
lead solder and fumes that got him.This is a risk that is easily
avoided. There is already enough of the stuff in the water table as it
is. Let's not add anymore please.
Craig Dunn Clark
619 East 11 1/2 st
Houston, Texas 77008

Lili Krakowski on fri 4 feb 05

Dear Newbies, dear school teachers, Sunday school teachers, and like =

Yo! Lead is a nasty, insidious poison , and it can kill you. It also =
can join up with other heavy metals you have ingested and give you heavy =
metal poisoning. I knew a house painter who died of it, three artists =
(a graphic artist and two potters) who became deadly ill from it. I =
hasten to add that the potters did pit firings or whatever in galvanized =
garbage cans and breathed in those toxic fumes as well.

The reason I am writing this is that sometimes there is on Clayart a =
spate of Big Boys in the Schoolyard talk. With both respect and =
admiration for the Big Boys--who really are serious scientific types-- =
this talk about how you CAN use this or that deadly material safely, =
about how everyone is over the top not to say hysterical about it-- is =
for the pros in costly, fully equipped labs only.=20

What I am telling you is this. Get one of the several books on safety =
in the studio. The Potters Shop sells them, as does your supplier. =
Read it, take it to heart.

If you are a normal potter--i.e. a clay person who loves clay, loves =
making pots, lives a nice quiet life--then stay away from the toxic. =
Yes, lead made beautiful glazes (sob, sob) Yes, barium was dreamy (sob =
hiccough sob) =20
Just forget these things exist and you will sleep better.

Will we face a time when to sell a house one will have to "prove" that =
there is no toxicity in it? No lead paint, no radon, no Heaven knows =
what? I expect so. May we have to prove the soil in the yard is all =
nice and pure? I expect so. Think on that.

Also think on this true if old story (I've told it more than once) A =
small pottery in California was driven out of business because someone =
who owned some of their pots had lead poisoning. The potter was dragged =
into court, costly process, lawyers, lost work time. The upshot? The =
pottery was fine, no problem, the client had been poisoned by lead from =
another source--but the suer had dragged everyone who was possibly =
responsible into court, and that is the name of that dirge.

There are plenty of wonderful materials to make glazes with. There are =
plenty of recipes for those glazes. Take that route.

Lili Krakowski

Editor , TIRADE, the Journal of Ridiculous Opinions

Ivor and Olive Lewis on sat 5 feb 05

Dear Lili,
Not sure if my little message on this one has reached you yet. I think
I suggested using alternatives and considering some of the other areas
where we are short on knowledge.
Better safe than sorry.
Look for unanticipated, unforeseen, unexpected and unintended
Never conduct an experiment from which there is no return.
Best regards,
Ivor Lewis.
S. Australia.