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petalite flameware, beware

updated sat 19 nov 05


Lili Krakowski on thu 17 nov 05

You're kidding, right?

Some decades ago petalite based clays were popular, and, yes, pretty,
because they fired a lovely orange in the electric kiln. They were sold,
made as flameware.

Then they disappeared...and as far as I know they did so because THEY ARE

There was a horrendous story in one of the clay mags about a woman who was
blinded when such a pot she was cooking in blew up. The potter was sued and
lost everything.

The notion that this clay body will be tested on family and friends shocks
Whoever seems to forget that the insurers of any victims will sue...even if
loving victims won't.

Call me chicken--at least I got my flu shot--I do not care. When Emily
Bronte wrote "No coward soul is mine" she was dying of tuberculosis, not
testing clay flameware on her friends. I AM A TOTAL CHICKEN when it comes
to testing stuff, or making risky stuff, etc,. in the privacy of my home.
There are industrial laboratories out there...let them do it.

I now can avoid taking unnecessary risks with a clear conscience!

Lili Krakowski

Be of good courage

2ley on fri 18 nov 05

You know, maybe I'm missing something here, but two things come to mind.

First, in many societies throughout history, clay has been used to cook in.
In Morocco they use a tagine over low flames, so I wonder at what they are
doing differently than we are.

Second, ignoring the issue of permeability for a moment, from what I've been
reading of pitfiring, pots that are fired high enough to really vitrify do
not withstand the thermal shocks involved. So, why are we insisting that
flameware be high-fired, other than the obvious concern for eventual
breakdown of the container.

Then again, how long do non-stick fry pans last?

Philip Tuley
just wondering