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Use Of Barium In A Glaze

16 November 2014 - 04:56 PM

I have come across a great turquoise glaze recipe for cone 10 reduction. I know it uses quite a high percentage of barium carbonate. What exactly is the health concern with barium and food? What ratio of strontium can I use as a substitute for said barium? How do we know if strontium is safe for food vessels?

Use Of Plastic In The Studio

11 November 2014 - 07:47 PM

So, I opened up a new box of Laguna Danish White. The plastic was thick. The twist tie was new. It was like taking the plastic cellofane off a new pack of Players Light smokes-if I smoked. I also use large sheet of plastic to prevent my pots from drying out before I put handles on.

What would we use if there was no plastic? Wet straw? Blankets? How would we ship moist clay?


Do You Donate Your Work For A Worthy Cause?

22 August 2014 - 09:07 AM

I am frequently asked to donate my pottery to various charities. I was recently sent a letter on expensive paper, asking me to donate some work to our city gallery. I have now received a nice email from same director. I also get asked to give to the Folk Arts Council, which promotes local traditional dance. I also donate to the Manitoba Crafts Council.

I do not donate to the annual Women's Golf Tournament.

Where do you draw the line?

How much do you give? Do you see a benefit in promoting your work, or are you just a kind person?


Pizza Stone

26 April 2014 - 08:49 AM

A customer is asking for a pizza stone.This is a large slab tile used in an oven to bake a pizza.

The question; Is a bisque tile good enough or do you have to fire it to stoneware? Should it be porous, or should it be vitrified?

Anyone make these babies?

Not to be confused with the Rossetta stone, which is another animal altogether.


An Apology

29 March 2014 - 02:28 PM

Please accept my sincere apology for a couple of posts that I made this week. I corrected some spelling and grammar errors on two posts in this section. I have sent personal apologies to those people that I corrected. It is not my place to be correcting peoples' posts. I am a poster just like yourselves. I in no way wish to discourage anyone on this blog from asking questions. I also feel that in a lot of areas, I can be of help, as I am an advanced potter.

My head was getting a little too big, and people kindly reminded me that I was being gruff. I will not be correcting anyone's posts in future. We all make mistakes.

Sincerely, Tom Roberts.

aka TJR.