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  1. Like @Tyler Miller mentioned I chose terracotta since I am culturally very comfortable with how it is used as cookware :-) un-glazed. I however need to make sure it is not toxic and is "food safe" . Thanks to our discussion I have some good starting points w.r.t testing clay. I am not planning on selling cookware, I am planning on selling food, cooked+sold in clay pots.
  2. Well my use case is one-time. The plate is "not allowed" because it is difficult to clean and reuse . My use- case does not require cleaning and reusing. The fact that something is porous makes it difficult to reuse. But there is no reason it cannot be used at all , as long as it is not toxic.
  3. I think the first thing for me to do is try a few sources of clay , the one the one @Mark C. mentioned from southern Mexico sounds promising since someone is already using it for food so its likely good, maybe I will try a few terracotta sources. I think my big challenge is going to be finding a good clay source @neilestrick hmm the scratching :-) I suppose I am tempted to try one myself first . I see the point though.
  4. @Rae Reich yes you got it right , I intend to cook in it but also to possibly sell the food (with the cookware) . Hence I am not worried about things blowing up in people's faces only about selling possibly toxic food. Which is why I mentioned could i possibly just test the food for toxicity instead of the clay ?
  5. @Babs when I say is not my concern it is because I am not selling the pots as cookware :- )
  6. I am looking for more of a low flame crock pot like use (only for vegetarian food :-) ) So huge temperature changes or even high flames are not an immediate concern. The liability of the pot blowing up in a customer's face is not my concern. w.r.t liability my only concern is toxicity of the food and I am thinking I could just cook in the pot and test the food for toxicity instead of being worried about the toxicity of the clay itself ?
  7. I am overjoyed by the collective wealth of information I have received ! Thank you all ! @Mark C. the clay you mentioned from Mexico sounds like may be perfect for my application I as a first step to proceed I would like to get hold of it and experiment like Bill suggested. I will try to search the web for sources of the clay. Please do let me know if you are aware of any. @Min @Callie Beller Diesel sounds like I may have to do a lot more testing than I envisioned. Once I have things just the way I want , I will need to think about replicating it exactly each time to get things just right. Hmmm
  8. @Callie Beller Diesel thanks for your kind words. I have some experience making small/mid size pottery (cups bowls/pots etc ) and I am not looking to make anything that requires more than 5lbs of clay (at least for now) :-) . I am looking to use them for cooking/storing warm food. The clay I'd like to use is terracotta. I am looking to go into business hence am concerned about liability issues in particular esp since things need to be "food grade" I do not wish to glaze my pots.
  9. Thanks interesting take and its a good thing I asked :-) since I am a newbie !! However I was just focused on her test and results the pdf that says the clay has no lead , arsenic or cadmium .. I do not intend to source my own clay so I either buy from a source that can say that or do my own test and be able to say that.
  10. @neilstrick I would think the environmental impact is actually on the positive + for something I am trying to do , but thanks for bringing it out. I understand and appreciate your elaborate comment on flameware. I am wondering if the "non-toxic" label also means its food safe ...@Min mentioned @GreyBird would know where to get clay tested for lead, cadmium and barium. I suspect there should be a list of things it needs to be tested for to be "food safe" Here is something I would like to be able to say for my pots : https://miriamsearthencookware.com/about-miriams-earthen-cookware/know-your-food-know-your-cookware/
  11. Min Yes the clay will go rancid after a while so they are not meant for keeps (couple uses ) Hence I am not worried about durability etc . I am worried about aesthetics and chemicals that leach at high temperatures/normal temperatures. Do not want to be charged for lead laced food (or any other toxins ) or eat lead laced food myself :- ) Thanks a lot for indulging :-) I have not been able to find a place that will test this for me.
  12. I am planning to keep my pots unglazed since I want my pots to have pores and the glaze would seal that . Please do let me know if there are places that will test the fired pots for me . Min , I meant pots that go on stovetop.
  13. What should I be concerned about w.r.t. content of the clay if I am to eat from it or cook in it. I know lead and arsenic are to be tested . I do not so much worry about the dry clay but if I were to sell cookware I do not want to sell cookware that is potentially toxic and open myself up to lawsuits from consumers. I am looking to use terracotta.
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