[Clayart] earthenware dishes,

Kathleen Schultz k1claylady at aol.com
Tue Sep 20 15:47:11 UTC 2022

Thanks for your reply,Mel. I guess a tight fitting glaze could work.
Kathy Schultz 🌴

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> On Sep 16, 2022, at 6:53 AM, David Woof <woofpots at hotmail.com> wrote:
> Mel's simple answer can be followed by several additional simple answers.
> While true old-time earthenware was not formulated to be fired to vitrification, formulating a dense body coupled with, as mel said, a tight-fitting lead glaze and subsequent hand washing and towel drying serving well for an enduring earthenware.
> Let's also remember the terracotta architectural decorative works on the outsides of buildings and the
> terracotta tiles still gracing floors and walls all over the Mediterranean and Mid-east cultures.
> In many cultures, ancient and new, where earthenware was/is not glazed, pine pitch and various plant resins are soaked into the still hot from the fire pottery.   Soaking the vessel with Milk is/was also used, as the milk casein (a calcium phosphate) soaked into the vessel or dish body and so prevented absorption of liquids from food and beverages and subsequent leakage.
> Might sound unsavory and less than sanitary by some folks current thinking, but one might well read the label on a modern commercial food package or visit a Jolly Good food or meat packing plant before turning up the nose over what has sustained cultures for thousands of years.
> As of now I'm enjoying my stoneware production, but when the stuff coming down the pipe really hits the fan, I'm living on a mountain of earthenware clay and won't hesitate to roll out the kick wheel, mount up and make quality earthenware vessels of domestic utility.
> Come sit by my fire...we'll have some flax golden tales to spin.........from Shel Silverstein's "Where the Sidewalk Ends"
> Misneach,
> David Woof......................................................................................................................................
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> From: Clayart <clayart-bounces at lists.clayartworld.com> on behalf of mel jacobson <melpots at mail.com>
> Sent: Thursday, September 15, 2022 7:57 PM
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> Subject: [Clayart] earthenware dishes,
> the simple answer may be...a tight fitting colorful glaze.
> I am sure that a great deal of those dime store dishes had
> lead based glazes.
> Think of all the small hand made dishes made by school kids.
> Glazes from AMACO.  Kilns fired to like 06-08
> Remember flesh colored glaze and band aides.???
> Many of those treasures are still in boxes in attics all over
> America.  (and think of the U.K., Earthenware was very popular.)
> Those dishes were cared for, hand washed and dried with a towel.
> I can see those lovely tea cups, hand painted flowers.
> I have wanted to spend a year just making colorful earthenware.
> I might just do that.
> mel
> A memory:  Sharlene and I drove up the East coast of England.
> Stopped at Fred Nettleship's home. (cane handles.)  Yarmouth.
> Had tea in soft pink cups, earthenware. He was a lovely man. His wife poured tea.
> A note from Fred. "May our crafts blend together with beauty and
> harmony".  Fred.
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