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leaching of metals from glazes

updated sat 10 oct 98


John Hesselberth on fri 2 oct 98

I am interested in digging into what is known (theory, data, etc.) on the
leaching of metals from ceramic glazes. Can anyone give me a start on
literature references on this subject. I would be interested in books,
journal articles and theses.

Ron Roy gave me a start with the book Ceramics Glaze Technology by Taylor
and Bull ISB 0-08-033465-2 (1986). This is out of print, but I can
probably find a copy in some library somewhere. What other references
are out there? I tried to search the University of Michigan dissertation
files, but apparently they are not open to the public.

Thanks for any help you can give me and I'll be happy to publish a
"Bibliography" back to this group that sums up what I get.

John Hesselberth
Frog Pond Pottery
Pocopson, PA 19366 USA
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"The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed, and
hence clamorous to be led to safety, by menacing it with an endless
series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary." H.L. Mencken, 1925

Karen Gringhuis on fri 9 oct 98

John - what a laudable project! Sounds like you should earn a
doctorate yourself if you complete it.
Re: U of M (& probably other universities) dissertations -
try contacting University Microfilms on Zeeb Rd in Ann Arbor. I once
got for $$ a cc of a doctoral diss. from them - $20 sticks in my mind.
How about other universities w/ well known ceramic ENGINEERING schools
such as Alfred, U. of Illinois Champaign-Urbana? U. of MO in Rolla?

If you're REALLY SERIOUS, maybe contacting Frank Hamer via his
publisher for leads?

If you contact Scholes Library at Alfred Univ, ask for the
cer. engineering librarian (it may be Paul Cully) and see if he'll
help you.