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toxic oxides

updated thu 7 jul 05


mel jacobson on wed 6 jul 05

my rule of thumb has always been:

if i am using it, i am in charge, and i can
take the proper precautions...i use it.

i will not have barium and manganese or lead in
a public teaching arena that any dork can use, any
way they think.

just like letting folks use my chain saw.
i don't.
i don't ask strangers to open my bee hives.
i do..rather easily.

i just gave mike norman 25 pounds of lead.
he will make some decorative sculptural pots
with bright glazes. he knows what he is doing.
not at all a danger. and, it is out of my studio
storage area. good solution for me.

as with everything.
knowledge, understanding and care.
rules for running a pottery.

same for firing an electric kiln.
understand and trust your experiences.

no need to stare at it for 10 hours.
just know it is on.
and buy a really good kiln, with good relay systems.
it will work for a long time. without failure.
(thanks to that canadian potter and his post about
good relays...i know he is more than correct.)

folks never think of their water heater or furnace going on and off
for 40 years without checking...and are frightened out of their brains
with an electric kiln. calm down, use good sense.
from mel/