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Posted 18 May 2013Hi Caroline - welcome to the forum and to pottery!!!!!! I'm a relatively new potter too and am fascinated by glazes. One of the problems with donations is that unless you can talk to the person who donated the glaze, you will be unable to have any sort of confidence that it is fired at the right temperature or what is in it.
As it is soap a soap dish, you could probably disregard the fact that you don't know what is in it and do a couple of simple tests to find out if it has the potential to 'leach' any dangerous things.
Take a slice of lemon and put it on the dish for a day. If when you remove it and wash it, you can see where the lemon was (a difference in colour/texture) then the glaze is not safe for food.
Soap, I believe is more alkaline however rather than acidic. You could try this with some soap - let it sit on the soap dish for a week or run it through the dishwasher 10 times which is highly alkaline.
Do you know for sure that the glaze is black and glossy?
Anyways, hope this helps.
Susan from Ontario
Posted 17 May 2013Case in point.
In Topic: Please help me choose between Thomas Stuart vs. Shimpo VL Whisper wheels. Stool suggestions are also welcome.
Posted 6 Apr 2013As a relative newby I've only used the Pacifica 400 series wheels. What are people's opinions of them? They seem to be a nicely priced option - we have 8 of them at our guild.
Posted 6 Apr 2013It's a Skutt Kiln - http://www.skutt.com/products/ks.html
Try giving them a call - they can probably help you identify the model.
Posted 29 Mar 2013Not sure if it's bad form to put another forum's post on here -apologize in advance if it is
Check out the aquarium sculptures in this:
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