and safety is the responsibility of the potter
Ceramic materials in general are safe to work with provided
normal care and hygiene are observed. Certain materials and oxides
are potentially more harmful if used incorrectly and should be
handled with greater care, paying attention to the avoidance
of dust inhalation.
We recommend the following general precautions:
- Do NOT put
ceramic colours of any type into the mouth, or smoke or eat
while handling these materials.
- The work area should be well ventilated.
- Always store materials in accurately labeled closed containers.
- Always wear suitable protective clothing and change protective
clothing before eating or drinking.
- Pay strict attention to personal hygiene after using ceramic
- Keep the essential safety reference book for all potters
in your First Aid Kit. Potters Beware: Hazards Encountered
in the making, firing, and glazing of Ceramics, by Rosemary
Perry. Price $10.00, available from Cobcraft.
Remember it is the responsibility of
the potter to ensure their glazes on food containers are safe
for public use.