Heavy Metals in Your Pottery

April 10, 2013 at 3:12 PM | Posted in A Conscious Life, Cobalt is Dangerous in Pottery, Heavy Metal in Dinnerware, Lead in Crystal Wine Glasses, Uncategorized | 1 Comment


My conversation with JR Page of Page Pottery is one that really makes you wonder.

There are no regulations on heavy metals used to make pottery, which thereby transfers itself into your food…

Whenever you put something acidic into a cup, on a plate or bowl– like tomato sauce, coffee, or even milk products– they “upload” the heavy metals into your food.

JR Page told us what to look for in pottery and how to avoid this daily, toxic poisoning whenever you eat or drink.

One of his suggestions was to find a smaller, hand-crafting pottery business and talk with the Potter directly. Find out their philosophy and how they are making their pottery. Secondly, when you “knock” on the plate, it should be equivalent to knocking on a stone and have a hard, “dunk” sound to it. If, on the other hand, it has a sound that is high and sounds more like glass when you knock on it, then it was low-fired and is most likely toxic.

Be careful of the fine china and crystal that also intoxicates your food and wine. JR told us that fine China is typically low-heat fired, and this poses a serious health issue.

Blue colored items are also to be avoided if they are not properly made. JR tells my radio audience what to ask for when buying pottery for your home or restaurant. The mineral Cobalt is used for most blue and green pottery, and this is highly toxic for human consumption.

Why is this not regulated? Great question.

Anything made by mass production in China is something to be very wary of, as heavy metals are typically used in most overseas mass produced china ware, pottery, coffee cups, etc.

Be careful. Your health is on the line whenever you eat or drink something acidic. Instead, find pottery that is safe for you and your family.


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