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How to make food safe enameled and painted ceramics
Glazing and painting pottery can be a fun hobby, but certain precautions must be taken when creating pottery to be used for eating and drinking. Many types of ceramic enamels and paints are dangerous to use on plates and cups, because the harmful chemicals contained in these solutions can potentially be released into food or drinks, which are then ingested by the people who use them. This causes poisoning that could be fatal. As a precautionary measure, the Ceramic Arts resource on ceramics suggests avoiding crackle, matte, or homemade glazes on ceramics that will come in contact with food or drink.
Choose ceramics that do not have designs with cracks, accidental cracks, crevices or nooks and rough areas. Pottery with these elements can be “difficult to enamel thoroughly,” according to the ceramic resource Orton Ceramics. If you are making your own pottery by hand, do not etch artistic cracks, indentations, or recesses in the surface of cups, plates, bowls, or other utensils intended to contain food or drink.
Buy paint and enamel to apply on ceramics that are food safe. Most manufacturers of paint and glaze for ceramics clarify on the labels whether these products are food-safe or not. If you can’t discern whether a specific paint or enamel is food safe, contact its manufacturer. The use of safe enamels and paints is imperative since acids such as vinegar, tomato juice, and orange juice can dissolve certain types of enamels that are not safe. In contrast, food grade enamels have passed acid tests and are safe to use on ceramics that will be in contact with food and beverages. Avoid lead-free enamels, unless indicated as food-safe, and those containing barium, chromium, or lithium.
Completely cover your ceramic with food-safe enamel, making sure the entire piece is sealed with it. Visually inspect the ceramic surface after glazing to make sure it is completely covered. If not, repeat the process until it is completely lacquered with enamel. Continue your enameling with your food grade paint.
Cook your ceramic correctly. This includes baking the cake before applying food safe enamel and paint. If the sponge cake is poor, “it can create problems with the enamel and the adequacy of the piece that result in cracking of the enamel or defects in the surface of the same, such as small holes,” according to Orton Ceramics. These problems are not acceptable for the ceramic that will contain food and beverages. After the enamel is fired, it must cure properly to meet food safety standards.
Since ceramic paints and enamels can vary, it is important that you read all instructions before enameling and painting your pieces.