I know that Fiesta makes colorful lead-free china in the US. Are there other sources — here or abroad — that guarantee no-lead glazing? Years ago, I did a Canadian-made chemical cotton swab test — the pieces were supposed to turn a certain color if lead was present. As a result, some of my nicest hand-thrown pieces (and a few store bought ones) were suddenly deemed "display only." Then I read more recently that those tests, which are still around in hardware stores, aren't that reliable. There used to be an extensive list of lead-free china/stoneware/pottery by manufacturer and pattern online, but I can't find a current list now.
My dishes, although labeled "dishwasher/microwave/freezer safe" in 1987, weren't really made to withstand the machine power of the 21st century. I'm thinking of investing in Heath Ceramics, but couldn't find anything about the lead content of glazes on their website. I'm open to other manufacturers and artisans too. Does the EU have higher standards than the US? Other places? Suggestions?
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