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I purchased online a ceramic drinking fountain for my cat . I opened it up to find a portion of the fountain was not fully glazed. It is rough and chalky to the touch so I know it is not just a color distortion . My question is
Is this safe to use as a drinking fountain? It seems to me it should be fully glazed and I remember reading somewhere about cups with unglazed portions  for us humans being unsafe.....any info would be helpful
thanks

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Dear Laura,

Thank you for your recent question. My apologies for the timeliness in the answer. Since your drinking fountain is for your cat, my suggestion is to wash the fountain to remove any chalky residue. This is most likely due to the piece being fired in an area of the kiln where it was cooler. Next, purchase a can of clear spray paint and several light coats over the area. Be sure and overlap onto the glazed area so that the glaze and un-glaze edges seal. Let each coat dry before applying another.

Once completely dry, your fountain will be good to use. If you wish the un-glazed area to match the glazed area, purchase spray paint to match.

This is only good for functional products for animals, not for human use and should only be used with water.

I hope this helps you. If you have further questions, please feel free to contact me again at any time. I am always at your service. Good luck!

Sincerely,
Ms. Ti Phillips
Earth Stoke 'N Fire Pottery Studio and Artist Retreat
www.earthstokenfire.com

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Will answer any questions on hand building, wheel, glaze, firing. Speciality questions to include those in glaze calculation and development, firing techniques. Please do not send questions on identifying pottery. Although I would love to add this to my question topics, I have a retreat to run as well as the studio and volunteering on AllExperts, and therefore do not have the available time to research indentification and marks. Thank you for understanding.

Experience

Experience includes 30 years in pottery design and education. Have taught online and studio classes worldwide for the last 20 years. Own a pottery retreat specializing in firing techniques. Have 12 years solid experience in glaze calculation and formulation as well as problem solving in glaze chemistry. I am the first potter in the United States to have developed a complete package of pottery equipment blueprints for a studio. The blueprints include wheels, kilns, studio furniture, wedgeboards, raku kilns, slab rollers, ball mills and studio tools.

Organizations
Alliance of Pottery Artists Worldwide Association

Publications
Ceramic Industry - PPP Wyndstryder Press - Pottery Journal

Education/Credentials
University of Sciences and Art's of Oklahoma, studied under Professor Jaymes Dudding.

Awards and Honors
Potter of the year with APAWA, various awards for showmanship and design.

Past/Present Clients
Available upon request.

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