Lead-Glaze Pottery In Mexico - A National Problem

Published on May 31, 2013
Channel: Pure Earth
Source: Youtube

This news piece focuses on a national problem in Mexico - the traditional production and use of lead-glaze pottery. An estimated 50,000 ceramics producers in Mexico use lead-based glazes. Toxic lead from the process pollute the community. As a result, lead blood levels for locals in some cases are five times higher than the international standard, producing irreversible neurological damage in children. Blacksmith is working with Fondo Nacional Para El Fomento De Las Artesanias (FONART) to combat the threat posed by lead-based ceramics glazes in Mexico. FONART is a government agency that has been successfully working for years to remove lead from the country's large artisanal ceramics industry. www.blacksmithinstitute.org