Exploring the new studio space has unearthed previous tenants’ work, odd beach fired pieces, former flower pots, a large tupperware container of barium carbonate, and this:
I had no idea such a contraption could exist. I am delighted to find that it does, and that I have access to one. I have no idea what I would make with it, apart from very small things, or even how safe it would be to use (ventilation would be a problem, for a start…), but I think I’ve found a really fun post-Christmas thing to investigate.
 Barium makes very, very pretty glazes. It is also highly toxic, and while it is possible to make food-safe glazes containing the stuff, you will probably never manage a potter-safe glaze. I have no sweet clue what it’s doing in there. If whichever past co-ordinator hid it away wanted to restrict access to it, why not stash it in the office?