[PA-NJ Glassblowers] Update from Uroboros - suspension of colors made with Cadmium and Chromium
gaffer at glassblower.info
Fri Feb 26 20:17:05 EST 2016
Wow! It’s been quite a ride around here the last couple of weeks! If you haven’t yet heard, intense new scrutiny by environmental authorities on the potential for hazardous emissions from all colored glass makers in the US was launched two weeks ago, and started in Portland. While there are no tests demonstrating any hazardous emissions from Uroboros’ unique process, Uroboros has voluntarily suspended production of all colors containing Cadmium (yellow, orange and orange-red colors) or Chromium (greens, black, some browns & purples) while OR DEQ does more testing and analysis. We most certainly want to ensure our activities put no Oregonian’s health at risk.
This production suspension covers about 65% of our products and has already resulted in severely limited availability of them. We’ve really been scrambling to deal with the ramifications from this development, and we apologize for the impact on the availability of the colors you rely on for your work.
The good news is that we are still producing a lot of beautiful colors, like the Tom’s Pick pictured below, and are working on some new colors not based on these colorants which we plan to announce soon.
More info on the environmental issues can be found <http://uroboros.us12.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=5f04bc90637fd430526c17f5b&id=9f8e6b6838&e=afc4f91e89> here.
A little piece of blue heaven from our latest Tom's Pick.
Glass Artist Safety Concerns
With all the attention in Portland being paid to safety in manufacturing colored glass, we thought it would be a good time to post a reminder about safety in the studio. While many glass studio activities and materials bear risks, common sense and basic safety equipment will keep you safe. The primary risks with glass, other than cuts, are handling dusts from powder and food contact safety. <http://uroboros.us12.list-manage.com/track/click?u=5f04bc90637fd430526c17f5b&id=a14a9b159e&e=afc4f91e89> Find out more here.
Cure for the Suspension Blues
If news of the suspension of glass colors has got you down, we have some suggestions to cure what ails you. Remember after every storm there is a rainbow. Though it looks a little dim now, in due time, we’re confident we’ll come back brighter and bolder than ever!
Featured artwork entitled "Etude en Bleu" by Michael Dupille, who inspired this post.
Got the Blues?
Great. Go with it. Make this your “blue period.” It worked for Picasso! You’ll be right on trend with the Pantone Color of the Year Serenity and while you’re at it, don’t forget to enter yourself in our <http://uroboros.us12.list-manage.com/track/click?u=5f04bc90637fd430526c17f5b&id=a6c2d37e8e&e=afc4f91e89> Color of the Year Challenge.
Cadmium Red Alternatives
If you just can’t live without red, don’t worry, you are not at a total loss. Copper Red is your new best friend, and it's found in a number of our sheet colors, as well as being the basis for our Red Reactives.
o For Stained Glass Artists, these gorgeous fiery red <http://uroboros.us12.list-manage.com/track/click?u=5f04bc90637fd430526c17f5b&id=ff0745c8cb&e=afc4f91e89> Art Glass styles are made with Copper and are still currently in production.
o For Fusers, discover how alchemy meets artistry when you experiment with our line of Red Reactive products. Available in both <http://uroboros.us12.list-manage2.com/track/click?u=5f04bc90637fd430526c17f5b&id=33a1544d52&e=afc4f91e89> System 96 and <http://uroboros.us12.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=5f04bc90637fd430526c17f5b&id=601ba11073&e=afc4f91e89> FX90, opal and transparent. They come in a variety of forms such as sheets, frit (sizes F1-F5), stringers, noodles, and rods.
o Want to learn more about Reactive glass? Sign up for our upcoming weekend workshop with Cathy Coverley, April 15 to 17, 2016, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm and “Get Reactive with Casting and Fusing.” Learn tips and techniques on how to get distinct effects and colors that can only be achieved with Reactive glass. For more info or to sign up, <http://uroboros.us12.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=5f04bc90637fd430526c17f5b&id=155cfd6c3d&e=afc4f91e89> click here!
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