Question: Is all Hull pottery marked?

Hull pottery is a popular collectors item, often imitated. Know that Hull pottery has two sets of markings: pre-1950 and post-1950. The pre-1950 pieces are marked: HULL USA AND HULL ART USA and may have a paper label as well. Post-1950 pieces are marked: HULL in large script or block lettering.

Why are terracotta pots bad?

Yes, terracotta pots are safe and suitable for vegetable gardening but thoroughly sterilize the pots before planting. Since terracotta is porous, it tends to absorb harmful chemicals or moisture. This way, it can contaminate the soil and present food safety issues.

How do you tell if pottery has lead in it?

Test the pottery. Consumers can buy lead-testing kits in hardware stores or online. The kits contain swabs with instructions on proper use of the swabs and reading of the results. In most cases, the consumer will rub the swab on the food-contacting surface of the pottery.

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