A choice we made upon starting laNeva Tile: All of our glazes must be lead-free and rated as AP-non-toxic. All of them. No exceptions. Okay, here's the dilemma: While the industry is reformulating many glazes to be lead-free, there are still a lot of glazes out there with lead and cadmium in them or they are still considered a "toxic" glaze (or rather, not "non-toxic) because they contain other elements with a known health risk.
There is yet another problem when the glazes meet the non-toxic requirements when used as a brushed-on glaze, but not when sprayed. Inhalation risks are great with sprayed glazes and any dry glazes. Lead-free or not. (Spraying is not an issue for us because we brush all of our glazes. Glaze overspray isn't good for people or the environment, period.)
An even further problem is that some of the coolest, richest, most dramatic glaze colors are made from heavy metals, including lead and cadmium, the exact elements that make these tiles not fit with our business model.
We have an awesome (and I don't use that word lightly) launch coming up and we're working on glaze formulations and selections like madwomen* here. The challenge is to find glaze formulas that create gorgeous laNeva-worthy colors that all fit in with our lead free and non-toxic glaze model. So, stick around for a truly fabulous, richest, bestest new glaze color launch you ever did see - all lead free and non-toxic - early next week.
*Yes, for those of you wondering, we are all women at laNeva Tile ;)