Pottery Barn White Ceramic Plate, Made In Portugal: 363 ppm Lead

White Pottery Barn Plate; hand crafted in Portugal.

When tested with an XRF instrument this plate came in as high as 363 ppm Lead.

There is a myth out there in the lead poisoning prevention community that WHITE ceramics are less likely to have lead.  This is just not true.  

I have tested hundreds of white ceramic pieces over the years and they have had varying degrees of lead. Click here to see more examples of white ceramics and their various lead levels.


To see the #LeadFree dishes I use in my home, click here.

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Tamara Rubin
#LeadSafeMama

3 Responses to Pottery Barn White Ceramic Plate, Made In Portugal: 363 ppm Lead

  1. Sparky November 20, 2017 at 10:05 am #

    How do you know that this is not As? If you are using the handheld XRF, it may not be sensitive enough to differentiate between the Pb L-lines and the As K-alpha line. You also need to report on As and Sb since they are also toxic.

    • Tamara November 20, 2017 at 3:03 pm #

      The Niton XL3T and XL3T GOLDD+ are really solid in their capacity to test for lead from my understanding. I have not heard anything to the contrary. This is an advocacy website about lead, so I generally only share the lead results (with a few exceptions.) I am not a lab. My children have brain damage from being poisoned 12 years ago.

      • debbie facinoil November 20, 2017 at 3:49 pm #

        Not that big of a concern to Potter Barn. Sorry about your children but they did not get poisoned by lead glaze on dishes? They were poisoned by lead paint from the 1970’s. That is sad but that is a whole different level of toxicity that is caused by lead in glaze. You fight needs to be about lead in paint and old homes. Keep on fighting about the paint in homes.

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