I've been thinking a lot about glaze these past few days, trying to determine the right black for a certain project. Looking at these Mexican candlesticks, sublimely rugged, I can't help but think that lead must have participated in creating the finish. It is a tragedy that toxic substances tend to create the best finishes. While at Art Toronto this year, my companion and I sought to find a painting, from this decade, that arrested our attention. Time and again the label read 1980 or earlier. Is it that these works have stood the test of time, or is it that the paint was more toxic and so more engaging?