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#1 Natania


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Posted 14 August 2013 - 07:03 AM

I have noticed a bit of a trend of glazing white clay functional pieces on the inside only. I like the look, but won't the outsides of the pieces (which remain unglazed when finished) become dirty and grubby-looking after a few months of use? Am I missing something? Doesn't this draw-back significantly impede its functionality in terms of aesthetics? What do you think?

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Posted 14 August 2013 - 07:34 AM

I would have to agree. Theoretically if the bare body is vitrified it should resist absorption...but the rough surface would tend to resist cleansing , IMO.
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Posted 14 August 2013 - 07:58 AM

I agree as well, but I think some people go for that patina. T

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Posted 14 August 2013 - 08:38 AM



I have adopted that trend for only my porcelain Cone 6 or higher where I know the body has vitrified, I wet polish the outside of ware with silicon carbide papers because I love the smooth eggshell finish of a polished piece.  


Yes it can still get grubby after a very long time but I use a green scrubby pad with a fine pumice powder cleansing liquid (I don't know US proprietry brands) and it cleans them up nicely.


I glaze inside and out for earthenware and stoneware bodies..



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Posted 14 August 2013 - 08:55 AM

I don't think it is a trend. Sometimes a piece needs a glaze, sometimes it doesn't.



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Posted 14 August 2013 - 08:20 PM

I didn't realize it was a trend either. I have made many a yunomi, guinomi, with only inside and lip glazed , and even more with outside only partially glazed.

The contrast of unglazed clay, with glazed clay is pleasing visually, but rewards greater in tactile perspective.

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#7 Diane Puckett

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Posted 14 August 2013 - 09:08 PM

I have heard lipstick can cause permanent stains, something to consider in making cups.
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