Yeah, I'm new around here. Been lurking for a while, but now I have a question.
Was messing around on the wheel one day, taking a break from working on a project for my ceramics class, and I came up with these. (This is after they've been fired, of course.)
They're earthenware, with majolica colors on the bisqued clay (no opaque glaze), waxed over the colors then dipped in gloss black and fired at cone 04. The rims on the cups and bowl have clear glaze.
I am in love with the contrast in the texture and gloss, but those properties pose problems with food safety and cleaning (the texture grabs fibers from a cleaning cloth). I tried putting a thin layer of the clear glaze on the surface of the plate, but it doesn't really seem like it's sealed very well.
Is there a way that I could maintain at least most of that contrast without having to worry that I wouldn't be making anyone sick from the colorants/bacteria buildup? Would a matte glaze do it?
I'm out of access to a wheel and kiln for the summer (the university doesn't allow it unless you're registered for the class, and I can't do summer classes), so I can't really try anything until fall. All the same, I'd like to have an idea of some different things that could work.
Thanks a bundle!