Care & maintenance of irregularly glazed teawares

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Re: Care & maintenance of irregularly glazed teawares

Postby debunix » Mar 27th, '13, 03:28

I like to see tea stains filling the crazing in the glaze, and if the tea stain creeps underneath the glaze subtly from the cracks, that's lovely too. But the buildup of superficial tannins that cover the subtle glow or bright shine of the glaze is less attractive to me, especially when it becomes very irregular through cleaning that removes it only on the high areas.

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Re: Care & maintenance of irregularly glazed teawares

Postby theredbaron » Mar 27th, '13, 03:54

Tead Off wrote:
theredbaron wrote:I am somewhat lost here.

Why would you need to remove the tea stains? The more you use them the more beautiful these vessels become. Just wipe them after use with a wet cloth.

This is definitely a matter of taste. Do you let tea stains build on your porcelain wares?



On porcelain i generally don't let stains build up, but those are very easy to clean. Porcelain does not have open pores either, which makes it easier. Anything else - unglazed pottery, or things like hagi is different. But that's just me.

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Re: Care & maintenance of irregularly glazed teawares

Postby Chip » Mar 27th, '13, 11:10

Tead Off wrote:
theredbaron wrote:I am somewhat lost here.

Why would you need to remove the tea stains? The more you use them the more beautiful these vessels become. Just wipe them after use with a wet cloth.

This is definitely a matter of taste. Do you let tea stains build on your porcelain wares?

+1. Some pieces I allow to build up stains, and some pieces I do not. It depends on what a particular piece ... says to me. :twisted:

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Re: Care & maintenance of irregularly glazed teawares

Postby edkrueger » Mar 27th, '13, 18:57

stain = sloppy
patina = careful
sloppy ≠ careful

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Re: Care & maintenance of irregularly glazed teawares

Postby debunix » Apr 17th, '13, 11:20

Thanks for the baking soda suggestion. Finally got to it with a couple of my lightly stained pieces and it worked beautifully, restoring the clean sheen to the glaze without bleaching the beautiful marking building up in the crazing or damaging the raised bits of glaze.

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Re: Care & maintenance of irregularly glazed teawares

Postby Poohblah » Apr 17th, '13, 15:31

deb, if you find a need to buff with cloth, you can always try using a chamois (high-quality microfiber is best) rather than a cotton towel. I've noticed that a good chamois does not tend to snag on things as easily as a cloth or towel.

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Re: Care & maintenance of irregularly glazed teawares

Postby debunix » Apr 17th, '13, 15:42

Another great suggestion, thanks. Will look into getting a few for my special bowls & cups.

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