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  1. This piece (pictured below) I made is going to be an outdoor sculpture on display for a year. It's made with a clay that will withstand the outdoors. It is made from stacking sections of 7 or 8 attached donut-shaped flat rings. I'm wondering if anyone knows a good way for me to make sure it won't fall over or get damaged by people touching it. I'm sort of at a loss, as I wasn't expecting to be chosen, and now have to come up with a solution to make it extremely sturdy. I'm thinking of something that can run up the center, or maybe some sort of grout that I can use to attach the pieces (even though that will make transporting it afterwards extremely difficult). Any suggestions? I'm open to anything, because I only have a couple of weeks to figure this out, and as a grad student, I already have a lot on my plate. Thanks in advance.
  2. Thanks for the book and artist suggestions. Doing lots of research now! I really appreciate all the responses.
  3. Buff Stoneware Clay Body Recipe

    I'd love to purchase it, but I'm looking to get started ASAP, and it will take some time for it to ship. Thanks for the recommendation. I'll have to check it out in the future.
  4. Buff Stoneware Clay Body Recipe

    I live in Illinois. Also, I'm looking for a recipe as I make my own clay.
  5. Buff Stoneware Clay Body Recipe

    It won't be going outdoors. The concept for the sculpture is complicated, so I was trying to keep it simple. I'll be making a lot of relatively thick slabs, and I just don't want them to warp. I'd like very little shrinkage, but good plasticity. I just want a good sculpture body so I've been going back and forth between making an earthenware or perhaps a soft stoneware. I've used both for sculptures in the past. I was only leaning towards the soft stoneware because I came across more recipes with a buff color, but I'm having a hard time finding recipes with the materials I have so the simpler the better. I live in Illinois. I've had problems in the past with thicker slabs cracking even though I did a lot of tests/preparation ahead of time so I'm just trying to find a reliable recipe that won't be such a headache.
  6. I'm looking for a recipe for a buff stoneware clay body recipe. I'm going to be making a scupture from many large slabs, about 2-2.5 feet long, 5-6 inches wide, and between 3/4 of an inch and 1 inch think. I know I need a lot of grog to prevent it from warping. I'd like to prevent shrinkage as much as possible as well. I'm having trouble finding a very reliable clay body (perhaps one people making tiles would use)? I know many people have had success making large, thick slabs that don't warp, so if anyone has any suggestions for that process as well, that would be great. Thanks!! Oh, I should clarify--oxidation firing no higher than cone 6. Also, it could be eartherware too I suppose, I really can't make up my mind.
  7. Hi everyone, Thanks so much for all of your wonderful responses. Sorry it's been so long since I've responded. I got busy with, well, life. Going to do a lot more research before I begin. I do not have a pugger, but I have considered using an extruder. Need to upgrade mine though as it tends to rip the clay no matter what clay body I use. It's an ancient Brent model, which is why I asked about making molds instead. I'm just not as familiar with mold-making as I'd like to be. The books and recipe suggestions are extremely helpful, I'll look into them. Thanks again! Christina Warzecha (and to the post that asked where I am from: I am from Illinois, but I have Polish ancestors, hence the strange last name)
  8. My concept is this: I want to make an arch out of clay that will stand outdoors. It will be in the style of a triumphal arch, about 8-10 feet tall. I want it to be constructed from hollow, lincoln log style pieces. However, the issue I am having is how to construct the pieces so that they are all exactly the same because I have little experience with mold-making. I also don't know if it's possible to make molds for an outdoor sculpture because the clay would have to be different to withstand the weather and different temperatures. I guess my main question is, what do you think would be the best route for making identical, hollow, lincoln log styled ceramic pieces about 18 inches long and 4-6 inches wide?
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