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Does anyone have any Cone 6 Albany Slip Recipes? I have a bucket labeled "Albany Slip" that I've had for 20 years and I got it from an old woman who could no longer work with clay for health reasons so I think it may be the real thing. I have heard there are a few yellows you can only get with Albany slip. I'd like to test out some recipes to see if it is in fact Albany Slip.
I inherited a small amount of Albany slip and Barnard Blackbird slip in powder form - about 2 cups of each. I am working with stoneware and firing at cone 6 in an electric kiln. As I am new at this, are there easy recipes for these two slips anyone cares to share? These slips are best applied to wet, leatherhard or bisque ware?
I found some bentonite/kaolinite purple colored clay along the local river bed. So I dug some, slaked it, sieved through a 40 mesh. The clay shrank 16% when fired and melted at cone 5 into a "dog poo like pile" of brown yuk. Not very good for building. But I made a terra sig slip from it and applied it to greenware - Laguna half and half. It did not do anything in the bisque firing, but at cone 5 it created a chocolate brown semigloss Albany-like glaze which breaks over the ridges to a lighter tan. It also has flecks of yellow to green. I want to use this as a base glaze/slip but would love suggestions from the audiance, experts, critics, etc. on how to tweak this into a good product. When dipped thin the glaze is a buck skin semi transparent color. Jed
I am newish to the forum (although was staying away for some time because every time I tried to use the site my computer blocked intrusions) and getting back into clay after about seven years off for raising kids/recovering from advanced Lyme disease. As I am youngish, I was not around when Albany slip was readily available. It fascinated me even before I lived in Albany. Before stopping potting, I experimented coating some items with Albany slip substitute in a wood kiln and got some neat results although now I am limited to an electric kiln. I live in the city of Albany with a nice double-lot of hard to garden clay, which I am assuming is likely similar in profile to Albany slip (I live about a half mile away from the mine). I of course plan on experimenting with it but don't know much other than that it fluxes a lot and has a lot of iron content. I have a lot to learn in general in the glazing aspect of pottery. My impression is that Albany slip is somewhat versatile, so what would you do with it? My husband had the idea of getting clay from different areas around Albany and comparing it as we do have friends on the streets surrounding the old mine. If this topic is boring and not fun, feel free to let it die....my last topic got voted 1 star which I thought was hilarious as I was just trying to make sure I wasn't going to melt my garage floor.