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#1 savant

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Posted 07 May 2010 - 08:28 PM

What do ya'll think? If I fire earthenware and stoneware both to ^06 which will be most durable?
I want to burnish the piece, bisque fire it then smoke it in a metal can, which of these, earthenware or stoneware,
will take the smoke better?

#2 earthartam

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Posted 12 June 2010 - 09:21 PM

What do ya'll think? If I fire earthenware and stoneware both to ^06 which will be most durable?
I want to burnish the piece, bisque fire it then smoke it in a metal can, which of these, earthenware or stoneware,
will take the smoke better?


Beware! Some earthenwares will melt into a puddle at ^6, while some stonewares will not mature at that temp. If you burnish an earthenware piece, then fire it to ^6, it will lose most of the shine, though it will still be relatively smooth. If you fire to ^6, the clay closes up too much to accept the smoke from a pitfire. If you bisque low, its my experience that either clay will smoke nicely, both red clays and white, though of course the whites are more dramatic.
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Posted 28 June 2010 - 03:53 PM

What do ya'll think? If I fire earthenware and stoneware both to ^06 which will be most durable?
I want to burnish the piece, bisque fire it then smoke it in a metal can, which of these, earthenware or stoneware,
will take the smoke better?


Earthenware should be more durable. Check with your supplier, you might want to fire just a little higher. You can read an article on the durability of different clays here:http://www.potters.org/subject87702.htm
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