Yes it does, nerd. Correct name is the State Museum of Pennsylvania.
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Posted 13 February 2017 - 12:46 AM
I grew up in the small town of Riverton, NJ, right across the Delaware river from Philadelphia. A creek that fed into the river had white clay deposits, and I heard tell that a few local people in the 1960s would gather and use it. There were only a few pockets here and there in the 1990s when I started learning ceramics, but when the water washed away the dirt, new pockets would be exposed. Unfortunately, I didn't know enough about testing to do anything with it, but I've always wondered if it was a kind of kaolin ball clay. I know that defies logic, but ball clay is basically secondary clay, and kaolin comes from feldspar that has broken down. Today, I live along the kaolin belt in Georgia, and there's lots of exposed kaolin that gets water washed. This NJ clay was fairly plastic. I once found an article about porcelain clay from northern NJ, but it didn't explain much. I saw this article about the porcelain when it came out and immediately wondered if this porcelain was the same type that I found. Next time I go back, I'm going to look, and if I find any, I'm going to test the living daylights out of it!
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