Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  

Cone 7 Gas Reduction Claybody

Recommended Posts

West coast here.  

Our school is set up for cone 6 gas reduction. Sometimes the kiln reaches cone 7.

when I go to buy my clay, I either find ^5 or ^10. 

How do I find a ^7 body? Or is the implication here ^5 is actually a range from ^5 to ^7? 

Before I start my research I was wondering if anyone else has had this problem and already found the answer? 

I know ultimately this means I have to test test test to figure out my clay body.

I am going to talk to the manufacturers to find out about range. 

another line of thinking. Could I wedge well a ^10 body with ^5 proportionately, and “create” a cone 7 body? Sorry if I make some of you cringe .

Perhaps East Bay Clay might have answers since they make so many different recipes, but then again they might make only ^10 bodies. 

FYI I have taken a few claybodies to ^6 electric with no slumping in the electric kiln.

How do you tell if the body is over Fired? The slump?  Would an L shaped slab test tile show the slump? Or do I actually need to make a small bowl or bud vase to see the slump? 

Thanks so much for your guidance.



Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites


Most porcelain and stoneware bodies will tolerate an additional cone above recommended peak. Part of the chemistry behind translucent bodies is firing them higher to develop more glass. Since you are firing in reduction: iron levels will be critical. Iron is a flux in reduction: so pick either porcelain or white stoneware. An L- shaped test tile will work just fine: but put the upright at a 20-30 degree angle. Just like a cone, so that it more closely mimics bowls, plates, etc. I would do one at. 60-70 degree angle to mimic plates. I would also recommend you bisq first: then take an exact measurement from the base to the top tip of the angle. Then after peak firing, measure again and compare. There should only be a slight difference (5% or so), which would reflect fired shrinkage only.


Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

I fire bmix 10 at ^12 (bottom is a smidge hotter, fireboxes closer to 14), and have some issues here and there, but overall(96%) its just fine. I however would not fire mid range bodies a number of cones over recommended. More, and different feldpsars are used in mid range/low fire clay bodies than high fire. They usually are less happy with being over fired.

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Most cone 5 bodies will handle cone 7 without any real problems. However, brown bodies can have issues because the amount of iron needed/used to make brown in oxidation is greater than what would be need/used in reduction. So brown bodies may flux out or become very dark and brittle. As Nerd said, white bodies or porcelain would be a better bet, or be sure to test any brown bodies before making work with them.

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

I had replied a while ago from my phone so I am surprised to see it not here. 

Gosh! You’ve told me the exact thing I don’t want to hear. I suspected iron and reduction can be problematic from past discussions here.  

I haven’t had the time yet to start calling but online research has revealed Lagunas WS-4 a white claybody that goes upto ^8.  

Lagunas Redstone is by far my fav claybody to date. I think I was the only one in my class who felt so strongly about it.  It not only throws well but the key is it alters so we’ll in the soft leather hard stage.  I did a lot of white slipware. It is not for big pieces. But online sources suggest ^6.  I think I am going to test it with nerds test tiles to prevent slump.   

Hitchmss - I myself and some grad students have thrown and sculpted with Bmix  with grog ^5 but taken it to cone 10 with no issues.  Doesn’t mean all other ^5s would behave the same. 

In principle I agree with you. Btw at our woodkiln (same cones as yours) the one claybody for sure warped was Coleman’s porcelain.

I wouldhave thought with ^6 being so popular there’s be more of the 6 talked about.  I see a lot of 5-6 though depending on the retailer.

Have to deal with summer break now. So now it’s time to research and ask questions.  

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  


Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use.