Have you experimented working with various clay bodies? | June 25, 2012
Posted 25 June 2012 - 01:35 PM
Sorry more than one question, but all related...
I am primarily a stoneware person, but always keep some porcelain nearby. I have wanted for years to use porcelain on a regular basis, but often it is so fraught with problems for the forms I want to make, that I give it a try, and then return to stoneware for its superb flexibility.
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Posted 29 June 2012 - 12:48 PM
I use a ^6 speckled stoneware, ^6 porcelain and ^04 terra cotta for throwing similar items with
similar designs. The glazing is so different and I like that variety.
I use a ^04 white earthenware for making detailed 3D decorative tiles.
And a ^6 white stoneware which works better for handbuilding than does porcelain,
Finally I have a very sturdy ^6 clay body which is optimal for permanent outdoor items such as bird baths or flower pots.
I have 2 wheels. One is reserved for dark clay bodies, and the other for white. I am VERY careful about labeling the plastic
bags with a sharpie as they are indiscernible when wet.
Posted 30 June 2012 - 10:23 AM
I've played with some 266 and Red rock recently. I enjoyed them both!
"A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet,balance accounts,build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying,take orders,giveorders,cooperate,act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects." — Robert Heinlein
'....and throw a mug!' -- Brandon Curley
Posted 01 July 2012 - 09:38 AM
"But it does move," said Galileo under his breath.
Posted 01 July 2012 - 10:13 AM
(I live in Lizella which is the namesake of one of the prettiest clays available in the US).
You lucky son of a gun! Agree wholeheartedly that Lizella is some great stuff.
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Former Guest Professor, Wuxi Institute of Arts and Science, Yixing, China
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