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#1 Wil



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Posted 30 October 2012 - 11:02 AM

I have been looking around and have many recipes of different clays that I have been mixing and using, but I have not found one white clay. I do not desire to use a porceline based type clay and would enjoy mixing my own. Is there anyone that has a white cone 6 clay recipe which they are willing to share?

#2 perkolator


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Posted 31 October 2012 - 12:51 PM

here's a general white clay body i found in my notebook. haven't tested it myself, but should get you in the ^1-6 range and it should be fairly white.

20 Ball
35 Kaolin
20 Silica
15 Neph Sye
10 Talc

with pretty much any clay recipe, the "whiteness" achieved will have a lot to do with the types of clays you put in the batch since there are varying degrees of whiteness for different ball and kaolin clays. also substituting different things may work for you if you want whiteness - try subbing EPK with something like Grolleg or Tile6.

i tested the following recipe a few years ago and it was just alright, but worked OK for a "white clay body" vs calling it porcelain.

^6 porcelain:
20 EPK
20 Grolleg
5 Ball
30 Neph Sye
5 Gerstley B
20 Flint
2% plasticizer (veegum, bentonite, macaloid, etc)

what clay bodies have you been testing?

#3 oldlady


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Posted 07 November 2012 - 06:23 PM

there is a really great white cone 6 clay from highwater called little loafers. i know you said you want to make your own and perkolator has given you recipes. when you use a ball clay to make your body try C&C ball clay. it is very white and not a dirty one like old mine #4.
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Posted 09 November 2012 - 10:13 AM

Loafers(cone 10) and little loafers are great clays.

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 11:17 AM

here is one my student's found and used.

Vessel 6 White Throwing Body (a student discovered this and we adopted it. I don't know the origin.)
Custer Feldspar 10 pounds
Fire Clay 60
Ball Clay 40
Silica (Flint) 10
This mixture needs to age for several days to a week before using.

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