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#1 Davidpotter

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 11:25 PM

I have thrown for a few years now and i am used to clay that has little grit and is around cone 4-6. Could someone recommend types of clay that would suit my needs?
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#2 GEP

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 12:17 AM

Do you have a particular color in mind?

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 07:43 AM

It would help to mention your location because suppliers array some same clays like Laguna and others carry their own like Armadillo.
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#4 neilestrick

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 09:17 AM

The closest suppliers to Cambridge, WI are A.R.T. in Sturtevant, or Paoli Clay, or Ceramic Supply Chicago in Evanston, IL or Great Lakes Clay in Elgin, IL. I'm not a big fan of any of then except Ceramic Supply Chicago. I buy about 25,000 pounds from them every year. What color clay are you looking for, brown or white?

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#5 Rebekah Krieger

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 10:06 AM

I live in se wisconsin and i drive to ART so save on shipping, the problem is that every time I order on the phone they get my order wrong. I just got the 3rd wrong order within 3 months from them yesterday

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 11:47 AM

The closest suppliers to Cambridge, WI are A.R.T. in Sturtevant, or Paoli Clay, or Ceramic Supply Chicago in Evanston, IL or Great Lakes Clay in Elgin, IL. I'm not a big fan of any of then except Ceramic Supply Chicago. I buy about 25,000 pounds from them every year. What color clay are you looking for, brown or white?



I believe you can order clay from/through NASCO in Fort Atkinson -- just a short drive from Cambridge.

http://www.enasco.co...t clay&x=20&y=8

#7 Davidpotter

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 07:47 PM

i would like brown clay and yes I live in Cambridge and i don't really want to drive to IL. thank you for the replys.
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Posted 08 March 2013 - 09:50 AM

I have been trying out different cone 6 brown clays lately, I like:

Standard 112, medium brown with heavy speckles
Standard 266, very dark espresso brown
Highwater Brownstone, very similar to Standard 112, but can be had with or without speckles
Highwater Red Rock, reddish brown with speckles

Even if your local supplier does not have these specific clays, they probably buy clay from Standard and Highwater, and could probably order them for you.

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 10:24 AM

Standard 112 is one of my all time favorite stoneware clays. Excellent stuff! They also have a non-speckled version. Ceramic Supply Chicago in Evanston carries Standard clays. IMO they are the best clays in the area by far. You could always make a day of it and spend the day in the city. When I lived in Iowa I used to drive 4 hours up to Minneapolis to get clay and we'd spend the day seeing the city.

Or I can get it in to my shop for you. I'll be placing an order in the next week. Im only about 1:40 from Cambridge. Just take Hwy 12 to Volo then take Hwy 120 about 10 miles east. I drive it each day for the pottery festival. It's a nice drive.

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