I am newish to the forum (although was staying away for some time because every time I tried to use the site my computer blocked intrusions) and getting back into clay after about seven years off for raising kids/recovering from advanced Lyme disease. As I am youngish, I was not around when Albany slip was readily available. It fascinated me even before I lived in Albany. Before stopping potting, I experimented coating some items with Albany slip substitute in a wood kiln and got some neat results although now I am limited to an electric kiln. I live in the city of Albany with a nice double-lot of hard to garden clay, which I am assuming is likely similar in profile to Albany slip (I live about a half mile away from the mine). I of course plan on experimenting with it but don't know much other than that it fluxes a lot and has a lot of iron content. I have a lot to learn in general in the glazing aspect of pottery. My impression is that Albany slip is somewhat versatile, so what would you do with it?
My husband had the idea of getting clay from different areas around Albany and comparing it as we do have friends on the streets surrounding the old mine.
If this topic is boring and not fun, feel free to let it die....my last topic got voted 1 star which I thought was hilarious as I was just trying to make sure I wasn't going to melt my garage floor.