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#1 art81usa

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Posted 30 December 2013 - 01:21 PM

Can anyone tell me what types of clay they would suggest for Majolica.  I have read that Stan's red is a favorite. I plan on hand building, but may throw. Does anyone know if red rock would work? Both are from highwater clays in North Carolina.

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#2 Marcia Selsor

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Posted 30 December 2013 - 01:35 PM

Where does it come from so we could check the manufacturer's specs? I never heard of it before.
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Posted 30 December 2013 - 01:37 PM

Highwater's Stan's Red is a low-fire earthenware, firing range ^06 to ^02; Highwater's Red Rock is a stoneware that fires to ^6; at ^6, Red Rock is not really red, but a brown red.  Stan's is a good majolica clay body (as is Highwater's Earthen Red which can be fired to ^4); I would not recommend Red Rock for majolica work (and Red Rock is one of my regular clay bodies). 
 
For good info on majolica, including clay bodies, check out Linda Arbuckle's website. http://lindaarbuckle.com/index.html

Her handouts are a wealth of information from one of the best majolica artists around. Linda uses a custom clay body based, if I recall correctly, on Stan's Red but with a few modifications of her choosing.

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Posted 30 December 2013 - 02:10 PM

There you go. Someone, namely Bciske knew the clay. And Linda's handout is a classic. Right down to the pre- glaze rinse in vinegar water. Now, go for it!
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Posted 30 December 2013 - 02:14 PM

Thanks! I can't wait to get started.



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Posted 30 December 2013 - 03:08 PM

yes, I have used this glaze and it works with the majolica overglaze decorating colors or stains and Gerstley borate or Frit 3110 as Linda describes in her handout.
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