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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.

Thanks.

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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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