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I have only worked with earthenwares, stonewares and raku clay.  But I'd like to make something that fires smooth and creamy for a change. Would that be a porcelain clay?  If so, can anyone suggest a porcelain clay (cone6) that handles somewhat like any of the above?  I have the impression that porcelain is muuuuch more difficult, but I'm hoping that I'm wrong about that. Is porcelain a completely different animal or does it handle pretty much like other clays? 

Jayne

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This one is preferred by several sculptor friends. The first is from Tuckers in Canada

 

http://www.tuckerspottery.com/tkps/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage.tpl&product_id=19&category_id=10&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=1

 

This is from Baton Rouge. Others may have preferred clays more locally available for you.

 

http://www.alligatorclay.com/moist.php#1

 

I mix paper pulp with my porcelain scrap to make my own sculpting clay.

 

Marcia

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Thank you, Marcia. I notice that the alligator site has 2 porcelains, a "domestic porcelain with great working properties, nice creamy white background" and a "Midrange grolleg porcelain with all the beauty and mystique of a grolleg at midfire, bright, white and transluscent at cone 6".  It sounds like the former is what I'm looking for. This has sent me on a half-day perusal of various blogs dealing with porcelain clay -- formulas, techniques, etc.  I can't wait to start learning how to work with it.....

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Neil, In looking at the sample board at my local pottery retailer in Charlotte, NC, I haven't seen a smooth, creamy-looking stoneware.  Can you suggest one?

Jayne

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Thanks for the suggestions, Neil.  I've heard of the Little Loafers, but not the Buncombe White. I can get Highwater Clay, either at Carolina Clay in Charlotte NC, or via shipment, or by taking a day trip to Asheville!  Right about now, a day trip to Asheville sounds like a great escape. I'll check it out. 

thanks, Jayne

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This one is preferred by several sculptor friends. The first is from Tuckers in Canada

 

http://www.tuckerspottery.com/tkps/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage.tpl&product_id=19&category_id=10&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=1

 

This is from Baton Rouge. Others may have preferred clays more locally available for you.

 

http://www.alligatorclay.com/moist.php#1

 

I mix paper pulp with my porcelain scrap to make my own sculpting clay.

 

Marcia

Marcia, does the paper pulp affect the translucency at all?

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