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Mortar Pestle

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#1 Argosworks



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Posted 08 May 2014 - 09:53 AM

I have been asked to copy a Mexican Mortar for a friend from Mexico.  She has used it for making salsa and the mortar is cracked.  I want to make is safe to use.  The mortar is 8 inches across and 4 inches tall.


What clay should I use to make it?  I usually use B-Mix or Speckled Buff.  She wants to have the same pattern on the inside as the old one.


Thanks for any help.





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#2 Lockley



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Posted 08 May 2014 - 11:05 AM

The usual material for a mortar and pestle is some grade of Porcelain.  Coors and Co.  comes to mind as the leading maker of commercial  wear of that type.  Many of the Mexican mortars are made of volcanic rock.

I can't make a specific recommendation for clay.  I don't know enough.

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Posted 08 May 2014 - 12:20 PM

That sounds awesome. I have a marble/stone one but never thought about using porcelain....

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Posted 08 May 2014 - 12:59 PM

Here is the one I use but then, I tend to be rough on equipment.  I don't see where one of the clays you already use wouldn't be ok. 

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Posted 08 May 2014 - 04:09 PM

That mortar looks like lead-glazed earthenware to me. If you switched to Bmix, it would be an improvement on her old clay. Matching colours and forms is usually a mine field.

Hoe it turns out O.K.


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Posted 08 May 2014 - 05:03 PM

Thanks for the suggestions.  I think the old one is earthenware.  The thought of lead based paint makes me glad to make her a new one.


I don't need to match the color, but she wants me to make a pig face on one side and the pig tail on the other side.

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Posted 08 May 2014 - 11:30 PM

The color of the ridges in you picture is kind of reminiscent of speckled buff. That stoneware would hold up I think.
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