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In Topic: Source For Brown Raku Clay

19 July 2014 - 10:23 PM

Thanks, SD, I'll check into the Riverside Grit from Highwater.  And John, since you say it's fun to wedge grit into clay with one's feet, I may try teaching these old dogs a new trick.  And Shirley, you reminded me that there is a stoneware clay that when underfired produces a beautiful Caucasian skin color.  Maybe I'll try wedging some grit into that clay -- using my feet, of course! 


Thanks, all !



I just remembered that I have a bag of volcanic ash on hand.  How does that compare to grog as an additive to clay to enable it to withstand thermal shock?

In Topic: Source For Brown Raku Clay

18 July 2014 - 08:47 PM

John, I wish that I could wedge clay, let alone wedge in a lot of grog!  After nearly 20 years as a professional woodcarver, followed by 10 years in residential cabinetry work, my wrists are very nearly useless.  After falling two years ago and breaking all the bones in the left wrist along with the bones in the forearm, just hefting 25-lb bags of clay takes a toll. In order to be able to work in clay, I have to use it straight out of the bag and when I want to reuse still-wet scraps, they go in the clay bag and I use my feet to smush it all together.  I don't think I can train my feet to wedge in grog....although I'll bet someone somewhere has figured out how!


In Topic: Source For Brown Raku Clay

18 July 2014 - 02:55 PM

Lots of information to process!  John, I use raku clay because I occasionally choose to pit fire the work.  I like to have that option, and I don't always plan ahead on the finishing technique.  Too, I prefer not to have lots of different clays in the studio -- too easy for me to forget and fire a cone 2 clay to cone 6.  (Not happy results on that one!)  Further, I've found that I like working with raku clay more than any other.  It dries faster and it has more body than the earthenwares and stonewares I've used, so sculpting can proceed without lots of waiting around for parts to dry enough to support the next part.  The downside is that my Highwater raku fires white and sometimes it seems kind of sterile unless I do a lot of finishing.  I thought that a nice tan or light brown raku might give me the best of all possible worlds,


In Topic: What Can I Make Besides Food-Holding Stuff?

18 July 2014 - 02:50 AM

lidded boxes



simple animals & birds as decorative ornaments

jewelry pendants

business card holders, desk accessories

nonfunctional decorative teapots

small reliquaries to hold written prayers/thoughts

lamp bases

wall-hung decorative platters


Visit Pinterest for a zillion ideas.  I have created a board of functional and non-functional pieces that I've found online that appeal to me at http://www.pinterest...nal-decorative/.  There are many other boards on Pinterest with many other ideas. 



In Topic: Good Days, Bad Days

14 July 2014 - 08:34 PM

Well, Babs, THAT cracked me up.  You certainly know how to put things in perspective! 

B) Jayne