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Biglou13

Member Since 09 Mar 2013
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In Topic: Kaolin Substitutions

Yesterday, 08:25 PM

Jammy both of those made my short list, good choices

Last body I made was

C6 Clay Body - from Val Cushing:
EPK Kaolin 35
Tile 6 Kaolin 15
Nepheline Syenite 23
Flint 22
XX Sagger Ball Clay 5
Bentonite 3

I subbed out tile most of tile 6 with grolleg .... I was going for more traditional ish porcelain

I'm going to throw some of this tomorrow.

I feel using grolleg in stoneware is bit of a waste.

Grolleg definitely has a feel to it but I think you can get the same with epk and 300 silica, and slurry mixing.

I have - bag I'd c&c I haven't used yet. When I do make my clays I use a slurry method. Which I'm told is superior to standard method. I even end up lowering bentonite in recipes because clay can be "too buttery". Nonetheless im still interested using the c&c. Many here say its night and day difference over other ball clays. Eg om4. #5

So I've basically given you a few of my secrets

Slurry mix clay
Sub out portion of 200 silca with 325.
Age clay with moldy rag.

In Topic: Do You Donate Your Work For A Worthy Cause?

Yesterday, 09:39 AM

empty bowls  yes!

city galerry good!

 

is it getting you name and work out there

is it decent press/advertsing

is it for a good cause

doe it look good on rsusme that your pieces are in this or that collection?

then yes!

 

but if your selling more than you can make then dont.


In Topic: Kaolin Substitutions

21 August 2014 - 08:44 PM

Jammy care to share your clay recipes?

In Topic: Cleaning Firebricks-Best Way?

21 August 2014 - 10:50 AM

foxden

i can take them off your hands if you dont want to clean them........

i'd candle them 180 ish overnight,  id even go to 210F for a few hours

think loosely packed kiln, with minimal brick overlap


In Topic: Kaolin Substitutions

21 August 2014 - 10:06 AM

as you know its not as white, nor as tranluscent

it has different trimming chacteristics as well as drying charteristics

i have been reducing amount of grolleg for cost factor  and replacing PARTIAL amount of kaolin with EPK

firing wise and glaze wise i have yet to see difference

im in florida and epk is pretty much local clay for me you should see my gallery for pictures of edgar mining home of epk.

its a bit grey when wet, and dry in bag, it dries white, and is a bit off white when compared to grolleg based clays. 

i also will use part 300mesh silica, to keep that softer feel and trim feel

i tend to dry epk clay a slower it tends to dry on skin while being wetter under surface

 

im a big fan of epk, prolly have 5 bags in storage right now

if you have more questions let me know

or pm me