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In Topic: Green Dug Clay - What's It All About?

10 November 2013 - 06:42 PM

My head hurts!  And digging the clay was so much fun!


Thanks for the replies folks. :)   The balls of clay feels a bit like plasticine and seems to keep itself to itself - doesn't transfer to the hands now it's a ball, like porcelain does - also looks glossy. 


You know, a question that was upper most when I truly started out with clay was 'what's the difference between earthenware and stoneware?'  The answer back then was one fires at a higher temp and both have their names on the bags.  Now the question is uppermost again, but this time it's how do I know if the clay I got will be 'earthenware' or 'stoneware' - what is the difference at the ground level?  I know  I'm gonna have to test fire to each temp, but what am I looking for with each fire and are there clues what might be what before I get to the kiln? :huh:


In Topic: Why Earthenware?

27 August 2013 - 02:02 AM

I doubt off center is being rude. This is actually an eye opener and Iv never known the difference, lets just say it wasnt covered in school.


Off Center no worries on using barrels. Please dont waste a good barrel on Muscadine wine. Add some good brew yeast and kick up the sugar level for at least 12% but make sure you will leave it sweet. Dry muscadine wine is not so pleasant unless made really well. Hope youre first brew season goes well!

Well MMB, it comes over as rude (that's why emoticons were devised - to clarify), but I guess only OC can really answer that one!  It's certainly rude / off-hand to make that comment then 'chat' about one's one wine making!  That's just taking / talking over someone else.  Wouldn't put up with that in a real time situation - won't put up with it in a forum!    

In Topic: Why Earthenware?

27 August 2013 - 01:44 AM

Thanks bciskepottery, that will keep me occupied ;)  for a bit!



In Topic: Why Earthenware?

26 August 2013 - 05:02 PM


Hi folks,

Stoneware: it's stronger, less porous and far more commonly referenced as a potting material than earthenware - so why would i want to use an earthenware clay body?

V :)


When I saw the above nonsense, I thought Oh crap, here we go again, I gotta dig out the Pinnell MOR test results, etc., but thanks to Trina and Marcia I can go pick muscadines instead.




Well Jim, if you're just going to be rude, please don't bother replying.  And if I simple get folk using this forum to be rude and not answer questions, then tell me, what is the point of joining and using 'a forum'.  If you ain't got anything constructive to say,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,!

In Topic: They Do It Different In The East!

16 August 2013 - 11:53 PM

To throw my two pennies in to the pot, the west (Brits and Am.) often (but not always) tend towards 'blocking out' than a continuous flow of movements (what I mean by 'blocking out' is a set of easily defined stages).  Perhaps I'm attributing qualities that arn't really there (and simply engaging with that tendency to divide things comparatively), but the work rate does seem to have more flow to it.  Perhaps this has more to do with the learning stage I'm at, but as 'Biglou 13' (hi there!) points out briefly (and succinctly!), the east tend toward going with the lumps and bumps.  If I recall correctly, I did read something that said even clumsy potters can make beautiful pots, but angry potter make angry pots! - it's more about being in a relaxed and a flowing mood than getting that clay to do what you want it to without remorse or remission!   And then there's Wabi Sabi and Kintsugi!  My brain hurts!!!!!!    Just enjoy your throwing and go with the inklings when they happen!