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About BHClaysmith

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  • Birthday 04/21/1947

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    Cherry Hill, New Jersey 08002 USA
  • Interests
    Clay to Wear, Clay to Share
  1. It's easy when you design the piece you are making to complement the patterning you are using. I do cheat a little because I design my own line of texture mats geared towards ceramic applications! You can find them on my Etsy site - https://www.etsy.com/shop/BHClaysmith?section_id=13035613&ref=shopsection_leftnav_7
  2. Sodium Hexametaphosphate is the original "Calgon" formula plus perfume which was made in the US awhile back. It was reformulated due to the adverse effect the chemical had on the the microscopic flora in streams and rivers but can still be purchased from certain chemical supply houses. I believe it is used by people involved with pool cleaning.
  3. Here are the recipes for two really nice ocher terra sigillata mixes. Since Albany Slip is no longer available, you can make the Weiser Ocher one instead which is just as nice! ALBANY SIG 50 grams Albany slip 50 grams KYOM4 400 grams water 10 grams Sodium Hexametaphosphate OCHRE SIG by Weiser 1663 grams Cedar Heights Gold Art 66 grams Yellow Ochre Add to a mixture of: 8 grams soda ash 16 grams Sodium Hexametaphosphate 1 gallon water
  4. BHClaysmith


    A collection of hand built ceramic clay to wear and share.
  5. Black Walnut and Laguna 40 stoneware clays combine to form this 16" high hand built bottle. It is glazed with Falls Creek Shino and electric fired to cone 6.

    © BHClaysmith

  6. If you are in the Philadelphia, PA area, you can buy the NAUGAHYDE at Summerdale Mills on Frankford Avenue 215-335-9494.
  7. Hi Jolee, I use a tightly-wooven, cotton-backed NAUGAHYDE (54" wide) available from a high end upholstery or home fabric shop. The side used by most folks is the vinyl side (for covering cushions on boats or exterior furniture) but because this is vinyl on the one side, when you use the wooven-backed side face up on your tables, you can hand build on them or wipe them down and the wetness does not go through the cloth and penetrate the underlying table top. Just be sure to buy the brand which is cotton and not nylon backed. I even cut this NAUGAHYDE into 24" x 27" work mats which I can take with me to different places when I teach or give a workshop. These work mats can be hosed off outside and hung over my deck railing to dry or in the winter, washed in my washer and dried in my dryer for continuous use. Personally, I use a Printer's mat on my studio table for hand building because the surface is so tightly woven, I get little if any texture on my clay surface. However, these are next to impossible to find and can be quite expensive. BHClaysmith@gmail.com
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