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Hey guys, back when I was in High School (I graduated in May of '96), I discovered a very interesting book from the School Library on unusual--but beautiful--pottery techniques!  Unfortunately, I don't recall the title/ author of this book, but from what I recall it was a hardback with a mostly white or grey cover, and highly photographed.  But, one of the techniques that I seem to recall was, the author was making an unusual lid to a beautiful box in which he or she seemed to change the texture of the clay by making it looser by--if I recall correctly--tossing the clay from hand to hand, which resulted in a clay that created these beautiful, soft texture that created these water-like patterns in the clay and a counter that perfectly matched the shape of the box.  ...of course, this was 20+ years ago!  Any of this ringing any bells?

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1 hour ago, liambesaw said:

Stab in the dark, but "making marks" by robin hopper?

In case it stirs your memory
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Freely available, but not cheap (change location and currency)
  https://www.bookfinder.com/search/?full=on&ac=sl&st=sl&ref=bf_s2_a1_t1_1&qi=DPUGysRcr1ZO3LIKrUsJIavjYUg_1497963026_1:2:4

... but the shop seem to have a special offer https://ceramicartsnetwork.org/shop/making-marks/

 

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Perhaps just  avoiding thread drift, has anybody tried this? Which seems to have been in Nelson’s A Potter’s Handbook.


The Student and Teacher’s Thixotropic Clay
http://janestreetclayworks.com/2011/03/05/the-student-and-teachers-thixotropic-clay/

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NB Most important thing about thixotropic clay DO NOT PUT IT INTO A PUG MILL, OR OTHER COMPRESSION MACHINES. It will break even the strongest gears.

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i remember that thixotropic clay article.  there was another discussion in a 1970s book with the blue paper cover with a bright hot pink fuzzy thing hanging on a clay donut.   book by susan peterson.   looking online i see that the 4th edition hardback has a black framed cover with a grey pot inside it and the paperback is a black and grey plain cover.

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6 hours ago, PeterH said:

Perhaps just  avoiding thread drift, has anybody tried this? Which seems to have been in Nelson’s A Potter’s Handbook.


The Student and Teacher’s Thixotropic Clay
http://janestreetclayworks.com/2011/03/05/the-student-and-teachers-thixotropic-clay/

sc0002e115.jpg

NB Most important thing about thixotropic clay DO NOT PUT IT INTO A PUG MILL, OR OTHER COMPRESSION MACHINES. It will break even the strongest gears.

Oh my god, yes!!! I did this in high school when I was first learning about clay! It was a self directed art program in the 90’s, and I think this book must have been in the classroom clay library. I hadn’t really found references to it anywhere since. It was a lot of fun, and I think my mom might still have the thingy I made out of it. 
It’s been more than 20 years, but I do remember forming it by flipping and folding a disk of clay that behaved a bit like that cornstarch ooze stuff. You had a short window of time to work it, or it would turn almost runny. 

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