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Re:Egyptian Paste

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Lauren H. Killam (
Sun, 18 Aug 1996 00:03:07 -0600

August 14, 1996 Carol asked a very good question,

>>Hi, Hate to appear ignorant, but just what is Egyptian paste, and how do
you make it?

Thanks, Carol


Sorry so late in response to question. Egyptian Paste traditionally is a
clay body that has glze-forming ingredients and colorants incorporated into
the body in a soluble form. The body is nonplastic and fires to between
cones 08 and 05. First developed by the Egyptians before 3000BC., this
paste was the earliest form of glaze known. A term often used today for
Egyptian faience. This definition is courtesy of "Ceramics" by Glenn C.
However, a local arts and crafts supplier that supplies throughout the US
distributes a substitute for the real Egyptian paste. It comes in several
colors: blue, green, turquoise, lilac, rose, etc. It is still a self
glazing clay body but does not contain the same chemicals. Email me
individually if you wish the manufacturer or the arts & crafts supplier.

Lauren H. Killam
Art Specialist
Denton ISD