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Re: ceramics

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kprs (KPRS)
Sun, 29 Aug 1999 06:51:43 -0400


You CAN make small ceramic pins, pendants, beads, and buttons with
porcelain, and if adventuresome use oxides to color it.

San D

L.P. Skeen wrote:

> Deb Sterner wrote:
>
> > Has anyone ever worked with porcelain? I have about 400 pounds,
> > through donation, and I can't figure out what to do with it. It does
> > not act like the regular clay I buy. It seems to "rubbery" and
> > "fluid" so that hand building methods don't seem to work.
>
> Deb,
> I am a potter. That said, let me tell you that porcelain is not good
> for handbuilding large things. You have already figured this out, no?
> It is also not a good clay for beginning throwers, because it has no
> tooth - and it'll fall on you in a heartbeat. It is "rubbery and fluid"
> because of the particle size. It has no fireclay to give it "backbone".
>
> I have 3 suggestions (so far....I'm still thinking!)
>
> 1. Take the porcelain and wedge it together w/ the other clay that you
> buy. This will introduce some tooth and standing strength.
>
> 2. Buy a bag of dry 28 mesh fireclay and wedge it into the porcelain.
> This would be REALLY easier if you had a pugmill.
>
> 3. If you recycle your clay, alternate slabs of the porcelain in the
> bucket w/ the other clay.
>
> Ok, just thought of another one. Do you know what cone the clay fires
> to? I'd try to get a clay supplier to trade out. Are there boxes that
> say who made the clay? Some common suppliers are: Laguna, Standard,
> Highwater, and Kickwheel.
>
> Lemme know how you do w/ the porcelain. It can be really beautiful when
> thin, but otherwise, it's just heavy white clay. Try this: get a bag
> of rice. Roll out some really thin slabs (<1/4") and shape into pots or
> pinch pots really thin. Press rice into the sides of bowl, but not
> THROUGH the clay. After firing, there will be rice-shaped indentions in
> the clay where the light shines thru. VERRRRY cool.
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