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Have no fear, I was in the same boat five years ago. #10 Millers Clay
from Bennett Pottery offers a good beginners clay for the elementary school
kids. Its good all around for hand building, wheel throwing and basic pinch
pots. They're in Occohee (sp?) near Orlando Florida. Phone information can
help you on this.
The clay fires at 06, so buy a box of 06 cones for the kiln sitter while
All the clay sits for 4 - 6 days with a fan on it before I put it in
The first hour I put the kiln on low with the trap open. The second
hour I turn it up to medium with the trap open. The last 2 -3 hours I close
the kiln trap and turn it on high. It's usually done by 12:30, if I turn it
on at 7:30 when I come in for the morning. Sometimes I load the kiln before I
leave, the day before.
Bennett also sells lead free glazes, Amaco, which I even have my
second graders use. The only colors that they can't use because of lead is
red and orange. Not good for pumpkins.
I hope this helps.