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Re: Clay for clay projects

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Sidnie Miller (sidmill.us)
Mon, 26 Oct 1998 21:43:29 -0800 (PST)


I was told once that if you found some clay that you thought might be good
that you should mix it with water and roll it out into a snake and then
bend the snake around into a curve--if it doesn't crack badly, it might be
successful for pottery. I have tried to find a good clay bed around here
with no success. I tried to fire barn swallow nests and they looked great
but they crumbled in your fingers--were too fragile to lift out of the
kiln. The best we ever did was to mine some clay out of an irrigation
ditch and mix it with a little commercial ball clay--even then when it was
thrown it didn't have any strength and collapsed. By all means try
anything--it might work--it only takes one firing to find out. Sid

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