Trying to figure out which clay body to use for your work? There are so many types of clay used for pottery and ceramic sculpture out there it can be difficult to learn which one is best suited for the work you want to make. This section of Ceramic Arts Daily is designed to help you learn about many types of pottery clay available and figure out which one has the characteristics you are looking for. Whether you are looking for instructions on how to make pottery clay from a recipe or want to buy pottery clay from a ceramic supplier, these articles will help demystify the process.
And, if you haven’t already, be sure to download your free copy of the Successful Tips for Buying and Using Pottery Clay: How to Select the Right Clay, Estimate your Clay Needs, and Test Clays for Better Results, a great studio reference for finding the pottery clay that’s right for you.
In his popular book Clay: A Studio Handbook, Vince Pitelka defines a clay body as a mixture of clays and other ceramic raw materials formulated to give desired working characteristics. Testing is key to figure out the clay body that will work the best for your goals. Paul Wandless shares great instructions for figuring out the right pottery clay type for your needs.
If you’re interested in experimenting with new and interesting ways to work with pottery clay, there is information in these pages covering everything from paper clay to colored clay. Gillian Parke even mixes feldspar and molochite into her porcelain clay to create pearl-like eruptions in her surfaces.
From how to wedge clay, to how to determine clay shrinkage, to tips on throwing porcelain, these archives are filled with the information you need to get the best results in your ceramic art.
Clay shrinkage. Pesky clay shrinkage. Nearly every beginner with clay has had the experience of getting their first piece out … Read More
Porcelain clay is a clay body that draws in many a potter because of its bright white color, translucency, and … Read More
Paper clay is any clay body to which processed cellulose fiber has been added. Adding paper pulp and other fibers to your clay body can … Read More
The “Ombré” trend is pretty huge right now. Search the term on Pinterest and you’ll find everything from ombré cakes … Read More
Switching to a porcelain clay body may seem like an easy enough thing to do, but if you’ve ever worked … Read More
When most people think of porcelain, they think of a velvety translucent white surface. But Gillian Parke was interested in … Read More
The glass phase that forms during the firing of a ceramic material can be thought of as the glue that … Read More