Ingredient Amount
Water (in parts) 2.00
Clay (in parts) 1.00


Mix 1 part clay to 2 parts water, blend well with a drill mixer. Add 0.25–0.5% (of the dry weight of the clay) of a deflocculant (sodium silicate or Darvan 7), then drill mix again. Allow heavier clay (red clay) terra sigillatas to settle for at least 6–8 hours, and lighter clays/ball clays to settle for 24–48 hours. After the mixture has settled into distinct layers, siphon out the middle section of the mixture. This is the terra sigillata.

This recipe was shared by Rhonda Willers in the June/July 2020 issue of Pottery Making Illustrated.