Friday, March 12, 2010

Playing with a different type of clay

A number of weeks ago, I pulled out some earthenware clay that I had bought quite some time ago. Fortunately, the clay was still moist.  I made up a small batch of pendants, and I've now got them in the kiln for a bisque fire. It'll be interesting to see how these turn out. Earthenware, I believe needs to be fired to cone 04 for it's bisque firing. One little problem I have is that my glass kiln only goes to 1900F - this isn't quite hot enough. It should fire to around 1950 to be cone 04.  I'm hoping that this little variation won't be a huge problem. They're in the kiln now, and I should be able to pull them out in the morning. Possibly much later tonight, but I really do need sleep ;-)

Once you bisque fire them, you can then paint/decorate the beads with various glazes and refire. I'll post some pics showing the before and after.

As a metal clay artist, I was shocked to discover just how cheap ceramic clays are!  Very liberating :-)  I've seen some really interesting pieces that combine metal clay, ceramic clay, and even glass. I can't wait to experiment.

4 comments:

dragonjools said...

Oh yeah. When I used to teach the metal clay - the ceramic clay artists were always appalled at the price. A bubble gum sized piece of metal clay, or enough clay to make pots for a year for the same price.

jen said...

Yes, a 20 kilo box of Earthenware was - wait for it.....

$21.00!

Gail D.B. said...

I can't wait for you to experiment with combining the different media too! Sounds like a jug of fun!

jen said...

Thanks Gail - I'll be sure to post my experiments!