|Juliana and Denise check out the clay|
|Juliana's clay and slip tests|
|Denise cuts one of her stencils|
|Denise at work|
So, thanks, Denise and Juliana, for getting me started! I'm in that same place, now, I guess, and reading other people's blogs: for example: http://baumanstoneware.blogspot.com/2011/03/word-lite.html has a good effect, as well. (plus, as you can see, I've discovered captions for the photos!.....) Technical details: we're testing three red clay bodies from Standard Ceramics in Pittsburg, PA, which I got from Mike Taylor over in western MI--and, actually, the woman who works for him brought them over when she and her husband were visiting her parents! Two of the bodies worked for me with my glaze at cone 2: (wait, I have to run out to the studio and look them up......!!) OK, here are the ones that worked: #104, and #417. The third, #103, is a beautiful, smooth, red body used by Paul Linhares, an Ohio potter whose work I admire, and whose mugs I have--he says it is like working with red porcelain--so I had to try it. Unfortunately, under my maiolica glaze, the tensions were dramatically uncooperative, and the little bowl test that I did cracked open in a spiral from the top edge down. too bad! ( I am currently using Rovin's RO82M which has a 40 mesh grog, and find it works very well, and is close by --- I can drive up to get it, in Taylor, MI---coincidental Taylors, here?) but always feel I need to test, since I am not currently making my own clay body.