Clay tutorial – mixed clays

Even though you have a design in mind, the clay has it’s influence.

An example of  planned clay patterns using naturally colored clays. This series was for demonstration purposes, under a time limit. The process is slow and is a bit like repetitive weight lifting, as the design needs to be compressed to remove air bubbles and shrink the design, a clay person’s alternative to the gym!

See the fired results below. This process is more successful if allowed to dry slowly, I experienced much cracking with these, also included are two other vessels from another series.  

The clays used for these pieces are fired to cone 6 in an electric kiln. Always test compatability of colored clays before investing too much time, or you may have some unpleasant surprises!

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