Does Your Clay Have Mold?

Most types of mold growth in moist clay can increase plasticity because it augments the binding action and attraction of clay platelets. Enhancing the film of water between clay platelets with mold will increase the clay-to-clay attraction. One recipe to encourage...
Types of Clay

Types of Clay

TYPES OF CLAY There are thousands of clay body formulations used throughout the world, each specific to an application such as bricks, industrial plumbing wares, scientific instruments, and dinnerware. For the studio potter, however, the three most common types of...
The Kiln | Essential Equipment For Pottery

The Kiln | Essential Equipment For Pottery

THE KILN In pottery, the most important tool of all is the kiln. A kiln uses heat to transform soft, malleable clay into a permanent rock-like state. There are many types of kilns; some use combustion for heat – such as gas, oil, or wood – and others use...
The Intimacy of Pottery

The Intimacy of Pottery

THE INTIMACY OF POTTERY Everyone has a favorite cup, though most people don’t really give it a second thought. Whether you drink coffee, tea, hot cocoa, or milk , when you reach into the cabinet full of assorted cups and mugs, you make a choice. The choice might...