7.12.2009

Issues with Clay


Maybe someone out there can weigh in on some thoughts I've had on and off with Helios clay that I've used for years. At times I think I get batches that are....well just not mixed right?

The reason I think this is if I have two bad days of pulling up a tall cylinder I find it odd. I tend to be a pretty quick thrower and since I've worked with porcelain for so long if I open a new bag and can't seem to get a tork out of a 10inch cylinder I'm suspicious of the amount of ingredients that have gone into a specific batch. I've had this happen with other clay bodies as well. Particularly a clay body called Loafer's Glory. I use to use this when it first came out back in school but then, a few years after it started cracking like crazy. So I went back to porcelain.

I'm trying to make some tall bottles and vases this weekend but not having much luck. Yesterday I finally gave up and moved onto some flower blocks. Some clays like to be vertical and some horizontal. Knowing that I can pull a tall cylinder with Helios 90% of the time but not in the last, I'd say 3 days just has me wondering a little bit.

Who knows, it could just be a claygods playing with me. Maybe I need some Mozart going to calm me down.

Speaking of listening to things. Yesterday on Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me, Neko Case was on and she was hilarious!

6 comments:

Gary Rith Pottery Blog said...

I don't use porcelain, I use white stoneware, and SURE there is a bad mix sometimes, and I find myself wedging to the count of 300 then tis lovely.......

Jen Mecca said...

Gary...I think I'd have corpal-Tunal by now if I wedged 300 times! WOW
I think I'll just stick it in the pug-mil next week and mix it with some slop from my bucket.
Jen

jimgottuso said...

i think many of the clays have problems with mixing from what i've heard... you might like to check out jeff campana site at www.jeffcampana.com where he critiques the different kinds... cone 6, not sure if that's what you're firing to.

Scott Smith said...

Maybe you're just drinking too much coffee before sitting down at the wheel. :-)

Scott Smith said...

Sorry... make that standing up at the wheel.

Jen Mecca said...

( I did consider that...ha!)
Thanks again so much for the hotel stuff!