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Pottery Clay

Trying to figure out which clay body to use for your work? There are so many options of ceramic and pottery clay out there it can be difficult to learn which one is best suited for the work you want to make. This section of Ceramic Arts Daily is designed to help you learn about many types of pottery clay available and figure out which one has the characteristics you are looking for. Whether you are planning to mix your own or buy premade pottery clay, these articles will help demystify the process. And, if you haven't already, be sure to download your free copy of the Successful Tips for Buying and Using Pottery Clay: How to Select the Right Clay, Estimate your Clay Needs, and Test Clays for Better Results, a great studio reference for finding the pottery clay that's right for you.

Testing 1…2…3: How to Test Clay Bodies to Find the Right Sculpture or Pottery Clay for Your Work

Posted On October 21, 2009 5 Comments

Today, Paul Wandless explains how a combination of simple tests can give you plenty of information that will make choosing and learning about pottery and sculpture clays a little easier. 

Tips for Successful Raku Firing: A Look at Raku Clay Bodies and Kilns

Posted On April 6, 2009 2 Comments

When potter John Ramer Sherrill first started out using the raku technique, he was frustrated by the lack of technical information on raku in books. He found that there was plenty on raku philosophy, but little on technique. So he set out to do some technical writing of his own on the technique. Here, he gives helpful advice on raku clay bodies and raku kilns.

The Printed Pot

Posted On February 1, 2009 9 Comments

Three dimensional printing can be used to create ceramic-art objects, out of three different types of slip bodies, and can be finished using standard ceramic equipment and processes.

Lose Weight, Get Strong: Put Your Ceramic Work on the Paper Clay Diet

Posted On January 26, 2009 5 Comments

Paper clay improves joining capabilities and decreases warping and shrinkage, all the while reducing the heft of the work. This makes it ideal for building complex or delicate ceramic sculpture. Ceramic artist Lisa Merida-Paytes extols the virtues of paper clay in the upcoming issue of Pottery Making Illustrated and today we’re giving you a preview of that article.