What clay to use for making yixing teapots and cups?
Posted 02 December 2012 - 02:19 PM
Posted 02 December 2012 - 02:54 PM
It looks like they usually use a dark brown clay.
Does it have to be dark brown or could I use white?
Also, it looks like the clay is pretty smooth (not a lot of grog or sand?) but the dark brown clays I find seem to all have grog/sand.
Thats what Ive been searching for for also. I make bonsai pots and always looking for a commercial clay , thats high fire, smooth and dark brown.
So I made the pilgrimage to see the Chinese clay art guy in San Jose. Very interesting man. He was very happy to sell dark brown at around 3 $ a pound.. Ouch.
So I made some small pots and fired to cone 6. had the same trouble as was mentioned, bloating slumping . but texture and color was superb.
So now I use this "Precious" product as and engobe over various brown clays, has a nice smooth sheen at 6.
for casting Ive used Richard Notkins recipe, mostly redart clay with Iron and manganese, been a while, google him if interested.
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Posted 02 December 2012 - 04:10 PM
This is quite simply the best and most elegant hand building demo I have ever seen.
not seeing a demo...
Posted 02 December 2012 - 04:11 PM
Posted 04 December 2012 - 08:36 PM
Posted 04 December 2012 - 09:54 PM
You wouldn't think such a little innocuous leaf could create such furor. I really don't see why. And how come there are no sugar bowls and creamers in 'traditional' tea sets? Personally, I prefer Darjeeling. But please continue there is no telling where this will lead......
Posted 05 December 2012 - 08:16 PM
Yes, the place is in Yixin City, Jiangsu Province, China.
http://www.baike.com...%A0%82%E6%B3%A5 here is the link about zisha clay, but its written in Chinese.
I think the stoneware body has very high in iron too. The clay contains rich iron clay, quartz, mica and also contains Fe.
Posted 07 December 2012 - 11:10 PM
Actual yishing clay is imported by Chinese clay art, we have that established .. 182$ for 50 pounds.expensive
the question what in the USA could possibly substitute,
smmooth darkbrown at cone 6 burnishes nice ,joins with ease
Posted 28 April 2013 - 10:01 PM
I once bought a small amount of their black yixing clay. Although they call it "cone 6" clay, it bloated badly at cone 6. It was much better at cone 4.
I have been using their clay, and it's pretty good... but the colored clays are not very natural... Can anyone suggest some other sources for say... REAL duan ni clay? Once I get better at making teapots I would like to work with some of these finer clays.
I'm perfectly happy to pay a lot for them-- I get how rare they are.
I'm also curious about ANY alternatives... any clays that people have found that have the properties of yixing.
Posted 01 May 2013 - 10:28 AM
Going to cone 6 ? love to see them...pics?
The instructions say yes. Though, I have not fired anything yet!
I've posted about things I've made here. I am very much a beginner (don't get scared by the first photo... the clay is more wonderful that I can do justice to yet...)
I really admire your bonsai pots. It's such an important artform. I think you'll love this clay.