This week I have been experimenting with a new clay. I love the feel of working with porcelain but I would really like to reduce the amount of warp which I get in large pieces so I thought I would have a go with some molochite grogged porcelain. I confess that the jury is well and truly out over this one. It came out of the bag wet and floppy but when I left it to dry for a bit it became rather fractious and crumbly. It was a beast to build with – it felt horrible to the touch and did not really want to join to the found materials at all. I have gone large because that is, after all, the point and I am going to fire to at least 1230 to see how it behaves but I will certainly need a lot of convincing!
yesterday, at a get together of the Diploma students we were talking about clay as you do at 10:30 on a Friday evening, and a number of my contemporaries have also been having a go with a few new clays. There were some very favourable reports of a white stoneware/porcelain blend from some and so that might be the next one to try but in the meantime, I am open to suggestions – how do you get a lovely smooth, workable clay with the qualities of porcelain but without the warping?