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Comment by Denice E. Demuth on July 6, 2016 at 9:33am

I have never had a pug mill, I just make it with the slake method.  When I was younger I would lay it out on a door in the back yard and squish it around with my feet.  Like stomping grapes to make wine.  Denice

Comment by Joseph Fireborn on July 6, 2016 at 8:53am

I would try to make my own clay if I had a nice pug mill, but it would probably just be something commercial with some additives. I have no problem with most commercial clay at this point. 

Comment by Denice E. Demuth on July 6, 2016 at 8:51am

I made my own clay when I first started in clay for many years.  Wet clay in a package was limited and expensive, I recently made some clay.  It reminded me why I quit doing that, I have been working with clay for almost 50 years, getting to old to make clay.   Denice

Comment by Pat on July 6, 2016 at 8:26am

Another option is to source clay locally - your yard, construction sites, friend's yards - and adjust it for your needs. This can be time consuming, both collecting and testing, but I find it fun and am lucky enough to have a large clay deposit on my property and a number of friends that don't mind sharing.

Comment by Pat on July 6, 2016 at 8:21am

I haven't done it in a long time but you can buy dry clay bodies which are cheaper to ship or you can buy the dry materials to mix a custom body. http://www.armadilloclay.com/dry-clays-and-materials.html 

I used to mix without a pug mill so don't let not having one stop you from mixing your own clay body. http://ceramicartsdaily.org/ceramic-supplies/pottery-clay/mixing-cl... 

Comment by Denice E. Demuth on July 5, 2016 at 2:35pm

We only have Laguna and not the whole collection, I have special ordered the brown speckle buff and a real coarse red C6 body.  The other one is Flinthill clay that is made fairly close to me,  they have a limited selection of clay.  A couple of C10's, several cone 6 and some lowfire.  If I find a clay from them that I am really happy with I am going to get a truck load,  they are only 80 miles from me.  Denice

Comment by Joseph Fireborn on July 5, 2016 at 2:03pm

Yea, I am trying to figure out what I am going to do in the future. I plan on working with this body for the next year or so. Right now I go to my local supplier and buy a few hundred pounds. I was debating on having a ton shipped to my house and paying the 180$ freight shipping. But I am not sure if it is worth it. Was also thinking about just having my father in law ride with me and get a ton at my supplier. I will have to do the math. 

Standard 365 is the best porcelain I have ever used at cone 6. I prefer Helios, but its high fire. = ( Frost is also nice, but it needs to be slow dried. 

What clays are available in your area? My supplier carries Standard, Laguna, Aardvark and Highwater. I have a lot of choices.

Comment by Denice E. Demuth on July 5, 2016 at 1:57pm

Yea I don't like B-Mix at all, I have never used Standard 365 Porcelain, it's not available in this area.  I try to use what is at the ceramic supplier.  I have ordered clay before and the freight is a killer.  Denice

Comment by Joseph Fireborn on July 5, 2016 at 11:55am

Standard 365 Porcelain. I have used b-mix before. I wasn't a huge fan of it. I much prefer little loafers if I am going with a white stoneware.


Thanks for the comment. 

Comment by Denice E. Demuth on July 5, 2016 at 9:40am

Very nice is that B-Mix clay that you are using?  Denice

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