Clay Basics

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    Digging & Preparing Your Own Clay

    - by Polly Beach

    Earthenware or stoneware clay can be found just about anywhere, but your best bet is to investigate nearby creeks or river beds. To determine whether or not the clay can be used for throwing, start by picking up a handful of moist dirt, then squeeze it in the palm of your hand. If it crumbles, it’s probably not plastic enough

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    Different Types of Clay

    - by Polly Beach

    Earthenware, stoneware, porcelain … which types of clay fall into which categories? What do these terms really mean? Classification of clay into these three categories is based on the fired density of the finished wares. While the terms “earthenware,” “stoneware,” and “porcelain” are also used in conjunction with other characteristics of the clay, such as color or workability, each of

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