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by Wheelhead
Wed Mar 18, 2015 10:55 pm
Forum: How do I??
Topic: Dig my own clay
Replies: 12
Views: 3518

Re: Dig my own clay

Obviously, you will need a pottery kiln to fire the pots in....:)
by Wheelhead
Wed Mar 18, 2015 10:52 pm
Forum: How do I??
Topic: Dig my own clay
Replies: 12
Views: 3518

Re: Dig my own clay

You will need to do a few test firings. Usually you can bisque fire at 1000 degrees centigrade. Most clays are still porous after firing at this temperature and you can paint a glaze onto them and fire them again to melt the glaze. Some clay, like terracotta is glost fired at around 1100 to 1200 deg...
by Wheelhead
Mon Mar 16, 2015 2:16 pm
Forum: How do I??
Topic: Dig my own clay
Replies: 12
Views: 3518

Re: Dig my own clay

Sorry, didn't mean to sound defeatist :) The orange clay is probably terracotta :) just make it into a slip by adding water, then sieve it to get rid of the worms stones and twigs, dry it out on a plaster slab till its plastic again, and then you can use it after you have wedged and kneaded it to ge...
by Wheelhead
Mon Mar 16, 2015 1:56 pm
Forum: How do I??
Topic: Dig my own clay
Replies: 12
Views: 3518

Re: Dig my own clay

Do you know how to process the clay JT101? Its a lot of hard work. Valentine Clays are good in Stoke on Trent http://www.valentineclays.co.uk
I don't think it matters what colour the clay is, the important thing is to find out what temperature it needs to be fired at :)