Donn Talks Clay Choice

How to Choose Your Clay

Type of Firing: The type of clay you choose will depend on the firing method you plan to use. If you plan to fire your piece in a low-temperature electric kiln, you'll want to choose a clay that is formulated for low firing. Alternatively, if you plan to fire in a high-temperature gas kiln, you'll need a clay that can withstand those high temperatures.

Color & Texture: Clay comes in a wide range of different colors and textures, so you'll want to choose a clay that complements the look you're trying to achieve. For example, if you're looking for a smooth, white surface you may choose a porcelain clay. If you want a more rustic, earthy look, you may choose a darker, textured clay.

Intended Use: If you're making functional tableware that will come into contact with food, you'll need to choose a clay that is food-safe and won't leach harmful chemicals. If you're making a decorative sculpture piece that won't be used for food or drink, you may opt to choose a clay that holds it's shape better.

Ultimately, the best way to choose a clay is to experiment with different types and see what works best for your particular needs and preferences.


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