I have a tendency to collect clay body recipes. I have always been fascinated by
the ways, in which people mix and utilize their clays. I am incredibly fond of all
cone 9/10-clay recipes. In particular, I enjoy collecting porcelain bodies. In these
pages are most of the bodies that I have collected. If you have any you would
like to send, I would gladly include them in this page.
General Rules for all Clay and
- A respirator must be worn at all times when you are using ceramic chemicals.
- A copy of all Material Safety Data Sheets must be available and read
before mixing any material.
- Lab Safety Glasses must be worn when using any chemicals and power
- Rubber Gloves must be worn when working with Glaze Chemicals.
- Clearly label all of your work! Note on your containers the type of
material and the firing temperature.
- Please clean up the Mixing Room when you are done for the day.
- To be safe, clays and glazes that contain Barium Carbonate should not
be used for functional pottery.
- To be safe, use only a white liner glaze on the inside of "work horse"
- To be safe, before firing a glaze on a whole piece run a couple of test
tiles through another firing to make sure the glaze will not cause damage
to your kiln.
- Ask questions!
- A high fire glaze designed for functional work is only functional if the clay
body is vitrified.
Some High Fire Truisms:
- To make functional art one must be a functional human being.
- Gary and Daphne Hatcher are real human beings.
- Your true personality comes out in your work.
- Don't deny your personality.
- White heat is not too hot for some!
- If you're throwing skills need improvement, mix up some porcelain and
try throwing some 10-inch cylinders. After a week of porcelain, go back
to what you were using. Watch the change.
- A good wood kiln is a good friend.
- Koniophobia is the fear of dust.
- Myxophobia is the fear of slimy things.
- Ideophobia is the fear of ideas.
- Don't be afraid of dust, slimy things, nor ideas.