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Offline Ballernium

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Mud types
« on: November 23, 2013, 08:08:53 PM »
Are there specific types or quality of mud required for pottery? Is it a good hobby for grandparents to learn and enjoy?
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Offline BallKnot

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Re: Mud types
« Reply #1 on: November 23, 2013, 09:08:20 PM »
It's actually called clay. The three most common kinds of clay for pottery are earthenware, kaolin, and stoneware. Earthenware has minerals like iron oxide and is known as common clay. Kaolin is said to be the purest clay and is also known as china clay precisely because it is used to make porcelain. It needs very high heat and when fired doesn't need glaze. Stoneware is durable and is used as material for pottery dinnerware. Earlier times witnessed the use of stoneware as material for jugs and crocks.
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Offline WindAwake

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Re: Mud types
« Reply #2 on: November 23, 2013, 09:10:07 PM »
When I had my pottery cl* last year, my instructor told me that marl clay is the best kind of material for making pots, which are found in Egypt.  This kind of pottery was often polished, leaving a shiny exterior just like a glaze.  On the other hand, true glazed pottery does not come out until the Roman era.
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