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Our entry level terra cotta is now a hi-brid (made from a combination of cleaner native clays and refined clays). It is smoother, more plastic and fires with no soluble salts. Being a terra cotta, it's more porous nature affords better thermal shock resistance and ability to fire faster (this mug was fired from cold-to-cold in three hours!).
It fits our new Zero3 (G2931K) low fire ultra-clear glaze. Decorate it at leather hard stage, dry it, bisque fire it and then dip ware in the clear glaze and fire to cone 03 (for optimal results).
We have rewritten the data sheets section of this website. There are alot more pictures. It will be alot easier to manage so we will be able to keep it up-to-date better. We plan to add lots of pictures to the gallery sections on each page. Would you like to share some photos of your pieces (ones that showcase a specific clay body). Please contact us.
Kim Undseth, Swift Current, Sask.
She started with pottery in Fall 2014. She works at cone 6 electric. You will not believe how fast she progressed and what she is doing already! How to go girl! Click here to see.
Plainsman Customer: Peartree
They capture, celebrate and honor the meaningful people, pets and moments in the lives of people with handcrafted clay impressions. Using a sixteen-step process, they transform a delicate baby's hand, foot or treasured pet's paw imprint into a one-of-a-kind cherished keepsake.
We have changed the recipe to make the body even more plastic. This was done by increasing the #6 Tile highly plastic kaolin and reducing the EPK low plastic kaolin. We also added 1% bentonite. The body continues to have good drying properties while having significantly better throwing properties. Click here to learn more.
Polar Ice Cone 6 is Here!
These are two cone 6 transparent glazed porcelain mugs with a light bulb inside. On the left is standard clay porcelain body, right is the new Plainsman Polar Ice. This has it all: Super whiteness, translucency, good drying, stability in the kiln, easy glaze fit and fantastic plasticity! No clay we have ever made even comes close to what this can do! Our new base and liner glazes also fit it well. Click here to learn more.
Ravenscrag Slip and Alberta Slip
You will not believe the range of glazes you can make from these materials! At both cone 10 and 6. Each of these special materials has its own website with everything you need to know. Please visit https://ravenscrag.com and https://albertaslip.com.
Cone 6 Prepared Base/Liner Glazes
We are making base glazes for all major clays bodies, starting with cone 6. There is even a cone 6 magnesia matte that feels like a cone 10R dolomite matte! You will be able to buy these in bags, just mix with water, screen and you have a base transparent that will be hard, resistant to leaching and crazing and easy-to-apply and use. Want the recipe also? No problem - the recipes are available and very well documented.
Revised Sculpture Body
It is significantly cheaper and a lot better than before. The plasticity is still great and it is still made from a very vitreous dark brown burning base with 25% added coarse light colored grog. But the fired surface is even more interesting: soluble salts gloss and variegate it and small iron eruptions adorn the clay gaps between grog particles. Click here to learn more.
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