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got some 06 clay -- what to do with?

updated sun 7 aug 05

 

Elizabeth Priddy on fri 5 aug 05


That's the type I use for my chimney kiln,
low fire or raku. Also good for handwork,
sculpture, base forms for handbuilding into.
You might be able to throw larger bowl forms
with this than your smoother high fire clay and
then you can handbuild into them.

i also recomend stamps and press molds.

if you want a smooth surface, slips will coat the
sand and make it smooth, also burnishing works.

You might try firing a small piece high and see what
happens. If there is a whole lot of sand, sand doesn't
melt til way high, but the clay might liquify, so I
would just use it the other ways.

E

--- Mary/Adams wrote:

> I ordered some clay and by mistake received a cone 06 clay described
> as
> "White with sand -- all purpose smooth modelling clay, excellent for
> coiling
> or slab work -- good with low-fire glazes." It also says that it has
> a
> 'fairly broad firing range'. Since I am trying to do tableware and
> working
> with mostly high-fire currently, what do you folks think I can do
> with this
> clay (be nice!). Since I have 100lb of it, I'd like to put it to
> some good
> use. Is 06 clay safe to fire to Cone 5-6? m
>
>
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Mary/Adams on fri 5 aug 05


I ordered some clay and by mistake received a cone 06 clay described as
"White with sand -- all purpose smooth modelling clay, excellent for coiling
or slab work -- good with low-fire glazes." It also says that it has a
'fairly broad firing range'. Since I am trying to do tableware and working
with mostly high-fire currently, what do you folks think I can do with this
clay (be nice!). Since I have 100lb of it, I'd like to put it to some good
use. Is 06 clay safe to fire to Cone 5-6? m

John Post on fri 5 aug 05


Take it back would be my suggestion.
It is not safe to fire it to cone 5-6.
Think of cone 06 as roughly 1800 degrees F.
Cone 5-6 is around 2200 degrees F.
These extra 400 degrees will turn your white cone 06 clay into a puddle
and make your kiln a mess.

I gave an extruder workshop for some art teachers in my school
district. One brought along some cone 06 clay and used it to make feet
and decorative parts on the clay that I provided. Naturally she didn't
mention this, and her work melted and tipped over and stuck to the other
work in the kiln.

If my studio was set up to work at cone 5-6, I wouldn't mess around with
100 pounds of clay that is 06.
I have yet to see a cone 06 clay that works well as dinnerware... it is
just too porous and fragile.

If your clay supplier won't take it back, give it to a local school, the
kids will love it and you get to be a hero.

Cheers,
John Post
Sterling Heights, Michigan

>I ordered some clay and by mistake received a cone 06 clay described as
>"White with sand -- all purpose smooth modelling clay, excellent for coiling
>or slab work -- good with low-fire glazes." It also says that it has a
>'fairly broad firing range'. Since I am trying to do tableware and working
>with mostly high-fire currently, what do you folks think I can do with this
>clay (be nice!). Since I have 100lb of it, I'd like to put it to some good
>use. Is 06 clay safe to fire to Cone 5-6? m
>
>

Laurie on fri 5 aug 05


Hi mary,
Do you know what company manufactured it? A lot of times you can go to
their website and look up more about the clay - such as its recommended
firing range. My local supplier (IMCO) puts cone 06-5 as the range for
their low fire clays.
Are you firing your own kiln? You could test it. But if you are in a
group kiln situation, probably best not to even think about it.

Laurie
Sacramento, CA
http://rockyraku.com
Potters Council, charter member
Sacramento Potters Group, Secretary

On Aug 5, 2005, at 10:42 AM, Mary/Adams wrote:
> Is 06 clay safe to fire to Cone 5-6? m

Ann Brink on fri 5 aug 05


No, don't go to cone 6 with it. You could make a bunch of flowerpots with
holes in the bottom. (texture as you go, and use a wash of one of your
glazes with extra frit) Or pots intended for dish gardens. That's what I
did with some white earthenware someone gave me. Or something in the
sculpture line; maybe you will have an interesting side trip in your clay
journey.

Ann Brink in Lompoc CA


----- Original Message -----
From: "Mary/Adams"
To:
Sent: Friday, August 05, 2005 10:42 AM
Subject: Got some 06 clay -- what to do with?


> I ordered some clay and by mistake received a cone 06 clay described as
> "White with sand -- all purpose smooth modelling clay, excellent for
coiling
> or slab work -- good with low-fire glazes." It also says that it has a
> 'fairly broad firing range'. Since I am trying to do tableware and
working
> with mostly high-fire currently, what do you folks think I can do with
this
> clay (be nice!). Since I have 100lb of it, I'd like to put it to some
good
> use. Is 06 clay safe to fire to Cone 5-6? m
>
>
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Lester Haworth on fri 5 aug 05


Mary,
Please remove me from your spam list. The mail I'm sending you is comming
back to me.

Thanks,

Les H.

-----Original Message-----
From: Clayart [mailto:CLAYART@LSV.CERAMICS.ORG]On Behalf Of Mary/Adams
Sent: Friday, August 05, 2005 10:43 AM
To: CLAYART@LSV.CERAMICS.ORG
Subject: Got some 06 clay -- what to do with?


I ordered some clay and by mistake received a cone 06 clay described as
"White with sand -- all purpose smooth modelling clay, excellent for coiling
or slab work -- good with low-fire glazes." It also says that it has a
'fairly broad firing range'. Since I am trying to do tableware and working
with mostly high-fire currently, what do you folks think I can do with this
clay (be nice!). Since I have 100lb of it, I'd like to put it to some good
use. Is 06 clay safe to fire to Cone 5-6? m

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Snail Scott on fri 5 aug 05


At 10:42 AM 8/5/2005 -0700, you wrote:
>Is 06 clay safe to fire to Cone 5-6?



Some is, and some ain't. If it is, then it
wasn't really ^06 to start with, but I've seen
that before. (Did some nice work at ^4 with a
so-called ^06 body once.) Better test it first,
though. Odds are, it'll slump, maybe a lot.
Why not do some earthenware?

-Snail

Jeff Guin on sat 6 aug 05


Low fire cone 06, don't forget about majolica. I once made a set of dishes
for my mother out of terra cotta with majolica as a glaze. She still uses
them 10 years later.



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>From: Ann Brink
>Reply-To: Clayart
>To: CLAYART@LSV.CERAMICS.ORG
>Subject: Re: Got some 06 clay -- what to do with?
>Date: Fri, 5 Aug 2005 14:35:58 -0700
>
>No, don't go to cone 6 with it. You could make a bunch of flowerpots with
>holes in the bottom. (texture as you go, and use a wash of one of your
>glazes with extra frit) Or pots intended for dish gardens. That's what I
>did with some white earthenware someone gave me. Or something in the
>sculpture line; maybe you will have an interesting side trip in your clay
>journey.
>
>Ann Brink in Lompoc CA
>
>
>----- Original Message -----
>From: "Mary/Adams"
>To:
>Sent: Friday, August 05, 2005 10:42 AM
>Subject: Got some 06 clay -- what to do with?
>
>
> > I ordered some clay and by mistake received a cone 06 clay described as
> > "White with sand -- all purpose smooth modelling clay, excellent for
>coiling
> > or slab work -- good with low-fire glazes." It also says that it has a
> > 'fairly broad firing range'. Since I am trying to do tableware and
>working
> > with mostly high-fire currently, what do you folks think I can do with
>this
> > clay (be nice!). Since I have 100lb of it, I'd like to put it to some
>good
> > use. Is 06 clay safe to fire to Cone 5-6? m
> >
> >
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>melpots@pclink.com.
>
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William & Susan Schran User on sat 6 aug 05


On 8/5/05 1:42 PM, "Mary/Adams" wrote:

> I ordered some clay and by mistake received a cone 06 clay described as
> "White with sand -- all purpose smooth modelling clay, excellent for coiling
> or slab work -- good with low-fire glazes."

Any reason why you haven't contacted the supplier and complained about
receiving the wrong thing and requesting a replacement at their cost?
They may even let you keep the low fire clay as it would cost too much to
ship back.

>Since I have 100lb of it, I'd like to put it to some good
>use. Is 06 clay safe to fire to Cone 5-6?

Some clays can be fired to a higher temperature, some can't. Those that
can't may turn into a big melted "cow pie" in your kiln. You could test some
small pinch pots sitting in a unglazed ^6 clay bowl.

Or, this would be an opportunity to experiment with pit or sawdust firing.


--
William "Bill" Schran
Fredericksburg, Virginia