Back in the studio after a great trip over to Telluride, CO via Moab, UT. You better believe I scooped up some of this clay, ball-milled it, and made a slip. I also packed the jeep with a load of rocks and shit. More on that as the story develops!
Here’s the newest round of slips for leather hard/stiff application. All but #7 will work for bone dry application. Not tested (yet) for bisque application. Fired to cone 10 flat in a hard reduction. Left side is super thick, right side is thinner. Clay body is a Hawthorn/Goldart/OM4 stoneware – nothing fancy.
The light is cheating these a little bit. #1,2, and 8 seem to be the whitest, with not much differentiating them. #1 seems to promote the best celadon blues, although timing is critical, because it cracked when applied to a bone dry tile. #2 seems to be a perfect middle ground in terms of versatility, cost, and whiteness. In my experience, the difference between a 50/50 grolleg/epk and a 100% grolleg clay body is negligible in cone 10 reduction. The case could be made that it really matters in oxidation – which is just now bringing to mind the need to test these in c6 oxidation.
My picks? For Whiteness:
EPK 25, Grolleg 25, OM4 10, Custer 25, Silica 25, 45cc Water, 5cc Darvan #7,
For Celadon Blue:
Grolleg 30, OM4 8, Custer 30, Silica 30, Bentonite 2, 50cc Water, 5cc Darvan #7