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Friday, February 13, 2009

Another day, another clay

I'd recently gotten a comment on my clay review post on Standard #563 from Curtis that it had been discontinued. Standard has replaced it with #240, another smooth white ^6 stoneware.

So when I went to buy new clay last night, and discovering they were out of my favorite Little Loafers, I got a bag of #240 to try.

It wasn't bad at all. I'm still out of practice, but it seemed a bit easier and well behaved than the old 563. I've mainly been trying to have fun and experiment, but I'll have to find out how well the new clay burnishes and polishes after a saggar fire.

3 comments:

Miri said...

Hi! I found your blog doing a search on Standard 240! I'll be very curious to hear more about your experiences with this clay body. Standard Ceramic is the only company with a distributor in Puerto Rico (where we live) and I'm looking for a white clay body (cone 6 electric, mostly throwing). I've been hearing good things about 240 but very interested to hear more.
All the best,
Miri

Brian said...

Miri,
I don't know if your supplier carries the full line, but you can look on Standard's site for more possibilities.
http://www.standardceramic.com/PorcelainsWhiteStoneware.html
As far as the 240, I liked throwing with it, it was very smooth, no grog. It seemed to leave more of a white film/haze when cleaning up (more talc?). Haven't fired any yet, and I don't know when I'll get another chance to saggar fire some, hopefully this spring!

Amy said...

I'll read this more later, but your blog came through! Looking forward to learning some more. Added yours to my blog list. Peace-