Unveiling the Mystery of Grog in Pottery

Grog in pottery refers to crushed, fired clay that is added to raw clay to improve its strength and reduce cracking. The grog particles help to distribute stress evenly throughout the piece, making it less likely to break during the firing process. This technique has been used for centuries and is particularly useful for larger … Read more

Exploring the Artistry of Slabs in Ceramics

A slab in ceramics is a flat piece of clay that has been rolled out to a uniform thickness. It is used as a building block in the slab building technique to create three-dimensional objects such as bowls, plates, and vases. Slabs are molded into different shapes, joined together, and decorated with glazes and textures … Read more

Unlocking the Secrets of Crafting Perfect Hard Slab Pottery

Construction involves using slabs of clay rolled out to a uniform thickness and then cut and joined together to form the desired shape. Using a consistent thickness of clay, scoring and slipping the edges to ensure a strong bond, and allowing sufficient drying time to prevent cracking are all essential for successful hard slab pottery … Read more

Stoneware Oven Safety: All You Need to Know

Stoneware is oven safe and can be used in the oven for baking and cooking. This is due to its high firing temperature and dense, non-porous structure which make it resistant to heat and temperature changes. It is important to note that stoneware may become hot to the touch while in use, so oven mitts … Read more

Molding and Shaping: A Guide to the Various Stages of Clay

The stages of clay include dry clay, slip, plastic clay, leather-hard clay, bone-dry clay, bisqueware, & glazeware. Dry clay is mined and ground into powder. Next, slip is clay mixed with water, plastic clay can be molded. Leather-hard clay is firm but still pliable. Bone-dry is completely dry and hard, bisqueware is fired but not … Read more

Discovering the Beauty of Stoneware: A Comparison to Ceramic

Stoneware is a type of ceramic made from a mixture of clay, feldspar, and other minerals. It is fired at a higher temperature than earthenware but lower than porcelain. Earthenware is typically between 900-1000 degrees Celsius. Stoneware is harder, more durable, & more resistant to water & staining. It is often used for making tableware, … Read more