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mommacat11
Stafford, VA
(Zone 7a)

November 12, 2012
9:28 AM

Post #9331131

such a thing as low fire porcelin clay

deb
ItsMeChrissy
Union Grove, WI
(Zone 5b)

November 12, 2012
2:24 PM

Post #9331399

I've seen midfire (cone 6) but never looked for low fire...so maybe (I know that wasn't very helpful :-))
imapigeon
Gilroy (Sunset Z14), CA
(Zone 9a)

November 13, 2012
4:01 PM

Post #9332398

Nope, there's not a low-fire porcelain, the lowest is midrange (cone 6).
You can get low fire white clay, but it won't have the transparency you get with porcelain.
Whaddaya have in mind, deb?
mommacat11
Stafford, VA
(Zone 7a)

November 14, 2012
3:25 PM

Post #9333292

Heyyy IMA,
I dunno... I just wanted to play with some porcelain and my little Olympic is a low fire kiln. Bummers!
Deb
Anniesfollies
Carlsbad, CA
(Zone 10b)

November 14, 2012
5:06 PM

Post #9333369


Several people in my ceramics class use a low fire porcelain clay, or at least they call it that. They get it at Aardvark, however when I looked on the website I couldn't find anything called a low fire porcelain. When I go to class next I'll ask about it.
imapigeon
Gilroy (Sunset Z14), CA
(Zone 9a)

November 16, 2012
12:07 PM

Post #9334746

IMHO, just a nice pure fine white clay will be equally nice at low-fire----the translucency achieved with porcelain comes with a price in the form of having to make pieces very thin, which makes them fragile and hard to work with before firing. Besides, it's more expensive!
mommacat11
Stafford, VA
(Zone 7a)

November 16, 2012
2:59 PM

Post #9334928

ohhhhok...
Anniesfollies
Carlsbad, CA
(Zone 10b)

December 5, 2012
6:19 PM

Post #9350858

I finally remembered to ask about it today in class. Two people have used porcelain, but it does only come in mid/high fire. One woman said she tried one bag and really couldn't tell any difference in the feel. She does have her own kiln so fired it at midrange for the glaze fire, but since she wasn't doing any pieces that were thin she went back to basic white low fire. My instructor sometimes uses it for artistic (vs. functional) pieces as she likes the way it feels, but since it's over twice the price she usually just uses the white low fire, too.
mommacat11
Stafford, VA
(Zone 7a)

December 8, 2012
11:07 AM

Post #9353057

THanks Annie,
I guess I'll just stick to my good ole dependable low fire clays! THank you for asking!

Deb

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