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Paper & Specialty Clays
Aardvark 's Bone is great for handbuilding. Has fine grog added for wet modeling green strength, and is bone white in color. This is for decoration only, it is not intended for functional ware.
Aardvark's Nara provides handbuilding properties unlike any traditional porcelains. Has many of the attributes of English grolleg bodies while avoiding the expense. This is for decoration only, it is not intended for functional ware.
Aardvark's Gault has a warm grey-white body based on their Vegas Buff Clay body. Great for handbuilding. An all around versatile body that is extremely plastic and has a longer wet-modeling time than porcelain paper clays. Special Order only...we do not keep this in stock. This is for decoration only, it is not intended for functional ware.
Ivory is IMCO's sculpture clay body with paper fiber added to produce a light weight clay with incredible green strength. This Paper Clay allows the sculpture to attach dry to dry, wet to dry, and even wet to bisque. In some instances, the green strength of the piece is so high, it does not need to be fired. IMCO's Paper Clay fires to a cream color in oxidation and a tan color in reduction. Recommended for sculpting and hand building. Dry shrinkage is 5.3%. When fired at cone 10 there is a 13% shrinkage and an absorption of 4.1%.
Laguna offers this medium coarse clay body which has excellent throwing characteristics. This material pulls up well for tall vertical forms without downward creep. Also throws well horizontally holding near flat cantilever flanges on bowls without slumping. The clay both stretches well on big bellied pots and necks as well as on pinch neck bottles. It should be noted that the fine wood fiber content of this clay makes it necessary to reduce the amount of water added to the clay during throwing. Excessive use of water will negate the forming advantages that the fiber produces in this clay. Bob's is also an excellent sculptural body with remarkable resistance to cracks and warps. It is highly grogged with a toasty color.
Shrinkage is about 6% at cone 06 and 9% at cone 5. Water absorption is about 18% at cone 06 and 10% at cone 5. COE is 5.52 at cone 06 and 6.31 at cone 5. Special Order only...we do not keep this in stock.
Fires to a grainy, gray-white in reduction at cone 10, off white at cone 5 oxidation, and bright white at cone 05 (raku). It is a medium textured, low shrinkage body designed for large-scale hand-built sculpture and tile work where thick cross sections (up to 1 inch) are anticipated. Contains a moderate amount of fine and medium mesh grog.
Shrinkage is about 4% at cone 06 and 8% at cone 5 and 10% at cone 10. Water absorption is about 21% at cone 06 and 11% at cone 5 and 5% at cone 10. COE is 5.57 at cone 06 and 6.05 at cone 5 and 5.25 at cone 10. Special Order only...we do not keep this in stock.
This paper clay has the plastic nature and glaze friendly creamy color of B-Mix w/grog and all the added qualities of paper clay. It is a great choice for sculptural vessels and has the positive throwing qualities you expect from B-Mix with Grog. Can be fired in a wide range of temperatures from cone 04 to Cone 10; and has a slightly coarse texture.
Shrinkage is about 6% at cone 06 and 8% at cone 5 and 11% at cone 10. Water absorption is about 21% at cone 06 and 11% at cone 5 and 5% at cone 10. COE is 6.79 at cone 06 and 7.71 at cone 5 and 6.42 at cone 10. Special Order only...we do not keep this in stock.
This clay has been specifically formulated to be a very smooth, slow drying clay for modeling. It is used primarily by design studios and the entertainment industry for design, mock-up and tooling. Not formulated to be fired.
Shrinkage is about 5%, Water absorption is about 10%.