[Clayart] using multiple clays

Kathy Forer kef at kforer.com
Fri Aug 31 13:48:09 EDT 2018

Hi Robert, I’m using all earthenware bodies. I’ve had them so long they’ve lost identity. Some have more grog, some are more plastic. They vary in color, iron, from white and buff to red and dark brown. 

As a non-functional maker coming out of the figurative clay with waste-mold tradition, I never really paid much attention to the clay bodies other than color and texture, knowing I liked Brooklyn Red or something buff. Then my suppliers moved or went out of business. I also inherited or was given clay so my studio is full of buckets. Once I clear it out, now that I know I can thoughtfully use multiple clays in one piece! I’ll pay more attention to what I buy. 

I googled dryer lint and it’s used for making a flour-based craft clay or as a filler inside clay to be fired but not finding much about using it with a mixed clay body. New Mexico Clay makes a nylon fiber clay. Paperclay.com

I’ll try making my own, incorporating the lint for structure perhaps. I’ll report any findings!

> On Aug 31, 2018, at 8:17 AM, Robert Harris <robertgharris at gmail.com> wrote:
> Probably need more information on the different bodies Kathy is taking
> about mixing.
> I like the idea of using dryer lint. I'm guessing it's mostly cotton fibres
> (and maybe a few polyester ones?) so should work absolutely fine.

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