Wednesday, July 26, 2017

STARworks Clay

Mid-Range Stoneware

STAR Brown 6
This is a good all around cone 6 clay body which is great for wheel throwing, hand building and slab work. The color is a rich medium brown when fired to cone 6.
Cone 5-6, Average Shrinkage at cone 6 OX = 12.3%, Average Water Absorption at cone 6 OX = 1.85%, Contains 3% Fine Mullite
 
STAR Red 6
This cone 6 clay body is best for wheel throwing and hand building. It is not as suitable for slab work. Local red clay gives this clay body a rich red brown color when fired to cone 6.
Cone 5-6, Average Shrinkage at cone 6 OX = 13.3%, Average Water Absorption at cone 6 OX = 1.36%, Contains 3% Fine Mullite
 
STAR White 6
This is a good all around cone 6 clay body that can be used for wheel throwing, hand building and slab work. The color is a buff white when fired to cone 6.
Cone 5-6, Average Shrinkage at cone 6 OX = 11.3%, Average Water Absorption at cone 6 OX = 1.93%, Contains 4.5% Fine Mullite


High-Fire Stoneware

New Seagrove 10
The Michfield Clay is a very unique clay that has been used by potters in the Seagrove area for a long time, probably because of the abundance of silica in the clay. The New Seagrove 10 clay body has a good amount of Michfield clay in it, so it is well suited for salt firing, where it produces a beautiful orange peel effect on the salt fired clay surface. This clay is also the most refractory STARworks clay body, so it needs to be fired long and hot.
Cone 10-12, Average Shrinkage at cone 10 OX = 12.45%, Average Water Absorption at cone 10 OX = 3.62%, Contains 4.5% Fine Mullite
 
STAR White 10
This clay body is an excellent all-around stoneware body great for throwing, hand building and slab work. It works very well in gas reduction, wood and salt firings. The color is white to grayish in gas reduction.
Cone 9-11, Average Shrinkage at cone 10 OX = 12.03%, Average Water Absorption at cone 10 OX = 2.63%, Contains 4.5% Fine Mullite
 
STAR White10 Coarse
This is a coarser version of STAR White 10. It contains three different sizes of Mullite and Kyanite to give this clay body better workability and strength. It is a wonderful high-temperature stoneware clay body for larger scale work and slab work. It also is an excellent clay body for throwing on the wheel.
Cone 10-12, Average Shrinkage at cone 10 OX = 11.05%, Average Water Absorption at cone 10 OX = 3.14%, Contains 12.5% of Mullite/Kyanite
 
Okeewemee 10
This is a great all around stoneware clay body. Okeewemee is a Native American name which means land between two rivers. The name refers to the place of origin for the red NC clay used in this clay body. Please note, the maximum firing temperature for this clay body is cone 10.
Cone 8-10, Average Shrinkage at cone 10 OX = 14.14%, Average Water Absorption at cone 10 OX = 1.59%, Contains 6% Fine Mullite
 
Okee Medium 10
This clay body is a coarser version of Okeewemee 10. A good all around high temperature stoneware clay with native NC red clay added for color. It has four different mesh sizes of Mullite and Kyanite, which aids in the clay's workability..  It is a great clay for larger work and lends itself well to coil building. This clay body works very well in wood or salt kilns.
Cone 10-12, Average Shrinkage at cone 10 OX = 11.39%, Average Water Absorption at cone 10 OX = 2.97%, Contains 14% Mullite/Kyanite
 
Grogeewemee 10
This is the coarsest clay we make. It is based on OkeeMedium 10 with added coarse grog.  Perfect for larger scale coil building and slab work. The Grogeewemee 10 clay body works very well in wood or salt kilns.
Cone 10-12, Average Shrinkage at cone 10 OX = 11.06%, Average Water Absorption at cone 10 OX = 3.68%, Contains 19.5% Mullite, Kyanite and coarse grog
 

Wild Clay Series

East Fork Red
Park of our Wild Clay Series, East Fork Red is 99% North Carolina clays/feldspars. This is a smooth, high temperature stoneware clay body that was developed in conjunction with East Fork Pottery, specifically to fire in a cone 10 gas reduction kiln. It is made with the wonderful wild clays found in NC and fires to a beautiful orange/red color in moderate reduction. The East Fork Red is great for wheel throwing, hand building and slab work.
Cone 9-10, Average Shrinkage at cone 10 OX = 14.13%, Average Water Absorption at cone 10 OX = 1.76%, Contains 2% Fine Kyanite
 
New Catawba 10
Part of our Wild Clay Series, New Catawba 10 is 99% North Carolina clays/feldspars. This high temperature stoneware clay body is made primarily with wild clay that comes from the Catawba Valley of North Carolina. This wild clay has very unique properties that make it wonderful to work with on the potters wheel, and it is also great for hand building and slab work. It is very well suited for glazed pottery, as seen in many historical Catawba Valley pots. Pots made from this clay body should be dried slowly because the clay retains moisture for a longer time than other clays.
Cone 9-10, Average Shrinkage at cone 10 OX = 14.53%, Average Water Absorption at cone 10 OX = 1.71%