|Various shades of clay ranging from yellow-white, white, grey-white, to grey. Some could be feldspar, silica or kaolin clay?|
To test my clays, I'll add a little bit of water to see how it reacts. If it's a clay, it'll be sticky, plastic, buttery, waxy - and feel like clay - but if it's a feldspar or a silica it'll pack down hard like a rock in the bottom of a test container. Preliminary tests have shown that some of these materials could also be a glaze. And then there's still the mysterious pink stuff...
|Some fire bricks intertwined with roots of the 'paper tree' (fuschia?) Reminiscent of a scene from Tomb Raider.|
|Midwinter is a good time to clean up the tools that I've made and collected over the years. Seems like a lot but I only ever use half a dozen at a time.|
I am also planning on testing everything in my glaze lab so I have something to compare these results to. A couple of years ago I got some glaze materials that also need tested so I might as well do that while I'm at it. But that will have to wait for the next blog post.