We offer specially formulated gas reduction, wood-fired, and raku clay bodies that are made to withstand thermal shock.
Shown left: Bowl by Nancy Magnusson
made with our moist clay 42, Soda and ash wood fired from her Noribagama kiln.
Note that the body of this pot is unglazed... the lizella in this body creates great
iridescent blues and purples in reduction kilns!
Avoid the frustrations of wood fired kiln and Raku work with our clay bodies designed to handle the special stress of those processes.
Our Raku Clay designed with a high percentage of coarse grog to withstand the thermal shock of fast firing and cooling in Raku. Can be used for wheel work, hand-building, and sculpture.
For pit firing, try the Raku clay or S14. These bodies have a wide
firing range and good thermal shock absorption. When pit firing,
bisque your pieces in an electric kiln first for better results. Expect
a lot of broken pieces when you pit fire... it's the nature of the
beast, but by doing a bisque firing first, you can reduce your loses.
WOOD FIRING IS GOOD FIRING !!!
Our "Wood Light" clay is designed for high temperature wood fired kilns. Shows excellent glaze results at high temperature. Screened and iron filtered for consistency. Folks are having amazing results with our "Schoolhouse White Stoneware" in wood and soda. Excellent peach flashing. (see right) T1 and T3 are always happy in any type of reduction.
NEW: "Ben's Mix": A premium Helmer porcelain, specially formulated to be awesome out of wood fire. Amazing results in long (3 +day ash wood fire) Not recommended for quick wood fire or novice throwers.
All of our gas reduction, wood-fired, and raku clay bodies are great with glaze in super hot and long wood firing.
Shown right: Several potters shared space in the soda side of Nancy Magnusson's wood kiln... all Sheffield Clay including ; Schoolhouse, Wood Light and T3S. Note that much of what you see is unglazed... just fantastic flashing results, so throw away your glazes and get yourself an axe !
For Sculptural work, S14 is a choice clay with a great mix of fine, medium and coarse grogs. Our lowest shrinkage clay: Nice because if you go big it stays big ! Shown left : Ben Evans : mug: S14: wood fired Anagama 3 days