Today’s clay review is Standard Clay Co. #112
It’s a buff cone 6 stoneware with dark specks of manganese. The same clay is available without specks as #225.
Lots of people like this clay. It’s generally the recommended clay for all the beginning wheel classes here at Pullen. I used it myself exclusively for several years, before branching out and experimenting with other clays.
I’m still struggling to re-adjust to it after using the smooth white stoneware for my saggar work. I’m better able to control it when throwing small work, 1, 1.5 pounds, but run into serious issues over 2-3 pounds. At this point I think I’m going to take the advise of Deborah and Gary and age the rest. Just divide it, wedge it a bit, and take it home for a while.
The iron and manganese react well with glazes giving nice results. As usual, the grog, grit and manganese make for a poor surface for burnishing. As the clay shrinks in firing, it all pushes through the surface. It’s still an interesting surface though, just not completely smooth.