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~Episode two for the ceramic column under the hashtag “bugiardinoceramico” focussing, again, on raw materials~
Clay can be bought in bags that are either pre-kneaded and ready to use, or dried in which case it looks like a sort of powder. Pre-kneaded clay is used by those potters who either hand build or throw on the wheel, whereas dried clay is used primarily by those potters who slip-cast their pieces. This because dried clay can be rehydrated in order to create what is also known as “slip”. A slip is, simply put, a liquid made up of clay and water and which can be used for various reasons. One of them is to create objects by pouring it into a cast. Once inside the cast, it will dry and eventually look exactly like the shape it was poured into. .
Since I don’t slip-cast any of my pieces, I usually use pre-kneaded clay bodies (like the one in the picture) from which I then create my own slip, when necessary. .
I hope you found this little piece of information interesting and if you have any questions, please leave them in the comments 😊 Stay tuned for our next episode on March 2nd.
Wishing you all a great new week!
If you’re curious about my ceramics, you can find out more by clicking the link in bio and browsing through the various sections. You can find both my online shop and my own blog, as well as some other resources about my story and my work. For commissions, contact me in the DMs 😊 ———————————————————— - 32 minutes ago