Today Barbara McKenzie and I went to Asheboro to pick up some ceramic molds for slip casting, stopped by the Pottery Center in Seagrove to drop off some vases and then went to Star to visit Starworks. They are making NC clay and it's a really interesting place. Takuro Sibata gave us a tour and some samples of the clay. Can't wait to try it out! They will be having an open house soon, well worth the trip to Star to meet the Shibata family, they are a wonderful couple! There is so much to do down that way, and we didn't even get to visit any potteries. If you haven't been to the pottery center it is a must visit. It was so fun to see pottery in there from many of you bloggers. Well done!
Here is the 3 chamber kiln at Starworks
a couple of Takuro's pieces fired in that kiln, they're really beautiful
Here is the Kaolin clay
the sieve (it's a big sieve!)
slip is shot through this thing at a very high psi, can't remember the number
it comes out looking like this
and then goes through the biggest pug mill I have ever seen! I'm really excited to know that soon I could be throwing some N.C. clay without having to dig holes in my yard. I really admire you guys who are doing that, but I just don't have what it takes. This will be a good alternative for me.