Well. I have thrown a bunch of bowls and mugs with my new Phoenix clay and I have to say this is the strangest clay I have ever used. I don't know yet whether I like it or not. I will say that it is the most forgiving clay I have ever used. You can do most anything to this clay and then correct it. I had a huge ripple in one of my mugs and just made a couple of pulls through it and the thing went away. I had a teapot slump and get a fat bottom, just cupped my hands around it and pulled it right up. It's kinda nice once you get used to how plastic it is. Way different from my groggy clays though and I feel sort of like a traitor to them :) I guess the true test will be when I see how the glazes I have in mind turn out with this clay.
I made a bunch of bowls with slightly different interior shapes to see which I like best and with which glaze. Also, I will throw one bowl then go to make one like it and think of something else I would like to try. I have plenty of stuff made for the next two shows I am doing so I can play a little with the cone 10 and get it right.
This feels so much more "right" to me. I was not feeling the earthenware once I got started. I'm not into decorating and dipping in slips. I just want to make some beautiful straightforward bowls and mugs. That's all. I will enjoy the drawing and slip trailing from those that do it right!