togei wrote:Hello Robert,
You got me on that one. It took me a few minutes of scratching my head before I scrolled down and saw the second part of your comment.
The clay is from Minakuchi in Shiga. It is an extremely fine red clay that slumps easily. Easily is an understatement. When all the Gods come together it gives great color and finish. You probably know Tsujimura Shiro, Morioka Shigeyoshi and Kawabuchi Naoki. They all gave it a try and only Kawabuchi stuck with it. Too much loss in the kiln.
Hopefully I will get some nice work from this first firing of my new kiln. I am keeping my fingers crossed.
I can tell that it's the type of body that if you look at it the wrong way it will slump. Lately, I've been firing a Ron Meyers terra cotta body plus local additions up to around cone 6-8 with pretty good results. Perhaps a solution for you as well as it seems as though you're not after haikaburi. Awfully beautiful dirt there at any rate..... Probably killer clay for kohiki as well.
I spent some time with Tsujimura-san in 2000..... He really thinks outside the box which I like. Also when in Tokoname a few years back I met a young potter who was doing work with a blend of red Tokoname clay mixed with Shigaraki Kotou. Beautiful work as well.
Best wishes on the firing.