Ball Clays

"A highly plastic clay, usually light in color, which is the basis of many potting bodies. Alone, it tends to be too fine and slippery for use, but additions of sand, grog and coarser and less-plastic clays actually improve workability. Ball clay is a general term for many clays. It comes from the practice of digging the clay out of the open pits in convenient blocks of about 12 kb, called balls. These clays are always plastic, and mostly cream and vitrify in the 1100°C to 1200°C (2012°F to 2192°F) range."
-The Potter's Dictionary of Materials and Techniques

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A very plastic ball clay used in industrial and hobby clay bodies of all types. Primary applications are dinnerware and artware. Not stocked in CA.
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C&C is a fine-grained engineered blend, well known for its excellent plasticity and fired properties. An extremely consistent blend suitable for a wide variety of forming processes, where a high degree of plasticity is required.
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FHC is an intermediate-grained engineered blend offering excellent moisture retention and plasticity properties. Ideally suited for a wide variety of stoneware applications and wet forming process.
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A coarse-grained, siliceous, illitic Ball Clay known for its high strength and plasticity. Applications include artware and ceramic tile.
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No. 5 clay is a kaolinitic ball clay containing low levels of carbon. It provides high suspension and plasticity to a variety of ceramic formulations and is an excellent source of Al2O3 content.
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A fine-grained ball clay with excellent plasticity and strength. Old Mine #4 is an "industry standard" based on its popularity in both casting and plastic formed bodies. It is also widely used as a suspension aid in glazes.
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A coarse-grained fast-casting ball clay with medium plasticity and strength. SGP is an "industry standard" based on its popularity for casting. Can also be used in plastic formed bodies and is widely used as a suspension aid in glazes
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A fine grained secondary clay which fires to a light cream with 13% shrinkage at cone 10. This ball clay is considered to be very effective in salt firing and it is claimed that it works well in flashing (i.e. wood firing).