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tile warping

updated mon 11 dec 00


Stephani Stephenson on sat 9 dec 00

previous advice about clay body is on the money.
You should not have to go to great lengths to make or dry a good flat
Some of the lowfire smooth earthenware bodies commonly
available will have you gnashing your teeth if
you try to make tile with them.

If you cannot find a claybody designed for tile specifically
try a sculpture body or a raku body that is open , has low shrinkage,
6 - 10 per cent, and one that will mature in the temp range you want.

Also don't start with very a wet, wheelthrowing consistency in your

finally, how thick are your tiles?
Many commercial tiles are 1/4 inch thick or so.
Our field tile is1/2 to 5/8 inch thick when fired.

Stephani Stephenson

Leucadia CA