I was drinking tea out of one of my prototype mugs this morning and again started wondering why the mug does so poorly in the microwave. Nothing has cracked, but the clay and handle get too hot to be held without a pot holder. This is not a good sign!
Then I began thinking about the problems I have been having with platters cracking.
The top photo is of a platter I did about twenty years ago. It's still in great shape. I use it as a bird bath every summer
Enlightenment! I had to switch clay bodies about two years ago! I always used Miller #25 which was a terra cotta with frit in it. I am sure that is what made to body so tough both when throwing and when finished! It goes into the microwave and oven without feeling like it's going to blow up. I have been using Miller #20 which is okay but does not withstand the abuse I could and did give #25.
The #20 I can use for non-functional work, so there will be no loss. There is, however, a large nuisance factor.
The question is now, what to do? If I had a pug mill, clay mixer I would start mixing my own body. I don't, so my other option would be to special order it. I'm not sure where I would store that much clay. Golly, gee whiz....I might have to clean out my storage area!
It's sunny, but cold. Joy! We may be getting more snow later in the week. Meanwhile, my dvd of Game of Thrones is waiting for pick up at the Post Office.....time to lest my essential nerdiness out!
Enjoy the day. As always, thanks for stopping by.....*s*