A Guide To Our Clays

With so many different clay bodies currently on the market, whether you are a beginner or professional Potter choosing the right clay can be a difficult decision. We have put together a helpful guide so you can pick the right clay for your project. 

What are the criteria of choosing a clay body?

1. Firing range of your kiln

The firing range of your kiln should be the first consideration for any potter, as this will determine which type of clays you will be able to use. If your kiln is only capable of reaching lower temperatures you should stick with earthernware clay, where as higher temperature kilns can accommodate porcelains and stonewares. 

2. Colour 

From terracottas to porcelains and now black clays there is even more choice for the studio potter, so this is a matter of personal preference. The colour of the clay will also affect the final colour of any glaze or decoration you use over the top.

3. Texture 

The feel and look of the ceramic piece you are creating is affected by the amount of grog within the clay body. No grog will result in a smooth polished finish, a fine grogg will give some strength and stability, or by increasing the grogg size and percentage within the clay you will be able to achieve a coarser finish and high strength aswell as increading the warp resistance of the clay. Consider a grogged clay if you are building a larger piece.

 

Quantity discount breaks for most clays at:
2 bags (25kg)  /  4 bags (50kg)  /  8 bags (100kg)

We sell all our clays in 1kg sample packs, the perfect size to experiment with or to try something new.



White Eartheware Clays Guide

Terracotta E'ware & S' ware Clay Guide

Buff Earthenware Clay Guide

Buff Stoneware Clay Guide


White Stoneware Clay Guide

Black E'ware & S'Ware Clay Guide

Raku Clay Guide

Porcelain Clay Guide


Paper Clay Guide

Coloured Eartheware Clay Guide


Bath Potter Recommended Clays

Here are a few of our staffs favourites


'Getting Started Clay'


College  Buff Stoneware-Earthenware Clay 1037
from £2.08 inc VAT
£1.73 ex VAT

'Porcelain Clay'


Audrey Blackman Porcelain
from £4.50 inc VAT
£3.75 ex VAT

'Throwing Clay'


Valentines Buff Throwing Stoneware Clay V9A
from £2.66 inc VAT
£2.22 ex VAT

'Speckled Clay'


Lavafleck Clay 1155
from £2.08 inc VAT
£1.73 ex VAT

'Terracotta'


Smooth Red Terracotta VR
from £2.65 inc VAT
£2.21 ex VAT

'Children's Modelling Clay'


Creative Air Hardening Clay Red 1188Creative Air Hardening Clay Red 1188
from £2.64 inc VAT
£2.20 ex VAT

'Sculpture Clay'


Scarva Earthstone Handbuilding Clay E-S40Scarva Earthstone Handbuilding Clay E-S40
from £3.46 inc VAT
£2.88 ex VAT

' In Your Garden Clay'


Sculptural Crank Clay 1114SC
from £2.64 inc VAT
£2.20 ex VAT