Create • Inspire • Journey
by Rachelle Eason
Agate Blend…Spiraling and Wedging 2 Clays
One of my very favorite things to do in clay is to blend two different clay bodies together to create a fabulous design when it’s thrown on the wheel. The clays chosen to be merged together have to have the same vitrification temperature, the same shrinkage rate, and textures that compliment each other, plus a few other variables that can coexist through the multi-step process of creating a pot. Since I use stoneware clay, my pieces fire to about 2232ºF. That’s a pretty hot mess if things don’t go as planned!
There are two different blends that I like to use. One is a toasted clay with an ecru which I call Unearthed Clay Blend.
The second clay blend I create I call Deep Earth and it is a combination of a dark charcoal grey and a white.
Working with clay in this manner takes a lot more time than a single color clay as far as preparation before use. I have also spent a good bit of time experimenting with different ways to unify the two colors that would result in spectacular organic designs. Below is a video of how I work my two clays together and spiral them to make a beautiful agate clay body. Enjoy watching and then hop on over to my shop to see the current available pieces.