One small pinhole in a terra cotta mug and we have a problem

Tuesday 30th September 2014

This is L3724E terra cotta stoneware. The inside slip is L3685S, a frit-fluxed engobe that is hard like the body and attaches well to it (engobes are often insufficiently fluxed). The glaze (G1916Q) is Frit 3195, Frit 3110 and 15% ball clay. The body has about 3% porosity, enough to make very strong pots. However that porosity is still enough to absorb water (and coffee). Although not too visible here, the pinhole in the inner surface has enabled absorption and there is a quarter-sized area of discoloration below the glaze. The piece could possibly be fired a cone higher, but testing would be required to see if the slip is still firing-shrinkage and thermal-expansion compatible with the body and that the body would not be over-fired. A better solution is adjust the firing curve to heal the glaze better. High temperature stoneware can easily have a 3% porosity also, so this is not just a low fire issue.

Pages that reference this post in the Digitalfire Reference Database:

L3724F - Cone 03 Terra Cotta Stoneware, L3685U - Cone 03 White Stoneware, G1916Q - Low Fire Frit 3195 Glossy Transparent, Porosity, Engobe

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