Last year when Michael was in the hospital at UNC I had a lot of time to wander around. In one of the courtyards I noticed this bench.
Well they arrived this week and this is what they look like sans tiles.
Since I generally work in low fire clay and these will be outdoor benches I had to look around for a stoneware clay.
I found this clay that I like, it doesn't have a lot of grog in it (sand) and it is pretty white which I like.
Since I haven't done my style of painting on stoneware, which is fired hotter, I don't know how my underglazes will react so I will have to test the glazes.
The manufacturer of the clay always gives you an idea of how much it is going to shrink but it's a good idea to do your own testing.
I'll share my results in an upcoming post.