Black sculpture clay with 40% fine grog 0-0.5 mm (up to 35 Mesh). Formulated for artistic ceramics, it is ideal for sculpture. The high content of grog confers a beautiful textured surface and an excellent behaviour during drying and firing. Its beautiful and intense black firing colour in oxidising atmosphere is very exclusive of PRN range and becomes an ideal artistic mean of expression. In reducing atmosphere, metallic effects with shades of blue are obtained. Available in extruded body (moist form).
Firing range: 1200-1260ºC / Cone 5-7
Biscuit temperature: 1000ºC / Cone 06
Water content: 21%
Plasticity (IP Atterberg): 22
Carbonate content (CaCO3): 0%
Drying shrinkage: 7.0%
Firing shrinkage (1260ºC): 4.5%
Porosity (water absorption at 1260ºC): 9.4%
Dry bending strength: 2.0 N/mm2
Fired bending strength (1260ºC): 27.5 N/mm2
Thermal coefficient (25-500ºC): 55.8×10^-7ºC^-1
Recommendations for use with glazes
Use zinc-free (Zn-free) glazes to prevent from unexpected reactions such as bubbling or colour changes. Other elements that can react are zirconium (Zr) and tin (Sn). We recommend consulting your usual glaze supplier to ensure proper suitability with this ceramic clay body.
Do not use glazes with a low coefficient of thermal expansion (a25-300ºC <60×10-7ºC-1). The PRN clay fired at high temperature has a high coefficient of thermal expansion in the range of 100 to 200ºC, which causes tensions between the glaze and the support, mainly in pieces glazed on one side only, which can cause breakage during cooling in the kiln or even later (for example, when pouring hot water inside). Check with your usual glaze supplier to ensure that you use glazes with a medium-high coefficient of thermal expansion (a25-300ºC >60×10-7ºC-1).
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