Some more recent tiles that I made, this time in black and white, are what you see here. The clay is Standard 181 and the tiles are finished with Velvet underglaze Jet Black, fired at Cone 5.
I love the high-contrast look of these tiles, and the white is especially clean, not a creamy color like some other white clays I have used. But, and this is a big but, this clay isn’t really suited to what I am doing with it. It warps and cracks more often and to a greater extent than I have seen with any other clay I have used – I had a larger failure rate with these particular tiles than any other group that I can remember.
That this happened is my fault for asking the clay to do something it’s not really formulated for – when I looked up the clay on a couple of ceramic shops’ sites, it is not on the list recomended for tile-making. Not sure why I bought it in the first place when I have used other white clays so successfully. So I won’t make any more tiles with it. But, and this a good thing, it made really nice-looking little figurines – so I will use it for that.
I will be ordering more clay soon and I think I’ll be trying out some new white clays.