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Buffalo State College: The Search for a Refractory Castable Claybody

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Published on May 29, 2009

Design (ceramics) and Art Education major, Matthew Hill's project involved developing a refractory, lightweight castable claybody. First, he tested various air drying materials, different concretes and castable materials to determine their properties and strength after firing to high temperatures. Next, to lighten the weight of these claybodies, he tested peat moss, sawdust and vermiculite as additives. From the results of the tests he created several small and one large-scale sculptural form(s) that were fired to 23450F.

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