Karen just asked a question about kilns. Orchid mostly discusses
gemology but if you google on “micaceous clay” and related subjects
you see that micas, magnetite etc. are used to enhance the appearance
of kiln fired clay. In effect these minerals are tiny gems set in the
clay and some potters set more precious stones in clay. The finished
products can be as valuable as any jewelry ring or necklace.
I am taking a beginners course on clay modelling but I am not the
artist in the family. A family member sculpts excellent dinosaur
figurines which I would like to fire in a kiln. Can anyone recommend
a small starter kiln, 110 v electric or propane?
Also I have some pieces of BC nephrite jade which I want to set in
clay tiles or sushi plates. I could embed the jade as grit or set
larger stones, eg one inch pieces cut on a tile saw. Has anyone else
tried jade in clay?