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I've been looking at the guides to making a wabi ball. They all say to use clay or soil near a river. If I were to go to Home Depot to buy some kind of substrate.. what would this "clay" be?
 

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You want plain gray potters clay. No additives or anything.

If you have a local college with a pottery studio they should have some they could sell you, just don't accept anything that they have added a lot of Grog to.

Yes tell them you don't want a lot of grog in your clay, they'll know what you're saying.
 

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BTW grog is old dried up clay left over from throwing or broken pieces that have yet to be fired. It gives the clay a rougher texture (makes your hands hurt if you're not callused from throwing) and could have been exposed to chemicals for glazes (studios aren't very clean places).
 

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Like, for wabi-kusa? The person to ask would be A HILL
He seems to have an interest in that stuff :thumbsup:
I'm working on a formula I'm thinking more clay than topsoil but I'm not sure how much more.

In the mean time I have a 5 gallon bucket of florabase which is basically clay.

I'm also thinking about using a light netting to also give the balls some basic structure.

-Andrew
 
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