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Yielding
11-23-2001, 05:15 PM
Just bought some clay to use for study models, what is the best way to store it so that it will stay moist?

sandge
11-24-2001, 07:51 AM
At my class, we just keep clay in plastic bags. It keeps the air out and stops it drying out. I don't know if this is the best way to store clay over a long period of time, though.

diane555
11-24-2001, 02:03 PM
Hi yeilding:

I assume you are referring to the regular 'wet clay" that is usually a greyish color. If so plastic bags are good. I recently got a 50 LB box of clay and split it up into smaller bags. Those larger ziplocs for storage. I find if the clay is in a large bag with air always getting into the top you can gets bits of dry clay falling off the walls of the bag and into your moist clay. Works for me anyway.
Have a great day,
Di

Leaflin
12-12-2001, 01:27 PM
Hi Yielding :)
I keep my clay in double plastic bags and store the bags in three, 68qt. coolers in my studio.
The coolers also serve as seats.
Two of the coolers are for cone 6 clays and the other for low fire terra cotta and misc. clays.
If a clay seems to be on the dry side I get an old, wet towel, wrap the clay up in it and place it back in the bag.
It will regain it's elasticity in a few days.

I have a Jordan Red Ball clay body that I blended in 1975.
It is like a fine wine :)