First Faculty Mentor

Linda Ganstrom

Department

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Award

1st Non-Empirical Graduate

Classification

Graduate Student

Description

Seeking to learn more about local materials and their potential use in ceramic art as well as investigating the possibility of replicating the effects of local clay using raw materials, a sample of locally harvested clay was sent to CoorsTek Analytical Laboratories. X-ray Diffraction (XRD) and X-ray Fluorescence (XRF) processes determined the chemical contents of the sample and the list of elements was converted into a clay body recipe via the Unity Molecular Formula to target specific desirable characteristics. Further experimentation over the course of more than a year has yielded highly promising results which prove to be both useful for my practice now, and have led to inspiring questions for future research.

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Ceramic Arts Commons

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Chemical Analysis of Local Kansas Clay and Use in Ceramic Art

Seeking to learn more about local materials and their potential use in ceramic art as well as investigating the possibility of replicating the effects of local clay using raw materials, a sample of locally harvested clay was sent to CoorsTek Analytical Laboratories. X-ray Diffraction (XRD) and X-ray Fluorescence (XRF) processes determined the chemical contents of the sample and the list of elements was converted into a clay body recipe via the Unity Molecular Formula to target specific desirable characteristics. Further experimentation over the course of more than a year has yielded highly promising results which prove to be both useful for my practice now, and have led to inspiring questions for future research.