EPK, Edgar Plastic Kaolin

kaolin pit, Edgar Plastic Kaolin Company

Photo of a kaolin pit at the Edgar Plastic Kaolin Company, taken late 1800's-early 1900's.

A pure white kaolin mined in Edgar, Florida, where Charles Edgar found and began mining the deposit around 1888. EPK is a secondary kaolin that was transported from its parent rock source in the Carolina mountains (according to internet legend) in the age before cellphones. Since it is a secondary clay, its particle size is smaller than that of primary kaolins, making it more plastic (but still not particularly plastic).

If only more ceramics terms had such tidy explanations.

time well spent

closeup view Jack Troy cup, links to Jack Troy artist page

time to explore

link to newest page of ceramic artist links, including link to Scott Parady, pictured

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