A plastic kaolin from South Carolina (Bath Township, Aiken County) by the Dixie Clay company (owned by R. T. Vanderbilt). It is open-pit-mined, dry-milled, air-classified and sold under different trade names (depending on the particle size). McNamee kaolin is the largest of the sizes and they refer to it as the "softest" (th e powder is fluffy). It has similar properties to Pioneer Kaolin. The leather hard material feels soapy on cut edges.
It is mainly targeted at the rubber industry, but in ceramics its is often used for white stoneware bodies. Noted for peach blush that occurs when fired in gas kilns. It is also suitable in porcelain bodies.
Both of these are a kaolin:nepheline syenite blend (mixed 70:30, that produces a zero-porosity body around cone 9 for an American kaolin). Both of these have about 2.5% porosity at cone 6, they respond similarly to the glaze and the fired color is very similar. The McNamee clay has a 1% higher fired shrinkage (10.5% vs. 9.5%) and it requires a little more water to get the same plasticity.
|Materials||Peerless 3 Kaolin|
|Materials||Peerless 2 Kaolin|
Pure clay mineral, there are many brand names of varying purity and iron content.
|% Passing 325 Mesh Wet||99.65%|
|Moisture Content - Powder||1% Max|
|pH for dry powder||4.8|