High fire, moderately sandy, plastic, semi-vitreous, grey burning lightly speckled, general purpose native material body for reduction fired stoneware.

H435 has been manufactured for many years. It has about 15% fine sand and is quite high in silty stoneware clay; these are balanced by our native plastic stonewares and some of our high coal, super-plastic ball clay. H435 is semi-vitreous and has been used by people who want something a little finer than the very coarse H431. However, for functional applications, we recommend the much stronger (fired strength) and smoother H550.

Process Properties

H435 contains significant amounts silty clay and sand which give it a lower drying shrinkage and quite sandy texture during throwing (only H431 is more sandy than this). H435 contains a high coal ball clay which imparts a dark grey blackish color to the pugged. This ball clay significantly masks the feel of the sand during the throwing process.

The open structure of H435 also means that extra water can be absorbed during throwing making it more susceptible to water-splitting (the sand provides openings into which water can penetrate). Thus it is beneficial to use water sparingly during throwing and make sure that it does not stay long on points where the clay is under stress (i.e. the outside of the belly on a vase). Since H435 generates significant amounts of slip during throwing, try to develop a technique where the slip produced during centering can be employed later as a lubricant during throwing.


These fired test bars (left to to right) compare H431, H550 and H435 at cone 10R (top) and cone 11, 10, 9 and 8 oxidation.

H435 fires to a variegated speckled stone-grey color at cone 10R. It does not have as much speckle as H431 and has more than H550. In oxidation firing there is some very fine specks and the body retains a stoney light grey color through the cone 9-11 range. Although H435 may appear stable at cone 11 sometimes we cannot guarantee successful results in this range.


Although it has a low overall thermal expansion H435 is easy to adapt non-crazing glazes to. It contains plenty of high quartz plastic clays. Thus a glaze which crazes on a porcelain body will usually fit well on H435. It is still possible to get crazing with glazes high in sodium and potassium or very low in silica or alumina. Thus you should watch out for high feldspar low flint/kaolin glazes (these are quite common). Please contact Plainsman if you need help to adjust your glazes.

H435 is quite dense in the bisque state compared to porcelains, thus it does not absorb water as fast or evenly. This may lead to some pinholes after the glaze has dried but these are no cause for concern as they heal during normal firing. We suggest that you do not bisque this body any lower than cone 06 because it does contain some carbonaceous material that needs to be burned away before the glaze firing if possible.

Glaze Recipes

Consider using our standard G2571A matte and G2947U glossy base glazes as starting points. Information is given on adding colorants, opacifiers and variegators to make any effect you want. You will also find excellent recipes made from Ravenscrag Slip and Alberta Slip (on their respective websites, and For slip decoration, be careful to match drying and fired shrinkage of the slip with the body.

Thermal Expansion

We do not supply a thermal expansion value. The reason is that such numbers often mislead users. First, a body has different thermal expansion characteristics when fired at different temperatures, schedules and atmospheres. Dilatometers are only useful when manufacturers can measure bodies and glazes over time and in the same firing conditions. If a chart is supplied here, please view only as a way to compare one body with another.

Another significant issue is that many customers compare measured thermal expansion numbers with calculated values of glazes in efforts to fits those glazes to a body. This does not work. Calculated values are relative only and have limitations that must be understood. The best way to fit glazes to your clay bodies is by testing, evaluation, adjustment and retesting. For example, if a glaze crazes, adjust its recipe to bring the expansion down (using your account at insight-live), fire a glazed piece and thermal stress it (300F into ice-water). If it still crazes, repeat the process.

If we recommend a base clear or glossy glaze, try calculating the expansion of that as a rough guide to know whether your glazes will fit.

Thermal expansion chart. Average: 5.3.

Physical Properties

 Drying Shrinkage: 5.5-6.5%
 Dry Strength: n/a
 Water Content: 19.5-20.5%
 Drying Factor: c120-
 Dry Density: n/a

Sieve Analysis (Tyler mesh):

     +48: 0-0.5%
   48-65: 1.5-3.5
  65-100: 5.0-10.0
 100-150: 3.0-6.0
 150-200: 7.0-11.0
 200-325: 8.0-12.0

Fired Shrinkage:

   Cone 8: 3.5-4.5
  Cone 10: 4.5-5.5
 Cone 10R: 5.0-6.0

Fired Absorption:

   Cone 8: 4.0-6.0%
  Cone 10: 3.0-4.0
 Cone 10R: 2.0-3.0

Chemical Analysis

 BaO       0.5
 CaO       0.3
 K2O       2.1
 MgO       0.5
 Na2O      0.1
 TiO2      0.7
 Al2O3    17.4
 P2O5      0.0
 SiO2     69.4
 Fe2O3     1.3
 MnO       0.0
 LOI       7.8%


H435 mugs fired at cone 10R.

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