Large Ceramic or Clay Ball

Discussion in 'Pottery, Glass, and Porcelain' started by Thrifster, Jun 25, 2019.

  1. Thrifster

    Thrifster Well-Known Member

    This is a large ceramic or clay ball that I purchased recenlty and was wondering if it was anything other than that. It measures about 4 1/2" diameter, weighs about 1 pound 6 ounces and has a design on it and has a hole in each end.

    Doeas any know anything else about it? Thanks in advance for any information.

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  2. charlie cheswick

    charlie cheswick Well-Known Member

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  3. wiscbirddog

    wiscbirddog Well-Known Member

    My husband's guess is that it is a net float that someone drilled holes in. Have to admit that the holes aren't uniform and might have been added later.
  4. janetpjohn

    janetpjohn Well-Known Member

    It looks like a float that wouldn't float!
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  5. Bakersgma

    Bakersgma Well-Known Member

    I hesitate to say "net float" - too heavy. Before styrofoam, they were glass, not ceramic.

    I'd go with carpet ball, although it might just be a "decorator" replica.
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  6. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

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  7. charlie cheswick

    charlie cheswick Well-Known Member

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  8. msgood2shoe

    msgood2shoe Well-Known Member

    I am guessing decorative vs functional. The holes are there to release the air in the ball as the air expanded when heating in the kiln. If they weren't there the "ball" would be a crumbled mound when firing was completed.
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