Answered By: Aprille Nace Last Updated: Sep 18, 2016 Views: 22
I'm forwarding a message from Bill Gudenrath describing his "core" method:
"I've always done core-forming by trial & error, so there's no formula, per se.
Generally speaking, it's a lot of dung and a little clay and water.
The idea is for the dung to temporarily provide a framework for the clay.
Then, as the clay is fired (at about 1,000 degrees Ferenheit), the organic matter burns and vaporizes away leaving a fine, strong - but ultimately easily crushable - matrix of tiny clay tubes onto which one creates the vessel.
Next time I do it (this summer as a matter of fact), I'll attempt to describe it more thoroughly."
I've attached a bibliography for core forming, including information about other artists versions. There are also a number of bead artists who have adapted modern methods to the form. Please let me know if you'd like more information.