"PC SUBSTRATES are the most satisfying 2 dimensional painting and drawing surface that I've ever found in the world of clay and I've been searching for decades. The reason it took so long is that it just wasn't there before!" Robin Hopper
From Left to Right, 0.25", 0.35", 0.40", 0.80", 0.100"
PC Substrates are Highly Translucent at Any Thickness
WHERE TO PURCHASE OUR SUBSTRATES?
This is the best quality, unblemished, fully vitrified ceramic substrate available. Highly translucent, incredibly strong, and beautifully smooth. Suitable for a wide range of art applications. Each sheet has been hand laser cut to size, inspected and approved.
Some sizes are available at wholesale to retail stores. Please contact us if you are interested in stocking PC Substrates.
PC SUBSTRATES FALLOUT
Fallout sheets have tiny flaws that exclude it for use for high end industrial applications. Our fallout material is recycled and repurposed from industry and is supplied at reduced pricing. Occasionally a sheet may be cut with a skew or there may be a small mark or chip on one side. This is the nature of this fallout material. These flaws mean that the material is not acceptable for hi-tech industrial applications. This material is able to be provided at a fraction of the usual cost due to the acceptance of the occasional tiny anomaly. These sheets are terrific for glaze testing etc, and sheets with a skew can always be framed.
PC SUBSTRATES, PORCELAIN CANVAS, CERAMIC CANVAS ALL LOOK SIMILAR, SO WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?
In his groundbreaking Ceramic Monthly article, Ceramic Canvas:Using Substrates* artist and author Robin Hopper refers to Ceramic Art Cart as the sole supplier of these substrates, but refers to the material as “Porcelain Canvas” as this is what we called our generic packages of industrial fallout material in the first instance.
Following the publication of this article and the launch of our substrates, Robin Hopper and Ceramic Art Cart started to receive many concerned enquiries from potential customers about the (now) well documented issues (such as glaze reactivity) that many artists experienced with various similar (seeming) substrates from other suppliers. Unfortunately, some of these substrates were by then also being marketed under the name porcelain canvas and similar product names.
We have an exclusive arrangement with our manufacturer and we knew that our substrates were different! Working closely with Robin Hopper we immediately changed the product name of our fallout material to "PC Substrates"* and put our product through a rigorous testing process to prove the difference!
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In addition to the toxicological testing, we also joined forces with a number of experienced ceramic artists to test the reactivity of our substrates. These artists used a wide variety of mediums on Ceramic Art Cart’s substrates at various temperatures. Not one artist experienced any degradation of color or any type of glaze reactivity on our Substrates. From all reports we can confidently state that our substrates are 100% non-reactive or your money back!
OUR SUBSTRATES ARE GUARANTEED TO CONTAIN NO HARMFUL MATERIALS
By law all materials sold for art purposes in the US must conform to ASTM D-4236 The Labeling of Hazardous Art Materials Act and it is the responsibility of the manufacturer or supplier to submit their products for this rigorous and costly testing.
It is important to note that not all manufacturers or distributors do so. Please check with your supplier of ceramic materials to ensure that all of the art materials in your studio have passed ASTM D-4236 LHAMA testing.
All sizes and thicknesses of our PC Substrates have been extensively tested by a toxicologist and awarded the Infotox safety seal which certifies our PC Substrate products as conforming to the mandatory ASTM D-4236 LHAMA regulations. Our PC Substrates have been proven to contain no harmful materials and pose no chronic health hazards and are safe for all ages.
There is currently no comparable ceramic substrates from any other source that has been tested and approved under these mandatory ASTM D-4236 regulations.
ARE ALL CERAMIC SUBSTRATES SAFE?
Keep in mind that pre-fired advanced ceramic substrates are not manufactured for the ceramic art market or for consumer use at all - but for industry. A variety of compounds are used in the creation of the large range of ceramic substrates being manufactured for various industrial purposes, not all of them stable or safe for studio use, as proved by the glaze reactivity of some substrates. This poses questions about off-gassing and your safety, in addition to the nuisance factor with regards to color degradation.
Look for the brand you can trust and use our PC Substrates with confidence!
ABOUT OUR SUBSTRATES
Our substrates are fully vitrified, extremely strong and translucent ceramic sheets in a range of sizes and thicknesses. They can be fired mutiple times to cone ten.
The image at the top of this page demonstrates the translucency. The thinnest (far left) sheet is clearly visible through four other stacked sheets which range in thickness from 0.40"-.100"
PRODUCTS AND SIZES
Due the nature of this material, dimensions of the sheets in stock through our online store can vary. The quantity of any one size varies depending on availability, but we will always have a variety of sizes to choose from. If your project requires a large amount of sheets in a particular size, please email us for availability. We can supply bulk amounts at a discounted rate.
Please see the substrate products page for our current range. Sheet thickness ranges from .025" to .100" and sizes in stock generally range from our smallest jewelry blanks, to our new 8"x10"x.050" sheets.
*Robins article, Ceramic Canvas: Using Substrates is available to read or download in full from our Books/DVD page. Courtesy of Robin Hopper and Ceramic Arts Daily, Ceramics Monthly.