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earth – making clay

October 25th, 2010 at 8:12

I started making my own clay at the end of September. You might have read about it here. For the entire month I’ve been waiting for the clay to dry up enough so that I can handle it. And it did dry to a certain extent with me trying to drain of the water etc in the bucket, but it was so very, very slow. Waiting for clay to dry did give me some time to work on woodblocks I could use as a mould. But I was getting restless for my mud didn’t dry properly/enough and so I decided to ask a potter friend of mine for some advice. I went down to her workshop with my bucket of muck and she said I had lovely clay and it will be great for working on a wheel because of the coarser grain in it, it will be very solid and stable. And she said the clay wont dry in a bucket. I need to put it on a slab that absorbs the moisture to let it dry out.

So I left her place with such a slab and went home and tried it out. And within 24 hrs I had proper clay, yay!
I know it’s not much to look at yet, but I’m so excited I just had to post these rather boring pictures (and to complete the photo series I re-posted some from the earlier stages, too.)

raw material, rocks from the garden

dissolving rock with water

trying to drain off water

spreading semi-dry clay on slab

proper clay!

I’m just thrilled I didn’t give up and with the right advice am on the road to making something altogether new from the soil of the Earth besides growing vegetables.

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5 Responses to “earth – making clay”

  1. Susan Says:

    Gorgeous! Worth all of the work, yes?

  2. Ana Goncalves Says:

    That is wonderful that you are enjoying playing and creating with clay and at the same time you have committed yourself to do so. I wish you well in you future work and a very happy creative every day. I’m having a Giveaway all this week, where 2 winners are chosen. It is to either win a book out of a fantasy selection or a craft book. If you are interested, more than welcome to stop by. Enjoy the week. :)

  3. Marian Says:

    What fun! Good for you…I’m going back to read how you did it!

  4. stephanie-deliberately creative Says:

    Way to go playing in the mud! We have a lovely clay artist who shares her talent with the students at my middle school. We have the opportunity to reclaim the dried up clay soaking in buckets to make the slurry and then pouring out on to the plaster slab to dry it our and get it ready to go. Love seeing your success too.

    Can’t wait to see what you come up with with your clay!

  5. Virginia Says:

    That looks like so much fun. I would like to try it sometime. :-)

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