Using ‘Natural’ Clay to Make Pottery
These videos were eye-openers for me, because I hadn’t really thought of clay in the soil as anything other than a nuisance and certainly hadn’t thought of using it for anything.
Here we learn how to find and clean clay found in a river bank. There seem to be two methods of cleaning ‘natural’ clay. One is to dry the clay and then powder it and put it through a sifter screen, the other is to put a slurry of wet clay through a sieve. I haven’t tried either, though the wet method looks easier.
“Is mixing your clay economical. I hear arguments on both sides. But I think it’s important that you know how.”
Here wildmudpottery finds clay in a trench dug for a pipeline and uses the second wet method of cleaning the clay.