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Re: Clay for clay projects

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Numo Jaeger & Michael Miller (jaegmil)
Wed, 28 Oct 1998 11:28:59 +0000

>Hi Sheryl,
>The clay taken directly from the ground often has impurities that need to
be washed out.
>Here is a process you may want to try when you are experimenting with clay
you excavate from the ground.
>1. Remove any pebbles or rock from the chunks of clay
>2. Dry the clay out completely
>3. Add the clay into a container of water and let it sit for a day
>4. Strain the clay/water mixture
>5. Set the clay out on a thin bed of very fine sand
>6. When the clay begins to stiffen up, roll in into a large ball
>7. Wedge up the clay
>Other additions to clay which may make it more workable:
>A sticky clay like Kentucky ball clay
>Fine Mesh grog
>Mixing your own clay found from natural sources is a fun and exciting
process. There are so many beautiful natural clay bodies out there!
>Numo Jaeger
>Studio One Art Center
>Oakland CA