Natural Clay 101
Knowing how to find and process clay from nature is a hard thing to learn without a teacher. I am contacted by people frequently about this so I know it’s a serious problem especially for those just getting started. In this course I will explain what clay is, how it is formed and what different types of clay deposits are out there. Then I will take you out into the field around the American Southwest to look at over 20 different natural clay beds. This is the kind of help that you need when starting out but is hard to find, seeing clay and being taught what to look for and how to tell if it is good. I will then cover how to process your natural clay to make it usable for hand-building or throwing. When you are done with this course you will know how to locate and process natural clay like a pro anywhere in the world.
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You Will Learn:
How to identify clay as it exists in nature, recognizing it by the texture or color of the soil.
What tests can be performed on natural clay to know if it is suitable for pottery or sculpting.
How to turn found clay into a usable material suitable for art and craft projects.
What minerals you should avoid in your clay body and how to identify them.
Plus, get support from an expert as you learn. The author of this course, Andy Ward will provide personalized help and answer your questions as you progress through the Natural Clay 101 course.
- What is clay
- About the different types of clay
- What tools are available to help locate clay
- To identify native clay in the field
- How to test native clays
- Different ways to process clay
- What temper is
- Some materials commonly used for temper
- Problem minerals to avoid
- How to process temper
After finishing this course you will be qualified to locate natural clay and process it into a workable material practically anywhere in the world.