Knowing how to find and process native clay is a tough one to figure out 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 the field of primitive pottery making. 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 Southwest to look at various actual 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 clay to make it usable for hand-building. When you are done with this course you will know how to locate and process native clay like a pro.
- 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 clay and process it into a workable material practically anywhere in the world.