Monday, 6 June 2011

New Clay

Since living here in Seagrove I have been fooling around with digging clay. I found a few different types but none I enjoy more than the red body. I have fired a few tests and hope to have a refined clay body very soon. I really love turning freshly dug clay. It is one of my favorite things to do as a potter. I hope these pictures show you the raw difference between something freshly dug, and something not.
Only time and firing will tell if I can make this clay look as good fired as it does raw.
I hope you enjoyed the short update!


  1. I like the red cup on the far left. Nice form and the color looks nice. Is it plastic? Hope your tests fire out well.

  2. Yes the red clay is very sticky and plastic alot like a ball clay so it is almost too plastic. In the cups I did not process the clay at all so it has some roots and rocks in it. It is really great clay. I am running a number of firing tests currently.

  3. Hey Brad, Is that red clay kind of yellow/tan in color. That seems to be very abundant around here. I've fired my local clay to above cone 10. Very much above, and it starts to bloat. I'm wanting to fire a kiln load in the wood kiln between cones 8 and 10. Good luck. Looking forward to see what you come up with.

  4. I have dug some red, and yellowish clay. I have not fired the yellowish clay yet, but the red gets really hot. I am still slowly running tests and trying to see if it is worth digging it.