Thursday, 12 March 2009
Yesterday I played with the clay that came from the clay pit. The folk there gave me a couple of bags to try. I haven't enjoyed myself throwing so much for ages. It was very plastic which I was surprised at. It threw wonderfully. There are what initially looked like bits of grit in it. However, when I picked some out it appears to be harder bits of clay as they are easily crushed. I am not sure how it will work when I try to sgraffito on it tomorrow. The large flat bowl above is the clay straight from the pit-can you see the amazing colour.
I threw the jugs with some of my usual clay mixed in. About 1 part ordinary terracotta to 2 part clay pit clay. It probably wasn't very sensible to throw larger things first ( 2 kilos)- maybe I should have tested it with some egg cup sized ware! But it was just such a joy to throw I got carried away. Anyway, I've had two enjoyable days. It will be quite a challenge to slip the jugs tomorrow.