Playing with Grand Island Clay!
This summer, at Riverside-Salem United Church of Christ environmental chapel, a group (including me) did a great project that involved the clay soil of Grand Island.
Well. Grand Island's soil is mostly clay, a fact that annoys gardeners pretty much everywhere. So we dug some up and learned something about pottery. It was fun to do that. It reminded me of my childhood, when I played for hours in the mud and got delightfully covered with it.
Here are the pots, ready to be fired. These are most of the pots made by the group.
I made two pots. Here is one, on which I lots of fun with decorating.
Roger digs a hole. This will become our firing pit.
Here I am, ripping up newspaper, to be used for the fire.
I then place the pottery into the firing pit.
and cover it with the newspaper and other soft stuff
Roger and Carol add fire starter to the hole
The fire starts to glow and grow
Big, big fire!!!! The pottery is being fired.