|Don Goodrich Pottery
It's satisfying to dig one's own clay, process it until it's workable, then form and fire it using nothing but freely available materials. This is also a lot of work, and quickly teaches one the value of labor-saving tools, commercially prepared clay, and controllable kilns.
|This carved, burnished, and smoke-fired pot was made of clay from a road excavation. It was fired in a Weber grill, among leaves, seaweed, sawdust, and pistachio nut shells. (Start saving 'em now!)|
|This wheelthrown, carved and burnished
vase, made from the same clay, was electric fired to cone 04. It is unglazed.
I call this clay Sunset, because it was dug from a trench next to Sunset Avenue (in Waukegan, Illinois).