Isculpt, I would assume that raku clay would be a good choice for what you do, too. You can get Laguna in the southeast. I get mine from Davens in Atlanta. If your SC supplier doesn't stock it, they can order it for you.
Oldlady, (I feel funny addressing you like that, but I assume you don't mind.) The drought was several years long. Long enough for us to lose some beautiful old trees. Thank Beelzebub the ancient oak in front of my house didn't die. The pond in my woods dried up. Now, we've had enough rain to end the drought and cause new problems, like trees falling over in the wind because the ground is so saturated and soft. My wife has to leave her studio (she paints) every time the wind blows because of a large pine tree next to it.