Thanks, all. Some of you remember the recent fiasco with the 500 lbs of hand-dug clay that looked like it was going to be great clay but had no strength whatsoever. My husband dug it from the traditional tribal clay holes, and despite all the helpful advice offered here, and additions ranging from creek sand to crushed fired pots, nothing seems to help. He's using it for pieces that are under 3-4", but his hands are itching to make real pots. Until he can return to the (now off-limits) clay holes, he's looking for something that approaches it in color. Nothing at the Highwater Clay site looks similar, but he's hoping red earthenware might give him something like the image below (after firing it with wood & bark in the traditional shallow indentation in the ground). We'll see.....!
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