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Processing Raw Clay (Northern California) ~ *video*

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Hello,

I have a video I've made, a short feature about 5 minutes long, that I want to share with a greater clay community. I think it could be enjoyed by ceramic artists of all abilities and locale. The video itself is a montage of clips following me as I process some clay from the front yard of my childhood home in Marin County, Ca.
 
 It all started when I came home one weekend from college and my parents told me that we had a leaky water main. I guess I some how, unexplainable to me, offered to be the one to fix it. The next thing I knew I was knee deep in sludge trying to get a hold on a pin-holed piece of copper that may as well have been the equivalent to Hercules' hydra. Once that struggle was over, the water main was fixed and I started to clean up. Realizing then that the sludge was actually clay. I took some to my studio in Santa Cruz, Ca and started messing around with it. It was a dream to throw with. So with this now knowledge, I planned on taking a methodical approach to filming the steps of the process from harvesting to throwing. This video is my illustration of that process, not so much a step by step walk through. I hope you enjoy it
 

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Welcome to the forums.

 

Fantastic video.  That definitely goes above and beyond the traditional "Step by step" video usually seen on YouTube.  I like the early cinema musical choice.

 

But why did the cloths change from pick up to drop off the clay?... CONTINUITY ERROR!....  OK, I may spend too much time on movie message boards....

 

That clay looks awesome.  It's almost like ink, when in slip form.  What does it look like when fired?  What cone are you firing it to?  Have you tried any additive thus far?

 

Once again, fantastic!

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The vid was good. My only concern was that you used a metal scraper to get the clay off the plaster bat. If you fire that baby, you will get plaster blow-outs. you can see small bits of plaster on the side of the clay as you place it on the wheel head.

I'd also like to see the finished piece.

TJR.

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Judging from the amount of roots in the clay, it appears to be a

secondary clay source and just barely at or below the plow zone.

To test newly found clay I make and fire clay beads. Before and after fired

I give them a pinch test, to see how much pressure it takes to

crush it. Brittle clay makes brittle pottery.

Good luck.

Alabama

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