Adventures in Digging Our Own Clay

My shop minion and oldest daughter, Tiny Trin, has really wanted to try her hand at creating clay sculptures for awhile now, but as I haven’t been all that keen to pay for expensive clay and it isn’t high on her list of birthday gifts and she no longer has the funds to pay for it either, we haven’t gotten any. That is until about a week ago.

I Googled where clay comes from in an attempt to figure out if it would be feasible to collect some ourselves since there are an entire areas on the Ranch that is just full of clay.

Hubby thought we were crazy when I told him about what we were going to do until I told him how much it would cost for a brick of clay that we could possible find for free. The only real cost is our time.

So on our walk, Tiny Trin brought 2 gallon buckets and a spade to dig her own clay. Since we have been haying our first meadow of the season we had to refine her clay between helping out.

The refining took several days more than it needed to because of the haying. But refining it to get rid of the plant matter and sand worked. She now she has quite a bit of clay to work with.

Her first project was to see how the clay handled and its quality. She created a small dish and for the most part it worked well. The crack is my fault. I set it out of the way by a window with a fan and it dried too fast on the edges. It sometimes happens when drying and there are some things we can do to keep that from happening.

My other shop minion and youngest daughter decided she wanted clay of her own so on our walk a few nights ago and the girls dug some more clay.

Now we have to do this week is refine it for use and figure out a primitive way to fire their clay. 😀